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Education

Ph.D. Computer Science Kent State University 2015 - 2020
M.S. Computer Science The University of Akron 2013 - 2015
B.S. Computer Science (minor in Mathematics) The University of Akron 2009 - 2013

Academic Experience

Assistant Professor. Department of Mathematical and Computational Sciences, The College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio. 8/20-present
Graduate Assistantship. Department of Computer Science, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. 8/15-6/20
Part-time Instructor. Department of Computer Science, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. 6/18-8/18; 6/19-8/19; 6/20-8/20
Research Assistantship. Department of Computer Science, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. 5/16-8/16; 5/17-8/17
Research Assistantship. Department of Computer Science, The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio. 12/14-8/15
Graduate Assistantship. Department of Computer Science, The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio. 9/13-5/14

Industry Experience

Software Engineer Intern. GraphSQL, Kent, Ohio. 2016
Associate Software Engineer. BGI-LLC, Akron, Ohio. 2014
Software Engineer Intern. BGI-LLC, Akron, Ohio. 2012-2014

Research Interests

My research interests are in graph theory and algorithms, with a focus in the broad category of hyperbolic graphs and several interesting graph classes including Helly graphs, distance-hereditary graphs, AT-free graphs, and chordal graphs. My research interests also include software engineering and algorithmic applications, such as mining software repositories and graph visualization.

Scholarly Work (see also Google Scholar)

Heather M. Guarnera. Hyperbolicity, injective hulls, and Helly graphs. PhD thesis, Kent State University, 2020. [ohiolink]

Heather M. Guarnera, Feodor F. Dragan, and Arne Leitert. Injective hulls of various graph classes. [arXiv]

Feodor F. Dragan and Heather M. Guarnera. Helly-gap of a graph and vertex eccentricities. [arXiv]

Feodor F. Dragan and Heather M. Guarnera. Eccentricity function in distance-hereditary graphs. Theoretical Computer Science, 833: 26-40, 2020 [arXiv] [doi]

Feodor F. Dragan and Heather M. Guarnera. Eccentricity terrain of 𝛿-hyperbolic graphs. Journal of Computer and System Sciences, 112: 50-56, 2020.[arXiv] [doi]

Feodor F. Dragan and Heather M. Guarnera. Obstructions to a small hyperbolicity in Helly graphs. Discrete Mathematics, 342(2): 326-338, 2019. [arXiv] [doi]

Michaud, H., Guarnera, D., Collard, M.L., and Maletic, J.I., "Recovering Commit Branch of Origin" in the Proceedings of 32nd IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution (ICSME'16), Raleigh, NC, Oct. 2 - 10, 2016, pages 10. (29% acceptance)

Michaud, H., Liszka, K., Chan, C., “Application of Data Mining to Learning Assessment”, in The International Conference on Education and Psychological Sciences (ICEPS’14), Taipei Taiwan, 2014.

Conference Presentations

10/16 ICSME 2016: International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution, Raleigh, North Carolina. October 2 - 10, 2016. [slides]

Other Professional Activities

External reviewer for Discussiones Mathematicae Graph Theory (2020).

External reviewer for the 44th International Workshop on Graph-Theoretic Concepts in Computer Science (WG 2018), Cottbus, Germany.

Judge for the Kent Hack Enough (KHE 2018), Kent State Universisty, 10/21/18.

Mentor for the Kent Hack Enough (KHE 2019), Kent State University, 9/27/19.

Judge for the Kent Hack Enough (KHE 2019), Kent State University, 9/29/19.

Judge for Akron Public Schools Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) EXPO, Ellet High School, 1/25/20.

Awards, Funding, and Other Support

$975 NSF Student Travel Grant, 2016.
$300 Graduate Student Senate Domestic Travel Award, 2016.
$5,000 Graduate Deans Award, 2015.
$18,000 Honors Scholarship, 2009-2012.
$24,000 University Scholarship for Excellence, 2009-2012.

Teaching

My teaching interests are in theoretical and algorithmic computer science. This includes introduction to algorithms, programming, and algorithmic graph theory. I particularly enjoy finding clean and aesthetic solutions to difficult problems in a manner that is easy to present and explain. I have experience as a primary instructor in a variety of undergraduate and graduate level classes, with class sizes ranging from 10 students to 75+ students.

Course Title Terms/Dates Institution
Scientific Computing Fall 2020 The College of Wooster
Programming Languages Fall 2020 The College of Wooster
Computer Literacy Spring 2018 Kent State University
Honors Class Project Agreement Fall 2017 Kent State University
Design and Analysis of Algorithms Fall 2017, Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Summer 2019, Fall 2019, Summer 2020 Kent State University
Discrete Structures for Computer Science Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017 Kent State University
Computer Science II Lab Summer 2017 Kent State University
Computer Science IB Lab Fall 2015, Summer 2017 Kent State University
Computer Science IA Lab Fall 2015 Kent State University
Computer Science Principles Lab Fall 2015 Kent State University
Computer Science I Lab Fall 2013, Spring 2014 The University of Akron