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My not-too-long bio

My name is Stella Porto and I’m currently the director of the Master of Distance Education program, having also had roles as Program Director for the Master of Information Technology, Associate Chair and Acting Chair in the Information and Technology Systems Department in the Graduate School.

I have been working as a faculty member and staff at UMUC since January, 2001. I’m originally from Brazil – Rio de Janeiro, where I lived until September 2000.

I received a BS in Electrical Engineering in 1986 from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). I obtained my Master's and Doctoral degrees in Informatics ( CS at PUC-Rio) in 1991 and 1995, respectively, from the same institution. And now I have just finished a Masters degree in Distance Education from UMUC.

I initially worked as a hardware designer and moved to academe in 1989. As a researcher in CS, for 10 years at the Computing Institute of Federal Fluminense University, my work focused in the fields of parallel processing and heuristic methods for combinatorial optimization problems. In teaching, my experience ranges a variety of different courses in Computer Science, including: algorithm design, parallel programming, computer architectures, parallel and distributed computing and parallel algorithms.

I have taught in the Graduate School in several different programs, including the MDE, CSMN, and MSIT programs. Currently I teach in the MDE and in the ITEC programs. In terms of research, my interests are in the Distance Education field, including primarily topics related to new technologies, new media, and course development models. I also have special interest in the education of Information Technology topics.

After 7 years of living in Maryland, I am now living in Alpharetta, GA (north of the Atlanta metropolitan area) since June 2007, with my husband Wayne and our two sons, Bernardo (10) and Gustavo (8).

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