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Dr. Janice Carter M Tiernan

Name

[Tiernan, Dr. Janice Carter M]
  • Assistant Dean

Biography

Dr. J. Carter M. Tiernan is the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in the College of Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington.  Since becoming Assistant Dean, Dr. Tiernan has helped bring more than $3.4 million dollars of grants to the College of Engineering for engineering outreach, recruiting, retention, and scholarships.  She oversees the Engineering Summer Programs which typically reaches more than 300 students each summer through a variety of engineering camps.  She coordinates undergraduate recruiting for the College, advises engineering student organizations, and conducts various school year outreach programs including the FIRST Tech Challenge, part of the US FIRST competitions, Engineering Saturdays, and events such as Future City.  She collaborates with UT Arlington College of Science faculty and staff on STEM outreach activities and on retention programs for current and incoming STEM undergraduates.

After completing her doctorate at UT Arlington in 1992, Dr. Tiernan came back to UT Arlington as a full-time faculty member in the fall of 2001 as a Senior Lecturer, undergraduate advisor, and Director of Outreach in the Computer Science & Engineering department. Since 2005, she has also been the Director of the College’s Engineering and Computer Science Summer Camps. Dr. Tiernan was named the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in June 2007.

Between 1992 and 2001, Dr. Tiernan worked for Project SEED, a national non-profit mathematics organization. She taught high school and college mathematics to elementary school children, provided professional training for educators, and worked as part of the management of Project SEED in Dallas and nationally. Dr. Tiernan also taught part-time at UT Arlington and UT Dallas.

Dr. Tiernan began her career at Texas Instruments after receiving a BA in Computer Science from the Univ. of Tennessee in 1983.  At TI, she worked on software design for electro-optics systems and developed part of a multi-agent artificial intelligence system to support single-seat fighter pilots. While at TI, Dr. Tiernan completed an MS in Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas (1987) and began her studies toward a Ph.D. at UT Arlington.  She finished her Ph.D. while working as a faculty associate at UTA's Automation and Robotics Research Institute.

Professional Preparation

    • 1983 B.S. in Computer ScienceUniversity of Tennessee
    • 1987 M.S. in Computer ScienceUniversity of Texas at Dallas
    • 1992 Ph.D. in Computer ScienceUniveristy of Texas at Arlington

Appointments

    • June 2007 to Present Assistant Dean
      University of Texas at Arlington   Office of the President   Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs   College of Engineering
    • Sept 2001 to Present Senior Lecturer, Dir of Outreach
      University of Texas at Arlington   Computer Science Engineering
    • July 1992 to Aug 2001 Coordinator and Mathematics Specialist
      Project SEED, Inc (a national mathematics teaching organization)
    • June 1999 to Aug 1999 Instructor - Computer Science Engineering
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • June 1997 to Aug 1997 Instructor - Computer Science Engineering
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • June 1996 to Aug 1996 Instructor - Computer Science Engineering
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • June 1995 to Aug 1995 Instructor - Computer Science
      University of Texas Dallas
    • June 1994 to Aug 1994 Instructor - Computer Science Engineering
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • June 1993 to Aug 1993 Instructor - Computer Science Engineering
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • Jan 1990 to June 1992 Faculty Associate
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • Jan 1983 to Jan 1990 Software Design
      Texas Instruments

Memberships

  • Membership
    • Aug 2005 to Present ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education)
    • Feb 2001 to Present Society of Women Engineers
    • Oct 1984 to Present Association of Computing Machinery (ACM)

Research and Expertise

  • Engineering Education

    Engineering Education contributes to the understanding of how people learn engineering concepts and material effectively and efficiently.

Publications

      Technical Report 2015
      • C. Tiernan, “Proposed Addition of a “Connection” Component to the FIRST Tech Challenge Competition Structure”, Proposal to US FIRST, usfirst.org, March 2015

        {Technical Report }

      Lecture/Speech 2014
      • Plenary Panelist, "Cultural Influences in Girls in STEM", FIRST Global Community Conference, June 16-19, 2014, Hyannis, MA

        {Lecture/Speech }

      Conference Proceeding 2013
      • L.Peterson, J. Epperson, R. Lopez, K. Schug, C. Tiernan,,  “Experience with a Modified Emerging Scholars Program in High-Loss Mathematics and Chemistry Courses”, Published,  2013 First Year Engineering Experience Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, August 2013.

