Megan Olsen, Ph.D.
- Academic Focus Computer Science
As associate professor of computer science and director of Loyola’s CPaMS Scholars Program, Megan Olsen, Ph.D., wants to break the stigma around her field. She believes a student’s gender and ethnicity have nothing inherently to do with one’s ability to learn and work in computer science. “Through my outreach and teaching practices, I try to help people see that they too belong.” Through the CPaMS Scholars Program, Dr. Olsen teaches, supports, and mentors high-achieving students in computer science, physics, and mathematics/statistics. She also maintains scholarship support for these students and teaches a Messina course to provide guidance for first-year students. Dr. Olsen received her Master of Science and her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research examines how to improve the process of building computation models.
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Computer science students at Loyola gain an excellent breadth of knowledge that prepares them particularly well for the real world.