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Mark Hays

Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering

Dr. Mark Hays is an expert in software testing and quality assurance, project management, and algorithm design and analysis. He previously worked for IBM, where he performed testing and quality assurance on web and mobile applications. Dr. Hays’ research interests include creating software quality assurance tools and using statistical hypothesis testing in software engineering experiments. As a doctorate student, he solved advanced math problems in the C++ and Java computer languages for the University of Kentucky’s team that represented the United States in the International Collegiate Programming Contest.

Teaching Interests

  • Software testing and quality assurance
  • Requirements engineering
  • Project management
  • Algorithm design and analysis

Research Experiences

  • Identifying failure-prone software code early in development
  • Automating statistical analysis of software engineering experiments
  • Assessing objectivity of software testing experiments


Eight years of experience in software testing and quality assurance of web and mobile applications, IBM

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, University of Kentucky, Computer Science, 2014
  • BS, University of Kentucky, Computer Science, 2009