Faculty Profile

Grant Braught

Professor of Computer Science (1997)

Contact Information

braught@dickinson.edu

Tome Scientific Building Room 234
717.245.1401

Bio

His current research interests are in the area of bio-inspired computing. In particular he focuses on evolutionary neural networks, interactions between learning and evolution, evolutionary and developmental robotics and swarm intelligence. He is also active in computer science education research, with recent projects evaluating the effects of tool design, feedback mechanisms and pair programming on student behaviors and learning.

Education

  • B.S., Dickinson College, 1990. M.S., Pennsylvania State University, 1995
  • Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University, 2005

2018-2019 Academic Year

Fall 2018

FYSM 100 First-Year Seminar
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces students to Dickinson as a "community of inquiry" by developing habits of mind essential to liberal learning. Through the study of a compelling issue or broad topic chosen by their faculty member, students will: - Critically analyze information and ideas - Examine issues from multiple perspectives - Discuss, debate and defend ideas, including one's own views, with clarity and reason - Develop discernment, facility and ethical responsibility in using information, and - Create clear academic writing The small group seminar format of this course promotes discussion and interaction among students and their professor. In addition, the professor serves as students' initial academic advisor. This course does not duplicate in content any other course in the curriculum and may not be used to fulfill any other graduation requirement.

COMP 251 Computer Organization
Completion of both COMP 251 and COMP 332 fulffills the WID Requirement.

COMP 491 Fall Senior Seminar
Students define and begin a year-long project. Written and oral presentation of project progress reports will be required. Contemporary social, ethical, technical and philosophical issues in computer science will also be examined. Prerequisite: Senior standing. Offered every fall.

Spring 2019

COMP 232 Data Struct & Problem Solving
An advanced problem-solving course that focuses on the design and analysis of data structures including lists, stacks, queues, trees, and hash tables. Concepts in generic programming are also introduced. The lab component focuses on the implementation of data structures and their application to solving complex problems. Prerequisite: 132. Three hours of classroom and two hours laboratory a week. Offered every spring.

COMP 492 Spring Senior Seminar
A continuation of the project begun in 491 culminating in a written thesis and public presentation. Additional contemporary issues in computer science may be considered. Prerequisite: 491. Offered every spring.