St. Edward's University

(512) 448-8464 (V)

3001 South Congress

(512) 448-8482 (FAX)

Austin, TX 78704-6489

Email: kopec at


  • M.S., 12/88, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX , Major-Computer Science. Thesis: Adapting Modern Assembly Languages to Standard Formats.
  • Ph.D., 7/81, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, Major-Physical Chemistry, Minor-Physics. Thesis: The CO2 Dimer Revisited.
  • B.S. with High Honor, 3/75, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, Major-Chemistry.


  • Associate Dean for NSCI Faculty Development, St. Edward's University, Austin, TX , August 2015.
  • Director of Undergraduate Research, St. Edward's University, Austin, TX , August 2015.
  • Coordinator, General Education Science, St. Edward's University, Austin, TX , 2004-2012.
  • Professor of Computer Science and Chemistry, St. Edward's University, Austin, TX , August 1997.
  • Dean, School of Natural Sciences, St. Edward's University, Austin, TX , July 1990-June 1997.
  • Associate Professor of Computer Science and Chemistry, St. Edward's University, Austin, TX , August 1988-1997.
  • Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Chemistry, St. Edward's University, Austin, TX , August 1985-1988.
  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Incarnate Word College, San Antonio, TX , August 1981-1985.
  • Lecturer, Research Assistant, Associate Instructor, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, various positions held from August 1975-June 1981.
  • Preceptor (Self-Paced Physics), Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 1973.


  • General science, history and philosophy of science, science education, internet technology, internet applications, web page programming, computer architecture and design.


  • "SEU Living-Learning Community/Active Learning (LLCAL)", National Science Foundation, $1.6M, August 2015-July 2020.
  • "Rewarding Achievement in Mathematics and Science (RAMS) Scholarship Award, National Science Foundation, $607,830, March 2014- February 2021, supplemented May 2015 ($121,560).
  • "Collaboration for Achievement in Science and Mathematics (CASM)", TG Public Benefit Grant Program, $270,305, August 2012-July 2015.
  • "Community for Achievement in Science, Academics, and Research (CASAR) - Science Living Learning Community", National Science Foundation, $499,891, August 2010-July 2017, supplemented May 2015 ($90,631).
  • Contributor and Implementer, Educational Advancement Foundation Grant for SCIE 2320, $35,000, Summer 2006.
  • "Advanced Computer Projects Laboratory", DOD Infrastructure Support Program, $180,000, August 2003.
  • "High Performance Computer Workstation Laboratory Expansion", DOD Infrastructure Support Program, $164,881, August 1998.
  • "An Extended Visit to IBM", Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaisons with Industry (NSF-GOALI) Program, $28,000, National Science Foundation and IBM, 8/97-12/97.
  • "Multimedia Science Learning Laboratory", Instrumentation and Laboratory Improvement (NSF-ILI) Program, $65,000, National Science Foundation, 8/94-8/97.
  • "High Performance Computer Workstation Laboratory", Instrumentation and Laboratory Improvement (NSF-ILI) Program, $43,000, National Science Foundation, 6/93-6/96.
  • "Magnesium Metabolism in Rats, Part III", Minority Biomedical Research Support Grant ($123,000), June 1984 - June 1985.


