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Dan Garcia

University of California Berkeley
Teaching Professor
Dan Garcia (UC Berkeley MS 1995, PhD 2000) is a teaching professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department at UC Berkeley. Selected as an ACM Distinguished Educator in 2012, he has won all four of the department's computer science teaching awards and holds the record for the highest teaching effectiveness ratings (6.7/7) in the history of the department's introductory courses.

He is a national leader in the "CSforALL" movement, bringing engaging computer science to students normally underrepresented in the field. Thanks to four National Science Foundation grants, the "Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC)" non-majors course he co-developed has been shared with over 500 high school teachers. He is delighted to regularly have more than 50% female enrollment in BJC, with a high mark of 65% in the spring of 2018, which shattered the intro computing course record at UC Berkeley and is among the highest in the nation! He is humbled by the national exposure he and the course have received in the the New York Times, PBS NewsHour, NPR's All Things Considered, USA Today, and the front pages of the San Jose Mercury News and San Francisco Chronicle.

He has won the NCWIT Undergraduate Research Mentoring award, the UC Berkeley Unsung Hero award, the LPFI Lux award, and the SAP Visionary Member award for his work to diversify computing. He has served on the ACM Education Board and the College Board Computer Science Principles Development Committee, and he was the SIGCSE Symposium co-chair in 2018.