Travis Doom, professor and associate chair of Wright State University’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering, was named recipient of the 2018 Computer Science and Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Award by the IEEE Computer Society.
The award is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to undergraduate education through both teaching and service. Doom was recognized “for tremendous contributions to computer science and engineering through a balanced career incorporating research, mentoring of students, curriculum, pedagogy development and service.”
“I feel humbled to have been singled out for this honor, particularly as I am fortunate to have a large number of colleagues who are every bit as skilled, passionate and qualified in their disciplines,” said Doom. “I very much expect that we will have continuing international recognition of the great work done here at Wright State.”
The IEEE is the world’s largest association of technical professionals, with more than 400,000 members in chapters around the world. The IEEE Computer Society is the computing industry’s source for technology information and career development. It hosts conferences, technology events and training programs.
The teaching award consists of a plaque, a certificate, a $2,000 honorarium and an invitation to give a talk during the presentation at a dinner and ceremony on June 6 in Phoenix.
Doom is a co-director of Wright State’s bioinformatics research group and pursues research in the fields of undergraduate engineering education, data science, bioinformatics and digital and computer systems. His education research focuses on the impact of active learning and culturally relevant teaching on student success in STEM.
Doom obtained his master’s and Ph.D. in computer science and engineering from Michigan State University and in 1998 joined the faculty at Wright State despite receiving offers from Intel Corp., Argonne National Laboratory and two other universities.
Doom said he would not mind being remembered as someone who spent “too much effort” on his teaching.
He was the 2000 and 2005 recipient of the Wright State College of Engineering and Computer Science Excellence in Teaching award, a 2001 invitee to the Ohio Teacher’s Excellence Program and a 2002-sponsored attendee of the National Effective Teaching Institute.
Doom was awarded the position of Wright State’s Robert J. Kegerreis Distinguished Professor of Teaching from 2014 to 2017, an Outstanding Engineers’ and Scientists’ Award (Education) by the Affiliate Societies Council of Dayton in 2015, and was Southern Ohio Council for Higher Education’s (SOCHE) awardee for Excellence in Teaching in 2014. He currently serves as faculty president at Wright State.