Karen Jin

Phone: (603) 641-4398
Office: Applied Engineering & Sciences, 88 Commercial Street, RM 139, Manchester, NH 03101

Dr. Karen Jin is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at UNH Manchester. Prior to joining UNH in 2012, she held faculty positions over ten years at University of Windsor and Dalhousie University in Canada. She has taught introductory programming as well as more advanced courses in Data Structures, System Programming, Object-Oriented Programming and Design, Software Engineering, Principles of Programming Languages, and Machine Learning. Her hands-on teaching philosophy allows students to put concepts into action, better preparing them with theoretical foundations and practical skills for the workforce.

Dr. Jin's research interests include developing best practices in curriculum and instructional design for teaching computing courses, as well as promoting elementary computational literacy and improving computing education across the entire educational pipeline. She is also interested in novel curriculum design in applied machine learning and data science at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Dr. Jin is the faculty advisor for the computing internship program at UNH Manchester. She is also the director and founder of the UNH EPIC (Elementary Program Introducing Computing) program. Since 2013, the EPIC program has partnered with local schools to introduce computational concepts to young students. She has received external funding awards that support the broadening participation of students in computing.

Dr. Jin graduated from Shanghai University with a Bachelor of Engineering in Telecommunications and Electrical Engineering. She earned an M.S. in Computer Science (2001) and a Ph.D. in Computer Science (2010) from the University of Windsor.


  • Ph.D., University of Windsor, Ontario
  • M.S., University of Windsor, Ontario
  • B.S., Shanghai University

Research Interests

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computing Education

Courses Taught

  • COMP 405: Intro to Web Design & Devel
  • COMP 415: Mobile Computing 1st and 4most
  • COMP 574: Applied Computing 2
  • COMP 690: Internship Experience
  • COMP 690/890: Internship Experience
  • COMP 740/840: ML Applications/Tools
  • COMP 780/840: AdvTop/ML Tools & Appl
  • COMP 890: Internship
  • COMP 891: Internship Practice
  • COMP 892: Applied Research Internship
  • COMP/DATA 690: Internship Experience
  • COMP/DATA 690/890/690: Internship Experience
  • COMP/GRAD 898/900: Master's Project
  • DATA 690: Internship Experience
  • GRAD 900: Master's Continuing Research

Selected Publications

Jin, K. H., & Charpentier, M. (2020). Automatic Programming Assignment Assessment Beyond Black-box Testing. J. Comput. Sci. Coll.. Retrieved from http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=3205191.3205223

Jin, K. H. (2019). Students’ Misconceptions of Gradient Descent Algorithm in an Machine Learning Course. Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges, 34(6).

Jin, K. H. (2018). Students’ Understanding of Basic Computational Concepts in an Introduction to Mobile Development Course. J. Comput. Sci. Coll., 33, 183-185. Retrieved from http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=3205191.3205223

Building uSafeNH mobile app: the evolution of an undergraduate project over multiple semesters (2017).

On designing of an intro to web development course for non-majors with modern frameworks and tools (2017).

Jin, K. H. (n.d.). End-to-End Machine Learning Project Design for Undergraduate Classrooms. J. Comput. Sci. Coll..

Johnson, J., & Jin, K. H. (n.d.). Jupyter Notebooks in Education. J. Comput. Sci. Coll..