Title: Science Educator
Company: University of the Pacific
Location: Stockton, California, United States
William Herschel Ford, Science Educator at the University of the Pacific, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in computer science and mathematics.
With a lifelong love of teaching, Dr. Ford has taught generations of students in the areas of computer science, numerical linear algebra, numerical solution of partial differential equations, discrete mathematics, and computing theory. His career in the field of academics began in 1972, when he started a position as an assistant professor at Clemson University. In 1974, he joined the faculty of the University of the Pacific as both a professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science, working in these roles until his retirement in 2014. During these years, he instilled passion for math and science in students while conducting his own research and publishing several books.
Dr. Ford was set on his path by first earning a Bachelor of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1967. He continued at the University of Illinois to receive a PhD in 1972, and while pursuing his doctorate he was selected for a fellowship with the National Science Foundation. In his current endeavor, Dr. Ford is developing software that will help teach mathematics. Throughout his career, he maintained affiliation with SIGCSE, Phi Kappa Phi, and Sigma Xi.
A respected voice in the field, Dr. Ford is the author of several books and publications, including 2014’s “Introduction to Numerical Linear Algebra,” published with Academic Press. In 2005, he published “Data Structures with Java,” and he authored “Data Structures with C+ using STL” in 2002.” In the 1990s, Dr. Ford wrote “Introduction to Computing with C++ and Object Technology,” “Macintosh Assembly System, Version 2.0,” and “Macintosh Assembly System BasePak.” Furthermore, Dr. Ford has written “The MC68000: Assembly Language and Systems Programming,” “Assembly Language Programming,” “Data Structures with C+” and “C+ Programming with Object Technology.”
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