Phillip Compeau

I am a passionate professor who has designed a range of STEM courses to a diverse collection of student groups, an experienced administrator who has built and grown several academic programs while retaining a student focus, and a founder of scalable online education projects that have reached over a million learners, including Rosalind, Bioinformatics Algorithms, Biological Modeling, and Programming for Lovers.

I have recently completed an MBA in Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business to expand my management skillset and am excited about new leadership opportunities.

Please feel free to use this site to explore my projects, to read my thoughts on courses that I have created and taught, and to find my contact information.

Academic Positions

Education & Training

  • MBA 2024

    Master of Business Administration with University Honors

    Carnegie Mellon University

  • Ph.D. 2014

    Ph.D. in Mathematics

    University of California, San Diego

  • M.A. 2010

    Master of Arts in Pure Mathematics

    University of California, San Diego

  • MASt 2009

    Master of Advanced Study in Mathematics

    University of Cambridge

  • B.S. 2008

    Bachelor of Science magna cum laude with High Honors in Mathematics

    Davidson College

Honors & Awards

  • 2022
    Herbert A. Simon Award for Teaching Excellence in Computer Science
    Presented annually by the School of Computer Science, this award acknowledges excellence and dedication to teaching by a faculty member in the School of Computer Science. It recognizes a standard of excellence that will long be the legacy of Dr. Simon, a standard worthy of emulation.
  • 2021
    Who's Who in Sciences Higher Education
  • 2020
    A. Nico Habermann Educational Service Award
    Awarded by the Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science to all spring 2020 instructors who made the semester possible during a move to fully online instruction due to COVID-19.
  • 2010-2014
    Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Fellow
    Awarded by ARCS Foundation, which ``advances science and technology in the United States by providing financial awards to academically outstanding U.S. citizens studying to complete degrees in science, engineering and medical research.``
  • 2008-2009
    W. Thomas Smith Scholar
    Awarded by Davidson College to cover all expenses for an academic year of study at a major university outside the United States (taken for study at Cambridge). The award is analogous to other prestigious postgraduate awards, such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Luce, and Fulbright Scholarships.
  • 2008
    Phi Beta Kappa
    The oldest academic honor society in the United States. Membership is offered only to the top 10% of graduates in about 10% of American colleges.
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