The Magic and Beauty of Computer Science

Susanne Hambrusch

Susanne E. Hambrusch is professor of computer sciences at Purdue University. She received the Diplom Ingenieur in Computer Science from the Technical University of Vienna, Austria, in 1977, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Penn State in 1982. In 1982, she joined the faculty at Purdue University.

Susanne Hambrusch’s research interests are in the area of parallel and distributed computation, data management and query processing in uncertain and mobile environments, and analysis of algorithms. She is a member of the editorial board for Parallel Computing and Information Processing Letters and a member of the External Advisory Boards at Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech. As a member of CRA-W, she serves as a director for CRA-W's undergraduate research programs. Her recognition’s include inaugural membership in the Purdue University Book of Great Teachers, a 2003 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award from Pennsylvania State University, and 2004 TechPoint Mira Education Award Winner.

She served as the head of the Department of Computer Science at Purdue from 2002-2007. During that time, she introduced a number of outreach and retention programs to address declining enrollment and diminishing diversity in the undergraduate program. She is currently the PI of an NSF CPATH grant on “Science Education in Computational Thinking (SECANT) ,” a project developing a two-course sequence introducing science majors to computational thinking and to the role of computation in exploring and understanding of physical phenomena.