Short Bio

Originally from Rock Hill, SC, Dr. Chris Brown obtained his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Duke University. After college, he spent two years as a developer at Bank of America before enrolling in graduate school at North Carolina State University to pursue a CS Ph.D. His research interests span various topics in software engineering including human factors and HCI, tools and automation, empirical software engineering, and SE education. Chris joined the CS faculty at Virginia Tech in Fall 2021 and lives in Blacksburg with his wife Bethany and twins Luther and Ruth. For more information about Dr. Brown, please see his extended biography or CV.

Professional Experience
   Assistant Professor Virginia Tech 2021-present
   Gradute Research Assistant NC State 2016 - 2021
  Quality Engineering Intern Red Hat 2017, 2018
  Software Quality Intern Blackbaud 2016
   Gradute Teaching Assistant NC State 2015 - 2016
  Python Developer Bank of America 2013-2015
 Ph.D. Computer Science (2015-2021)
      North Carolina State University
      Dissertation Title: Digital Nudges for Encouraging Developer Behaviors
      Advisor: Dr. Chris Parnin

   Graduate Certificate Teaching and Communication (2019-2021)
      North Carolina State University

 M.S. Computer Science (2015-2017)
      North Carolina State University
      Thesis: Receptive Users and Time-Insensitive Recommendations Improve Tool Discovery
      Advisor: Dr. Emerson Murphy-Hill

 B.S. Computer Science (2009-2013)
      Duke University, with Distinction
      Minor: African and African American Studies
      Thesis: Integrating Computer Science Into Middle School Mathematics
      Advisor: Dr. Susan Rodger


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