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Dawn Ellis

Key West Sunset Dawn Ellis
Faculty, Computer Science
Program Director, Computer Science
5901 College Road, Room C220
Key West, Florida 33040
Phone: 305-809-3284
Curriculum Vitae



Master of Science in Engineering May 2010 emphasis in Computational Engineering,
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN.
Advisor: Dr. Steve Karman

Master of Science in Computer Science, May 2003 emphasis in Internet Application Programming,
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN.
Advisor: Dr. Stephanie Smullen

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, December 2000, with major in Information Systems,
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN.
Advisor:    B.C. Day

Associate of Science in Computer Science, May 1997, with major in Information Systems,
Dalton College, Dalton, GA.
Advisor: Dr. James Head

Educational Philosophy

An excellent teacher is one who can engage, motivate and retain students while moving them along the spectrum of the curriculum. Concepts and techniques are presented in a manner that not only addresses the theoretical aspect of the material, but also addresses the application of the concepts and techniques as related to the real world. One should challenge students to think and expand their knowledge base by developing life-long learning skills, which prepares students to function as leaders in a technological society.

Teaching & Scholarship

Summer 2012:

  • CGS1100, Introduction to Computer Applications
  • COP2805, Advanced Java Programming

Professional Activities & Affiliations


  • Association of Computing Machinery
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
  • IEEE Computer Society
  • TN Academy of Sciences
  • Computer Science Teachers Association


  1. Joseph Dumas, Andrew Novobilski, Dawn Ellis, and Mark Paschal. “VR on a Budget: Developing a Flight Simulator in a Small Institution with Off-the-shelf Hardware and Open Source Software”, Proceedings of the Sixteenth Annual CCSC Southeastern Conference, 2002.
  2. Dawn Ellis, “The Role of Technology in Academic Dishonesty”, Proceedings of the 2003 Annual Conference of the Tennessee Academy of Science.
  3. Dawn Ellis, Steve Karman, Andrew Novobilski, Robert Haimes. “3D Visualization and Manipulation of Geometry and Surface Meshes”, AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, January 2006, Reno, Nevada.
  4. Dawn Ellis, Walter Savitch. Java, An Introduction to Problem Solving & Programming, A Lab Manual. Pearson, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ. Copyright @2009.

Current Projects & Interests


  • Web application programming
  • Mobile application development
  • Computational Geometry