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David R. Owen

Professor of Computer Science



(717) 796-1800 ext. 2296


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Interest and areas of expertise

Software Testing, Verification and Validation, Formal Methods in Software Engineering; Computer Science Education (specifically in the area of teaching Computer Programming); Creative Applications of Programming including Computer Graphics, Game Design and Simulation; Philosophy of Technology (specifically as a way of thinking about Computer Science and Christian faith)

  • B.S., Engineering (with a concentration in Electrical Engineering), Messiah College, 1997
  • M.S., Ph.D., Computer Science, West Virginia University, 2002, 2007
Classes I teach

CIS 181: Computer Programming I
CIS 284: Computer Programming II
CIS 287: Introduction to Game Design
CIS 384: Elements of Computing Systems
CIS 416: Operating Systems and Computer Architecture
CIS 482: Organization of Programming Languages
CIS 487: Interactive 3D Graphics


Dr. Owen loves to learn new things! Occasionally he's had the opportunity to learn something that wasn't just new to him, but to others as well. In graduate school he studied testing and verification strategies used to assure that desired properties hold for a distributed software system. In particular, his work centered around the question: how can we find bugs in a distributed software design, when it would require too much time and memory to exhaustively search the behaviors represented by an executable model of that design? In recent years he's enjoyed learning more about hardware design, graphics programing, computer vision and the design of programming languages. As a Christian he is also interested in how our daily experience with technology influences our view of God and what it means to be human.

In addition, Dr. Owen loves music of many kinds and enjoys riding and repairing old bicycles. He met his wife Gretta in 2002, when they were students together at the Summer Institute of Linguistics program at the University of North Dakota. They now live in Mechanicsburg with their four children, Gareth, Eliot, Eva and Gloria.