        {Conference Proceeding }
      2013
      • L. Peterson, J. Epperson, R. Lopez, K. Schug, C. Tiernan,, “AURAS: Increasing Retention in High-Loss Mathematics and Chemistry Courses”  Proceedings, ASEE Gulf-Southwest Section Conference, U Texas Arlington, Mar 2013.

        {Conference Proceeding }

      Lecture/Speech 2011
      • "Life After Project Lead The Way", Keynote Presentation, Texas Project Lead The Way Conference, Jan 24, 2011,Dallas, TX
        {Lecture/Speech }

      Conference Proceeding 2011
      • Y. Weatherton, A. Kruzic, C. Tiernan, L. Peterson, “Mathematics Performance and First Year Retention of Students in Engineering Learning Communities”, Proceedings, American Society for Engineering Education,  June 2011.

        {Conference Proceeding }

      Conference Paper 2009
      • Lynn Peterson, J.C.M. Tiernan, Robyn Johnson, Jamila Phillips, “Engineering Student Recruiters: Review of Role of Women as Peer Recruiters for Potential Engineering Students,” Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Women in Engineering Division (WIED), Austin, Texas, June 2009.
        {Conference Paper }
      2009
      • Lynn Peterson, J.C.M. Tiernan, Lynard Broussard, “Girlgeneering vs. Entry to Engineering: Engineering Outreach Program Comparison of a Girls-Only vs. Co-Ed Engineering Summer Camp,” Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Gulf-Southwest (GSW) Annual Conference, Baylor University, March 2009, on CD-ROM.
        {Conference Paper }

      Conference Paper 2006
      • Lynn Peterson, J.C.M. Tiernan, "Strategies and Support Systems for an Outreach and Recruiting Engineering and Computer Science Residential Summer Camp," Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Gulf-Southwest (GSW) Annual Conference, Southern University and A & M College, March 2006, on CD-ROM.

        {Conference Paper }

      Conference Paper 2003
      • J.C.M. Tiernan, Dan Waters, Armando Mora, and Lisette Zounon, "Improving Undergraduate Retention through Tailored Use of the Infinity Project,” Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Gulf-Southwest (GSW) Annual Conference, University of Texas at Arlington, January 2003, on CD-ROM.
        {Conference Paper }
      2003
      • J.C.M. Tiernan, Dan Waters, Armando Mora, and Lisette Zounon, " Extending the Infinity Project for Use as a Pedagogical Tool for Computer Science and Engineering Students,” ASEE/World Federation of Engineering Organizations WFEO International Colloquium, Nashville, TN, June 2003, published on the ASEE website.
        {Conference Paper }

      Conference Paper 1996
      • Choo, Joshua, Amir Sharif-Homayoun, and Carter Tiernan, "Socratic Pedagogy and the Integration of Technology", Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Conference on Technology and Education, New Orleans, LA, March 17-20, 1996, Vol. 1, pp. 374-376.
        {Conference Paper }
      1996
      • Curry, Susan and Carter Tiernan, "Distance Learning for Staff Development" , Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Conference on Technology and Education, New Orleans, LA, Mar. 17-20, 1996, Vol. 1, pp. 377-379
        {Conference Paper }
      1996
      • Leffler, Warren, Wayne Patterson, and Carter Tiernan, "Teaching Function-Based Programming Socratically", Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Conference on Technology and Education, New Orleans, LA, March 17-20, 1996, Vol. 2, pp. 381-383.
        {Conference Paper }

      Journal Article 1992
      • Barber, K. S., K. A. Harbison-Briggs, O. R. Mitchell and J. C. M. Tiernan, "Symbolic Representation and Planning for Robot Control Systems in Manufacturing" in Applications of AI in Manufacturing, ed. A. (Fazel) Famili, Dana S. Nau, Steven H. Kim, AAAI p
        {Journal Article }
      1992
      • Tiernan, J.C.M., Time-Constrained Conflict Resolution for Cooperating Heterogeneous, Multi-Agent Intelligent Systems, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Texas at Arlington, 1992.
        {Journal Article }

      Conference Paper 1991
      • Barber, K.S., J.C.M. Tiernan, and K.A. Harbison-Briggs, "A Process Model for an Intelligent Robotic Planning System", Proc. of Modeling and Simulation Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, May 4-5, 1991,Vol. 22 No. 2,pp.1013-1020.
        {Conference Paper }
      1991
      • Goldstein, D.G. and Tiernan, J.C.M., "Heterogeneous Distributed Knowledge Based Systems ", AAAI-91 Workshop on Cooperation Among Heterogeneous Intelligent Agents, July, 1991.
        {Conference Paper }

