Saturday July 21, 2018

Teresa A. Dahlberg, Ph.D.

Professor, Computer Science
College of Computing and Informatics
Woodward Hall 403-B, , 9201 University City Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28223
Phone: (704) 687-8553
Email: Teresa.Dahlberg@uncc.edu
Website: http://www.cs.uncc.edu/~tdahlber/
Teresa A. Dahlberg


  • Protocols for wireless networks, including cellular, WLAN, sensor, mesh and hybrid network architectures. Data management for wireless sensor networks. Analytic, simulation and experimental modeling and analysis techniques
  • Demonstration research projects in educational informatics, workforce development, and broadening participation. Includes implementation, scalability and transferability of interventions for recruiting, bridging, and advancement of diverse student populations in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math disciplines.

Research Projects and Funding:

  • The STARS Alliance, www.STARSAlliance.org
  • Socially Relevant Computing Research Experiences for Undergraduates: Visualization, Virtual Environments, Gaming and Networking, www.cs.uncc.edu/reu
  • UNC Charlotte GAANN Fellowship Program for Computing and Informatics


Teresa Dahlberg, is Professor of Computer Science and founding Director of the UNC Charlotte Diversity in Information Technology Institute. Teresa leads a number of demonstration research projects in educational informatics, workforce development, and broadening participation. She is principal investigator and director of the STARS Alliance: A Southeastern Partnership for Broadening Participation in Computing; the Socially Relevant Computing Research Experiences for Undergraduates Site; and the Computing Scholars – Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Needs project. Teresa has served as General Chair for the STARS Celebration of Computing Leaders in its first four years. Teresa is co-chair for the Panels and Workshops Committee for the Grace Hopper Celebration 2009. Teresa is active in the Networking Research Lab at UNC Charlotte. Her research on wireless networks addresses resource management protocols, data management for sensor networks, and analytic, simulation and experimental modeling and analysis techniques.

Teresa has graduated four doctoral students and has two current doctoral students in Computer Engineering and Information Technology. Most recently, Dr. Lijuan Cao's research focuses on path cost metrics for hybrid (cellular/ad hoc) wireless networks. Marguerite Doman's research explores the application of fuzzy database approach to data management for wireless sensor networks. Kashif Sharif has conducted research that explores the use of anycast communications paradigm for hybrid wireless networks. Kashif is also enhancing the Explorebots (mobile, sensor equipped robots) to experiment with approaches to increasing children's interest in computing research through hands-on activities.

Teresa teaches graduate classes in the communications networks area. She leads the STARS Alliance undergraduate seminar class that fosters student recruitment and retention through Technical Excellence, Leadership, Service & Civic Engagement, and Community. Teresa also teaches a graduate teaching seminar to prepare PhD students for the professoriate.

Teresa worked in hardware and software development for the IBM Corporation from 1984-1994. She developed the logic controller and image analysis functions for the IBM 3897 Image Capture Module, which is a feature of the IBM 3890 Document Reader/Sorter. Within this work, which consisted of logic design and real-time microcode, she developed a unique real-time, task-queuing operating system for very high-speed control and for image analysis applications. She received an IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement award for this work.

Teresa received her doctorate from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at North Carolina State University in November 1993, with support from the IBM Resident Study program. In 1990, she also obtained her M.S. in Computer Engineering from NCSU, and in 1984 received her B.S. from the University of Pittsburgh. Teresa's dissertation focused on reliability evaluation of communications networks and computer systems. She developed hierarchical modeling techniques and dependability algorithms for efficiently assessing large, distributed systems.

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