Computer Science is pleased to welcome Lecturer Diba Mirza to UC Santa Barbara. She joined the department on November 1, 2016.
Q: Which courses will you be teaching?
A: I will be teaching CS 16 in the upcoming Winter and Spring quarters, and CS 24 in the Spring quarter.
Q: Why Computer Science at UCSB; what influenced your decision?
A: The CS department at UCSB has excellent faculty who I really look forward to working with. It is a dynamic department because of all the cutting-edge research that is going on. At the same time, there is a strong commitment to high quality undergraduate education. That is the kind of place I wanted to work in. To top it all, the department is nestled in so much natural beauty. When I visited, I was really inspired by the people and the place!
Q: Has there been a defining or standout moment in your academic career?
A: A few years ago, I had the opportunity to work on a special summer program for incoming freshman at UC San Diego. The program was ambitious and I got to work with passionate faculty and amazing students. That experience deepened my interest in teaching, which I believe, was a defining moment. Another stand-out moment is when I received my first teaching award.
Q: Tell us about your research.
A: I am interested in embedded systems and their application to cyber-physical systems. I have worked with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography on developing underwater robotic swarms that can help scientists learn more about the ocean.
Q: What are you most passionate about, outside of academics?
A: I love the theater and the outdoors. I am very excited that I can explore both these things in Santa Barbara.
Q: Is there anything that has surprised you about Santa Barbara?
A: I was initially a bit surprised to see all the natural oil at the beach and the oil rigs that stud the shoreline. I am less surprised now – they explain each other!
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