University of Vermont

Faculty Spotlight

Alison Pechenick, CS Senior Lecturer

Senior Lecturer Alison Pechenick, BSE, MS

Alison joined the Computer Science faculty in 2001, after two decades' experience as engineer, support specialist (network and desktop), technical educator, and teacher of mathematics, physics and computer science in the US, Taiwan, Pakistan and Sweden. Her technical training began early, conducting circuit board test and assembly in her parents' industrial process controls firm.

Passionate about the outdoors, embedded systems, GIS, and the elegance of mathematics and statistics as applied to computational science and machine learning, Alison earned a second Master's degree in environmental engineering. Her research involved using geospatial technologies and statistical learning to create a novel, multi-scale approach for analyzing the impact of roads upon streams in rural, forested watersheds.

Alison truly enjoys exploring technology alongside her students, in courses that range from MATLAB programming for engineers, applied scientists and mathematicians, to Visual Basic event-driven programming for students across campus, to Electrical Engineering Concepts (circuit analysis).  She was the inaugural faculty co-advisor to UVM's student chapter of Engineers Without Borders, and is a proud member of The Order of the Engineer.  To round out her portfolio, Alison leads our seniors in a seminar exploring ethical considerations of technology and advises UVM's Sailing Team.

For more information, visit Alison's website.

Faculty Spotlight

Department of Computer Science

See video interview with Chair Eppstein

Shape the Future! Consider Computing at UVM!

Chair's Welcome

This is an amazing time to go into computing, with unprecedented opportunities. Computers are a ubiquitous and growing presence in all aspects of modern society, and thus there is huge and increasing demand for computing professionals that is far from being met by the profile of today's graduates. This is why unemployment is near zero for Computing Professionals who want to work, and Computing Professionals earn some of the highest salaries in the U.S. But it's not just the money and jobs that make Computing such an exciting profession - Computing-related careers are some of the most versatile, creative, and satisfying career choices you can make, and computational thinking and skills are valuable complements to virtually all other career areas.

Whether your passion is to help fight global warming, uncover the secrets of the human genome, create intelligent robots, bring history alive through mobile apps, prevent terrorism, understand human social phenomena, play the stock market, create digital art, improve health care, or invent the technologies of the future, computing is central to these and most modern endeavors. Computing professionals often collaborate in teams but may also work individually; they may be entrepreneurs, telecommuters, consultants, academics, work in a small business, work in a big business, work in a national laboratory, work in government, or work internationally.

Whether you are interested in computing as a first or second major, a minor, or just want to take a course or two, University of Vermont Computer Science has something to offer. Our dedicated lecturers and world-class research faculty offer dozens of courses ranging from introductory courses in WWW design and computer programming to advanced courses in areas such as mobile app development, evolutionary robotics, agent-based computing, data mining, machine learning, cryptography, bioinformatics and lots in between.

If you are a prospective student or parent, check out additional reasons to Consider Computing at UVM, check out our course offerings, undergraduate and graduate programs, and feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions.

Maggie Eppstein, Ph.D.

Chair of Computer Science
University of Vermont