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Ogle brings industry experience to the classroom

ogle-famLast year, Dave Ogle was touring colleges in Colorado with his three sons. The moment he walked onto the CU Denver campus, he called his wife and said, “I want to work here.” The diverse student body, building architecture, and the North Classroom wall recognizing the university’s Outstanding Faculty Award recipients appealed to him. Seeing each faculty’s photo showed him that the university cared about their faculty, and he wanted to work for a university like that. In fall 2020, Ogle joined the Department of Computer Science and Engineering as professor.

Ogle teaches Fundamentals in Computing (Python), Introduction to Software Engineering, and Introduction to Computer Networks. His goal is to give students the opportunity to learn and to facilitate that learning. He starts each semester with a quote from Benjamin Franklin: “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” Ogle goes into every class prepared, energetic, and knowledgeable of the material. He hopes to share that enthusiasm with the students so that they will want to learn; not be forced to learn.

Ogle’s interest in engineering started with the development of the internet, which gave him the opportunity to do fundamental work in computer networking. Prior to joining academia, he spent 28 years in the software industry at IBM and at a start-up.

“I want to take my experiences and share them with the next generation,” he said. Ogle hopes that by sharing and applying the skills he acquired through hands-on industry experience, his students will become better engineers. “I want to teach students how to apply computer science across other disciplines.”

Ogle attended Ohio State University where he earned his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in computer science. He enjoys spending time in the mountains with his family, hiking, skiing, and biking, enjoying all Colorado has to offer.

Photo: Dave Ogle, second from right, with his three sons and his wife

By: Laura Quantz, student writer & communications major

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At the CU Denver College of Engineering, Design and Computing, we focus on providing our students with a comprehensive engineering education at the undergraduate, graduate and professional level. Faculty conduct research that spans our five disciplines of civil, electrical and mechanical engineering, bioengineering, and computer science and engineering. The college collaborates with industry from around the state; our laboratories and research opportunities give students the hands-on experience they need to excel in the professional world.

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