From Data Structures to Teaching Excellence: An Introduction and Vision

Date: September 28, 2023
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: 432 Newell Drive, Gainesville, FL, 32611
Host: Department of CISE
Admission: Free

Farhath Zareen received her B.S. degree in Information Technology from Osmania University, India. She holds an MS and Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of South Florida, where her research was focused on advancing medical technology and cybersecurity through innovations in software/hardware security, signal processing, and machine learning. Along with a strong research background, she has a deep commitment to education, having served as a Teaching Assistant for core Computer Science courses where she instructed and mentored students at the undergraduate level. Passionate about melding cutting-edge research with classroom instruction, she is committed to fostering an inclusive and engaging learning environment.

In Computer Science, tree structures like Binary Trees and Binary Search Trees (BSTs) play a vital role in data organization and manipulation. The first half of this one-hour talk will introduce the basics of BSTs, focusing on their essential operations such as insertion, deletion, and traversal. By delving into the mechanics of BSTs, this talk will provide a holistic understanding of their function and importance in data structure theory along with their real-world applications. In the latter half of the talk, I will share my teaching vision transitioning into the role of an instructional professor, with a focus on interested coursework, outlining strategies for enhancing student learning, and my commitment to creating an inclusive, empowering classroom experience.