Rick L. Blazek

Associate Teaching Professor

2007 Ph.D., CIS, Nova Southeastern University
Dissertation: Knowledge Management, Title: “Author-Statement Citation Analysis Applied as a Recommender System to Support Non-Domain-Expert Academic Research”.

Rick Blazek came to FIU after almost twenty years teaching at Robert Morris University Illinois. He holds an MA in Philosophy and MDiv in Theology as well as MS and Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science. Blazek worked as a computer consultant in Oil and Gas, Retail, and Construction Engineering for more than ten years both before and after gaining his Ph.D. His passion for teaching and desire to understand new technologies has to lead him to ongoing research in Database and Information security. Since joining FIU in 2004, Blazek has enjoyed teaching a variety of courses for the School of Computer and Information Sciences at FIU at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.



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Maria Cristina Charters

Maria Cristina Charters

2000 M.S., Computer Science, Nova Southeastern University
1982 B.S., Computer Science, Florida International University

As an instructor for SCIS,  Ms. Charters enjoys teaching the courses that start students off in their IT or CS major: COP 1000, COP 2250, COP 3804, and COP 3337. She is passionate about spreading Computer Science education to all children, starting in kindergarten, through elementary, middle, and high school. She also believes that all students at FIU should get a chance to learn how Computer Science impacts their lives, and to dabble in a little bit of coding in languages such as Python and tools like MIT App Inventor. That is why she helped develop a new online course, IDC 1000 – Computer Science for Everyone, which is designed for students who are non-CS and non-IT majors. She would like all students at FIU to consider taking IDC 1000.

Prior to teaching at FIU, Ms. Charters had 2 other careers.  Most recently, she was an educator and teacher-trainer within the Miami-Dade County Public School District.   Her first career was as a Computer Programmer/Analyst for FPL, where she developed mainframe and client/server systems. She is an FIU alumni, and feels blessed to be able to work in SCIS as an Instructor, after having graduated from FIU with a degree in Computer Science many years ago.



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Debra Davis

Associate Teaching Professor

2004 Ph.D., Cognitive Developmental Psychology, minor: Statistics, University of Texas at Austin
2000 M.S., Computer Science, Florida International University
1996 M.A., Developmental Psychology, minor: Statistics, University of Texas at Austin
1993 B.A. with Academic and Research Honors, Psychology, minor: Computer Science, Florida International University



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Patricia McDermott-Wells

Associate Teaching Professor

2015 Ph.D., Computer Information Systems, Nova Southeastern University
1979 M.S., Management Science/Operations Research, University of Miami
1977 B.A., Mathematics, University of Miami

Over 35 years as a professional software developer and system software specialist, from mainframes to PCs. Now sharing my passion for technology to help launch the next generation of experts.



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Michael Robinson

Associate Teaching Professor

2007 M.S., Computer Science, Florida International University
2005 B.S., Computer Science, Florida International University



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Greg Shaw

Associate Teaching Professor

1992 M.S., Barry University

A graduate of the FIU School of Computer Science, Greg has served as an Adjunct Professor, Visiting Instructor, Instructor, and now Senior Instructor.   In his 28 years at FIU, Greg has taught introductory and intermediate level programming courses to well over 8000 students in seven different programming languages utilizing a wide variety of programming paradigms: including Procedural Programming (Fortran and Basic), Visual/Interactive Programming (Visual Basic), Structured Programming (Pacal), Abstract Data Type Programming (ADA), and Object-Oriented Programming (C++ and Java).  In addition, Greg has taught several CGS courses covering microcomputer applications such as Word, Powerpoint, Excel, and Access.



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Joslyn Smith

Associate Teaching Professor

1994 M.S., Computer Science, University of New Brunswick

Joslyn Smith, an instructor, joined the School of Computing and Information Sciences, Florida International University in 1997. Joslyn came to FIU with fourteen years of teaching experience from the University of the West Indies, as a lecturer in computer science, in the undergraduate program. Mr. Smith holds an M.S and a B.S in mathematics both from Central Connecticut State University, CT. He earned an M.S degree in computer science from the University of New Brunswick Canada, and a non-degree Certificate in computer science from Clarke University, Massachusetts. Mr. Smith also holds a professional certificate in teacher education from the Mico University College, Jamaica. At FIU, Mr. Smith’s major focus in programming language is the object oriented paradigm. Over the years he has attended many conferences on computer science education. He has served as reviewer for the SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education and has reviewed several manuscripts for major publishers such as McGraw Hill and Prentice Hall.



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