For Black History Month, CSE Spotlights Faculty and Alumni in Academia

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Marcus Darden

Marcus Darden (MSE ME '94) is a Lecturer in CSE with over 15 years of teaching in the field. He currently teaches computer science classes in large, multi-section courses (600+ students) and serves as a faculty advisor for computer science major and minors, helping students to make course, elective, and career decisions.

Marcus Darden

Darden joined the faculty at CSE in 2014 and has primarily taught EECS 281, Data Structures and Algorithms, and EECS 398, Computing for Computer Scientists. In 2016, he was named the 2015-2016 HKN Professor of the Year in CSE by the Beta-Epsilon chapter of Eta Kappa Nu (HKN), the national honor society for electrical and computer engineers.

Darden is active in the department's outreach efforts and serves as course designer and chief instructor for CSE's MiBytes@ the MEZ summer camp for high school students in Detroit. He also designs and leads one of three summer programs offered for high school students in CSE's Ann Arbor based MiBytes camp.

"Learning about computer science is so important," says Darden, "because our whole world is going toward computing." Regarding the importance of the MiBytes program, he notes that "it's taken students who thought they couldn't program and turned them into app developers. The program also gives students a new appreciation for what computer science is and its importance in out lives."

Marcus Darden on the MiBytes computer camp in Detroit

Darden came to the Department from Olivet College, where he served as the Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science from 2002-2009 and as the Computer Science Program Director from 2009-2014. While at Olivet, he also taught coursework from 100- to 400-level courses for computer science majors and minors.

Prior to Olivet, he worked as a software engineer in industry. Darden continues to consult with Toronto-based software firm NS Basic, which builds software development tools for mobile devices, since 1997. His work there has been a mix of documentation, software design and construction, marketing, and product support.

Outside of CSE, Darden plays tenor sax in the Lansing-based band Global Village.

Darden received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1992. He received an MSE in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan in 1994 while also completing MS coursework in CSE.

Posted: February 3, 2017