Sergiu Dascalu, PhD

Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Mailstop 171
University of Nevada
Reno, NV 89557
Office: SEM-236
Tel: (775) 784-4613
Fax: (775) 784-1877


I am a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), which I joined in July 2002. I have a PhD degree in Computer Science (2001) from Dalhousie University, Canada and a Master’s degree in Automatic Control and Computers (1982) from the Polytechnic of Bucharest, Romania. At UNR I am also the Director of the Software Engineering Laboratory (SOELA) and the Co-Director of the Cyberinfrastructure Lab (CIL).

Since joining UNR, I have worked on research projects funded by federal agencies (NSF, NASA, DoD-ONR) as well as the local industry (Bally Technologies, General Electric, PC Doctor). I have advised many PhD, Master, and undergraduate students. I have created several new courses, both graduate and undergraduate, and taught the capstone courses Software Engineering and Senior Projects in Computer Science and Engineering. At UNR I received several awards, including the 2005 UNR College of Engineering’s Lemelson Award for Innovation in Teaching and Research, the 2009 Nevada Center for Entrepreneurship’s Faculty Advisor Award, the 2011 UNR Outstanding Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor Award, the 2011 UNR Donald Tibbitts Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award, and the 2014 CoEN Faculty Excellence Award.

Further details can be found in my curriculum vitae.


My main research interests are in Software Engineering (in particular, software for scientific and interdisciplinary research, requirements specification, software environments, and software systems) and Human-Computer Interaction (user interface design, virtual environments, and simulation environments). Other interests include Collaborative Systems, Data Science, and Computer-Aided Education.

The following may provide additional details on my research:

Publications (selection)
Recent projects
PhD thesis (2001)


In Spring 2016 I teach CS 791 Human-Computer Interaction and CS 426 Senior Projects.

Information about other courses that I taught in the past as well as on courses that I will teach next semester can be found here:

Past courses
Future courses

Sample senior projects videos posted at youtube can be accessed via this page.

Graduate students advised

Current students

Academic Services

Chair of the Undergraduate Committee of the Computer Science and Engineering Department
Member of the Differential Fee Committee, Computer Science and Engineering Department
Member of the Web Committee, Computer Science and Engineering Department
Member of the College of Engineering’s Core Curriculum Committee
Member of the UNR Outstanding Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor Award panel

Other Professional Activities

Keynote speaker, JCC-2015, Santiago de Chile, Chile, November 9-13, 2015.
Keynote speaker, World Usability Day, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, Chile, November 13, 2015.
Technical Program Committee member, CATA-2016, Las Vegas, NV, April 4-6, 2016.
Technical Program Committee member, CSEDU-2016, Rome, Italy, April 21-23, 2016.
Technical Program Committee senior member, CTS-2016, Orlando, FL, June 6-10, 2016.
Technical Program Committee member, ICSOFT-2016 (PT), Lisbon, Portugal, July 24-26, 2016.

Personal Links

The following may not be of interest to all but perhaps some of my friends might want to have a look:

World Pieces