Dr. Laney Strange

Associate Teaching Professor

About Me

I'm Laney Strange, an Associate Teaching Professor in Khoury College. You'll find me teaching a lot of intro-type classes, including Fundies, data science, discrete math, as well as the bridge courses in the Align Program.

I became a computer scientist accidentally, when I randomly signed up for intro CS in college because it fit my schedule. I loved that comp sci was kind of like math, except you can actually see your stuff working, which... omg. Amazing. That feeling of finding and fixing a bug, and then running your code to see it do exactly what you intended? Nothing like it.

I care a lot about diversity and inclusion in computer science. I work on a bunch of different, related stuff, and I'd love to connect if you're interested, just drop me a line.

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Teaching

Some recent and upcoming courses at Khoury College

CS1802 Discrete Structures Recitation ( Fall 2020 )
DS2001 Data Science Programming Practicum ( Fall 2020 )
CS1800 Discrete Structures ( Summer 2020 )
DS2000 Programming with Data ( Spring 2020 )
CS5001 Intensive Foundations of Computer Science - Align (Spring 2020)
CS1800 Discrete Structures - NU.in (Fall 2019 - London)
CS2500 Fundamentals of Computer Science - NU.in (Fall 2019 - London)

Projects

Current Stuff

  • Women's Community of Code
  • SMASH x Northeastern Academic Champion
  • Community Engagement and Economic Development @ Northeastern (a group of community-engagement focused faculty and staff working on ways to bring our knowledge and resources to problem-solving in Boston)
  • Faculty Diversity and Innovation Grants (Prof. Alden Jackson and I received a diversity and innovation grant in 2019, and since then I've sat on the review committee)
  • Align Program pre-Align math course with Prof. Alden Jackson
  • MAGIC Mentor program (mentor)
  • NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Awards (reviewer)
  • Girls Who Code (SIP instructor in Chicago @ Groupon 2015; Academic Advisor for Girls Who Code Northeastern)

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Background

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My mission in life is to change the reputation computer science has as an intimdating and inaccessible field. I focus a lot on supporting and encouraging women and people of color in computer science. As a field, we have a long way to go with diversity and inclusion, and I want to contribute as much as I can to making computer science welcoming for everyone.

 

I've been lucky to have incredible teachers -- my first comp sci professor at Simmons College as an undergrad and my PhD advisor at Dartmouth College cared so much about teaching (and about their students) that it really inspired me to do more in computer science. I try to live up to their examples every day.

I didn't write a line of code until college, and to this day I don't write code for fun. But I love it as my job, and the fact that I haven't done it my whole life doesn't make me any less of a computer scientist. No matter when in your life you've tried some programming, or made a career of it -- doesn't matter. We all belong here.

Teaching

  • Lecturer, Tufts University. Medford, MA.
  • Instructor, Girls Who Code Summer SIP. Chicago, IL.
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Rhodes College. Memphis, TN.
  • Lecturer, University of Memphis. Memphis, TN.

Professional

  • Interm Executive Director, Code Crew. Memphis, TN.
  • Standards Author/Co-Author, IEEE
  • Product Director, TechSoup. San Francisco, CA.
  • Senior Software Engineer, Amazon. Palo Alto, CA.
  • Research Engineer, H5 Technologies. San Francisco, CA.

Education

  • PhD in Computer Science

    Dartmouth College

  • B.S. in Computer Science

    Simmons College

Miscellaneous

The Huntington News interviewed me one time and some of my origin story is in there.


With my husband Tom in Alaska, 2019. I ran the Anchorage Marathon and saw a moose!
I run with a local running group in my neighborhood, the Dorchester Running Club. I've run a handful of marathons, including the MOST FUN EVER 2018 Millinocket Marathon, which didn't charge a registration fee but encouraged all the runners to go and spend money to support the small town of Millinocket. In my experience, runners are about the most friendly and welcoming group of people you'll find in any community.
Dorchester Running Club
With the Dorchester Running Club

PS here is a picture of my dog, Tugboat, in his usual spot. When we got him in 2017, the MSPCA staff made a point of warning us about his "high energy level." I mean, we can barely keep up with him.

Tugboat
Tugboat Strange