      Conference Paper 1990
      • Tiernan, J.C.M., K.S.Barber, K.A.Harbison-Briggs,AAAI-90 Manufacturing Planning & Control Wkshp, "Using Process Knowledge for Intelligent Robotic Manufacturing Applications", Jul 29 - Aug 3, 1990.
        {Conference Paper }
      1990
      • Tiernan, J.C.M., K.S. Barber, K.A. Harbison-Briggs, "Knowledge Acquisition of Process Knowledge for Intelligent Robotic Manufacturing Applications", Proc. of Midcon 90, pp. 240-243, Sept. 11-13, 1990
        {Conference Paper }

      Journal Article 1990
      • Mullen, D., R. Duff, J.C.M. Tiernan, and K.S. Barber, "Overview of Trajectory Planning within Intelligent Kinematic Engine", Automation and Robotics Research Institute Technical Report, ARRI-TR90-9, June 1990.
        {Journal Article }
      1990
      • Tiernan, J.C.M., K.S. Barber, K.A. Harbison-Briggs, "Knowledge Acquisition of Process Knowledge for Intelligent Robotic Manufacturing Applications", Automation and Robotics Research Institute Technical Report, ARRI-TR90-15, April 1990
        {Journal Article }
      1990
      • Tiernan, J.C.M., K.S. Barber, K.A. Harbison-Briggs, "Abrasive Waterjet Knowledge Base Architecture and Design", Automation and Robotics Research Institute Technical Report, ARRI-TR90-20, May 1990.
        {Journal Article }
      1990
      • Tiernan, J.C.M., K.S. Barber, and K.A. Harbison-Briggs, "Integration of Blackboard Based Process Knowledge with Conventional Robot Control Functions on Parallel Hardware", American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-90), July 29 - August 3, 19
        {Journal Article }

      Technical Report Submitted
      • C. Tiernan, “Proposed Addition of a “Connection” Component to the FIRST Tech Challenge Competition Structure”, Proposal to US FIRST, usfirst.org, March 2015

        {Technical Report }

Presentations

    • September  2013
      Engineering Saturdays
      The College of Engineering offers free one-day Saturday events to excite students about engineering.  See the website for details of how to participate.
    • June  2013
      Engineering Summer Programs
      The UT Arlington College of Engineering offers summer camps for future engineering and computer science students.  These camps give students a chance to try out engineering and have fun!  Please visit our website for more information about these programs.

      http://www.uta.edu/engineering/summer_programs
    • January  2013
      College of Engineering K-12 Outreach
      The UT Arlington College of Engineering is committed to offering engineering outreach programs to our community and to potential engineering and computer science students.  These programs showcase what engineering is all about and offer young students the chance to see how fun and exciting engineering can be.  Please visit our website for more information about these programs.

Support & Funding

This data is entered manually by the author of the profile and may duplicate data in the Sponsored Projects section.
    • Jan 2016 to Dec 2019 Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) sponsored by  - $704385
    • May 2016 to Aug 2016 TexPREP Texas PreFreshman Engineering Program sponsored by  - $30000
    • May 2016 to Aug 2016 Engineering Recruiting Program Engineering Summer Programs sponsored by  - $12900
    • May 2016 to Aug 2016 TexPREP Texas PreFreshman Engineering Program sponsored by  - $6000
    • Sept 2014 to Aug 2019 FORCES+ Focus On Retention in Cohorts of Engineering Students to Provide Lasting University Success sponsored by  - $630000
    • May 2014 to Aug 2014 Engineering Recruitment Program Engineering Summer Programs sponsored by  - $12800
    • May 2009 to May 2017 AURAS: Arlington Undergraduate Research-based Achievement for STEM sponsored by  - $1999994
    • Jan 2009 to Aug 2010 Texas Youth in Technology Grant Program sponsored by  - $272000
    • May 2015 to Aug 2015 TexPREP Texas PreFreshman Engineering Program sponsored by  - $26000
    • May 2015 to Aug 2015 Engineering Recruiting Program Engineering Summer Programs sponsored by  - $12900
    • Apr 2013 to Sept 2013 Summer Merit Program 2013 sponsored by  - $49000
    • Apr 2012 to Sept 2012 Summer Merit Program sponsored by  - $50842
    • Mar 2011 to Sept 2011 Engineering Recruitment Program sponsored by  - $20000
    • May 2011 to Aug 2011 Governor's Champions Camp sponsored by  - $110000
    • Sept 2007 to Sept 2008 Texas Youth in Technology sponsored by  - $358000
    • Dec 2007 to Aug 2008 Texas Summer Merit Program sponsored by  - $39000
    • Dec 2007 to Aug 2008 Engineering Recruitment Program sponsored by  - $8000
    • June 2006 to Aug 2008 Webtronics Competition sponsored by  - $58000
    • June 2005 to Aug 2007 Expansion of CSE @ UTA Robot Programming Contest to Increase Computer Science and Engineering Recruitment sponsored by  - $161000
    • Mar 2002 to Aug 2007 Deploying the Infinity Project Statewide sponsored by  - $131000

