Welcome to Dave Powell's  Home Page
Professor of Computer Science

"Software runs the world!"

Contact Information
Office Location  Duke 101-B
Phone number  336-278-6233
Gmail/Hangout    dpowell2@elon.edu
Office Hours

The  growth rate and demand for jobs requiring up to date computer skills has continued to outpace the yearly supply of new college graduates. The shortage of talent has resulted in a job market that offers talented degreed professionals a choice among many jobs at a starting salary that exceeds most other professions. Since my arrival at Elon University in 2001, my goal has been to help develop the computing skills of Elon students to enable them to either have their pick among these many high paying  jobs or to attend graduate school to further their education.  I am extremely pleased that  with the exception of only two students, 100 percent of all Elon Computer Science graduates in from 2010-2018 were employed in the computer industry in the job of their choice or attending graduate school for an advanced degree in Computer Science.

From 1983 until July  2001, I developed software for industry. I have managed the whole software development process from software product requirements development, architecture design, subsystem design, implementation, test, documentation, maintenance and customer support. In the process, I have worked with and hired many student interns and graduates  from a variety of institutions and I know the skill sets that are needed and expected.  Accordingly, my courses at Elon mix course content with hands on use of the latest software, productivity tools and software development methodologies.  

I welcome the chance to work with Elon students and the entire Elon community. My door is always open. Please stop by at any time and say hello. I have posted scheduled office hours on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. In addition, I am generally on campus Monday through Friday and can gladly meet at other times by setting up an appointment.