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|Dr. Luke Fernandez
of Computer Science
|Current Field of Study||
I work at the intersection of computing and the humanities. On the one hand this means that I develop digital tools that help humanists teach more effectively. On the other hand it means that I use the framework of the humanities to shed light on the culture of computing and how computing, in turn, is shaping American culture. I am currently co-authoring a history that traces some of the hopes and anxieties that Americans have harbored about information technology.
|Biggest Accomplishment in CS||
For the last twelve years I have been developing and maintaining an enterprise-level assessment engine for Weber State University. The application delivers over 700,000 secure online tests a semester to Weber State students and licenses are also being used at other universities. In addition I recently finished building and deploying a “Concentration Browser” that was funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant. The “Concentration Browser” helps students confront the challenges of digital distraction while working online and is used widely across the Weber State campus.
In 1981 I hitch-hiked from New Jersey to Louisiana to make my fortune working as a roustabout on the Gulf of Mexico oil rigs. It was during the oil glut so I never found a job. Instead I ran out of money and ended up sleeping on the street and in missions.