Stefan BrandleDepartment Co-Chair & Professor of Computer Science & Engineering
Thesis Title: Using Joint Actions to Explain Acknowledgments in Tutorial Discourse: Application to Intelligent Tutoring Systems
M.S., Computer Science, Illinois Institute of Technology, 1992
B.S., Philosophy, Wheaton, 1986
Advice to Incoming Students
The single most important determiner of how well you do in college is you. If you take responsibility for your learning, decide that you will be one of those who excels, get help when you need it, and do the work that this implies, you will later realize that your Taylor education helped put you near the head of the crowd; our alumni consistently tell us this.
Why I Came to Taylor
Taylor has a strong claim to having the best computer science program among the Christian colleges. We have wonderful students, amazing alumni, really nice facilities and equipment, and an earned reputation as one of the departments on campus where the faculty are most united in our mission. Since the late 70's, the department has done dozens of projects that have been used by our clients. Many of these have focused on the church and missions community and have made a real contribution to the clients. It is a real pleasure to teach at Taylor.
Gardening, reading, playing and listening to music
Major Career Accomplishments
I have been working with computers since 1982 and have taught computer science since 1992. My industrial experience includes data center and network management for seven years. My teaching experience includes teaching at Wheaton College (IL), the Illinois Institute of Technology, Taylor University, Valparaiso University, and the University of Mauritius. Research and development projects include after-the-fact hyperlink construal and insertion into PDF format legal documents, development of a system for the automated grading and feedback generation for student computer programs, participation in another widely-used automated-grading project, participation in a number of prototype projects for the church and missions community, and research and development of tools and methodologies in the network security industry. My current project is Bible verse memorization tools for smart phones. My international experiences include a year as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Mauritius (2008-2009) and a sabbatical in Cuenca, Ecuador (fall 2012).