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Computer Science Professor Earns Outstanding Faculty Award

By Bradi Zapata

Nahid Ebrahimi Majd  earned the 2022-23 Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching Innovation & Excellence for her work in curriculum development and student engagement. An associate professor of computer science, she constantly advocates that students should be able to pursue all their passions.

She brings this goal into each of her classes with the expectation that students enter class at the beginning of the semester feeling welcomed and they exit class at the end of the semester feeling supported, motivated and valued.

This is accomplished through her love for cutting-edge technologies and innovative pedagogical methods of teaching. She constantly breaks molds to uncover the most effective computer science methods to share with students.

Each time I teach a topic, I understand it better, and each time my students ask a question, I get an opportunity to discover a new aspect of the topic,” Majd said. “To me, the opportunity to learn is the great joy of teaching.”

Majd also brings data science, network security and blockchain technology techniques into the classroom. These tools allow for the creation of machine learning systems which protect computer networks by utilizing trustworthy systems that take advantage of blockchain.

In light of her Outstanding Faculty Award recognition, Majd’s current goal is a collaborative one: to introduce data science to students in all disciplines at CSUSM through the CS 320 course. Here, students will gain essential practical knowledge and skills that help them become data scientists within their field. This inclusive course will be offered for the first time in fall 2023 and will make CSUSM graduates even more marketable.

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