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Julie Thornton | Instructor/Adviser

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David and Lynda Dawson - Carl and Mary Ice Cornerstone Teaching Scholar

M.S. - 2005, Kansas State University
Computer Science
B.S. - 2003, Kansas State University
Computer Science
B.S. - 2003, Kansas State University

Contact Information
2212 Engineering Hall

Professional Experience
Julie Thornton received bachelor’s degrees in computer science and mathematics from Kansas State University in 2003. In 2005, she received a master’s degree in computer science, also from Kansas State University. In August 2005, she joined the department of computer science as an instructor and academic adviser.

Thornton is not currently active in research, but as an undergraduate and graduate student, she was part of the Knowledge Discovery in Databases group in the department of computer science. In this group, she helped develop BNJ, an open-source software development toolkit for research in probabilistic learning and inference using Bayesian networks. Her master’s thesis was on edge deletion algorithms for Bayesian network inference.

Academic Highlights
In 2002, Thornton was a recipient of the Barry M. Goldwater scholarship and was the runner-up for the Computing Research Association Outstanding Undergraduate award. In 2003, she was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. In 2010, Thornton was awarded the Clair A. Mauch Adviser of the Year.