Empowering Leadership: Computing Scholars of Tomorrow Alliance
Benjamin Hescott is a Senior Lecturer and Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Tufts University's School of Engineering. His research interests include computational complexity, Kolmorgorov complexity, approximation algorithms, and computational biology. Most recently, within the school's computational biology research group, he is working to discover genetic motifs that represent redundant systems. Professor Hescott's favorite place to be is in the classroom. He is continually searching for new tools and analogies to help make computer science and programming accessible to all. His teaching tools include everything from rolls of paper towels to model Turing Machine tapes to nesting Tupperware containers for linked lists. His office is full of such props. He is currently working on new curricula for the first year sequence of computer science. He graduated from Boston University with a Ph.D. in computer science in 2008. He is the faculty supervisor for the student ACM chapter and serves as liaison to the New England Undergraduate Computer Science Symposium. He is winner of Tuft's 2001   Lerman-Neubauer Prize for excellence in teaching and advising. He is also the winner of IEEE Computer Society Computer Science and Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Award.