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Cary Laxer

Professor Emeritus of Computer Science and Software Engineering

Dr. Cary Laxer specializes in several areas of computer science, including biomedical computing, data structures, computer graphics, computer game design and development, and international collaborative projects. He is very active in helping students understand the importance of global awareness and teaches the Computing in a Global Society course, through which students complete an international collaborative project with peers at an overseas university. Dr. Laxer’s international teaching journeys have taken him to institutions in New Zealand, Sweden, Germany, Turkey, and Japan, and he is a member of the institute’s Faculty Without Borders group. He has served as an ABET computer science program evaluator and computer science education consultant.

Teaching Interests

  • Computer science education for high school and college students
  • International collaborative projects
  • Biomedical computing
  • Data structures
  • Computer graphics
  • Computer game design and development


  • ABET computer science program evaluator, Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) commissioner, and CAC Executive Committee member
  • Computer science education

Awards & Honors

  • Dean’s Outstanding Teaching Award, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 1987
  • Senior Member of ACM and IEEE
  • Member of Pi Mu Epsilon, Upsilon Pi Epsilon, and Blue Key honorary societies
  • Men of the Century honoree, Triangle Fraternity, 2007
  • Order of the Transit Award, Triangle Fraternity, 2010

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Duke University, Biomedical Engineering, 1980
  • BA, New York University, Computer Science and Mathematics, 1976