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Dr Carter Tiernan

[Dr Janice C Tiernan]

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Last Updated: July 11, 2020
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Research Interests

Research Interests
Engineering and Computer Science Education, Artificial Intelligence Applications, K-12 STEM Education, Robotics

Teaching Interests

Teaching Interests
Computer Science Education, Engineering Education, Freshman Adjustment

Biography

Biography

Dr. Carter Tiernan is an Assistant Dean in the College of Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Dr. Tiernan started her career, with her Bachelors degree in Computer Science, at Texas Instruments where she worked as a software design engineer on government contracts. After completing her PhD, Dr. Tiernan worked for Project SEED, a national mathematics organization that taught college-level mathematics to elementary school children and provided professional training for educators. Following Project SEED, Dr. Tiernan joined the Computer Science and Engineering Department at UTA to teach and serve as an undergraduate advisor. Dr. Tiernan became Assistant Dean in 2007.
Currently, Dr. Tiernan directs undergraduate student co-curricular activities, student organizations, engineering outreach, and scholarships for the College as well as securing external funding for these efforts. Dr. Tiernan also helps coordinate undergraduate research opportunities and retention programs for engineering students and collaborates with colleagues in Science and Education on STEM activities.

Education

Education

    • 1992 PhD in Computer Science
      The University of Texas at Arlington, 1992
    • 1987 MS in Computer Science
      University of Texas at Dallas, 1987
    • 1983 BA in Computer Science
      University of Tennessee, 1983

Appointments

Appointments

    • Sept 2017 to Present Assoc. Prof. of Instruction
      Computer Science and Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington (Arlington,
      Teaching faculty in CSE
    • June 2007 to Present Assistant Dean for Student Activities
      Dean of Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington (Arlington,
      Manager of engineering student organizations, college scholarships, K-12 outreach, and retention.
    • Sept 2003 to Aug 2017 Senior Lecturer and CSE Outreach
      Computer Science and Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington (Arlington, TX,
      Teaching faculty in CSE and working with CSE outreach
    • Sept 2001 to Aug 2003 Lecturer, Academic Advisor
      Computer Science and Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington (Arlington,
      Teaching faculty and undergraduate academic advisor
    • June 1995 to Aug 2001 Coordinator & National Liaison
      Project SEED, Inc. (Dallas, TX,
      Managed program resources and personnel in Dallas office as part of management team. Maintained program website, developed training documentation for mathematics teacher professional development, and assisted in scheduling for teaching and professional development activities.
    • June 1995 to Aug 1995 Instructor, Computer Science and Engineering
      Computer Science and Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington (Arlington,
      Part-time summer instructor
    • June 1992 to Aug 2001 Mathematics Specialist
      Project SEED, Inc.
      Taught high school and college mathematics to elementary school children and provided professional training for educators.
    • June 1992 to Aug 1992 Instructor, Computer Science and Engineering
      Computer Science and Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington (Arlington,
      Part-time summer instructor
    • June 1999 to Aug 1999 Instructor, Computer Science and Engineering
      Computer Science and Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington (Arlington,
      Part-time summer instructor
    • June 1998 to Aug 1998 Instructor, Computer Science and Engineering
      Computer Science and Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington (Arlington,
      Part-time summer instructor
    • June 1997 to Aug 1997 Instructor, Computer Science
      University of Texas, Dallas (Dallas, TX,
    • June 1996 to Aug 1996 Instructor, Computer Science and Engineering
      Computer Science and Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington (Arlington,
      Part-time summer instructor
    • June 1994 to Aug 1994 Instructor, Computer Science and Engineering
      Computer Science and Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington (Arlington,
      Part-time summer instructor
    • June 1993 to Aug 1993 Instructor, Computer Science and Engineering
      Computer Science and Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington (Arlington, United States)
      Part-time summer instructor
    • Jan 1990 to June 1992 Faculty Associate
      Computer Science and Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington (Arlington,
      Teaching faculty during graduate program
    • July 1983 to Jan 1990 Software Design and Knowledge Engineer
      Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX,
      Worked on software design for electro-optics systems and developed part of a multi-agent artificial intelligence system to support single-seat fighter pilots.

