David Beard is a Professor and Program Director of Computer Science. He has been at ISU for over 20 years, and was tasked in about 5 years ago with restructuring the CS curriculum to make it a degree more attainable for students and more closely aligned with industry expectations.
Professor Beard has taught a wide variety of informatics and computer science courses, and specializes in upper division computer science courses in which he can challenge the students to excel.
Dr. Beard has written 100 patents, publications and presentations, including the Journal of Radiology, the Journal of Behaviour & Information Technology, the Journal of Human Computer Interaction, SIGCHI, and CSCW. He has been principal investigator on National Institute of Health and U.S. Army grants, served on NIH and Army study sections reviewing grant proposals, and conducted reviews for the National Science Foundation and numerous journals and conferences. Dr. Beard is past chair for the society for Computer Applications in Radiology. He has built interactive database visualization tools involving hundreds of thousands of lines of code in 31 programming languages for automotive and nuclear engineers, the U.S. Army, homeland security, hospitals, and radiologists. His current research involves imaging and CS curricula.
Dr. Beard holds a B.A. in Math with a Computing Emphasis from Hope College (1978), an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan (1983) and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan (1985). Prior to his academic career, he worked for Ford Motor Company Engineering.
Dr. Beard currently is focused on CS curriculum design, nuclear engineering software research, and taking the lead in moving our CS courses online using the Quality Matters online course rubric.
You can contact Dr. Beard at (208) 282-2684 or .