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Charlie Curtsinger

Department of Computer Science
Grinnell College
1116 8th Ave.
Grinnell, IA 50112
Noyce Science Center 3827
(641) 269-3127

About Me

I am an assistant professor at Grinnell College in the Department of Computer Science. I completed my PhD at the University of Massachusetts Amherst advised by Emery Berger in the PLASMA Lab, where my dissertation work was supported by a Google Ph.D. Fellowship. My research interests include software performance, security, and reliability, with an emphasis on probabilistic and statistical techniques. Visit my research page to learn more about my past research projects.

I am happy to meet with you during office hours, even if you are not in one of my courses. Please make an appointment. I may limit my office hours to students in my classes during busy parts of the semester, and I generally limit students to one appointment per week to make sure all students have access to office hours.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will you be my advisor?

No, sorry. I am not taking advisees during the 2018–2019 academic year because I will be on leave the following year.

Will you write me a letter of recommendation?

Yes, as long as you ask at least two weeks in advance. Please send me a request by email (even if we already discussed it in person). In your email, please tell me when the letter is due, how it should be submitted, a brief description of what you are applying for, and attach your application materials.

Can I list you as a reference on a job or internship application?

Yes. We should discuss this in person ahead of time; I can be a much better reference if I know something about the job and why it interests you.



August 30, 2018

Course websites for my fall 2018 sections of CSC 151 and CSC 211 are now posted.

August 30, 2018

Welcome Barbara Johnson and Fahmida Hamid, the two newest members of the CS department!

January 25, 2018

Interested in staying in Grinnell to work on research this summer? See my MAP Opportunities page.

January 22, 2018

The course website for CSC 213 is now posted.

August 23, 2017

The course website for TUT 100 is now posted.