Memberships

    • Jan 2017 to Present Computer Science Teachers Association
    • Jan 2012 to Present Women in Engineering Programs and Advocates Network
      Member
    • Jan 2010 to Present The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
      Member
    • Jan 2008 to Present Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers
      Member
    • Jan 2006 to Present American Society for Engineering Education
      Member
    • Jan 2002 to Present Society of Women Engineers
      Member
    • Jan 1991 to Present Upsilon Pi Epsilon CS Honor Society
      Member
    • Jan 1990 to Present Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
      Member
    • Jan 1982 to Present Sigma Xi Research Society
      Member
    • Jan 1981 to Present Association for Computing Machinery
      Member

Support & Funding

Support & Funding

This data is entered manually by the author of the profile and may duplicate data in the Sponsored Projects section.
    • June 2018 to May 2023 Preparing Highly Qualified STEM Teachers in High Need Schools through the NSF Robert Noyce Program sponsored by  -  $1167706
      (Funded)
    • July 2018 to July 2019 STEMavericks Residential Camp for FWISD JRROTC Cadets sponsored by  -  $37881
      (Funded)
    • May 2020 to Aug 2021 NPI STEM Activities and Nuclear Engineering Education sponsored by  -  $202586
      (Funded)
    • Sept 2015 to Aug 2020 GAANN Doctoral Fellowships in Computer Science and Engineering Specializing in Sustainable Computing at UTA sponsored by  -  $591468
      (Funded)
    • June 2015 to Aug 2015 Entry to Engineering Camp sponsored by  -  $13998
      Carter Tiernan (Funded)
    • Sept 2014 to Aug 2019 Focus on Rention in Cohorts of Engineering Students - Plus (Forces+) sponsored by  -  $638572
      (Funded)
    • May 2014 to Dec 2014 Entry to Engineering Camp sponsored by  -  $12800
      Carter Tiernan (Funded)
    • May 2009 to Dec 2017 Auras: Arlington Undergraduate Reseach-based Achievement for STEM sponsored by  -  $1999993
      (Funded)
    • Jan 2009 to Aug 2015 Focus on Retention in Cohorts of Engineering Students sponsored by  -  $600000
      (Funded)
    • Feb 2009 to Aug 2010 UT Arlington Engineering TYT Nov. 2008 Proposal sponsored by  -  $272162
      Carter Tiernan (Funded)
    • May 2009 to Dec 2009 Summer Merit Program sponsored by  -  $39000
      Carter Tiernan (Funded)
    • Dec 2008 to Aug 2017 FIRST TECH Challenge Affliate Partner grant / Rockwell Collins. sponsored by  -  $61000
      Carter Tiernan (Funded)
    • Mar 2008 to Feb 2012 UT Arlington RET Site on Hazard Mitigation sponsored by  -  $520456
      (Funded)
    • Apr 2008 to Sept 2008 Summer Merit Program sponsored by  -  $49613
      Carter Tiernan (Funded)
    • Jan 2008 to Aug 2008 Girlgeneering: Girls Only Summer Engineering Camp sponsored by  -  $3398
      Carter Tiernan (Funded)
    • June 2016 to Aug 2016 Entry to Engineering Camp sponsored by  -  $12900
      Carter Tiernan (Funded)
    • June 2016 to Aug 2016 Texas Prefreshman Engineering Program (TexPREP). sponsored by  -  $36000
      Carter Tiernan (Funded)
    • Jan 2013 to July 2014 Engaging Students: Increasing Faculty-Student Interaction sponsored by  -  $2000
      Carter Tiernan (Funded)
    • Apr 2013 to Sept 2013 Summer Merit Program Proposal Packet Sum 13 sponsored by  -  $37640
      (Funded)
    • Apr 2012 to Nov 2012 Summer Merit Program Proposal Packet Sum 12 sponsored by  -  $42131
      (Funded)
    • Mar 2011 to Dec 2011 Engineering Summer Program sponsored by  -  $20000
      Carter Tiernan (Funded)
    • Jan 2010 to Aug 2011 Governors Science and Technology Champions Academy sponsored by  -  $110000
      (Funded)
    • Apr 2010 to Oct 2010 Summer Merit Program sponsored by  -  $82888
      (Funded)
    • May 2010 to Aug 2010 Engineering Summer Program sponsored by  -  $18000
      Carter Tiernan (Funded)
    • Sept 2007 to Aug 2008 Texas Youth in Technology Demonstration Project sponsored by  -  $358000
      Carter Tiernan (Funded)
    • May 2005 to Aug 2008 Expansion of CSE @ UTA Robot Programming Contest to increase Computer Science and Engineering Recruitment. sponsored by  -  $161415
      (Funded)
    • Mar 2002 to Mar 2007 Launching the Texas Engineering Education Pipeline: Deploying the Infinity Project Statewide sponsored by  -  $113144
      Carter Tiernan (Funded)

Publications


      2013
      • Journal Article
        Experience with a Modified Emerging Scholars Program in High-Loss Mathematics and Chemistry Courses
        [Peterson, L., Epperson, J., Lopez, R., Schug, K., Tiernan, JaniceC].

