The Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators has selected Stephen Ware, assistant professor of computer science at the University of New Orleans, the post-secondary teacher of the year for the organization’s Region 1.
Ware is the director of UNO’s Narrative Intelligence Lab. He teaches classes on artificial intelligence and game development, and researches intelligent systems that reason about narratives.
He holds a master’s and a Ph.D. in computer science from North Carolina State University in Raleigh and a bachelor’s of science degree from Loyola University New Orleans. He joined UNO in 2014 and has since secured more than $450,000 for sponsored research in his field.
The award recognizes Ware’s use of technology in his advanced game development course, which was taught in the library's new Digital Media Lab. Students developed a video game called Honest Abe from concept to prototype to final release. The programming, art, sound, and animations in the game were created by students using the library’s high end digital workstations and motion capture studio.
The Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators is a professional nonprofit that was founded in 1985 for the purpose of promoting the use of computers in education. Each year it awards teacher of teacher and leader of the year awards to educators in each of its eight regions based on nominations.
Region 1, where Ware has been recognized, consists of Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard, St. Charles and Plaquemines parishes.