Tim Downey

Senior Instructor

1986 M.S. Computer Science, University of New York at Albany
1980 M.S. Mathematics, the University of Rhode Island at Kingston
1976 B.S. Mathematics, Bates College

Tim Downey earned Master’s degrees in mathematics and computer science. He has been teaching at FIU since 2001. In that time, he has earned three University wide teaching awards (2007, 2002, 1997), one College teaching award (2007) and two School teaching awards (2006, 2002). He is the author of a book on web design using Java. Tim Downey has attended many conferences on computer science education. These conferences have stimulated his teaching style over the years. He is always open to learning new ways to enhance the learning process.

Kip Irvine

Senior Instructor

1995 M.S. Computer Science, University of Miami
1982 Doctor of Music., Composition, University of Miami
1978 M.S., Music, Composition, University of Hawaii
1975 B.S. Music, Composition, University of Hawaii

Kip Irvine earned Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees in Music during (1975-82), and a Master of Computer Science degree in 1995. He was a full-time faculty member in the Computer Information Systems Department at Miami-Dade College from 1983 to 2000, rising to the rank of Full Professor. He has been at FIU since 2000 as a full-time Instructor and was promoted to Senior Instructor in 2011. He taught undergraduate courses in eight different programming languages. He also taught Human-Computer Interaction, Component-Based Software Development, Fundamentals of Computer Systems, and Data Structures. He taught all undergraduate levels and developed three courses for FIU. He was awarded both the Excellence in Teaching award (2010) and the Excellence in Service award (2008, 2012, and 2016) by the School of Computing and Information Sciences. He won the College of Engineering and Computing Service award for 2013.  He is the author and co-author of five college textbooks in computer programming, where two of the books dominate their fields. He is a Senior Member of Association for Computing Machinery.

Norman D Pestaina

Senior Instructor

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

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.

Greg Shaw

Senior Instructor

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.

Joslyn Smith

Senior Instructor

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.

Jill Weiss

Senior Instructor

1992 M.S. Computer Science Education, Barry University

Professor Weiss received her M.S. in Computer Science Education from Barry
University in 1992, and has worked in the computer industry since 1985 in
different capacities, mostly in computer education. She has been involved
in all facets of the computer industry, including hardware/software
installation, repair, trouble shooting, consulting, programming, and
(multi-unit) managing training centers for a major Fortune 100 retailer.
Professor Weiss worked as a computer consultant/trainer for several large
companies and has trained users from various county and government

Professor Weiss has been teaching in the School of Computing and
Information Sciences since 1989 as an adjunct, and since 1999 as a
fulltime faculty member, and was promoted to Senior Instructor in 2012.
She primarily teaches the School’s service courses and since 2000, she has
provided World’s Ahead instruction to over 20,000 FIU students. She is the
recipient of the School of Computing and Information Science’s Excellence
in Teaching award in 2008 and 2013 and the FIU University Excellence in
Teaching award in 2015.