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Computer Science Faculty

Computer Science Faculty

  • Patrick Kopp

    Patrick Kopp

    Assistant Professor and Chair of Computer Science and Software Engineering
    Phone: 816.501.3791


    Started at Avila: 1986

    Courses Taught: Understanding Computers, Data Structures, C++, Java, Web Page Design, Web Page Programming, Database Management, COBOL, Visual Basic and A+

    Research Interests: Member of Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges Interests and interested in robotics and web page design

    Hobbies: I love to play softball. I am a deacon and the Youth Committee Chair of my church. Every summer I plan, organize and lead several youth and adult sponsors on a mission trip.  We have taken the group to Arizona, Colorado, West Virginia, Tennessee, New Mexico, Wisconsin, Mexico, and Canada.

  • Ron McCleary

    Bill Moran

    Visiting Instructor of Computer Science and Software Engineering
    Phone: 816.501.3637

  • Aruna Rao

    Aruna Rao

    Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering
    Phone: 816-501-3678


    Aruna serves as an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science and Software Engineering department. She completed her Master of Science in Management Information Systems from Northern Illinois University, pre-medicine course work at Rockhurst University, and PhD course work and comprehensive exams in Health Policy and Management at University of Kansas Medical Center.

    Aruna also serves as the architect for Truvant’s healthcare vertical, including data science, information security and IT transformation services. Her work history includes a wide range of IT management roles with the Kansas University Medical Center and Truman Medical Centers. 

  • Dr. Kimberly Sterne

    Visiting Instructor of
    Computer Science
    Phone: 816-501-3655


    Dr. Sterne teaches Ethics in Technology and Navigating the Digital Society. She has a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Central Missouri. She recently completed her doctorate at the University of South Carolina in Curriculum and Instruction. She loves working with college students and teaching them about the world of technology. 

    Dr. Sterne enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. She is a St. Louis Cardinals fan, runner, and book lover.

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