      2018
      • Conference Proceeding
        Lessons Learned: Using Modified Emerging Scholars Program Concepts in the Development of STEP Grant – Funded Initiatives
        [Peterson, Lynn, Alvarez, JamesAnthony Mendoza, Lopez, RamonE, Schug, KevinA, Tiernan, JaniceC]. Salt Lake City, UT: "2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition".
        https://www.asee.org/public/conferences/106/papers/23343/view

      2017
      • Conference Proceeding
        Focus on Sustainability in STEP Grant Funded Initiatives
        [Peterson, Lynn, Alvarez, JamesAnthony Mendoza, Lopez, RamonE, Schug, KevinA, Tiernan, JaniceC]. 4. Columbus, Ohio: "2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition".
        https://peer.asee.org/28374

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

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

      In Process
      • Material Regarding New Courses/Curricula
        Development of curriculum for ENGR 1101 Introduction to engineering for transfer students
        [Boardman, Bonnie, Tiernan, Carter]. Accepted.

      In Process
      • Research Report
        Proposed Addition of a “Connection” Component to the FIRST Tech Challenge Competition Structure
        [Tiernan, JaniceC]. Submitted.

Presentations

    • June  2014
      Tiernan, JaniceC, "Cultural Influences in Girls in STEM", Hyannis, MA. (June 16, 2014).
    • January  2011
      Tiernan, JaniceC, "Increasing the participation of girls in PLTW", Dallas, TX. (January 24, 2011).
    • January  2011
      Tiernan, JaniceC, "Life After Project Lead the Way", Dallas, TX. (January 24, 2011).

Students Supervised

    • Dec 2017
      Dissertation Committee Co-Chair
      Holly Lane, (Industrial Engineering)
      DEVELOPMENT OF A FRAMEWORK AND ANALYSIS SYSTEM TO SUPPORT INTERVENTION IN NEWBORN HEALTHCARE
    • Aug 2016
      Master's Thesis Committee Chair
      Sharath Vasanthakumar, (Computer Science and Engineer)
      ROBOTICS CURRICULUM FOR EDUCATION IN ARLINGTON: Experiential, Simple and Engaging learning opportunity for low-income K-12 students.

