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 Lab (SOELA) and the Co-Director of the Cyberinfrastructure Lab (CIL), which are part of the Data and Software Systems cluster of the CSE Department.

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, the 2014 CoEN Faculty Excellence Award, and the 2019 UNR GSA Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award.

Many of my students have received awards and recognitions, most recently Gavin Claire (Spring 2022 College of Engineering Senior Scholar), Adam Cassell (2022 Outstanding CSE Master Thesis Award 2022 and Best Student Paper Award at ITNG-2021), Nicole Beaulieu (2022 CSE IWD Award for Inclusive Practices), and Vinh Le (2022 Outstanding CSE TA Award and Best Student Paper Award at ITNG-2022).

Further details can be found in my curriculum vitae (August 2022).


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 Data Science and Computer-Aided Education.

The following may provide additional details on my research:

Publications (selection)
PhD thesis (2001)


In Fall 2022 I teach CS 791 Advanced Topics on Human-Computer Interaction (14 graduate students) and co-teach with Prof. Devrin Lee the capstone course CS 425 Software Engineering (138 students) -- details are available on UNR Web Campus.
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 on youtube can be accessed via this page.

Graduate students advised

Current students

Academic Services since 2018

Member of UNR Senate (2020-2023)
Member of UNR University Research Council (2020-present)
Member of UNR Travel Grants committee (2022-present)
Member of UNR Board of Regents Awards committee (2022-present)
Chair of UNR Donald Tibbitts Distinguished Teacher of the Year review panel (2019-2020)
Member of UNR Donald Tibbitts Distinguished Teacher of the Year review panel (2018-2019)
Member of UNR Outstanding Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor Award committee (2019)

Chair of College of Engineering Personnel and Evaluation committee (2019-2022)
Member of College of Engineering Faculty Excellence Awards committee (2017-2018)

Member of the Faculty Evaluation committee, CSE Department (for years 2018 and 2019)
Member of Search committees of the CSE Department (last one in 2018)
Member of the Undergraduate Committee, CSE Department (2017-2020)
Member of the Facilities committee, CSE Department (2020-present)

Other Professional Activities (recent)

Member of technical program committee for the following conferences:

ICSOFT-2023, Rome, Italy, July 2023
CSEDU-2023, Prague, Czech Republic, April 2023
SERD-2022, Oklahoma City, OK, October 2022
ESSE-2022, Rome, Italy, October 2022
SEDE-2022, October 2022 (online)
ICSOFT-2022, Lisbon, Portugal, July 2022
CSEDU-2022, April 2022 (online)
CATA-2022, March 2022 (online)
ESSE-2021, Larissa, Greece, November 2021 (online)
AHIT-2021, Oklahoma City, November 2021 (online)
BIS-2021, Hannover, Germany, June 2021 (online)

Reviewer for journals (since 2020):

International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction
Springer Nature in Computer Science
Multimedia Tools and Applications
ACM Database
Journal of Systems and Software
Future Generation Computer Systems
PeerJ Computer Science

Reviewer/panelist for grant applications

Reviewer for the NSF GRFP program solicitation, 2021-2022
Reviewer for ARO/DoD US and the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) UK (2020)