Students Supervised

  • Master's
    • May 2016

      ROBOTICS CURRICULUM FOR EDUCATION IN ARLINGTON: Experiential, Simple and Engaging learning opportunity for low-income K-12 students.

Collaborators

Courses

      • CSE 1310-003 Introduction to Programming

        Course Objective:

        Introduces students to the concept of writing computer programs and thinking about how to write computer programs.  The course uses the Java programming language to do this and also considers how to write programs using good programming practices that will apply to all later programming as well. 

        “Learn about programming.  Do some programming.”

        Catalog Description:

        An introduction to the computer, to the algorithmic process, and to programming using basic control and data structures, using a procedural language.

        Student Learning Outcomes:

        Students will be able to develop algorithms for math functions (e.g. the factorial), processing of strings and lists, games (e.g. Tic-Tac-Toe, The Hangman ) or basic functionality (e.g. a phonebook).

        They will be able to write and debug programs that implement the above mentioned algorithms.

        When reading simple code, students will be able to explain what each line of code does and how it affects the computer state.

        Students will be able to read and write text files using Java.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours2 Documents
      • ENGR 1101-002 Entrance to Engineering for Transfer Students

        Entrance to Engineering for Transfer Students welcomes transfer students to the College of Engineering. Topics include engineering student life, fields of study, ethics, design, and preparing for a successful career.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • CSE 1310-5 Introduction to Computers and Programming

        Course Objective:

        Introduces students to the concept of writing computer programs and thinking about how to write computer programs.  The course uses the Java programming language to do this and also considers how to write programs using good programming practices that will apply to all later programming as well. 

        “Learn about programming.  Do some programming.”

        Catalog Description:

        An introduction to the computer, to the algorithmic process, and to programming using basic control and data structures, using a procedural language.

        Student Learning Outcomes:

        Students will be able to develop algorithms for math functions (e.g. the factorial), processing of strings and lists, games (e.g. Tic-Tac-Toe, The Hangman ) or basic functionality (e.g. a phonebook).

        They will be able to write and debug programs that implement the above mentioned algorithms.

        When reading simple code, students will be able to explain what each line of code does and how it affects the computer state.

        Students will be able to read and write text files using Java.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours1 Document
      • CSE 1310-5 Introduction to Programming

        Course Objective:

        Introduces students to the concept of writing computer programs and thinking about how to write computer programs.  The course uses the Java programming language to do this and also considers how to write programs using good programming practices that will apply to all later programming as well. 

        “Learn about programming.  Do some programming.”

        Catalog Description:

        An introduction to the computer, to the algorithmic process, and to programming using basic control and data structures, using a procedural language.

        Student Learning Outcomes:

        Students will be able to develop algorithms for math functions (e.g. the factorial), processing of strings and lists, games (e.g. Tic-Tac-Toe, The Hangman ) or basic functionality (e.g. a phonebook).

        They will be able to write and debug programs that implement the above mentioned algorithms.

        When reading simple code, students will be able to explain what each line of code does and how it affects the computer state.

        Students will be able to read and write text files using Java.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours2 Links1 Document
      • CSE 1310-3 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS AND PROGRAMMING

        Course Objective:

        Introduces students to the concept of writing computer programs and thinking about how to write computer programs.  The course uses the Java programming language to do this and also considers how to write programs using good programming practices that will apply to all later programming as well. 

        “Learn about programming.  Do some programming.”

        Catalog Description:

        An introduction to the computer, to the algorithmic process, and to programming using basic control and data structures, using a procedural language.

