Jody Paul, Ph.D.
Computer Scientist: Software Engineering; User Experience Design; Artificial Intelligence; Software Development Management
  • Skilled at building, motivating, and facilitating diverse teams
  • Proficient interaction with stakeholders (clients, end-users, developers, executives, support)
  • Successful at directing, conducting, and applying computer science research
  • Experienced with many computer systems, platforms, environments, tools, and languages
  • Demonstrated ability to improve effectiveness and productivity of software development organizations as well as the usability of software-related products
  • Disseminated results: papers in professional publications; presentations at conferences and symposia; software and research products adopted for use by government, educational, and commercial organizations
Ph.D. -- Computer Science
School of Engineering and Applied Science, UCLA
M.S. -- Computer Science / Management
School of Engineering and Applied Science in collaboration with Graduate School of Management, UCLA
B.S. -- Mathematics / Computer Science
College of Letters and Science, UCLA, Magna Cum Laude


Consulting Computer Scientist (present)
Assessment and improvement of software development processes, management, and risk mitigation. Software product development: requirements engineering, user experience evaluation and design, architecture, programming, validation. Expert investigations: software intellectual property rights; software specifications; assessment of software technologies prior to issuance of securities.

Metropolitan State University of Denver (present)
Professor of Computer Science
Emphases: software engineering, artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction. Direct numerous teams in the application of software engineering principles and practices. New courses introduced regularly (e.g., Fall 2017: Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence). Created the curriculum for Advanced Software Engineering Certificate with new courses: Software Requirements, Software Development Management. Software Product Engineering, Software Testing & Quality Assurance, Best Practices in Software Engineering.

RAND Corporation, Santa Monica (1984-1996; 2001-2006)
Senior Computer Scientist

Established research direction, performed project management functions, and conducted basic and applied research in software engineering, technology policy analysis, human-computer interaction, cognitive science, and artificial intelligence. Numerous products and briefings.

Designer and chief implementor of SAL (System for Asbestos Litigation), an expert system that models the decision making of attorneys. Developed methodology for improving usability and maintainability of complex software products.

Designed and developed highly interactive simulation applications for use in training decision-makers. Co-authored the first RAND interactive hypermedia report, detailing research results in declarative modeling and their application to logistical problem solving.

MapQuest Inc., Denver (2000-2001)
Manager of Research and Development: Internet Products / Business Solutions
Built, retained, and managed teams of software engineers responsible for MapQuest consumer site and MapQuest business-to-business products. Provided strategic vision and developed new products, fostering collaboration across sales, marketing, site operations, customer support, corporate management, and research and development.

Quark Inc., Denver (1998-2000)
Research & Development Technical Manager
Provided expertise in software project management and in human-computer interaction for flagship product (QuarkXPress). Improved productivity through selective modification of software engineering process and practices. Improved product usability and user experience.

University of Colorado at Denver (1992-1998)
Professor; Coordinator of Learner-Centered Technology

Conceived, designed, and developed educational and research-oriented software applications emphasizing the user experience and user-centered design. Directed numerous research and development teams with resulting products adopted by commercial and educational enterprises. Founding Director of the Children's Literacy Project, a partnership with local business to develop and field software that promotes literacy for elementary-school-age children.


Research & Development
U.S.C. / Information Sciences Institute
Center for Experimental Computer Science, UCLA
Bell Laboratories, New Jersey
Hughes Research Laboratory, Malibu

Teaching, Curriculum Development, Educational Administration
The College Board
Educational Testing Service
Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Colorado at Denver
The Women's College, University of Denver
Colorado Technical University, Denver
Computer Science Department, UCLA
Department of Engineering and Science, University Extension, UCLA
Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Los Angeles
College of Letters and Science, UCLA

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE): Senior Member
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM): Life Member
Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA): Charter Member
Editorial Board, International Journals:
Information & Communications Technology Law (1997-2007)
Law, Computers & Artificial Intelligence (1990-1996)
Upsilon Pi Epsilon (Computer Science Honor Society)
Pi Mu Epsilon (Mathematics Honor Society)
Chief Reader for Advanced Placement Computer Science: Educational Testing Service (2008-2012)
Computer Science National Leader: The College Board (2003-2007)
RAND Ph.D. Fellow in Artificial Intelligence
Performance Musician, Orchestrator: American Federation of Musicians
Certified / Bonded Locksmith: National Locksmith Association
Certified Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer, Fitness Consultant: AFAA, Schwinn