I am Director of Undergraduate Introductory Instruction
in the Computer Science department.
I am the founding director of the Computer Science Industrial Affiates Program (IAP), and am the principal liaison for industry relationships. Rutgers program brings computer science students closer to employers
In 2013, I founded Flipd, a video platform for the flipped classroom. Director's startup moves education to digital age
In 2010, I was recognized with a School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education.
I hold a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rutgers. My research was in Supercomputing: developing scalable algorithms for sparse matrix computations. Before emigrating to the US, I studied at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (Mumbai), from where I got a Bachelor of Technology degree in Computer Science and Engineering.
You can reach me by email at venugopa at cs dot rutgers dot edu
I have written a textbook, published in November 2006,
for teaching Data Structures (CS2),
available at amazon.com.
The textbook uses generic types for all container structures, and includes a 90-page introduction to object-oriented programming in Java. The stand-out feature of the book is an outside-in approach that shows how to choose and how to use a data structure (outside) before building it (inside).
nugget? Every data structures comes with a "price tag", integrated right into
each structure's interface. Read the book, and see how.
I am putting together VIDEOS for Data Structures, publicly
available at YouTube, listed here from latest to earliest. As of April 2017, these videos have close to 1M views.
In Spring 2017, I am teaching Data Structures (CS 112), and Software Methodology (CS 213, including Android App development).
At various times in the past I have also taught Introduction to Computer Science (CS 111), and Principles of Information and Data Management (CS 336).
In Fall 2011 and Fall 2012, I taught a freshman Byrne seminar, Back to the Future: The Evolution of Modern Computing.
In the summer of 2012, three students from my Fall 2011 Byrne seminar researched the current state of practice in parallel computing, with funding from the Byrne program.
Published a novel (first fiction work) in September 2012. Now available as a Kindle book at Amazon.
"The Blind Spot" is on Facebook
I love to travel.