  • Hall, Melvin E., Kopec, Richard L., (2016). STEM Central University Short Course: Program Evaluation Principles and Strategies for NSF-Funded STEM Reform Practitioners, Part 3: Data Collection, Analysis, Interpretation, and Reporting Strategies; featured presenter; sponsored by AAC&U/PKAL, August 12, 2016. (Recorded webinar and slides accessible at
  • Kopec, Richard L, Blair, David A., (2016). "Community for Achievement in Science, Academics, and Research: The CASAR
    Project". Envisioning the Future of Undergraduate STEM Education (EnFUSE): Research and Practice Symposium. Washington, D.C.
  • Richard Kopec, St. Edward's University; Allan Ludman, Queens College – CUNY; Lori Silverman, Foothill College; Mark
    Tuominen, University of Massachusetts; Lycurgus Muldrow, Morehouse College; Tamar Goulet, University of Mississippi;
    Mary Nelson, George Mason University; Peter Turner, Clarkson University (2016). Student Success and Engagement.
    Envisioning the Future of Undergraduate STEM Education (EnFUSE): Research and Practice Symposium. Washington, D.C.
  • Blair, David A. and Kopec, Richard," Increasing Retention and GPA Using Living-Learning Communities and Research Collaboration", AAC&U/PKAL Network for Academic Renewal Conference - Crossing Boundaries: Transforming STEM Education, Seattle, WA, November 12-14, 2015.
  • Kopec, Richard L, Blair, David A., (2014). "Community for Achievement in Science, Academics, and Research: The CASAR Project", First Year Engineering Experience (FYEE 2014) Annual Conference, College Station, TX.
  • Forum Leader, "STEPping in the Future", STEP Grantee Meeting, Washington, D.C., 2014.
  • Presenter, NSF STEP Conference, Washington, DC March 2012, March 2013, March 2014.
  • Presenter, World Council on Curriculum and Instruction (WCCI) Conference, "A Workshop-Based Model for Interdisciplinary Collaboration for Global Learning and Scientific Literacy", Richard L. Kopec & Christie Wilson, October 26-28, 2011.
  • Roundtable Leader, Teaching Showcase, AAC&U General Education Curriculum Project, August 2011.
  • Presenter, Teaching Showcase, SCIE 2320 overview, August 2008.
  • Co-Author, "Web 101", 3rd Edition, Addison-Wesley, 2007.
  • Organizer & Presenter, Teaching Showcase, CPS - Classroom Response System, August 2005.
  • Tutorial presentation, "Writing For Success: Grantsmanship", CCSCSCC Conference, St. Edward's University, April 1999.
  • "Incorporation of Raman Spectroscopy into the Undergraduate Chemistry Curriculum", J.D. Lewis, Henry G. Altmiller, Eamonn F. Healy, Richard L. Kopec, 1996 Southwest Regional ACS Meeting.
  • "Introduction to the Macintosh Operating System", Richard L. Kopec, Technology Teach-In, St. Edward's University, August 1995.
  • "Macintosh Operating System II: File Sharing & Networking", Richard L. Kopec, Technology Teach-In, St. Edward's University, January 1995.
  • "Undergraduate Research in the Curriculum", Richard Kopec, Bill Quinn, Cindy Trout, Fifth National Conference, Council on Undergraduate Research, Bates College, Lewiston, Maine, June 1994.
  • "Research Experience for Undergraduates and the Recruitment of Chemistry Majors", J.D. Lewis, Henry Altmiller, Eamonn F. Healy, Richard L. Kopec, 47th ACS Southwest Regional Meeting, San Antonio, TX, October 1991.
  • "Applications of Artificial Intelligence in Organic Chemistry", Invited Seminar Presentation, Incarnate Word College, San Antonio, Texas, March 1987.
  • "Dialysis Techniques for Removal of Ca2+ from Calmodulin", Elneeta Mzyk and Richard L. Kopec, MBRS Mini-Symposium, St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas, August 1985.
  • "Kitchen Chemistry", Associated Chemistry Teachers of Texas Summer Workshop, August 1985, Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas.
  • "Introduction to Microcomputers for Adults", Spring 1985 DECUS Symposium, New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • "The Use of Dialysis to Extract Ca2+ from Protein", Elneeta Mzyk and Richard L. Kopec, MBRS Mini-Symposium, University of Texas at San Antonio, August 1984.
  • "Determination of Ca2+ Binding Sites and Dissociation Constants of Calmodulin by Terbium (III) Luminescence Spectroscopy", Monica Palacious and Richard L. Kopec, Texas Academy of Science 87th Annual Meeting, University of Texas at San Antonio, March 1984
  • "Some New Data on the CO2 Dimer", 38th Southwest Regional American Chemical Society Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, December 1981.


