Biographical Sketch: Michael B. Feldman
Prof. Feldman's interest in computer software was
by a junior-level course in which Fortran
was used for solving numerical engineering problems. Furthermore, his
lab work in electronics revealed a slight case of color-blindness,
caused him great difficulty in distinguishing the color-coded stripes
Dr. Feldman was back in Princeton
from 1970 to 1974, employed as a computer scientist by Educational
Testing Service. He then spent a year in Europe,
as Staff Consultant to the Managing Director of Samsom Automatisering,
a data-processing company in The Netherlands. He still speaks pretty
Dutch whenever he has a chance.
In 1975, Dr. Feldman joined the Computer Science faculty at The
George Washington University, from which he retired in 2007 as
Professor Emeritus. He now lives in Portland, Oregon,
with his wife Ruth and
their Corgi-mix dog Guinevere.
While at GW, he taught a large number of different courses, from
freshman to doctoral level. For many years he was responsible for the CS
majors-oriented introductory programming course, and the
structures and real-time
systems courses. He received the Computer Science Professor of the
Year Award in 2002, 2003, and 2006, and the University's Oscar and
Trachtenberg Teaching Prize in 2003. From 1999 to 2005, he served
as chairman of the Computer Science Curriculum Committee.
Dr. Feldman is an experienced teacher of Ada
and Java and other computer
programming languages: his University courses are well received and his
seminars have had a number of government and industry clients. He is
author of "Ada
Problem Solving and Program Design," a freshman-level book which is
now in its third edition. Since the publication of the first Ada 83
in 1991 by Addison Wesley, the
one of the best-selling texts in university first-year Ada courses in
United States and abroad. His intermediate text, "Software
Construction and Data Structures with Ada 95," was published in
1996 by Addison Wesley. This book's first
edition, published in 1985, was the first Ada-related text specifically
targeted to undergraduate courses. Dr. Feldman also wrote "Ada 95 in
the Ada chapter in Macmaillan's 1998 "Handbook of Programming
He is also the editor of Who's
Using Ada?, a collection of application notes about interesting
projects that have used Ada as their programming language.
From 1986 to 1988 Dr. Feldman served as Assistant to
the GW Vice President for Academic Affairs, where his role was to
the university administration on issues related to academic computing.
A committee he headed at the time produced an influential strategic
for academic computing at GW. Dr. Feldman
has been actively involved in accreditation activities at the
and University levels. He also serves as a program evaluator for the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.
Finally, the guy on the NPR radio
show "Whad'Ya Know?" is a different
Michael Feldman. The GW Michael Feldman often gets e-mail intended for
the radio star.
Last modified May 2007.