Mihaela Sabin

Phone: (603) 641-4144
Office: Applied Engineering & Sciences, 88 Commercial Street, M 121, Pandora Bldg, Manchester, NH 03101

Mihaela Sabin has taught a variety of computing courses designed to facilitate learning activities that value students' diverse lived experiences. Her current research includes computing education and curriculum development, with emphasis on professional competencies and faculty role modeling. She has contributed to the AI field of constraint satisfaction with a new representational model based on conditional constraints. Sabin chaired the ACM/IEEE Computer Society IT2017 task group, who authored the “Curriculum Guidelines for Baccalaureate Degree Programs in Information Technology” report. She received external funding awards from the National Science Foundation, New Hampshire Innovation Research Center, Google for Education, and other private and corporate foundations for projects that support computing learning by students and teachers. Sabin serves on the ACM Education Board and on the ACM SIGITE Executive Committee as Vice-Chair for Education. She also represents SIGITE on the ACM Education Advisory Committee. She is a founding member of the Computer Science Teacher Association NH Chapter and of the CS4NH alliance. Sabin is an ABET Program Evaluator, a member of the ABET CS Accreditation Board, and a member of the ABET CAC/CSAB Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee. Sabin's top priority professionally and personally is to bring the quality of human being into computing as a discipline, program of study, and profession.

Dr. Sabin has an MS in Computer Science from “Politehnica” University in Bucharest, Romania, and an MS for Teachers in College Teaching and PhD in Computer Science from UNH.


  • Ph.D., Computer Science, University of New Hampshire
  • M.S., Computer Science, Politehnica University of Bucharest
  • M.S.T., University of New Hampshire
  • B.S., Computer Science, Politehnica University of Bucharest

Research Interests

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computing Education
  • Constraint Satisfaction
  • Curriculum Design
  • Open Source Software
  • Educational equity

Courses Taught

  • COMP 424: Applied Computing 1
  • COMP 424/780: Applied Computing 1
  • COMP 525: Data Structures Fundamentals
  • COMP 525/780: Data Structures Fundamentals
  • COMP 525/880: Data Structures Fundamentals
  • COMP 705/805: Web Application Development
  • COMP 741: Practical AI
  • COMP 741/841: Practical AI
  • COMP 841: Practical AI
  • COMP 880: Top/Integrated Practicum
  • COMP/GRAD 898/899/900: Master's Project
  • COMP/GRAD 898/900: Master's Project
  • GRAD 900: Master's Continuing Research

Selected Publications

Raj, R. K., Sabin, M., Impagliazzo, J., Bowers, D., Daniels, M., Hermans, F., . . . Oudshoorn, M. (2021). Toward Practical Computing Competencies. In Proceedings of the 26th ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education V. 2. ACM. doi:10.1145/3456565.3461442

Duran, R., Hawthorne, E. K., Sabin, M., Tang, C., Weiss, M. A., & Zweben, S. H. (2021). Retention in 2017--18 higher education computing programs in the United States. ACM Inroads, 12(2), 18-28. doi:10.1145/3448356

Sabin, M., Jin, K. H., & Smith, A. (2021). Oral Exams in Shift to Remote Learning. In Proceedings of the 52nd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education. ACM. doi:10.1145/3408877.3432511

Sabin, M., Buffardi, K., Larsen, S., & MacKellar, B. (2020). Panel: Synergistic Perspectives on Collaborative Learning with Version Control Tools. In 2020 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE). IEEE. doi:10.1109/fie44824.2020.9273944

Geissler, M., Sabin, M., & Tang, C. (2020). Implementing the IT-Transfer2020 Curriculum Guidance for Two-Year IT Transfer Programs. In Proceedings of the 21st Annual Conference on Information Technology Education. ACM. doi:10.1145/3368308.3415383

Leone, J., Gorka, S., Murray, S., & Sabin, M. (2020). New ABET Information Technology Program Criteria. In Proceedings of the 21st Annual Conference on Information Technology Education. ACM. doi:10.1145/3368308.3415424

Sabin, M., Zweben, S., Lunt, B., & Raj, R. K. (2020). Evaluating Student Participation in Undergraduate Information Technology Programs in the U.S.. In Proceedings of the 21st Annual Conference on Information Technology Education. ACM. doi:10.1145/3368308.3415396

Geissler, M., Brown, D., McKenzie, N., Peltsverger, S., Preuss, T., Sabin, M., & Tang, C. (2020). Information Technology Transfer Curricula 2020. ACM. doi:10.1145/3414584

Sabin, M., DuBow, W., Smith, A., & Deloge, R. (2019). Changing Perceptions of Who Can Code: A Professional Development Program for Career and Technical Education Teachers. In Proceedings of the Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity (pp. 23 pages). American Society for Engineering Education. Retrieved from https://peer.asee.org/31748

Sabin, M., Alrumaih, H., & Impagliazzo, J. (2018). A competency-based approach toward curricular guidelines for information technology education. In 2018 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON). IEEE. doi:10.1109/educon.2018.8363368