Dr. Kenneth Weber

Teaching Area(s): Computer Science

Title: Professor of Computer Science and Information Systems and Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems
Courses Taught:
Computer Science

Career
I was asked by my third grade teacher to help other students with their math. It was really exciting to see the “light bulb” go on when they figured out how to do something. I guess that’s the underlying reason that I went into teaching mathematics and computer science.

Professional Accomplishments
As I was finishing my doctorate degree, I was able to make a significant contribution to an open-source mathematical software project named GMP, which has since become a significant part of today’s computer and communication infrastructure.

Learning Safari
I think of myself as a guide on a learning safari. Since I’ve been there (to a subject) many times before, I’m excited to point out interesting things I’ve seen on past safaris to my students, but I’m also excited to see new things every time I go back.

Interesting Research
I developed a course in network security in the early 2000s, which we are able to offer every other year. A handful of my students have gone on to work or study in security related fields.

Best Part of the Job
I love helping students turn on the light bulb.

Favorite Building
Kolenbrander-Harter Information Center (KHIC)—because it’s where I spend the most time. It’s a pretty comfortable building to teach and study in.

Faculty Commitment
I have never been at a school where the faculty members are more concerned with the welfare and success of their students.

Potential Employers
I believe that employers of our graduates value their ability to communicate clearly, cooperate with others and at the same time have a good handle on the technical parts of their work.

Research Interests
My research has been in the areas of parallel computation and computer arithmetic. I currently am hoping to delve into the area of parallel cryptographic algorithms.

Education
B.S., Mathematics, Kent State University
M.A., Mathematics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.S., Computer Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ph.D., Computer Science, Kent State University

I developed a course in network security in the early 2000s, which we are able to offer every other year. A handful of my students have gone on to work or study in security related fields.

Fun Facts

If You Could Teach Another Class
I would love to be able to teach a class on quantum mechanics—but that’s probably because I want someone to force me to take the time to learn some of it.
Favorite Quote or Motto
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.”
Surprising News
I get frustrated with computers sometimes, too!
Places to Visit or Things to Do
Although my wife and I have been to several places out west, I still haven’t been to Yosemite National Park.
Hobbies and Interests
I enjoy bicycling and camping.
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