Nicholas Ourusoff

I received an A.B. cum laude in Philosophy from Harvard College in 1959; an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder, 1972; and an Interdisciplinary Masters in Computer Science and Psychology from New Mexico State University in 1996. My father, from a well-known aristocratic family, emigrated from Russia during the Russian Revolution to the United States, and my Mother learned Russian before she got married. So, I was raised with a Russian-American cultural heritage. Professionally, my work experience includes 17 years as a programmer-analyst, including 7 years as an international data processing expert in Geneva, Switzerland (WHO, 1975-79); Dakar, Senegal (UNDP, 1980); Lisbon, Portugal (UNDP, 1981-82); and Zomba, Malawi (UNDP, 1982-83), Botswana (USAID, 1987), Sudan (UNDP, 1990), and Russia and Armenia (USAID, 1994). I became a full-time university teacher of computer and information science in 1984 and have continued in academia except for two brief interruptions to work internationally. I first visited Russia in 1990 for an educational technology conference as a result of which I received an invitation to teach at Petrozavodsk State University as a Visiting Lecturer of Computer Science during the Fall 1991 semester. I have lectured in Computer Science at Petrozavodsk State University in 1993 (three weeks) and again in 2002 (4 weeks) and have visited Petrozavodsk briefly almost every year since 1991, and also the Crimea (1994), Ekaterinburg (2001), Moscow (1991, 2001, and 2004) and Nizhniy Novgorod (2004). My teaching interests on my Fulbright are in three areas: software engineering (the ideas and methods of Michael Jackson); conversational English; and an interdisciplinary course, “Computers and Culture”. My research interest is in the development of CASE (Computer-Assisted Software Engineering) tools to support Jackson’s methods. I am interested in Russian language and music (especially romances and folk songs): I hope to sing with the faculty and staff choir at Petrozavodsk State University. I will try to promote international understanding and peace by talking with faculty, students, and others while in Russia and by writing.

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