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Jeffrey Popyack, PhD

Professor of Computer Science

College of Computing & Informatics

Contact:

jpopyack@cs.drexel.edu

215.895.1846

Popyack is an expert in computer science education. He served as the head for undergraduate affairs in the Department of Computer Science at Drexel and is responsible for creating the undergraduate curriculums for both computer science and artificial intelligence tracks in the College of Computing & Informatics and is the advisor for many of the college’s K-12 computer science education outreach initiatives. Popyack has commented in stories related to Philadelphia’s efforts to grow the field and improve computer science and technology educational opportunities in grade school.
 
As a former director of the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for Information, Science and Technology, Popyack has been involved in shaping the way computer and information science has been taught in the state for more than a decade. He is a mentor in Drexel’s Robot Springboard academy, where local K-12 students learn about robotics and coding; and an advisor for the DUCSTeach group, which connects undergraduates with local middle school classes interested in computer science. As director of Drexel's REThink CS program he runs a summer institute for local high school teachers and two-year college faculty who are interested in building more computer science into their courses. Popyack also served as a member of the team that developed the nation's first advanced placement course in computer science, which launched in the 2016-17 school year.

 

For news media inquiries, contact Britt Faulstick at bef29@drexel.edu, 215.895.2617 (office) or 215.976.5161 (cell).
 

 

In the News

  • Google Street View is Blurring Faces in Philly’s Murals

    Jeffrey Popyack, PhD , a professor in the College of Computing and Informatics, was quoted in a June 12  Philadelphia Inquirer  article on facial blurring of some Philadelphia murals applied in Google Street View. 

  • Google Street View is blurring faces in Philly's murals

    Jeffrey Popyack, PhD, a professor in the College of Computing and Informatics, was quoted in a June 12 Philadelphia Inquirer article on facial blurring of some Philadelphia murals applied in Google Street View. 

  • Philly courts refuse to name security firm hired to fix infected systems

    Pablo Molina, DLS, Drexel’s Chief Information Security Officer, was quoted in a June 11 Billy Penn story about city officials refusing to disclose the cybersecurity firm hired to investigated a virus that infected computers in the First Judicial District last month.

  • The Fourth Industrial Revolution Is Here: Is Philadelphia Ready?

    Jeffrey Popyack, PhD, a professor in the College of Computing & Informatics, was quoted in a Feb. 28 Philadelphia Business Journal story about Philadelphia’s preparedness for the integration of artificial intelligence in industry.

  • Trump Pushes for US to Commit on Artificial Intelligence

    Jeffrey Popyack, PhD, a professor in the College of Computing & Informatics, was quoted in a Feb. 11 Courthouse News Service story about the president’s executive order, “American AI Initiative,” that calls for the federal government to support greater development of artificial intelligence technology and ramp up education programs that would give workers the computer science background they need to work with the technology.

  • When Computers Started Beating Chess Champions

    Drexel was mentioned in a Feb. 12 Yahoo! Finance story about Christopher Gray's college-financial-aid-seeking app, Scholly.

  • How this Drexel Program is Strengthening the Region’s STEM Pipeline

    Jeffrey Popyack, PhD, a professor in the College of Computing & Informatics, was quoted in an Aug. 24 Technically Philly post about Drexel’s REThink program, which places local teachers in Drexel research labs over the summer. Rachel Greenstadt, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Computing & Informatics, Santiago Ontanon, PhD, an associate professor in the college, and Mark Zarella, PhD, a research assistant professor in the College of Medicine, were also mentioned in the post.

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