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Pete Sanderson, Ph.D.

Professor, Computer Science
Department of
Mathematical Sciences

p/ 614.823.1317
e/ PSanderson@otterbein.edu
Office: Towers Hall 011


  • University of Pittsburgh, PhD Computer Science, 1991
  • Bowling Green State University, MS Computer Science, 1977
  • Bowling Green State University, BS Computer Science, 1976

Research & Teaching Interests

  • Computer science education
  • Software engineering
  • Service learning in computer science
  • Human-computer interaction, simulation


  • SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, Presentations in 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2011.
  • Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges, presentations in 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007.
  • MARS software for computer science education, biannual releases 2005-2011. 15 journal papers, 32 conference papers and presentations.

Affiliations & Awards

  • Association for Computing Machinery

Personal Biography

Pete received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Bowling Green State University and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, all in Computer Science. He worked as a programmer/analyst and taught at Missouri State University before joining Otterbein in 2001.

He enjoys teaching a variety of courses ranging from Computing Concepts and Applications for a general audience to the inner workings of Operating Systems for upper-class Computer Science majors. Most of his courses fall into the software engineering core of programming, design, analysis, and project management.

His major research interest is the continuing development of MARS, a software simulator of the MIPS computer which is used in advanced computer science education by thousands of students worldwide.

/ Office of Academic Affairs

The Office of Academic Affairs is located in Roush Hall, 27 S. Grove St.

Office Hours

M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

p / 614.823.1556

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