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Dr. Brad Vander Zanden


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Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Min H. Kao Building, Room 312
1520 Middle Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-2250
Office Phone: 865-974-8175
Office Fax: 865-974-5483

Areas of Interest

  • Graphical programming environments
  • Programming languages
  • Constraint solving
  • Graphical User Interfaces


  • Ph.D. in Computer Science, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1989
  • M.S. in Computer Science, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1985
  • B.S. in. Accounting/Computer Science, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 1982


Professor Vander Zanden’s research focuses on program language design and implementation, especially as it applies to graphical user interfaces. Professor Vander Zanden’s current research focus is on the development of computer aided drawing tools that make it easier for instructors and students to draw and animate data structures, such as trees and lists, that are commonly presented in undergraduate computer science courses. Such tools can provide presentation aids for instructors in the classroom, allow for the creation of animated notes that might accompany a course, distance course, or textbook, and allow either students or instructors to provide an animated set of homework solutions.

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