  • Mentor and Facilitator, 2015 PKAL Summer Leadership Institute for STEM Faculty, Baca College, Crestone, CO, July 2015 and Claggett Center, Adamstown, Maryland, July 2016.
  • Workshop Participant, "2016 Summit for Transforming STEM Teaching in Higher Education", NSF WIDER PERSIST Project, Boise State University, Boise, ID, April 15, 2016.
  • Participant, 2016 Texas Learning Communities Consortium (TXLCC) Meeting, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, T, April 1 & 2, 2016.
  • Workshop and Conference Participant, “Transforming Institutions: 21st-Century Undergraduate STEM Education”, AAC&U/PKAL Transforming STEM Higher Education conference, Seattle, WA, November 2015.
  • Workshop and Conference Participant, “A Scientific Framework for Leading Strategic STEM Reform”, AAC&U/PKAL Transforming STEM Higher Education conference, Atlanta, GA, November 2014.
  • Invited participant, STEM Central Leadership Meeting, Washington, D.C., March 2015.
  • Member, 2013 NSF-STEP Recipient Conference Advisory Board, Fall 2012, Fall 2013.
  • Invited Participant, NSF-STEP Program Leadership Development Workshop, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, October 17, 2011.
  • Participant, SWSX ECO 2011, Austin, TX, October 4-6, 2011.
  • Team Leader, AAC&U Shared Futures: Global Education for a Global Century Summer Institute, Ellicot City, MD, July 31-August 5, 2011.
  • Participant, NSF STEP Conference, Washington, DC. March 17-18, 2011.
  • Member, NSF Grant Proposal Review Panel, 2010, 2014, 2105, 2016.
  • Invited Participant, TX STEP Grant Recipient Meetings, Houston TX October 12-13, 2010, Dallas TX, May 18-19, 2011, May 29, 2012, April 4, 2013, October 23-24, 2013, & May 27, 2014
  • Workshop Participant, NSF STEP Workshop for New Grant Recipients, Washington, DC, August 19-20, 2010.
  • Participant, AAC&U Engaging Science, Advancing Learning: General Education, Majors, and the New Global Century Conference, Providence, RI, November 6-8, 2008.
  • Participant, CPS project, Fall 2008.
  • Workshop Participant, Computer Security, SIGCSE, Houston, March 2006.
  • Organizer & Participant of CPS Project, Spring 2005.
  • Workshop Participant, NASA Grant Opportunities, January 2004.
  • Workshop Participant, "Improving Computing Programs through Meaningful Objectives and Sound Assessment", SIGCSE Symposium, February 2003.
  • Invited Workshop Participant, "Teaching Software Testing", NSF-Florida Institute of Technology, February 2002, 2003, 2004.
  • Workshop Participant, "Just-in-Time Computer Science Education for the 21st Century/Digital Libraries", Project Kaleidoscope, June 2002.
  • Workshop Participant, "Facilities Planning", Project Kaleidoscope, June 2002.
  • Workshop Participant, "Innovations in Online Learning", Pew Learning and Technology Program, February 2002.
  • Workshop Participant, "ODBC API Programming", SIGCSE Symposium, February 2001.
  • Workshop Participant, "Introductory Applet Programming", " Java Networking and Server-Side Java", "Java as a Concurrent Language for Operating Systems", SIGCSE Symposium, March 2000.
  • Workshop Participant, "Summer IT Curriculum Institute", St. Edward's University, May-June 2000.
  • Workshop Participant, "Beginning Java", SIGCSE Symposium, March 1999.
  • Workshop Participant, "Software Testing", NSF, presented at Clemson University June 1998 and University of Alabama June 1999.
  • Workshop Participant, "User Friendly Project Evaluation", NSF, presented in St. Louis, MO, March 1996.
  • Workshop Participant, "Regional Symposium on Undergraduate Education in Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology", National Research Council, Houston, TX, January 1996.
  • Workshop Participant, "Science Education & Scientific Literacy: Developing Partnerships That Work", Working Conference, University of Texas at El Paso, May 1995.
  • Workshop Participant, "Profiles of Emerging Viruses & Other Infectious Diseases: Their Clinical Spectra, Ecology, & Prevention", Chautauqua Short Course, The University of Texas at Austin, March 1995.
  • Workshop Participant, "Moves Management" Spring 1994.
  • Workshop Participant, "Strategic Planning", National Center for Strategic Planning & Resource Development, Austin, TX, November 1993.
  • Workshop Participant, "Evaluating College Faculty", Center for Faculty Evaluation and Development, Kansas State University, presented in San Antonio, TX March 1993.
  • Workshops Participant, "C++", "Algorithm Visualization", and "Parallel Computing", ACM CSC/SIGCSE 1992 conference, Kansas City, March 1992.
  • Workshops Participant, "Supercomputing" and "Object-Oriented Programming", ACM CSC/SIGCSE 1991 Conference, San Antonio, March 1991.
  • Workshop Participant, "Compiler Construction" at the Western Institute in Computer Science, Stanford University, August 1989.
  • Tutorial Participant, "Advanced Ada Topics: Generics and Tasking" at the Fourth Annual Ada Software Engineering and Training (ASEET) Symposium, Houston, June 1989.
  • Short Course Participant, "Ada Programming Language" by College/University Faculty Development Program, University of New Orleans, March 1988.


