Stephen H. Edwards is a Professor and the Associate Department Head for Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech, where he has been teaching since 1996. He received his B.S. in electrical engineering from Caltech, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer and information science from The Ohio State University. His research
interests include computer science education, software testing, software engineering, and programming languages. He is the project lead for Web-CAT, the most widely used open-source automated grading system in the world. Web-CAT is known for allowing instructors to grade students based on how well they test their own code. In addition, his research group has produced a number of other open-source tools used in classrooms at many other institutions. Currently, he is researching innovative for giving feedback to students as they work on assignments to provide a more welcoming experience for students, recognizing the effort they put in and the accomplishments they make as they work on solutions, rather than simply looking at whether the student has finished what is required. The goals of his research are to strengthen growth mindset beliefs while encouraging deliberate practice, self-checking, and skill improvement as students work.
I am a Ph.D. graduate student in Department of Computer Science in Virginia Tech since Fall, 2013. My research interests is computer science education. Before that, I worked as a research staff in School of Medicine in University of Virginia from 2007 to 2013. I hold a Master degree in Computer Science in Virginia Tech. Master degree in Computer Science and Chemistry in Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. I obtained my Bachelor degree of Engineering in East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai, China.
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