Faculty mentors (in alphabetical order): 

Dr. Byron J. Gao

Byron J. Gao received Ph.D. and B.Sc. in Computer Science from Simon Fraser University, Canada, in 2007 and 2003 respectively. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin - Madison before joining Texas State University - San Marcos in 2008. His research spans several related fields including data mining, databases, information retrieval, and bioinformatics.

Dr. Vangelis Metsis

I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science at Texas State Univeristy. I joined the deparment in August 2014.

My research interests span the areas of Machine Learning, Data Mining and Computer Vision with focus in applications of Smart Health and Wellbeing, Assisted Living and Bioinformatics.

I earned my B.S. degree in 2005 from the Department of Informatics of the University of Economics and Business of Athens in Greece, and my Ph.D. in 2011 from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of the Univeristy of Texas at Arlington (UTA), under the supervision of professors Fillia Makedon and Heng Huang.

After receiving my Ph.D. dimploma, and until joining TxState, I was employed, as a Research Assistant Professor by UTA, and I continued to be affiliated with Heracleia Human-Centered Computing Lab, where I was involved with several federally-funded research projects, as a Co-PI or Senior Researcher. I also taught a number of graduate and undergraduate classes at the CSE department.

During the years 2006-2007, I worked as a Research Associate for the E.C. funded project MedIEQ at the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications of the National Center for Scientific Research (NCSR) "Demokritos", Greece.


Dr. Anne Ngu


I joined the faculty of the Department of Computer Science at Texas State University-San Marcos in the Fall of 2002. I have many years of experience in research and development in IT with expertise in integrating data and applications, automating scientific and business processes on the web, service oriented computing, databases and object-oriented technologies. I have worked in different countries as a researcher, including Institute of Systems Science in Singapore, Tilburg University in the Netherlands, Telcordia Technologies, Lawrence Livermore National Laborartory , and MCC in Austin, Texas. From 1992-2000, I worked as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales (UNSW) where I specialized in the teaching and research in databases. I also hold an adjunct Associate Professor position at UNSW. Dr. Ngu wasone of the recipients of NCWIT Undergraduate Research mentoring Award in 2013.


Dr. Rodion Podorozhny

Rodion Podorozhny received his Ph.D. in Software Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin in 2004 and M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1997. He joined Texas State University - San Marcos in 2004. Rodion Podorozhny's research interests are in the area of software engineering, in particular in software process and formal methods. In addition, he has done some work in analysis of multi-agent systems and application of the multi-agent technology to software process enactment.


Dr. Guowei Yang

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Texas State University. My research addresses various elements of how to enhance software reliability and dependability, including software verification and testing, software evolution, program analysis, and formal methods.

Previously, I received my Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin in 2013, advised by Sarfraz Khurshid. I received my M.S. in Computer Science from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, co-advised by Dr. Matthew B. Dwyer and Dr. Gregg Rothermel. Before coming to the U.S., I received my M.E. in Computer Software and Theory from Institute of Software Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2007, and my B.E. in Software Engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology in 2004.


Graduate student mentor:

* Mario A. Gutierrez (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )



* Darryl Balderas 

* Marcus Chow

Steven Claggett

* Hugo Espiritu

* Michelle L. Fast

* Darren Hui

* Kaylin Hunter

* Jefferson Ridgeway

* Michael Rodriguez

* Robert Tung