HPU Computer Science Chair Appointed to Computing Accreditation Commission

March 12, 2015

Stewart Crawford, Ph.D.
 Stewart Crawford, Ph.D.

HONOLULU — Hawai‘i Pacific University Computer Science Department Chair Stewart Crawford, Ph.D., has been appointed to the ABET Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC). ABET is the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology.

Crawford teaches courses including web development, programming languages, software engineering, project management and computer literacy. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Colorado State University and earned an M.S. in Operations Research from Stanford University.

Crawford’s interests include integrating programming projects into secondary school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curricula, where students program visualizations and models of the physical phenomena and mathematical concepts they study in their classes.

“These projects may range from simple in-class exercises, to an extended lab session, to more involved homework assignments, to yet more complex capstone projects,” according to Crawford. “The approach is not to teach the full breadth of an introductory programming class, but to teach enough for the students to be able to complete projects that support the pedagogy of their classes.”

Crawford’s one-year appointment begins at the installation of the 2015-2016 ABET CAC, in the summer.

ABET is a federation of 34 professional and technical societies that contribute funds and volunteers to set policy, develop strategy, and conduct ABET accreditation activities worldwide on behalf of their professions. There are currently more than 2,200 volunteers on ABET’s roster. ABET is also recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. See www.abet.org.