Rob Byrd, Ed.D., Associate Professor of Information Technology

Contact Information:

Office: 252 Mabee Business Building
Address: ACU Box 28036, Abilene, Texas 79699
Telephone: 325-674-4914
Fax: 325-674-2507

Degrees, Licenses & Certificates:

  • Ed.D., Educational Administration, Emphasis in Organizational Leadership, University of Louisville, (2002) Dissertation Topic: Values-Leadership Congruence and Internet Surveying.
  • M.S., Mathematics, Concentration in Computer Science Creighton University, Omaha, Neb. (1992).
  • Military Instructor, U.S. Air Force Instructor School (1986).
  • Navigator, U.S. Air Force Flight School, Mather Air Force Base, Calif. (1984).
  • B.S., Mathematics, Minor in Physics, Harding University, Searcy, Ark. (1981).

Courses Taught:

  • Web Development.
  • Programming II & Data Structures.
  • Computer Organization and Single-user Systems.
  • Operating Systems.
  • Object-oriented Design.
  • Software and Application Architectures.
  • Database Management Systems.
  • Research Methods.
  • Special Topics: Computer Vision.

Research Areas:

  • Data quality.
  • Face recognition and detection.
  • Knowledge management.
  • Business intelligence.
  • iPhone pedagogies with Moodle.

Professional and Organizational Memberships: 

  • Association for Computing Machinery.
  • Association of Old Crows (defense electronics & information ops industry).
  • Phi Kappa Phi (national honor society for all disciplines - top 10% of doctoral class).
  • Upsilon Pi Epsilon (national honor society for computer scientists).

Achievements and Awards:

  • iPhone Connections Fellow grant to research pedagogies and applications for iPhone use in the classroom (Fall 2008).
  • Certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence, American Society for Quality, Cert#: 05492 (Since 2000).
  • $80,000 grant from Department of Homeland Security for face recognition and tracking (Summer 2005).
  • Listing in the September 2005 issue of Who's Who Among America's Teachers. 

 Representative Research Publications/Presentations:

  • Byrd, R., "The Argument for Open," Campus Technology Magazine, November 2008. Available online:
  • Byrd, R., & Balaji, R. "Real Time 2-D Face Detection Using Color Ratios and K-Mean Clustering," ACMSE 2006 Conference Proceedings, Melbourne, FL: ACM Press. March 2006.
  • Moore, B., Byrd, R., & Leibfreid, T. (2005). Data Management Plan for the Cumberland Piedmont Network and Mammoth Cave National Park Prototype Monitoring Program, Ft Collins, CO: National Park Service. Available on-line:
  • Woodman, R.L, Thomas, S.C., Moore, W.J. & Byrd, R.R. (2005). "A Protocol for Monitoring Allegheny Woodrats (Neotoma magister) at Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky," National Park Service, Mammoth Cave Prototype Monitoring Program, Mammoth Cave, Kentucky, USA.  Available on-line:
  • Woodman, R.L., Helf, K.L., Moore, W.J. & Byrd, R.R. (2005). "Cave cricket monitoring protocol for Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky," National Park Service, Mammoth Cave Prototype Monitoring Program, Mammoth Cave, Kentucky, USA. Available On-line:
  • Byrd, R.R. (2003). "Enduring principles of teaching technical disciplines in the 21st century," Available on-line: Also available via ERIC database at ERIC Number: ED479240
  • Byrd, R.R. (2002). Exploring internet survey techniques: A study of values-leadership style congruence Doctoral dissertation, University of Louisville, Dissertation Abstracts International, November 2002. ISBN: 0-493-70427-2. Available on-line:
  • Byrd, R.R. (2001). "Exploring ... the Scholarship of Teaching, Vol. 3, Appropriate Methods: Teaching in the new millennium: two enduring principles." Available n-line: 



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