MCS Advisory Committee

Advisory Committee Statement of Purpose

The primary purpose of the UVA-Wise Software Engineering(SE) and Computer Science(CS) Advisory Committee(AC) is to advise our SE and CS faculty on industry trends and participate in discussions of how to more effectively enhance the students’ knowledge and increase their competence in the field of Computer Science and Software Engineering. The goals of the Advisory Committee include:

  • identifying the knowledge and skills required for our software engineering/computer science graduates using the latest research and technological innovations
  • assisting in the development of departmental program objectives and goals
  • reviewing departmental assessment materials and outcomes
  • suggesting improvements to the program objectives based on assessment results

The Advisory Committee will also provide guidance in the planning and development of a research center. The Advisory Committee will conduct regular evaluations of research projects, workshops, courses, teaching materials, and research involving students and faculty. The Department Chair will inform the Advisory Committee on the programs, focusing on recent and planned changes, enrollment, and events. The Advisory Committee will in turn analyze the needs of the department in order to keep it current and relevant.


The council will be comprised of 7 to 9 individuals that serve rotating terms of four years, with the exception of the Managers of Northrop Grumman and CGI who will be permanent members. Other members may serve up to two consecutive terms. Initially, half of the members will serve a two year term. Members of the SE and CS Advisory Committee will nominate and elect individuals to fill vacant positions. Committee members will meet at least once a year.


Dr. Thomas Horton

Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science
The University of Virginia

James Hubbard – Committee Secretary

Software Design Engineer Lead
Alion Science and Technology

Kyla Bohon Miller

Software Engineer
Video Gaming Technologies, Inc

Mark Eschle

Vice President
Southwest Virginia Center of Excellence

Cathy Roberts, Ph.D. P.E. – Committee Chair

Assistant Dean of Computer Information Science
ECPI College of Technology

David Sanders – Committee Vice-Chair

Sr. Programmer/Analyst
Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy

Jim Tiscornia

Information Integration
(retired Program Manager for Northrop Grumman Information Systems)