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Colleen Van Lent

Colleen van Lent

Lecturer IV in Information, School of Information Email: [email protected] Phone:
Office: School of Information/715 N Unversity Faculty Role: Faculty Potential PhD Faculty Advisor: No Personal website News About Colleen van Lent


Colleen received her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in Computer Science. Her thesis was on Artificial Intelligence applications on the Nursebot Project, a robotic assistant for the elderly. Before coming to UMSI her previous experience includes Associate Professor at California State University and positions at NASA JPL, the Naval Research Lab, and the NSA.



Areas of interest

Accessible Web Design, Introductory Programming

Honors & Awards

National Physical Science Consortium Fellow, NASA Faculty Fellow, UMSI Award For Excellence in Education


BS from Kent State University Honors College
MS and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh

News about Colleen van Lent

Michigan Housing Honored Instructor Recognition. Cliff Lampe, professor. Colleen van Lent, Lecturer IV.
UMSI professors earn ‘honored instructor’ recognition

Professor Cliff Lampe and lecturer Colleen van Lent were nominated by students for their positive impact in the classroom.

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Alumni Snapshot: Priya Kumar. Master of Science in Information, 2014. Assistant professor at Penn State University College of Information Sciences and Technology
Finding your ‘square hole home:’ Priya Kumar on following your gut and forging your own path

UMSI alum Priya Kumar is currently an assistant professor at Penn State University College of Information Sciences and Technology. Here, she talks about why she chose UMSI and her favorite classes. 

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