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Mark Allen Weiss

Associate Director & Professor

Biography

Mark Allen Weiss is an Eminent Scholar Chaired Professor and Associate Director in the School of Computing and Information Sciences at Florida International University in Miami Florida and also serves as the Undergraduate Program Director.

He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from The Cooper Union in 1983, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Princeton University in 1987, working under Bob Sedgewick. He has been at FIU since 1987, and was promoted to Professor in 1996. His interests include data structures, algorithms, and education, and he is most well-known for his highly-acclaimed Data Structures textbooks, which have been used at hundreds of universities worldwide. From 1997-2004 he served as a member of the Advanced Placement Computer Science Development Committee, chairing the committee from 2000-2004 and currently serves as a member of the ACM Education Council.  Dr. Weiss is an ACM Distinguished Educator, AAAS Fellow, the recipient of the 2015 SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education and the 2017 IEEE Computer Society Taylor L. Booth Education Award.

Honors and Awards

  • 2017 IEEE Computer Society Taylor L. Booth Education Award
  • 2017 IEEE Region 3 Professional Leadership Award
  • 2017 FIU Faculty Torch Award
  • 2015 ACM SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education (awarded to a single individual worldwide annually since 1981)
  • 2012 AAAS Fellow
  • 2012 FIU Top Scholar
  • 2011 ACM Distinguished Educator
  • 2007 FIU SCIS Excellence in Service Award
  • 2005 FIU SCIS Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 2000 Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis textbook named one of the thirty most influential books of the twentieth century (ranked #13) by Dr. Dobbs
  • 1999 FIU University Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 1994 FIU University Excellence in Research Award
  • 1994 FIU Teaching Incentive Program Award
  • 1990 FIU Outstanding Achievement and Performance Award
  • 1983 RCA Fellowship and Merit Prize to Princeton University
  • 1981 New York City First Place Winner, Putnam Mathematics Contest

Research and Educational Interests

  • Algorithm design and analysis
  • Computer Science Education

Background Education

1987 Ph.D., Computer Science, Princeton University
1985 M.A., Computer Science, Princeton University
1984 M.S., Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Princeton University
1983 B.E., Electrical Engineering (Summa Cum Laude), The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, NY

Professional Activities

  • Member (1997-2004) of the Advanced Placement Computer Science Development Committee; Chairperson of the committee (2000-2004).
  • Member (1999-2000) of the Ad-Hoc Committee on the Future of the Advanced Placement Examination.
  • Member (1995-1996) of the Ad-Hoc Committee that advised the College Board on how to incorporate C++ into the Advanced Placement Exam.
  • Columnist (1992-1997) for the ACM SIGACT News. The Journal Backlog Report and Technical Report Column were regularly appearing features.

Professional Experience

  • 2009 – present Associate Director, School of Computing and Information Sciences, Florida International University, Miami, FL 33199
  • 1996 – present Professor, School of Computing and Information Sciences, Florida International University, Miami, FL 33199
  • 1992 – 1996 Associate Professor, School of Computing and Information Sciences, Florida International University, Miami, FL 33199
  • 1987 – 1992 Assistant Professor, School of Computing and Information Sciences, Florida International University, Miami, FL 33199

Selected Publications

  1. M. A. Weiss, Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis, Benjamin/Cummings Publishing Co., Redwood City, CA., 1992, 455 pgs. Second edition, 1995, 510 pgs.
  2. M. A. Weiss, Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis in C, Addison Wesley, Reading, MA., 1993, 461 pgs. Second edition, 1997, 512 pgs.
  3. M. A. Weiss, Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis in Ada, Benjamin/Cummings Publishing Co., Redwood City, CA., 1993, 480 pgs.
  4. M. A. Weiss, Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis in C++, Addison Wesley, Reading, MA., 1994, 498 pgs. Second edition, 1999, 588 pgs. Third edition, 2007, 586 pgs. Fourth edition, 2014, 656 pgs.
  5. M. A. Weiss, Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis in Java, Addison Wesley, Reading, MA., 1999, 542 pgs. Second edition, 2007, 546 pgs Third edition, 2012, 614 pgs.