Dr. Michael Oudshoorn, Founding Dean of the School of Engineering at High Point University, graduated from the University of Adelaide, Australia, with a B.S. in 1983 and received his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1992, also from the University of Adelaide. Between 1984 and 2003 he was a faculty member in Computer Science at the University of Adelaide and served as the Associate Dean (International) for the College of Engineering, Mathematical and Computer Sciences. In 2003, he relocated to the U.S. and served as a faculty member, department chair or dean at several universities before joining High Point University in July 2018. Oudshoorn’s primary research interests are in distributed systems and autonomic systems. Oudshoorn is a member of the ASEE, IEEE and a Senior Member of the ACM. He is also an active member of ABET. He is a commissioner on the Computing Accreditation Commission and currently serves as a member of the executive committee.
Since joining High Point University staff, Oudshoorn has worked with the computer science faculty to revise the curriculum with a goal to seek ABET accreditation in the future. He has designed the Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering programs and secured approval from SACS for the university to offer these new programs. The Engineering programs commenced in August 2019.