Norman Pestaina Portrait

Norman D Pestaina

Senior Instructor

Biography

Norman Pestaina joined FIU as a Visiting instructor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences in August 1984. He holds the B.S. in Mathematics from the University of the West Indies, and the MS in Computer Science from the Pennsylvania State University. Mr. Pestaina was previously a Lecturer at the Cave Hill campus of the UWI, Assistant Staff member of the MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Mr. Pestaina has taught several courses at FIU and has been recognized for excellence in teaching on four occasions including an inaugural Teaching Incentive Program award. He has been an SCIS Undergraduate Committee member and undergraduate advisor for many years, often representing the SCIS on College Curriculum Committees. A principal architect of the SCIS program assessment processes, Mr. Pestaina has been the SCIS Assessments Coordinator and has led the BS-CS ABET re-accreditation efforts in 2004 and 2010. He has been a Reader or Question Leader of the College Board’s Advanced Placement Computer Science Exam since 2000.

Honors and Awards

  • December 2011 Excellence in Teaching Award, FIU School of Computing and Information Sciences
  • November 2007 Excellence in Teaching Award, FIU School of Computing and Information Sciences
  • December 2004 Best Teaching Award, FIU School of Computer Science
  • December 1994 Teaching Incentive Program Award, Florida International University
  • December 1990 Outstanding Achievement and Performance Award, FIU School of Computer Science

Research and Educational Interests

  • Computer Systems and Organization
  • Programming Methodology
  • Computer Science Education

Background Education

1979 M.S. Computer Science, The Pennsylvania State University
1972 B.S. Mathematics, The University of the West Indies, Jamaica

Professional Activities

2006 – present
Undergraduate Programs Assessments Coordinator, School of Computing and Information Sciences, FIU
2000 – present
Reader & Question Leader(2005), Advanced Placement Computer Science Exam, The College Board

Professional Experience

2011 – present
Senior Instructor, School of Computing and Information Sciences, Florida International University, Miami, FL 33199
1984 – 2011
Instructor, School of Computing and Information Sciences, Florida International University, Miami, FL 33199
1981 – 1984
Lecturer, Department of Mathematics, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados
1979 – 1981
Assistant Staff, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Bedford, Massachusetts