Stephanie E. August, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering
Loyola Marymount University

Professor August

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Loyola Marymount University
1 LMU Drive MS-8145
Los Angeles, CA 90045-2659

Office: Doolan 201b
Office Phone: (310) 338-5973
Office Fax: (310) 338-2782


Stephanie E. August is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Loyola Marymount University (CA) (LMU) where she teaches courses in artificial intelligence, database management systems, software engineering, first year seminar and introductory programming classes with Python and Snap! Her research interests include natural language understanding, analogical reasoning, interdisciplinary new media applications, and STEM education. She has authored papers on natural language processing, reasoning by analogy, and STEM education, and is principal investigator on two National Science Foundation Department of Undergraduate Education grants focused on making computing sciences accessible and engaging for a diverse range of students and underutilized groups. Stephanie is actively engaged in bringing computing topics to non-engineering majors and non-engineering topics to computing majors and one of the founding members of CREATE-STEM, an interdisciplinary group of LMU faculty aimed at advancing and promoting STEM education activities.

Dr. August has served as special assistant to the chief academic officer for graduate education, director of graduate studies for electrical engineering and computer science and the Seaver College representative on the LMU graduate council. She sits on the advisory boards for Systems Engineering and the Academy of Catholic Thought and Imagination at LMU. Her industry experience with the Hughes Aircraft Company (now Raytheon) includes software development and system engineering for several defense C3I programs and applied artificial intelligence research for military and medical applications, chair of the Los Angeles chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery, and program committee for several conferences. She enjoys spending time with family, hiking, camping, traveling, gardening, and making sour dough bread. She would like to become fluent in Russian, play classical guitar, and visit every continent. Stephanie received the BA in Slavic Languages, and the MS and PhD in Computer Science at UCLA (1972, 1986 and 1991, respectively). She is a member of AAAI, ASEE, ACM, CCSC, IEEE, and the IEEE Computer Society.

Curriculum Vitae




Rather than waiting for students to pursue STEM education, virtual worlds and games can be used to bring science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to the students through engaging and socially oriented activities. One approach to this is to develop a virtual science museum and education center that provides virtual practice with basic engineering concepts and transforms an entertainment-based platform into a delivery vehicle for electrical engineering and computer science content. A second approach is to introduce AI algorithms with scaffolding in the form of a set of structured and graduated laboratory experiments as students play and develop a computer game or explore the creation of automated docents in virtual learning laboratory. Both approaches offer students autonomy and immediate feedback, and are designed to attract women and other diverse audiences to engineering and computer science. The Virtual Engineering Sciences Learning Lab (VESLL) and Teaching AI as a Laboratory Science (TAILS) projects implement these two approaches approaches.