B.S. ​Brigham Young University, 2005M.S. ​Brigham Young University, 2008Ph.D. ​University of Virginia, 2013

"Computers obey whoever tells them what to do them, unerringly and tirelessly. I teach people how to tell computers what to do."

Luther A. Tychonievich, Lecturer


Research interests include:

Computing Education, Diversity in Computing, Family History Technology



Prior to accepting a position as a full-time lecturer in the Computer Science Department at the University of Virginia, I graduated from the University of Virginia, Brigham Young University, and Lakeland Community College. I wrote my first program and declared my CS major between my second and third year of college; I fell in love with its versatility, scope, and power; it is a field that combines the human-defined purity and elegance of mathematics with the real-world impact of engineering. During my graduate work I became fascinated with the issues relating to education of a new generation of computer scientists and how to help people from backgrounds that are traditionally-underrepresented in CS recognize the marvelous opportunities the field offers and excel in the field. In addition to teaching, I devote significant effort to the education of educators (primarily teaching assistants, but also high-school and college faculty) and to the design of data models that encourage correct mental models in humanities research as part of FHISO and rootsdev.


  • The Harold S. Morton, Jr. Award for Teaching 2017