Karl R. Wurst, PhD

Professor of Computer Science

School of Science, Technology, and Health

Worcester State University


Computer Science Department, School of Science, Technology, and Health
Worcester State University
486 Chandler St, Worcester, MA, USA 01602
Office: ST 110E
Phone: +1-508-929-8728, Fax: +1-508-929-8156
Email: kwurst@worcester.edu
I prefer to be addressed, or referred to, as "Professor Wurst" or "Doctor Wurst". My preferred pronouns are "he/him/his", although I am also fine with "they/them/their".
Software Engineering
Open Source Software
Computer Science Education

Scholarship, Awards, and Service

Coming Soon...

National Science Foundation DUE-2012999, 2020-2024
Collaborative Research: Broadening Participation in Computing through Authentic, Collaborative Engagement with Computing for the Greater Good

2020 Dr. Imoigele Aisiku Undergraduate Research Summer Fellowship
An Investigation of Tools and Platforms to Support Deployment of an Open Source Project to Support Campus Food Pantries
(supporting joint faculty/student summer research work)

2019 Dr. Imoigele Aisiku Undergraduate Research Summer Fellowship
An Investigation of Tools and Workflows to Support Participation of Undergraduate Classes in Open Source Projects
(supporting joint faculty/student summer research work)

2017 Red Hat Honors Instructors Who Champion Open Source Education in the U.S.
Raleigh, NC — March 28, 2017 — Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today recognized 21 higher education instructors for their continuing efforts to incorporate open source philosophies, methods, and tools into their academic work. https://www.redhat.com/en/about/press-releases/red-hat-honors-instructors-who-champion-open-source-education-us
2014 George I. Alden Excellence in Teaching Award
Awarded by Worcester State University to professors who have made a difference in student's lives through their teaching excellence. Recipients have demonstrated excellence through use of effective instructional strategies, accomodation of multiple learning styles, fostering higher-order thinking among students, commitment to student success, commitment to continuously improving his/her classroom teaching, willingness to innovate or take pedagogical risks, particpation in service activities related to the improvement of education at WSU.
1995 NSF Engineering Education Scholar
Named one of the initial group of thirty-one National Science Foundation Engineering Education Scholars nationally. Participated in a week-long workshop on engineering education and its future supervised by NSF administrators and led by nationally recognized educators.
1994 Taylor L. Booth Teaching Fellow
Awarded by a UConn CSE faculty committee to the applicant with the greatest future teaching potential based on letters of support from teaching supervisors and the student's research advisor.
LibreFoodPantry open source food pantry software community
Coordinating Committee Member
Founding Trustee
Teaching Open Source (a member project of the Software Freedom Conservancy)
Project Leadership Committee Member
Northeast Region of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges
Past Regional Board Member 2001-2021
Past Webmaster and Past Deputy Webmaster
Past Conference Chair and Co-Chair
Contributor to the AMPATH Medical Records System open source software project
Worcester State University Center for STEM Research and Education
Founding Representative for Computer Science
Worcester State University Center for Teaching and Learning
Past Advisory Board Member
Co-Facilitator of the 2007 Alden Teaching Fellows
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education
WSU ACM Student Chapter Faculty Advisor
Upsilon Pi Epsilon, International Honor Society for the Computing and Information Disciplines
KISS Institute for Practical Robotics (KIPR)


Fall 2022

On Sabbatical for Fall 2022

CS-343 E1 Software Construction, Design, and Architecture
Monday Evenings, 5:30-8:00PM, ST 107

Course Information

Fall 2022
CS-343 E1 Software Construction, Design and Architecture
Syllabus (On GitLab, in progress, subject to change until class begins)
Textbook List: Complete: 10 March 2022

We will be using freely available learning resources for topics in this course.


Academic Lineage
Erdös Number
Random Photos
Based on the concept that one's Ph.D. advisor is one's academic parent. An interesting exercise, but don't read too much into it. From the Mathematics Genealogy Project.

Mouse over a box for more details, click on a box to go to the full page.

The line from Ambrosius Rhodius goes back further (to include, among others, Copernicus) and I'll finish that later. I also need to do some more work to adjust the tooltip positioning.
Karl R. Wurst
University of Connecticut
Robert McCartney
Brown University
Eugene Charniak
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Marvin Minsky
Princeton University
Albert Tucker
Princeton University
Solomon Lefschetz
Clark University
William Story
Universität Leipzig
Carl Gottfried Neumann
Universität Königsberg
Wilhelm Scheibner
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Enno Heeren Dirksen
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Johann Tobias Mayer
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Bernhard Friedrich Thibaut
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Friedrich Julius Richelot
Universität Königsberg
Otto Hesse
Abraham Gotthelf Kästner
Universität Leipzig
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Christian August Hausen
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Johann Christoph Wichmannshausen
Universität Leipzig
Johann Andreas Planer
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, 1686
Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, 1709
Otto Mencke
Universität Leipzig
Jakob Thomasius
Universität Leipzig
Friedrich Leibniz
Universität Leipzig 
Johann Pasch
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Rudolf Jakob Camerarius
Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
1684, 1686
Michael Walther, Jr.
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
1661, 1687
Aegidius Strauch
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
1651, 1657
Johann Andreas Quenstedt
Universität Helmstedt, 1643
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, 1644
Abraham Klein (Calovius)
Universität Rostock
Aegidius Strauch
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
1651, 1657
Georg Calixt
Universität Helmstedt
Christoph Notnagel
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Ambrosius Rhodius
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
1600, 1610
My Erdös Number is at most 5. (Which is the median value.)

Karl R. Wurst (5) → Holly Yanco (4) → Tucker Balch (3) → Mohammad Taghi Hajiaghayi (2) → Noga Alon(1) → Paul Erdös (0)
Coming soon...
My Ph.D. Dissertation as Haiku
Robot puppets act,
but the human director
will not let them be.
My M.S. Thesis as Haiku
Learning to cook means
expectation failures, but
that is how you grow.