Jody Paul, Ph.D.
1777 Larimer Street, #1002 • Denver, Colorado 80202 • (303)298-9130

Ph.D. -- Computer Science
School of Engineering and Applied Science, UCLA
Software Engineering, Human-Computer Interaction, Artificial Intelligence
M.S. -- Computer Science / Management
School of Engineering and Applied Science, UCLA
Graduate School of Management, UCLA
B.S. -- Mathematics / Computer Science
College of Letters and Science, UCLA, Magna Cum Laude

  Software Engineering / Project Management / User-Interface Design / Research

  • Manager of software development with demonstrated track record of achieving beneficial accommodations of functionality, schedule, and resources in high-pressure environments.
  • Effective team member, team builder, and manager. Aptitude for interaction with clients, end-users, and executive management; motivation and facilitation of heterogeneous teams.
  • Established history with directing and conducting applied computer science research efforts
  • Experience and familiarity with diverse computer systems, platforms, environments, and languages. Extensive expertise in user interface design, systems analysis, software architecture, and managing the software development process.
  • Emphasis on improving effectiveness and productivity of software development organizations and on improving usability and marketability of software and shoftware-enhanced products.
  • Numerous papers in professional publications, presentations at conferences and symposia and software and research products adopted for use by government, educational and commercial organizations.

Consulting Computer Scientist (1982-present)
Consultant and expert investigator. Software development management emphasis through assessment and improvement of clients' software development processes, risk reduction, and risk mitigation. Expert investigation regarding protection of intellectual property rights and assessment of technology for issuance of securities.

Metropolitan State University of Denver
-- Associate Professor of Computer Science
Emphasis on software development management and human-computer interaction. Direct numerous student teams (sizes from 2 to 20) in product-development application of software engineering principles and practices. Created the curriculum for an Advanced Software Engineering Certificate (CIT grant) including 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)
-- Consultant: Senior Computer Scientist (2001-2006)
Established research direction, performed project management functions, and conducted basic and applied research in software engineering and technology policy analysis. Numerous products and briefings.
-- Consultant: Computer Science (1992-1996)
Designed and developed highly interactive simulation applications for use in training Air Force officers at the US Air Command and Staff College. Co-authored the first RAND interactive hypermedia report, detailing research results in declarative modeling and their application to strategic mobility.
-- Computer Scientist (1988-1992)
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.
-- Consultant: AI / Knowledge Engineering (1984-1988)
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.

MapQuest Inc. (America Online), Denver
-- 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 for new architectures and the integration of new technologies. Developed new products, from initial concept exploration through maintenance, in concert with sales, marketing, site operations, customer support, and corporate management. Planned and executed transitions from existing development environment to incorporate productivity-enhancing practices, tools, and technologies. Facilitated the maturation of the software development organization to lower risks and reduce time-to-field new products and product enhancements. Established requirements engineering and usability engineering best-practices. (Primary vehicles: Java, JSP, C++, Apache, Tomcat, mySQL, ANT, UML, DOORS, GD-Pro, Dreamweaver)

Quark Inc., Denver
-- Research & Development Technical Manager (1998-2000)
Provided software project management expertise for flagship product (QuarkXPress). Determined and implemented improvements to existing software engineering process and practices. Introduced technologies and best practices for software development. Provide human-computer interaction expertise and in-house consulting. Established and directed new teams to improve software development productivity, to coordinate development of multiple products that utilize common technology, and to improve usability of products.

University of Colorado at Denver
-- Professor; Coordinator of Learner-Centered Technology
Conceived, designed and developed educational and research-oriented software applications--emphasis on Human-Computer Interaction and User-Centered Design. Directed and conducted research and technology transfer activities bridging theory with practical application of software engineering, cognitive science, and human-computer interaction. Products adopted for use by commercial and educational enterprises. Directed teams of developers on substantial software design, development and maintenance efforts--emphasis on interactive multimedia products, World Wide Web sites, intelligent systems, and educational and diagnostic applications. Founding Director of the Children's Literacy Project, a collaborative partnership of the Tattered Cover Book Store and UCD involving university students in the development of software that promotes literacy among children. Administer network information servers: web-server, list-server, POP3/SMTP mail-server, dynamic image server, telnet and ftp server.

U.S.C. / Information Sciences Institute (1984-1985)
Center for Experimental Computer Science, UCLA (1983-1984)
Hughes Aircraft Corporate Offices, Los Angeles (1982-1983)
Bell Laboratories, New Jersey (1980-1982)
Hughes Research Laboratory, Malibu (1978-1980)

  Teaching / Curriculum Development / Educational Administration

Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences,
         Metropolitan State University of Denver
, Associate Professor (2001-present)
College Board: National Leader in Computer Science
Educational Testing Service: Chief Reader for Advanced Placement Computer Science
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; Charter chair of Denver Region Education Society Chapter

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)
Computer Science National Leader: The College Board (2003-2007)
Computer Science Teacher of the Year: University of Colorado at Denver (3x)
Who's Who Among America's Teachers
RAND Ph.D. Fellow in Artificial Intelligence
Hughes Master's Fellow
Upsilon Pi Epsilon
— Computer Science Honor Society
Pi Mu Epsilon — Mathematics Honor Society
Performance Musician, Orchestrator: American Federation of Musicians (current)
Certified / Bonded Locksmith: NLA (current)
Certified Fitness & Aerobics Instructor: AFAA (current)
Certified Personal Trainer & Fitness Consultant: AFAA (current)