        Student Learning Outcomes:

        Students will be able to develop algorithms for math functions (e.g. the factorial), processing of strings and lists, games (e.g. Tic-Tac-Toe, The Hangman ) or basic functionality (e.g. a phonebook).

        They will be able to write and debug programs that implement the above mentioned algorithms.

        When reading simple code, students will be able to explain what each line of code does and how it affects the computer state.

        Students will be able to read and write text files using Java.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • CSE 1310-3 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS AND PROGRAMMING

        Introduces students to the concept of writing computer programs and thinking about how to write computer programs.  The course uses the Java programming language to do this and also considers how to write programs using good programming practices that will apply to all later programming as well. 

        “Learn about programming.  Do some programming.”

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours1 Document
      • CSE 1325-1 OBJECT-ORIENTED PROGRAMMING

        Object-oriented programming is one of the most important programming paradigms in modern software development. Java is one of the most widely used object-oriented programming languages. The objective of this course is to introduce the fundamental concepts, principles, methods, and techniques of object-oriented programming using Java.

        Summer - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • CSE 1325-1 OBJECT-ORIENTED PROGRAMMING

        Object-oriented programming is one of the most important programming paradigms in modern software development. Java is one of the most widely used object-oriented programming languages. The objective of this course is to introduce the fundamental concepts, principles, methods, and techniques of object-oriented programming using Java.

        The topics covered in this course can be largely divided into two parts. The first part is focused on the foundation of object orientation. It covers the basic OO concepts, including objects, classes, object interaction, collections of objects, encapsulation, cohesion and others. The second part covers the more advanced topics, including inheritance, abstract classes, interface, exception handling, OO design and analysis, and others. This course will also cover several topics related to ensuring the quality of object-oriented programs such as testing, debugging, refactoring, and design patterns.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • CSE 1325-1 Object Oriented Programming

        Object-oriented programming is one of the most important programming paradigms in modern software development. Java is one of the most widely used object-oriented programming languages. The objective of this course is to introduce the fundamental concepts, principles, methods, and techniques of object-oriented programming using Java.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • CSE 1320-1 Intermediate Programming in C

        Programming concepts beyond standard control and data structures. Emphasis is given to data structures including linked lists and trees as well as modular design consistent with software engineering principles.

        Learning Outcomes:

        1.      Use a structured programming language to create moderate complexity programs in order to demonstrate facility with various features of program design.

        2.      Investigate alternate approaches to program control and data structures in order to evaluate appropriate use of each approach.

        3.      Create programs using a structured programming language in order to solve problems.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • CSE 1325-1 OBJECT-ORIENTED PROGRAMMING
        Please see Dr. Tiernan's website (www.uta.edu/faculty/tiernan) for syllabus and schedule as well as all class materials.
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus 1 Link
      • CSE 1320-1 INTERMEDIATE PROGRAMMING
        Programming concepts beyond standard control and data structures. Emphasis is given to data structures including linked lists and trees as well as modular design consistent with software engineering principles.
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2012 Download Syllabus 1 Link
      • CSE 1320-2 INTERMEDIATE PROGRAMMING
        Please see Dr. Tiernan's website (www.uta.edu/faculty/tiernan) for syllabus and schedule as well as all class materials.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2012 Download Syllabus 1 Link

Other Teaching Activities

  • 2016
    • K-12, CC, University collaboration
      • Apr 2016 DCCCD STEM Accelerator Team

        The Texas Regional STEM Degree Accelerator Initiative has been created to increase the number of students who graduate from college with STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) credentials.  Starting in April 2016 this project is ongoing.

Service to the Community

  • Elected
    • Aug 2012 to  Present Board member, Fort Worth Regional Science and Engineering Fair

      Assist in implementing the FWRSEF program for middle-school and high school students in Tarrant county and region.  See www.fwrsef.org for more information.

Service to the Profession

  • Elected
    • Aug 2010 to  Aug 2014 President, Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, UT Arlington chapter

      Professional society with focus on research spanning sciences and engineering.

  • Volunteered
    • Aug 1996 to  Present Advisor, Society of Women Engineering, UT Arlington student chapter

      Serve as advisor to SWE student chapter

Service to the University

  • Appointed
    • Aug 2011 to  Present Scheduling Committee

      Provide Engineering review of academic calendar setting

Other Service Activities

Administrative Appointment

  • 2007
    • Aug 2007 to Present - Assistant Dean, University of Texas at Arlington