David G. Novick

Professor of Engineering Education and Leadership, 2016-2023
Professor of Computer Science, 1999-2016
Mike Loya Distinguished Chair in Engineering, 2011-2022
AT&T Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, 2005-2011
SBC Professor of Computer Science, 2002-2005
The University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso, Texas, 79968-0517
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Ph.D., Computer and Information Science, University of Oregon, 1988
M.S., Computer and Information Science, University of Oregon, 1985
J.D., Harvard University, 1977
B.A., Honors College, Economics and Political Science, University of Oregon, 1974

Administrative Service

Co-director, Mike Loya Center for Innovation and Commerce, 2012-2017
Associate Dean of Engineering for Graduate Studies and Research, 2011-2014
Acting Chair, Department of Computer Science, 2008-2009
Associate Provost, 2004-2008
Chair, Department of Computer Science, 1999-2004


My research focused on leadership and entrepreneurship education at the university level, human-agent rapport in virtual reality, dialogue models for intelligent agents, and why people don't read the manual. Videos of cool agent-based VR applications, such as the Boston Massacre History Experience, developed by my Advanced aGent ENgagement Team are available here. screen shot of person interacting with embodied conversational agent in colonial Boston

Strategic Doing™

I am a Strategic Doing™ trained practitioner and certified workshop leader. I help organizations and teams take action to meet complex challenges. Traditional strategic planning typically produces a hard-to-grasp, formed-by-committee document that is out out of date when when issued and is all too often not acted upon. In contrast, Strategic Doing involves forming collaborations quickly, moving toward measurable outcomes, and making adjustments along the way. Strategic Doing practitioner badge Strategic Doing certified workshop leader badge

I currently serve as entrepreneur in residence at the Innovation Center of the Medical Center of the Americas Foundation.

For More Information

These following pages include a summary of my professional service, full HTML versions of many of my papers, and my field guide to common errors in college writing.

Personal Interests

Graduate School

DGN, June 1, 2023