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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 on leave for the 2019–2020 academic year, and am not currently taking office hours appointments. If you need to reach me you can contact me by email.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will you be my advisor?

The computer science department has a formal process for matching advisors with new majors. This process runs each spring semester, and is announced via email. You will have an opportunity to express preferences for advisors, but I do not take advisees outside of this process.

Will you write me a letter of recommendation?

Yes. To request a letter of recommendation, please complete this Recommendation Request Form. Please submit this form at least two weeks before letters are due. Please do not list me as a letter writer on any applications until you hear from me after submitting the form; I will respond within 72 hours. You only need to submit this form one time for each type of program you are applying to. If you have an urgent request that is past the two-week deadline, please send an email and I will do my best to help.

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

Yes, but please talk to me first. I am always happy to serve as a reference, but I will be a more helpful reference if I know something about the job you are applying to. If you need a letter of recommendation, please see the recommendation item above.



April 15, 2020

I have a new process for requesting letters of recommendation. Please complete the Recommendation Request Form at least two weeks before letters are due, and 72 hours before listing me as a letter-writer on any applications.

September 1, 2019

I am on leave for the 2019–2020 academic year.

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.