Courses

      • CSE 1310-003 INTRO COMPUTERS & PROGRAMMING
        (Course Id: 102401)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2020
      • CSE 2315-002 DISCRETE STRUCTURES
        (Course Id: 102417)
        Summer - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • ENGR 1101-001 ENGR FOR TRANSFERS
        (Course Id: 113256)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • CSE 1310-005 INTRO COMPUTERS & PROGRAMMING
        (Course Id: 102401)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • CSE 2315-004 DISCRETE STRUCTURES
        (Course Id: 102417)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • ENGR 1101-002 ENGR FOR TRANSFERS
        (Course Id: 113256)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • CSE 1310-003 INTRO COMPUTERS & PROGRAMMING
        (Course Id: 102401)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • CSE 2315-002 DISCRETE STRUCTURES
        (Course Id: 102417)
        Summer - Eleven Week - 2019
      • ENGR 1101-001 ENGR FOR TRANSFERS
        (Course Id: 113256)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • CSE 1310-005 INTRO COMPUTERS & PROGRAMMING
        (Course Id: 102401)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • ENGR 1101-002 ENGR FOR TRANSFERS
        (Course Id: 113256)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • CSE 4391-031 INDIVIDUAL PROJECTS
        (Course Id: 102488)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • CSE 1310-003 INTRO COMPUTERS & PROGRAMMING
        (Course Id: 102401)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • CSE 2315-002 DISCRETE STRUCTURES
        (Course Id: 102417)
        Summer - Eleven Week - 2018 Download Syllabus
      • CSE 1310-005 INTRO COMPUTERS & PROGRAMMING
        (Course Id: 102401)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018 Download Syllabus
      • CSE 1310-003 INTRO COMPUTERS & PROGRAMMING
        (Course Id: 102401)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus
      • CSE 1325-001 OBJECT-ORIENTED PROGRAMMING
        (Course Id: 102405)
        Summer - Eleven Week - 2017
      • CSE 1310-005 INTRO COMPUTERS & PROGRAMMING
        (Course Id: 102401)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • CSE 1310-003 INTRO COMPUTERS & PROGRAMMING
        (Course Id: 102401)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • CSE 1310-005 INTRO COMPUTERS & PROGRAMMING
        (Course Id: 102401)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • CSE 5698-006 MASTER'S THESIS II
        (Course Id: 102571)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • CSE 1310-003 INTRO COMPUTERS & PROGRAMMING
        (Course Id: 102401)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015
      • CSE 1325-001 OBJECT-ORIENTED PROGRAMMING
        (Course Id: 102405)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2015
      • CSE 1325-002 OBJECT-ORIENTED PROGRAMMING
        (Course Id: 102405)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014
      • CSE 1325-001 OBJECT-ORIENTED PROGRAMMING
        (Course Id: 102405)
        Summer - Eleven Week - 2014
      • CSE 1325-001 OBJECT-ORIENTED PROGRAMMING
        (Course Id: 102405)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2014
      • CSE 1320-003 INTERMEDIATE PROGRAMMING
        (Course Id: 102404)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013
      • CSE 1325-001 OBJECT-ORIENTED PROGRAMMING
        (Course Id: 102405)
        Summer - Eleven Week - 2013
      • CSE 1325-001 OBJECT-ORIENTED PROGRAMMING
        (Course Id: 102405)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2013
      • CSE 1320-001 INTERMEDIATE PROGRAMMING
        (Course Id: 102404)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2012
      • CSE 1325-001 OBJECT-ORIENTED PROGRAMMING
        (Course Id: 102405)
        Summer - Eleven Week - 2012
      • CSE 1320-002 INTERMEDIATE PROGRAMMING
        (Course Id: 102404)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2012
      • CSE 1310-004 INTRO COMPUTERS & PROGRAMMING
        (Course Id: 102401)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2011
      • CSE 1320-001 INTERMEDIATE PROGRAMMING
        (Course Id: 102404)
        Summer - Eleven Week - 2011
      • CSE 1320-002 INTERMEDIATE PROGRAMMING
        (Course Id: 102404)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2011
      • CSE 1320-001 INTERMEDIATE PROGRAMMING
        (Course Id: 102404)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2010
      • CSE 1320-001 INTERMEDIATE PROGRAMMING
        (Course Id: 102404)
        Summer - Eleven Week - 2010
      • CSE 1320-002 INTERMEDIATE PROGRAMMING
        (Course Id: 102404)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2010
      • CSE 1320-002 INTERMEDIATE PROGRAMMING
        (Course Id: 102404)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2009

Service to the University

    • Sept 2007 to  Present Chairperson
      College of Engineering Scholarship Committee
    • Sept 2004 to  Present Director
      Director of Engineering Summer Programs
    • 2012 to  2019 Program Organizer
      UIL Contest Director
      Manage and direct the University Interscholastic League (UIL) Computer Science (CS) regional contest held at UTA once a year.
    • 2008 to  2019 Faculty Advisor
      Engineering Student Council Faculty Advisor
      Faculty Advisor for the Engineering Student Council
    • 2007 to  2019 Faculty Advisor
      Society of Women Engineers Faculty Advisor
      Faculty Advisor for the Society of Women Engineers student professional organization
    • 2005 to  2019 Faculty Advisor
      Game Developers Club Faculty Advisor
      Faculty Advisor for the Game Developers Club
    • Sept 2004 to  May 2017 Faculty Advisor
      Freshman Interest Group

Service to the Profession

    • Jan 2011 to  Present
      Board of Directors
      Fort Worth Regional Science and Engineering Fair
    • Jan 2010 to  Present
      Trained Mediator
      State of Texas
    • Sept 2002 to  Present
      Faculty Advisor
      Society of Women Engineers
    • Jan 2002 to  Present
      Faculty Advisor
      Engineering Student Council
    • Sept 2005 to  Aug 2017
      Director for North Texas Region
      FIRST Tech Challenge Affiliate Partner
    • Jan 2012 to  2014
      Committee Member
      Arlington Chamber of Commerce Champion Education Committee
    • Sept 2010 to  Aug 2013
      Board of Directors
      Chinese Institute of Engineers
    • Mar 2013 to  Mar 2013
      Committee Chair
      ASEE-GSW Conference
    • Jan 2011 to  2011
      Program Coordinator
      NSF TUES
    • Jan 2010 to  2011
      Regional Director, Southwest Region
      Sigma Xi
    • Jan 2009 to  Jan 2011
      Board of Directors
      North Texas FIRST
    • Sept 2006 to  Aug 2009
      Board of Advisors
      Arlington ISD Project Lead the Way

Service to the Community

Service to the Community

    • Sept 2014 to  Present
      Board Member
      Fort Worth Regional Science and Engineering Fair