Megan Olsen, Ph.D.
- Academic Focus Computer Science
As associate professor and chair of computer science and director of Loyola’s CPaMS Scholars Program, Megan Olsen, Ph.D., wants to break the stigma around her field. She believes a student’s gender and ethnicity have nothing inherently to do with one’s ability to learn and work in computer science. “Through my outreach and teaching practices, I try to help people see that they too belong.” The CPaMS Scholars Program is a learning community for students majoring in computer science, data science, physics, mathematics, or statistics, who intend to pursue careers in STEM fields. Through CPaMS, Dr. Olsen teaches, supports, and mentors high-achieving students, while maintaining need-based scholarship support for them. She also teaches a Messina course to provide guidance for new students during their first-year experience. Dr. Olsen holds a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research examines how to improve the process of building computation models.
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Computer science students at Loyola gain an excellent breadth of knowledge that prepares them particularly well for the real world.