Meet Jean Gourd
Professor, Computer Science
Phone: (813) 257-6305
Address: 401 W. Kennedy Blvd. Tampa, FL 33606
1995 Santa Fe Community College, A.A.
2004 University of Southern Mississippi, B.S.
2007 University of Southern Mississippi, Ph.D.
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Gourd enjoys curriculum development in his field, including both technical topics and pedagogy. He has a special interest in hands-on, projects-based curricula, especially in the first few formative years during a student's curriculum.
Gourd's research interests are in the areas of computer science curriculum development (including pedagogy), project-based learning, cybersecurity, distributed computing, software engineering and artificial intelligence. He has been involved in many research projects with various government and industry partners. His current research areas of interest include: (1) Computer science education (including curriculum development); and (2) Hands-on, projects-based learning. Specifically, this includes topics such as: (1) Computer science curriculum development in higher education, both pedagogical and technical, with a hands-on, project-based focus; and (2) Computer science curriculum development at the primary and secondary levels, mainly for the purpose of increasing computational thinking experiences to cultivate thinkers and interest in the pursuit of STEM disciplines in higher education and industry.
During his career, he has received over $6.5M in research funding for activities that involve foundational research in computing, applied projects in computing and cybersecurity, and educational activities. He has one patent under review and many publications in peer reviewed journals, published at conferences and as chapters in books. He has published a textbook that involves the science of computing and serves as the primary source for an innovative freshman curriculum in computing. He has several publications currently accepted or under review for publication in journals and conferences.
Gourd has done a lot of outreach work in the community to expose people to the beauty of computing. This includes holding computer build workshops with middle school kids where they build a computer from scratch and install an operating system. These kids bring their computers to their schools and into their computer labs. They subsequently take part in the maintenance of the computers. Similarly, Gourd hosted workshops where a 3D printer is the end goal as opposed to a computer. These 3D printers are then used by students in their schools. He has also led many workshops for high school students that involve computing and cybersecurity with the end goal of exposing the students to STEM disciplines and potentially attracting them to pursue such fields in higher education or industry.
2014–2020, Endowed Professorship at Louisiana Tech University.
2019, Research and Economic Impact Award from Louisiana Tech University.
2018, Student Quality and Outreach Award from Louisiana Tech University.
2016, Innovative Education Award Louisiana Tech University.
2012, Nominated as EWARDS Educator of the Year in Technology by colleagues.
2011, Outstanding Faculty Award from Louisiana Tech University.