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Uzo Osuno, the international computer science educator

By Danielle DenenbergStaff Writer As students, we often only see our professors as teachers. We don’t consider their outside lives or their histories. When we have discussions with them, as I did with one of my former professors Uzo Osuno, we can learn more interesting things about them. Osuno has been teaching the Overview Computer Science course since fall 2006. She had many professions before she became a teacher, which showed me how much can be done with computer science skills. Osuno chose to teach because she spent most of her life doing extensive work in corporations and she wanted to apply her skills in an “academic environment.” “You can keep your industry skills sharp while utilizing your knowledge by instructing other people,” Osuno said. The computer industry, as we all know, changes constantly. Currently most people use personalized technology such as smart phones, so the computer science professors are using apps rather than websites. Osuno’s course uses Javascript and HTML to make websites and app platforms. David Berman, a junior majoring in IT, was intrigued by the description of Osuno’s class. “It looks really interesting,” he said. “Something I might want to do in the future.” The overall goal of the class, other than the programming components, is to teach students to think algorithmically. One idea that Osuno always stressed to my class was that the key to success is understanding, not memorization. Osuno attended The University of Ibadan in Nigeria, where she was born and rasied. She studied there as an undergraduate, where she majored in computer science. She went to graduate school at Imperial College in London, England, where she majored in advanced information technology. From there, Osuno started building database management systems in different areas. Database systems are built for “intensive data analysis.” First Osuno created database management systems for patient records analysis at Emory University System of Healthcare in Atlanta, Georgia. Then she built database systems in the Mobil (now Exon Mobil) and Shell Petroleum Gas in the UK. Osuno utilized her skills with computers for many years before becoming an adjunct assistant professor at Hofstra as well as a programmer analyst at an IT company she founded called Data Solutions. In this way she dedicates herself to her community and the fast improvement of technology every day.

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