Margaret Ellis Honored for Contributions to Undergraduate Computer Science Education and Research Opportunities

Margaret Ellis, associate professor of practice in the department of computer science at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, has been honored with the 2024 Mary Kenneth Computer Science and Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Award from the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers. She was recognized for her outstanding contributions to undergradaute education through teaching, service, and mentorship.

Ellis began her career at Virginia Tech in 2013 as a part-time instructor. She currently serves as a full-time faculty member, teaching introductory computer science courses. She also serves the university by developing course curriculum and integrating educational tools into the classroom that focus on the student experience in early undergraduate education. Additionally, she contributed to the establishment of the Broadening Undergraduate Research Groups in Systems program, which helps students develop their research skills and cultivate their academic curiosities.

Ellis is a two-time graduate of Virginia Tech where she received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and her master’s degree in computer science.

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