Consultant Spotlight: Owen Astrachan, AP Computer Science Principles


Infosys Confluence | April 27-29th, 2016 | San Francisco

Owen Astrachan

AP Computer Science Principles

Owen Astrachan is Professor of the Practice of Computer Science at Duke University, where he is also the department’s director of undergraduate studies. He earned an AB degree in Mathematics from Dartmouth College in 1978 (with distinction, Summa Cum-Laude, and Phi Beta Kappa), an MAT in teaching mathematics from Duke in 1979 and MS and Ph.D degrees in computer science from Duke in 1989 and 1992.

Astrachan has won a number of National Science Foundation (NSF) awards. In 2007 he received one of two NSF CISE Distinguished Education Fellow awards, recognizing his role “as an accomplished, creative, and innovative leader who serves the nation as a spokesperson and force for change in undergraduate computing education.”

Something that you might like to know about Owen: He is well known as the creator of “The All-Green Dance.” Beginning as a small-scale, local phenomenon, “The All-Green Dance” has blossomed into a world-renowned craze. Astrachan teaches his dance to his students at Duke University every year. Check it out on