College of Natural and Computational Sciences

Stewart Crawford, Ph.D.


Dartmouth College, A.B. in Mathematics (1977).
Summa Cum Laude, with Distinction in Major. Phi Beta Kappa.

Stanford University,M.S. in Operations Research (1978).

AT&T Bell Laboratories, M.S. course-work in Computer Science & Data Communications (1985).
Through Bell Labs' in-house technical education programs.

Colorado State University, Ph.D. in Computer Science (2003).
Dissertation: Machine Learned Boundary Definitions for an Expert's Tracing Assistant in Image Processing

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Department Chair, Program Chair for Computer Science

Associate Professor, Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu, HI. (2012 - present)

Inspire the next generation of computer science students. Standardized & unified introductory programming sequence. Led the creation of a new slate of General Education classes for the university. Led revision, upgrade, and core scheduling of CS Bachelors degree.

Research Leader, BioGraphix, LLC, & Visible Productions, LLC, Fort Collins, CO. (1997-2012)

Research Assistant

Colorado State University, Fort. Collins, CO. (1992-1999)

New methods for development, presentation, optimization, and delivery of biomedical visualizations. Research projects in graphics & image processing, machine learning, and software engineering.


Semantic Arts, Institute for Zero Defect Software (IZDSw), and Rocky Mountain InfoBahn. (1988-2009)

Technical training: Digital Imagery, Web Development, AI, and software engineering. Consulting, training, & implementation support for: technical reviews & inspections; process assessment; quality measurement, control, & improvement; reliability & requirements engineering; SOA re-architecting; testing automation; and technology transfer. Clients include: Washington State DoT, Motorola, Bell Laboratories, Israel Aircraft Industries, Avaya, Lucent, Hughes Aerospace, Unisys, Societe Internationale de Telecommunications Aeronautiques, StorageTek, Memorex, Ericsson, IEEE, and Software Quality Engineering.


University of Maryland - Europe (1990-91), and Colorado State University (1996).

Adjunct Faculty

Xavier University of Louisiana (1985-86).

Developed, delivered, & refined courses in the undergraduate programs of Computer Science and Information Systems.

Member of Technical Staff

AT&T Bell Laboratories, Holmdel, NJ. (1977-1988)
Outstanding Achievement Award, (April 1984).

Defined, led and supervised independent assessments of R&D system development projects; developed, evaluated, and implemented both project-based and corporate- wide software quality control and assurance practices; analyzed, implemented, and taught Bayesian statistical techniques for factory quality audits; sponsored by Bell Labs for adjunct Computer Science faculty position (for 1985-86) at Xavier University.


Academia: Xavier University of Louisiana, University of Maryland - Europe, Colorado State University, and Hawai'i Pacific University . Creation, delivery, & refinement of undergraduate computer science & information systems classes in:

  • Computer Graphics & Image Processing
  • Web Development
  • Programming - CS1 & CS2 in Java and C, Assembler, PASCAL, Basic, & Fortran
  • Software Engineering & Project Management
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Human Factors
  • Computer Literacy

Corporate Training & Education: Creation, delivery, & refinement of seminars in areas of Digital Imagery, Web Development, Software Engineering (formal reviews, software QA, expert debugging, testing), Artificial Intelligence, and UNIX (for various corporate clients).  Organized and led seminars for IEEE's Software Engineering Standards Seminar program in Software Quality Assurance and Software Reviews & Audits. Co-developed and led workshops on Bayesian statistics for quality assurance audits in AT&T's manufacturing facilities.

Continuing Education: Taught 2-day seminars for Intro to PC's, Word Processing, and PC Security for U. of Maryland; developed and taught Basic Photography course for Bell Laboratories Continuing Education Program.

Secondary Schools: Python programming in Physics, Geometry, and Calculus classes, Fort Collins CO; Frontiers of Science Institute, Greeley, CO; Mentor for independent studies, Fort Collins CO; Community tutor, Neptune N; Classroom assistant in mathematics, Hanover NH.

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Professional Activities

ABET Program Evaluator: accreditation for programs in Computer Science and Information Systems.

Computing Accreditation Commission: appointed Commissioner for 2015-16.

Standards Development: Active participant in IEEE and ISO software engineering standards working groups developing standards and guidelines for Quality Assurance, Reviews & Inspections, Metrics, Project Management, and definitional issues.

NATO Advanced Study Institute: Selected participant for the workshop: Generalization in Neural Networks and Machine Learning, Cambridge, UK.

Summer Institute on Probability in AI: selected participant, Oregon State University.

Upsilon Pi Epsilon: Officer and Charter member, Colorado Beta Chapter at Colorado State University.

Member: New York Academy of Sciences, ACM, IEEE.

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  • Programming, visualizations, and gaming in STEM education.
  • Machine Learning: neuro-biologically inspired models of computing, reinforcement / Q-learning.
  • Software engineering: quality measures, process improvement, requirements & reliability engineering.
  • Extending user-driven interactivity in 3D and Object VR models.
  • Web site design & usability engineering.

NSF Phase I grant #0340214, PI: McCracken, Interactive Anatomy for Grade 7-12 Students and Teachers, dates of work 1/2004 - 6/2004, role: technical lead and developer.

NSF Phase II grant # DMI-0078774, PI: McCracken, Digital Cadaver - An Immersive Environment for the Direct Reconstruction of Anatomical Data Sets, 8/01/00 - 7/31/02, role: software implementation.

NSF Phase I & II grant # DMI-9901806, PI: McCracken, Complete software System for 3D Surface Modeling of Anatomy from 2D Sections, 8/1998 - 7/2001, role: project team manager, system integration, software development.

NSF Phase I grant # DMI-9860630, PI: McCracken, Fast and Accurate Nurbs Surfaces from Polygonal Mesh Models of Organic Structures, 1/01/99 - 7/30/99, role: Research Associate.

Colorado Advanced Software Institute, PI: Anderson, Semi-automated Boundary Tracing of Medical Images for Three-Dimensional Model Development, 9/1997 - 6/1998, role: implementation of my research/dissertation ideas.

NSF grant IRI-9212191, PI: Anderson, Multi-grid Q-learning, 9/1993 - 8/1994, role: Research Associate.

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Invited Talk, "Machine Learned Boundary Definitions... The True Story of A Trail Across the Ph.D. Plains", CSU seminar series, October 2003

Invited Talk, "Software Reviews & Audits", NSIA Sixth Conference on Software Quality & Productivity, April 1990.

Invited Discussant, "Software Metrics", session Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, January 1986.

Discussion Session, "Standards Implementation", session leader, consolidator, & presenter Software Engineering Standards Conference, October 1984.

Panelist, "Quality Assurance for Telecommunications Software", INFOCOM 84 Conference, April 1984.

Invited talk, "Software Quality Control & Assurance", International Communications Conference, June 1983, & Sandia National Laboratories, March 1983. 

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