Travis E. Doom, PH.D.

Computer Science
Professor and Associate Dean
Russ Engineering Center 405F, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Travis Doom is Professor and Associate Dean of the College of Engineering & Computer Science at Wright State University (WSU).  Dr. Doom joined the faculty at Wright State University (Dayton, OH) in 1998 after receiving his Ph.D. from Michigan State University (1998).  At Wright State University, Professor Doom has been privileged to be recognized with the highest  faculty honors bestowed by Wright State Students (2016-2017 Student Government Association Faculty Member of the year), Administration (2018 Trustees Award for Faculty Excellence), and Faculty  (2019 Faculty Senate Resolution) for his contributions to the University.

Education History

Computer Science and Engineering, Ph.D. (1998); Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. 
Computer Science and Engineering, M.S. (1994); Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. 
Computer Science and Mathematics & Statistics, B.S. (1992); Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH. 


    Dr. Doom would not mind being remembered as someone who spent "too much effort" on his teaching. Dr. Doom is an internationally recognized educator and was awarded the IEEE-CS 2018 Computer Science and Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Award "for tremendous contributions to Computer Science and Engineering through a balanced career incorporating research, mentoring of students, curriculum and pedagogy development, and service".  He was honored with the University's top teaching award and the position Robert J. Kegerris Distinguished Professor of Teaching (2014-2017), was awarded an Outstanding Engineers' and Scientists' Award (Education) by the Affiliate Societies Council of Dayton (2015), and was a Southern Ohio Council for Higher Education's (SOCHE) awardee for Excellence in Teaching (2014).  Dr. Doom served on the Faculty Advisory Board for WSU's Center for Teaching and Learning (2014-2016).  Dr. Doom was the 2000 and 2005 recipient of the WSU College of Engineering Excellence in Teaching award, a 2001 invitee to the Ohio Teacher's Excellence Program (OTEP), and a 2002 sponsored attendee of the National Effective Teaching Institute (NETI). Dr. Doom has disseminated his educational work through venues including the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), the ACM special interest group on computer science education (SIGCSE), and IEEE Transactions on Education. Teaching interests include both undergraduate and graduate STEM courses, particularly those in computer science, computer engineering, and electrical engineering.

    Research Statement

    Professor Doom is a co-director of WSU's bioinformatics research group and pursues research in the fields of undergraduate engineering education, data science, bioinformatics, and digital/computer systems. His education research focuses on the impact of active learning and culturally relevant teaching on student success in STEM.  He applies computational and statistical techniques to identify, retrieve, classify, simulate, characterize, and analyze data from a variety of domains. Much of his research involves the analysis of biological data, including raw instrumentation data, as well as processed DNA sequence, protein sequence, metabolite, or population data. Notable research includes techniques for forensic DNA analysis (cited by the Supreme Court), improved quantification techniques and Kernal-based binning methods for NMR spectroscopic data, isolation and visualization of translational efficiency biases, characterization and synthesis of 1H NMR spectroscopic data, and knowledge discovery in large biological data sets. He served as chair for the IEEE Task Force (Technical Committee) on Bioinformatics 2007-2009.  Dr. Doom has advised graduate research in the Computer Science (Ph.D. and M.S.), Computer Engineering (Ph.D. and M.S.), Electrical Engineering (M.S.), and Biomedical Sciences (Ph.D.) programs at WSU.


     Professor Doom has served in various roles in Faculty leadership since 2005.  During that time, he has served as Faculty President (2017-2019), Vice President (2016-2017), on the Faculty Senate Executive Committee (2011-2015, 2016+), as chair of the ad-hoc Faculty Senate Committee on Student Success (2011-2012), as chair of the ad-hoc Faculty Senate committee on Information Technology Integration and Effectiveness (2012-2013), as chair or the Executive Steering Committee for Information Technology (2013), as chair of the University Academic Policies Committee (2013-2014, co-chair 2016-2017), and as co-chair of the ad hoc Faculty Senate General Education core review committee (2014-2015).  Prior to his service on the Faculty Senate (starting 2009), Dr. Doom served the Faculty through leadership roles on the Executive Committee of the Wright State Chapter of the American Associate of University Professors (2005-2010), and as chair of the University Academic Integrity Hearing Panel (2006-2008).  Dr. Doom currently serves as the Associate Dean for WSU's College of Engineering and Computer Science.


    For a current list of publications, research, student advised, and other frequently moving targets, please visit:


    • Faculty Senate Resolution (Recognition of accomplishment), Faculty Senate, Wright State University (2019).
    • 2018 Computer Science and Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Award,IEEE Computer Society (2018).
    • Trustees Award for Faculty Excellence, Wright State University (2018).
    • Faculty Member of the Year, Student Government Association (SGA), Wright State University (2016-2017).
    • Outstanding Engineers' and Scientists' Award (Education), Affiliate Societies Council of Dayton (2015).
    • Robert J. Kegerreis Distinguished Professor of Teaching, Wright State University (2014-2017).
    • Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE) 2014-2015 Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award.
    • College of Engineering and Computer Science Excellence in Service Award (2007-2008), Wright State University.
    • College of Engineering and Computer Science Excellence in Teaching Award (1999 (finalist), 2000 (awarded), 2004 (finalist), 2005 (awarded), 2010 (finalist), 2011 (finalist)), Wright State University.
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