COMPUTER SCIENCE: (De)Programming Stereotypes

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COMPUTER SCIENCE: (De)Programming Stereotypes

Assistant Professor, Auburn University, Auburn, Ala., Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering

Education: Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Cincinnati; M.S., Computer Science, University of Cincinnati; B.S., Applied Science, Miami University of Ohio

Age: 32

Dr. Juan E. Gilbert has long been accustomed to the surprised looks of freshmen taking his computer science classes at Auburn University in Alabama.

"They're not familiar with many Blacks in a computer science class, much less having a professor who is Black," says Gilbert, who joined the faculty a year and a half ago. The 32-year-old computer scientist had the opportunity, the talent and affinity to pursue his studies in technology. Gilbert now is making a name for himself with his research in instructional technology that is relevant to African American students.

Gilbert's dissertation focused on creating a Web-based tutoring program that adapts to accommodate multiple learning styles. His work is key for the much-touted Institute for African American Eculture (iAAEC), a multidisciplinary group of African American computer scientists, educators and others. …