Project Team

Helen Hu (PI)

Helen is the Chair of CS at Westminster University. She is the author of POGIL activity sets for IntroCS in Java and Python. Her other research interests include K-12 computer science education and broadening participation.

Clifton Kussmaul (Co-PI)

Clif is Principal Consultant at Green Mango Associate, LLC. Formerly he was an Associate Professor of CS at Muhlenberg College. He was the PI for the CS-POGIL project and a co-PI for the OpenPath and OpenPace projects. He has presented work on POGIL and led POGIL workshops at conferences and institutions in the US, India, and sevearl other countries. He was a Co-PI for the IntroCS POGIL Project and is currently the lead consultant for the CS POGIL Project on Student Engagement.

Chris Mayfield (Co-PI)

Chris is a Professor of CS at James Madison University. He has authored several SIGCSE and TOCE publications on computational thinking in K-12, database systems education, and POGIL. He is coauthor of the textbook Think Java: How to Think Like a Computer Scientist and the designer of JMU's CS 101 course.

Patricia B. Campbell (Co-PI)

Formerly a professor at Georgia State University, Pat is President of Campbell- Kibler Associates (C-KA), Inc, an Association for Women in Science (AWIS) Fellow and has authored more than 100 publications. Pat has been involved in educational research and evaluation with a focus on science and mathematics education and issues of race/ethnicity, gender and disability since the mid 1970's. Her website,, provides easy-to-use tips to improve the quality of evaluations and research done with diverse populations. She was the external evaluator for the IntroCS POGIL Project and is currently a Co-PI for the CS POGIL Project on Student Engagement.

Aman Yadav (Co-PI)

Aman is a Professor in the College of Education and the Director of the Masters of Arts in Education Technology at Michigan State University. Aman’s teaching and research focuses on computational thinking, computer science education, teacher preparation and problem-based learning. His work has been published in leading journals including ACM Transaction on Computing Education, Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Journal of Engineering Education, and Communications of the ACM. He was a Co-PI for the IntroCS POGIL Project and is currently the Chair of the Advisory Board for the CS POGIL Project on Student Engagement.

Maria Torres-Demas (Project Coordinator)

Maria keeps the project organized and on-track. She has over 14 years experience with business and academic project management, working with faculty at universities and colleges, and extensive federal grant administrative and program support. She received her BA in English from the University of Utah.

Sukanya Moudgalya (Consultant)

Sukanya Moudgalya is an Assistant Professor of STEM Education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. While studying as a Ph.D. Candidate in the College of Education at Michigan State University, she worked as a Research Assistant on this project. Her interests include working with CS educators on anti-racist CS education. Some of her publications appear in SIGCSE and Computer Science Education.

Student Engagement Advisory Board Members (2022-2024)

IntroCS POGIL Advisory Board Members (2018-2022)

Former Project Coordinator
  • Debbie Scharffs

Graduate Research Assistants
  • Amy Brandt
  • Catherine Francis
  • Jinsi Shu
  • Masami Tadehara

Undergraduate Research Assistants
  • Irvin Choi
  • Matt Gerber
  • Calvin Golas
  • Wanjing Han
  • Taylor Livingston
  • Cole Polychronis
  • Diwas Poudel
  • Timur Tripp
  • Jake Wagoner
  • Lian Xue