Professor of Computer Science and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Engineering and Information Technology
As Associate Dean, Dr. desJardins focuses on faculty mentoring and development, student success, curriculum, and accreditation. Research focus is artificial intelligence: machine learning, multi-agent systems, interactive AI, and reasoning under uncertainty. Named UMBC Presidential Teaching Professor (2014-2017), Distinguished Member of the Association for Computing Machinery, Senior Member of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, and a UMBC Professor Not to Miss (2011). Received an NSF grant to build a community of CS educators and improve CS education at the high school level in Maryland and a Google CS4HS grant for a summer workshop for high school CS teachers. Participated in an NSF grant to develop a new introductory design experience for UMBC computing majors. Mentors a diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. desJardins is a 2015 American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow.