Associate Professor of Computer Science
My formal education has been both in physics and computer science, and I enjoy teaching and working with students on research projects that cover the broader areas of Web application development, software engineering, mobile application development, artificial intelligence, computational science and security. I also enjoy crossing disciplinary boundaries and collaborating with students and faculty in mathematics, business, economics and other fields which require a computational approach.
I believe students learn best by actively performing tasks associated with the material we are covering rather than passively listening to me lecture. My classes tend to require students to engage during class by working through problems, designs and development of software.
- M.E., Computer Science, North Carolina State University, 2003
- Ph.D., Physics, University of Notre Dame, 1995
- B.S., Physics, Marlboro College, 1985
- Software engineering, data mining, analytics, artificial intelligence, computational economics
- Introduction to Computer Science I and II
- Software Development I and II
- Artificial Intelligence
- Computer and Network Security
- J. Wray and D. R. Plante, "Mobile Advertising Engine for Centralized Mobile Coupon Delivery," International Journal of Management and Marketing Research, 4(1), 75-85 (2011).
- R. L. Thaver, E. M. Ekanayake, and D. R. Plante, "The Impact of Economic Liberalization on South Africa's Disaggregated Import Demand Function with Nigeria," Global Conference on Business and Finance Proceedings 6 (2), 382-387 (2011).
- E. M. Ekanayake, R. L. Thaver, and D. R. Plante, "The Effects of Exchange Rate Volatility on South Africa's Trade with the European Union," Global Conference on Business and Finance Proceedings 6 (2), 620-627 (2011).