  • Gandara, Abraham, "A Generated Code Based Comparison of Three WYSIWYG HTML Editors", Senior Seminar, Spring 2002.
  • Hirschauer, Simon, "Dynamic Particle System Using Vertex Shaders", Senior Seminar, Spring 2002.
  • Houghton, Dale, "Phone-A-Thon’s Original Software Technology (POST)", Senior Seminar, Spring 2002.
  • Rossie, James, "The N-Queens Problem – Genetic Algorithm vs. Recursive Algorithm", Senior Seminar & Lucian Symposium, Spring 2002.
  • Lopez, Omar, "Writing Center Scheduler", Senior Seminar, Spring 2002.
  • Simoneau, Penny, "Compensation Calculator", Senior Seminar, Spring 2002.
  • Chavez, Tony, "Pampered Chef Palm Helper", Senior Seminar, Spring 2001.
  • Gossett, Chris, "Overview of BuzzSawAn automated consulting tool", Senior Seminar, Spring 2001.
  • Hall, Eddie, "Installation and Configuration of Apache HTTP Server with Logging", Senior Seminar, Spring 2001.
  • Moser, Elaine, "Porting a LL(1) Compiler to Java", Senior Seminar, Spring 2001.
  • Salinas, David, "DevSTAR, Tomcat and Servlets, Oh My!", Senior Seminar, Spring 2001.
  • Arp, Jeanne, "TeX/LaTeX Document Conversion Project", Senior Seminar, Spring 2000.
  • Bell, Nathan, "Highly Scalable Market Data Delivery System", Senior Seminar, Spring 2000.
  • Dorsen, Maureen J. ,"Internet Query Project", Senior Seminar, Spring 2000.
  • Dunlap, Sherri, "Virtual Campus – A 3D Implementation", Senior Seminar, Spring 2000.
  • Gomez, George E., "3D Video Game with Interactive Environment", Senior Seminar, Spring 2000.
  • Youngblood, Alvin Jr., "Evaluation of an Applications Server for the RISC Computer Lab of St. Edward’s University", Senior Seminar, Spring 2000.
  • Ligas, Mark, "Web-Based Monitoring of the Distributed Computing Environment", Senior Seminar, Spring 1999.
  • Dean. Michael, "Large Integer Representations and Their Application to Mathematics Research", Senior Seminar, Spring 1999.
  • Pham, Lan Van, "Computerized Burn-in (CBI) Software for Embedded Microcontroller", Senior Seminar, Spring 1999.
  • Smith, Mark, "Unix SVR3 gettyd: An asynchronous device multiplexer for the Unix SVR3 Operating System", Senior Seminar, Spring 1996.
  • Hurst, Susan, "Software AG's Natural vs. COBOL: A Closer Look at Performance Differences", Senior Seminar, Spring 1993.
  • Kroeker, Terry, "X-Ray Defect Detection Using Automatic Rule Generation and Simulation", Senior Seminar, Spring 1993.
  • Valverde, Mario, "Program Duplication Analysis and Detection for Pascal Programs", Senior Seminar, Spring 1993.
  • Fancher, Kent, "A Standardized Format for Memory Device Bitmaps and a Bitmap Data Compression Algorithm", Senior Seminar, Spring 1992.
  • Benfield, Bruce, "Historical Database Performance: An Evaluation of the Historical Structured Query Language Extensions and the Rollback Model", Senior Seminar, Spring 1992.
  • Navarro, Roger, "Skip Lists and Pseudo Skip Lists - Alternative to Balanced Trees", Senior Seminar, Spring 1992.
  • Nacamuli, Steve, "Enhancing Processor Performance While Maintaining Software Compatibility", Senior Seminar, Spring 1992.
  • Ritchie, Chris, "Manufacturing Line Scheduling: A Demand Based Algorithm", Senior Seminar, Spring 1991.
  • Jacks, Rodney, "Performance Characteristics of Bloom Filters with Commonly Used Hash Transforms", Senior Seminar, Spring 1991.


