Robert M. Dondero, Ph.D.



E-mail: rdondero@cs.princeton.edu
Telephone: 609-258-2211
Address: Department of Computer Science
Princeton University
35 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08540

Hello! My name is Bob Dondero. Thank you for visiting my web site. This page provides a brief overview of my background. My curriculum vitae provides more details.

I arrived at Princeton University in 2001. Prior to that I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from La Salle University, and a Master of Science in Engineering degree in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2008 I completed a Ph.D. in Information Science and Technology at Drexel University. My doctoral dissertation is entitled Predicting Software Change Coupling.

I have prior experience as a professional computer programmer. I was a programmer at E. I. duPont de Nemours and Company, Sperry Univac, The Naval Air Development Center, Sterling Winthrop Pharmaceuticals, and Towers Perrin, an actuarial consulting company.

I also have prior experience as a teacher at the college level. I was a tenured Assistant Professor in the Mathematical Science Department at La Salle University in the 1980s and early 1990s, and an Adjunct Professor at Pennsylvania State University's Great Valley Campus in the mid 1990s. In the late 1990s I developed and taught computer science courses in industry at the (now extinct) Bluestone Software.

And now I am at Princeton. My job title is Lecturer. A Lecturer is a teaching-only faculty member, that is, a non-research faculty member.

I do pursue some research on my own. I am especially interested in software engineering (as my dissertation indicates) and software engineering education. However, in accord with my job title, my focus is on teaching. I love to teach, and I am honored to work with my Princeton students.

My primary job at Princeton is to be the lead preceptor for Princeton's COS 217 course, entitled Introduction to Programming Systems. Specifically, I have been the lead preceptor for that course during these semesters: Fall 2001, Spring 2002, Fall 2002, Spring 2003, Fall 2003, Spring 2004, Fall 2004, Spring 2005, Fall 2005, Spring 2006, Fall 2006, Spring 2007, Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013 Fall 2013, and Spring 2014. I also was the lead instructor for the COS 333 course during the Spring 2011 semester.

For that work, my Princeton students have chosen me to receive eight Engineering Council Excellence in Engineering Education awards, and the Engineering Council Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching. I consider those awards the highlight of my professional career.

When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family. I coach baseball and basketball with a local youth organization. I also run, cycle, play softball, play basketball, and play guitar -- although not necessarily well!