David G. Novick

Mike Loya Distinguished Chair in Engineering
Professor of Engineering Education and Leadership
Department of Engineering Education and Leadership, Room E230
The University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso, Texas, 79968-0517
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Ph.D., Computer and Information Science, University of Oregon, 1988
M.S., Computer and Information Science, University of Oregon, 1985
J.D., Harvard University, 1977
B.A., Honors College, Economics and Political Science, University of Oregon, 1974

Administrative Service

Co-director, Mike Loya Center for Innovation and Commerce, 2012-2017
Associate Dean of Engineering for Graduate Studies and Research, 2011-2014
Acting Chair, Department of Computer Science, 2008-2009
Associate Provost, 2004-2008
Chair, Department of Computer Science, 1999-2004


My current research focuses on leadership and entrepreneurship education at the university level. Previous research themes include human-agent rapport in virtual reality, dialogue models for intelligent agents, and why people don't read the manual. Videos of cool agent-based VR applications, such as the Boston Massacre History Experience, developed by my Advanced aGent ENgagement Team are available here. screen shot of person interacting with embodied conversational agent in colonial Boston

Strategic Doing™

I am a Strategic Doing™ trained practitioner and certified workshop leader. I help organizations and teams take action to meet complex challenges. Traditional strategic planning typically produces a hard-to-grasp, formed-by-committee document that is out out of date when when issued and is all too often not acted upon. In contrast, Strategic Doing involves forming collaborations quickly, moving toward measurable outcomes, and making adjustments along the way. Strategic Doing practitioner badge Strategic Doing certified workshop leader badge

For More Information

These following pages include a summary of my professional service, full HTML versions of many of my papers, and my field guide to common errors in college writing.

Personal Interests

Graduate School

DGN, January 21, 2022