Ronald Erdei, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Computational Science
162a Hargray Bldg.
One University Drive, Bluffton, SC 29909
Ph.D. in (Information) Technology, Purdue University
Dr. Ronald Erdei (pronounced air-day) is an Assistant Professor of Computational Science at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. He completed his PhD in Computer and Information Technology at Purdue University in the summer of 2016, where he had been working and teaching for some years. As of Fall 2017, Dr. Erdei has been the instructor of record (under varying titles) for 15 computer programming or information technology courses, as well as 7 courses in design theory and practice. He has helped guide over 900 graduate and undergraduate students to develop not merely technical skills, but more importantly computational thinking abilities, critical thinking abilities, and problem decomposition skills widely considered fundamental to professional success in the modern 21st century workplace.
Dr. Erdei greatly enjoys teaching, and finds the processes involved in learning to be fascinating. His discovery efforts focus on these learning processes with much of his research lying in the learning sciences. Primarily conducted in natural educational settings, Dr. Erdei employs design research strategy and mixed method approaches in his research. Specific topics of interest include: instructional scaffolding in computing disciplines, cooperative learning in college students, pedagogical practices aimed at reducing barriers to the learning process.
Prior to entering academia, Dr. Erdei's career focused on data-centric information technology systems. He possesses just over a decade of industry and consulting experience, and has worked in the roles of application developer, database analyst, database architect, and database administrator.