Mississippi State University Professor Emeritus named CSAB Fellow

September 27, 2023

A Mississippi State University Professor Emeritus has been named a Fellow by the CSAB, the lead ABET member society for computing programs. 

Donna Reese, who retired from Mississippi State’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering in 2017, was recognized this past July by the CSAB for her leadership as a former CSAB President, CSAB Training Committee Co-Chair and former Computing Accreditation Commission Chair. 

“I’m honored to be named a Fellow by CSAB,” Reese said. “I’m also a Fellow in another society, and this one is also special because this is the one that is directly within my area of expertise. I was nominated by a group of people I’ve been working with for years, which means a lot to me.” 

During her tenure at Mississippi State, Reese held numerous positions in the Bagley College of Engineering, including professor, department head for the computer science and engineering department and associate dean for academics and administration for the college. While serving as associate dean, she was responsible for the accreditation process for the whole college. She was paramount in achieving accreditation for the computer science and software engineering programs in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Reese has also been awarded numerous university and national awards, including ABET Fellow, ASEE Fellow and MSU Student Association’s Most Influential Teacher award. 

Reese continued her involvement in CSAB after she retired. She explained that her continued involvement was an excellent way to continue her education and stay active in her field of computer science. She continued by saying that as a CSAB member, she’s been recognized for her training of new volunteers and for her service as an officer, vice president, president and past president of the organization. 

CSAB is the lead ABET member society for accreditation of degree programs in Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Data Science, Information Systems, Information Technology, and Software Engineering. It is a co-lead society for Cybersecurity Engineering and Systems Engineering and a cooperating society for Biological Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Information Engineering Technology. CSAB has responsibility for the development of accreditation criteria and for the selection, training, and assignment of program evaluators. CSAB is represented by three members on the ABET Board of Delegates and more than 85 members on the Applied and Natural Sciences Accreditation Commission (ANSAC), Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC), Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC), and Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of ABET.

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering is online at www.cse.msstate.edu and can be found on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn. 

The Bagley College of Engineering is online at www.bagley.msstate.edu and can be found on Facebook, Twitter,Instagram and YouTube at @msuengineering. 

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu. 

By Camille Carskadon