Dr.  Dan Garcia Digital Library

Based in Millbrae, CA, United States
Dan Garcia


Dan Garcia (UC Berkeley MS 1995, PhD 2000) is a Teaching Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department at UC Berkeley. Selected as an ACM Distinguished Educator in 2012 and ACM Distinguished Speaker in 2019, he has won all four of the department's computer science teaching awards, and holds the record for the highest teaching effectiveness ratings in the history of several of the department's courses.

He is a national leader in the "CSforALL" movement, bringing engaging computer science to students normally underrepresented in the field. He serves as the co-chair of the higher education subcommittee of the CSforCA state initiative. Thanks to four National Science Foundation grants, the "Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC)" non-majors course he co-developed has been shared with over 500 high school teachers. He is delighted to regularly have more than 50% female enrollment in BJC, with a high mark of 65% in the Spring of 2018, shattering the record at UC Berkeley for an intro computing course, and is among the highest in the nation! He is humbled by the national exposure he and the course have received in the New York Times, PBS NewsHour, NPR's All Things Considered, USA Today, and the front pages of the San Jose Mercury News and San Francisco Chronicle.

He has won the NCWIT Undergraduate Research Mentoring award, the UC Berkeley Unsung Hero award, the LPFI Lux award, the SAP Visionary Member award, and was chosen as a Google CS4HS Ambassador for his work to support teachers and diversify computing. He has served on the ACM Education Board, the College Board Computer Science Principles Development Committee, was the ACM SIGCSE Program co-chair in 2017, and the ACM SIGCSE Symposium co-chair in 2018. He was recently elected ACM SIGCSE Vice-Chair for the 2019-2022 term.

In 2019 it was announced he was the most frequent SIGCSE author in their 50-year history, with *61* submissions of all kinds: papers, panels, workshops, posters, etc.; second place had 42.

His computer science education research interests are in personalized & adaptive virtual tutors, online education tools, and assessment of computational thinking. He has had 13 MS students who have recently been worked on projects related to online learning, specifically building tools and analyzing data for his BJC edX and in-person class.

He is available to speak on a variety of subjects related to computer science education, outreach and teaching:
* Beauty and Joy of Computing 1-week Professional Development
* Achieving CSforALL through the Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC)
* The Snap! (Build Your Own Blocks) Programming Environment
* Why Latino Students Need Computer Science Now
* Following your passion: Graphics, Game Theory and Genealogy
* GamesCrafters: Solving the World's Board Games with Computational Game Theory
* The Beauty and Joy of Binary Numbers
* Effective Teaching, Mentoring and Curriculum Development


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