  • Director, Science and Math residential learning community, Fall 2010 - Spring 2015, Fall 2016 +
  • Member, Executive Committee, Task Force for Academic Innovation and New Education Approaches, Fall 2013-Spring 2014.
  • Member, Steering Committee, Academic Planning, Fall 2013-Spring 2014.
  • Member, Sponsored Projects Advisory Board, Fall 2012-2014.
  • Member, SEU-ERP Oversight and Student Experience Committees, Fall 2012-Spring 2014.
  • Convener, ad hoc Faculty Senate Committee of School Reorganization, Fall 2012-Spring 2013.
  • President, Faculty Senate and Collegium, July 2012-June 2014.
  • Co-Team Leader, AAC&U General Education Course Revision Task Force, 2010-11.
  • Member, Presidential Excellence Grant Review Committee, April 2010.
  • Charter Member, Course Directors Committee, 2009-2012.
  • Chair, Faculty Compensation Committee, 2008-10.
  • Charter Member, General Education Advisory Committee, 2008+
  • Member, ad hoc Senate Subcommittee on Improving Communications, Fall 2008 -2009
  • Member, McNair Scholars Advisory Board, Fall 2007 +
  • Member, Copyright Committee, Spring 2004-2006.
  • Member, Computer Policy Review Committee, Spring 2003-Spring 2006.
  • SOURCE Session Chair, Spring 2004.
  • Member, SOURCE Planning Committee, Fall 2003-Spring 2005.
  • Member, Compensation Committee, Fall 2005 -Spring 2007.
  • Coordinator, SCIE 2320, Fall 2004 -Spring 2012.
  • Coordinator, Senior Seminar/Lucian Symposia, Spring 2004
  • Member and Co-Chair, TLTR, Summer 2003-Summer 2005.
  • Member, BINF faculty recruitment committee, Fall 2003-Spring 2004.
  • Member, Mission Committee, School Self Study, Fall 2003.
  • Member, Financial Aid Committee, Fall 2003-2005.
  • Member, BETA Project, Fall 2004 -Spring 2005.
  • Member, SCIE 2320 Revision Committee, Summer 2003-2004.
  • Member, Science Building Users Committee, Spring 2003-2014.
  • Member, Architect Selection Committee, New Science Building, Fall 2001-Spring 2003.
  • Member, Lucian Committee, Spring 2002-Spring 2004.
  • Member, Academic Council, Spring 2001 (in place of Dean, School of Natural Sciences).
  • Coordinator, COSC 1301, Fall 2000-Spring 2002.
  • Member, Registrar Search Committee, Spring 1996.
  • Charter Member, Teaching and Learning Technology Roundtable (TLTR), Infrastructure and Cost/Benefit Analysis Subcommittees, Fall 1995 to 1997.
  • Consultant, St. Edward's University Re-accreditation Self Study, Spring 1994-Fall 1995.
  • Member, Technology Advisory Group (TAG), Spring 1994-Fall 1995.
  • Member, Scheduling Process Improvement Team, Fall 1993-Spring 1995.
  • Member, New Academic Building Committee, Spring 1992.
  • Member, University Budget Committee, 1990-1992.
  • New College Colloquium Presentation, "The Challenge of Modern Physics", June 1990.
  • Member, Divisional Committee, 1989-90.
  • Collegium Vice-Chair, 1989-90.
  • Coordinator, Computer Science, 1987-88, 1989-90.
  • Faculty Senator, P & BS, 1987-89.
  • Member, Academic Council, Fall 1990 to Spring 1997.
  • Member, Adult Education Task Force, 1987.
  • Member, Faculty Search Committee (Computer Science), 1987.
  • Member, Divisional Rank and Tenure Committee, 1986-87.
  • Member, Curriculum Committee, 1986-87.
  • Member, Academic Council, 1986-87.
  • Member, Library Committee, 1986-87.
  • Division Representative, Honors Committee, 1985-86.


  • Volunteer, Lance Armstrong Foundation, Special Project, January 2003.
  • Member, Austin Independent School District Science Curriculum Revision Task Force, Spring 1996.
  • Member, Comprehensive Planning and Allocations Committee, Austin Area Comprehensive HIV Planning Council, Fall 1994 to Summer 1998.
  • Scholarship Application Evaluator, Texas Education Agency, Fall 1994, 1993, and 1992.
  • Contributor, Science Teaching Alliance for Resource Sharing (STARS), NSF joint proposal for pre-college science education improvement with Austin area colleges, including the University of Texas, March - May 1992.
  • Judge, Bowie High School Science Fair, 1992.
  • Section Secretary, American Chemical Society, 1985
  • Chair, ACS High School Chemistry Examination, 1983 - 1985
  • Judge, Alamo Regional Science Fair and Regional Texas Junior Academy of Science, 1982 - 1985.
  • Participant in Project Equality, sponsored by Project Equality (Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas), April 1982.
  • Volunteer, 1981 Texas Save-Life Festival (CPR Instruction)