Assistant Teaching Professor
Computer Science and Engineering
University of California, San Diego
Email: gerald [at] eng [dot] ucsd [dot] edu
Office: 2106 CSE Building (EUB3B)
My name is Adalbert Gerald Soosai Raj (aka Gerald). I am an Assistant Teaching Professor in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Prior to joining UCSD, I completed an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Computer Sciences and Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison).
I study effective, equitable, and inclusive ways to teach computing to a diverse set of learners. Specifically, I focus on designing and evaluating student-centered approaches for teaching computing to non-native English speakers; study the role of live-coding, an active learning technique to teach programming for beginning programmers; develop innovative methods to teach a second programming language to people who already know how to program in a different language.
I deeply care about diversity in computing. While at UW-Madion, I designed and developed a mobile app development workshop for increasing the participation of under represented minorities (women, people of color, latinx, etc) in computing; taught scratch programming to elementary school children in Madison; and lead numerous outreach activities to introduce computing to people from diverse backgrounds.