OSU-Cascades computer science program leader named

The recently approved computer science degree at Oregon State University - Cascades has gained its first full-time faculty member, computer scientist Marc Rubin. 

The designated lead of the degree program, Rubin will help guide the program's vision and growth, including its extension to freshman and sophomore course offerings beginning in 2015. 

He will also teach computer science courses, including courses in computer architecture, operating systems, software engineering, algorithms, data mining, web applications, embedded systems, data structures and introductory programming.

Rubin's technical research has included looking at new methods of wirelessly monitoring and automatically detecting snow avalanches.  His work focuses on applying wireless cyber-physical systems to geohazard monitoring. 

Rubin earned a doctorate from the Colorado School of Mines in 2014, where he was a fellow in the National Science Foundation's prestigious IGERT program, which focused on interdisciplinary and applied research.  As a fellow, he worked within SmartGeo, a program that developed intelligent geosystems for structures such as earth dams and levees. 

Rubin has won awards from the NSF IGERT, the Association for Computing Machinery and the American Avalanche Association.  He received a B.A. in psychology from Colorado College in 2005 and an M.S. in computer science from University of Tennessee in 2009. 

The computer science degree at OSU-Cascades was created with input from Central Oregon companies including Advanced Energy, Altrec, BendBroadband, Facebook, G5 Manzama, MEDISISS, NAVIS and Ruffwear,  Sony and TriQuint Semiconductor.

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