Dr. Michael Oudshoorn
Dean of the Webb School of Engineering
Education: B.S. in computer science and applied mathematics; B.S. (Hons) in computer science; Ph.D. in computer science. All from the University of Adelaide, Australia.
Accolades: Dr. Oudshoorn has more than 30 years of experience as an educator. His career began at the University of Adelaide in Australia, where he worked for 20 years teaching computer science. He also served as the associate dean (international) for the faculty of engineering, mathematical and computer sciences. In that role, he had responsibility for international student recruitment and management of the faculty’s articulation and off-shore programs in Singapore and Malaysia. He relocated to the US in 2003 and has held positions in several institutions as a dean or department chair. Since 2004 he has served as an ABET volunteer and has been involved in accreditation visits for computer science and cybersecurity programs. He is currently serving his second 6-year term as an ABET commissioner and was elected to the executive committee in 2018. He has experience in designing and developing new degrees, including degrees at the undergraduate and graduate level. Prior to joining HPU he led the development of a cybersecurity degree at a Midwestern University.
Focus at HPU: Designing and developing a new School of Engineering, and offering Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering programs beginning Fall 2019. These programs will be followed by additional programs in 2020. Computer science is also a department within the School of Engineering, and the goal is to grow that program significantly and develop a focus on cybersecurity.
“Henry Petroski said, ‘Science is about knowing; engineering is about doing,’ and, ‘Failure is central to engineering. Every single calculation that an engineer makes is a failure calculation. Successful engineering is all about understanding how things break or fail.’ At HPU, we are producing engineers who know how to apply science and mathematics to solve everyday problems in a socially responsible manner with the goal of making the world a better place.”