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Deborah Trytten

Deborah Trytten

Deborah Trytten

Presidential Professor

Phone: (405) 325-4299
Office: Devon Energy Hall Room 252


Ph.D., Computer Science 
Michigan State University
M.S., Computer Science, Applied Mathematics
Michigan State University
B.S., Physics and Mathematics
Albion College

Research Focus

  • Qualitative research in engineering education focusing on structural barriers to members of excluded identity groups (women, racial/ethnic minorities, first generation college students, students with disabilities, members of sexual and/or gender identity minorities, etc.), and research in teaching introductory programming classes.


  • Professor, University of Oklahoma
  • Acting Associate Director and Associate Professor, University of Oklahoma
  • Interim Director and Associate Professor, University of Oklahoma
  • Associate Professor, University of Oklahoma
  • Assistant Professor, University of Oklahoma
  • Visiting Researcher, Universite de Technologie de Compiegne
  • Instructor of Mathematics, William Penn College

Awards, Honors, and Professional Activities

  • Gallogly College of Engineering Pursuit of Excellence Faculty Award, 2022
  • Ronald J. Schmitz Award for Outstanding Service to the Frontiers in Education Conference, 2021
  • President’s Associates Presidential Professor 2015.
  • William Elgin Wickenden Award, American Society for Engineering Education, 2012
  • Board of Regents Superior Teaching Award 2011.
  • Teaching Scholars Award, College of Engineering, 2010
  • OU Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award, 2009.
  • Computing Accreditation Commissioner, ABET, Inc, 2012-2017
  • Founding member of the Sooner Engineering Education Center (SEED).
  • Founding member of the Research Institute for STEM Education (RISE).


Dr. Deborah A. Trytten a President’s Associates Presidential Professor and Professor in the School Computer Science at the University of Oklahoma and an Adjunct Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies. She received a BA in physics and mathematics from Albion College. She has MS degrees in both applied mathematics and computer science, and a PhD in computer science from Michigan State University. Dr. Trytten's current research interests include analyzing the social construction of gender and ethnic/racial diversity in engineering education and undergraduate education in computer science. Dr. Trytten has authored papers in venues including the Journal of Engineering Education, the Special Interest Group in Computer Science Education, the American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition,  and the Frontiers in Education Conference. She has been an investigator on more than thirty grants and contracts from the NSF, the United States Department of Education, and several state agencies.

  • Computer Science Indigenous Community of Learners United to Develop, Excel, and Succeed (CS INCLUDES), National Science Foundation, 10/1/2021-9/30/2026, with Heather Shotton, Natalie Youngbull, Deborah Moore-Russo, Randa Shehab, Dean Hougen and Casey Haskins, $1, 498,943.
  • Collaborative Research: Research in Improving Computational Thinking in the Formation of Engineers, a Multi-Institution Initiative, National Science Foundation, 9/1/2019-8/31/2022, with Noemi Mendoza Diaz and Russ Meier, $63,474.
  • The Privilege of Student, Experiential Learning, Engineering Competition Teams (SELECT), National Science Foundation, 9/15/11-9/14/15, Susan Walden, Cynthia Foor, Deborah Trytten and Randa Shehab, $1,497,843.
  • “Introductory Programming Courses with Computational Thinking: The Impact of Educational Privilege and Engineering Major Policy on Student Pathways,” Frontiers in Engineering Education Conference, October 2022 (with Noemi Mendoza Diaz and Russ Meier).
  • “Hidden Programming Privilege: Computational Thinking in First-Year Engineering Experience,” Collaborative Network for Computing and Engineering Diversity (CoNECD) Conference, January 2022 (with Noemi Mendoza Diaz, Russ Meier, and Janie Moore).
  • “I wish that I belonged more in this whole engineering group’: Achieving Individual Diversity,” Journal of Engineering Education, April 2007 (with Susan Walden and Cynthia Foor).
  • Deborah Trytten, Anna Wong Lowe, and Susan Walden, “Asians are good at math. What an awful stereotype:” The Model Minority Stereotype's Impact on Asian and Asian American Engineering Students, Journal of Engineering Education, 101(3) July 2012, pp 439-468.