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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" and "A's for All (as time

and interest allow)" movements, bringing engaging computer science to

students normally underrepresented in the field, and supporting them

to achieve proficiency. 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 1,000 high school teachers! He

is delighted to regularly have more than 50% female enrollment in BJC,

with a high mark of 63% 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 CRA-WP

Board, 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 voted ACM SIGCSE

Vice-Chair from 2019-2022, and Secretary from 2022-2025. 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 and development (R&D)

interests are squarely centered on advancing equity through assessment

transformations. He is a vocal evangelist for the "A's for All (as

time and interest allow)" initiative that provides students with the

time they need to achieve proficiency through soft deadlines,

multiple-chance exams, and pre-approved incomplete grades. His

GamesCrafters undergraduate computational game theory R&D group builds

tools to solve and analyze abstract strategy games. He has advised 25

MS students and over a thousand undergraduates since forming his

varied Research, Art, and Development (RAD) groups in 2001.


  • 2000, Ph.D., Computer Science, UC Berkeley
  • 1995, M.S., Computer Science, UC Berkeley
  • 1990, B.S., Computer Science, MIT
  • 1990, B.S., Electrical Engineering, MIT

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Awards, Memberships and Fellowships