Sep 9, 2009

CS Welcomes Shonle and Quarles




The Department of Computer Science is pleased to welcome two new faculty this Fall. The addition of John P. Quarles and Macneil Shonle, both Assistant Professors, to the department will bolster its strength in many areas including software engineering and virtual reality.

Dr. Quarles is a native Texan who received a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004 and a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from the University of Florida in 2009. His research focuses on using virtual, augmented, and mixed realities to enhance simulation-based training and education, especially in the field of medicine. This semester, he is teaching a course on user interfaces and human-computer interaction.

Dr. Shonle received a PhD in Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego, in 2009. His research interests include software engineering, aspect-oriented programming, and programming language design. Before starting his graduate work, he was a software developer in the high performance computing group at Sun Microsystems. This semester, he is teaching a course on the design of object-oriented systems.

In addition to being first-class researchers, Drs. Quarles and Shonle are both accomplished artists. Dr. Quarles is a musician, who has composed several albums, both solo and collaborative, and three short film scores. Dr. Shonle was an associate producer of the independent film "Burning Annie" a dark romantic comedy about a college student who comes to believe Woody Allen's classic film Annie Hall has cursed his love life.

The University of Texas at San Antonio and the Department of Computer Science are fortunate to have been able to recruit such high-caliber faculty who will enhance its teaching and research mission.