Denise Koessler

Denise Koessler: PhD Candidate in Computer Science at the University of Tennessee
Languages: C++, C, Python, Unix Shell Scripting, SQL, PHP


I am a PhD Candidate in Computer Science at the University of Tennessee under the guidance of Dr. Michael Berry. I am developing tools which create, identify, and analyze a social network user’s fingerprint. Just as your fingers leave behind your personal unique trace in a print, my research demonstrates that the manner in which you interact with individuals on social networks also uniquely identifies you.

I am currently looking for a position in technical leadership or industrial research, where I can bring immediate value as a strong communicator and team player. Throughout my work and project experience, my peers and colleagues commonly appoint me as the project leader due to my strengths in leadership, organization, and technical knowledge. For example, at a meeting in June of 2013 with select members of the University of Tennessee’s Industry Advisory Board, I was quickly and unanimously appointed to be the chairperson of the newly formed board for Recruitment, Mentorship, and Retention of Women in Engineering at UT.  As a result, I am currently spearheading my department’s efforts to create a structure for mentorship within the student community which aims to increase enrolment and retention of women in engineering at the University of Tennessee.

My previous work experience has highlighted two of my unique characteristics as an employee: I thrive in teams (collaborative and/or competitive) and prefer to work visually.  My preference for team work began early on as a competitive athlete in swimming throughout my college years.  As my previous teammates can confirm, I tend to bring a unique energy to the table and always enjoy stepping up for a challenging task. If we ever get the chance, ask me to tell you the story of Wooster Swimming’s sophomore slump, and mine in particular.

In my technical work, I like to “brain dump” everything flowing around in my head into an organized and visual fashion. Put me in front of a white board with a set of colored dry erase markers and watch my brain go to work. I even installed a white board wall at my apartment for those random brain blasts that occur after a morning workout.  Actually, the story of my dissertation began on the white board at my apartment: during a morning swim I had a brain blast for a new way to advance my research.  I proceeded to rush home (straight out of the pool and soaking wet) to make sure I spilled every detail onto my white board.  That early morning brain blast was the birth of my research in social fingerprinting and the visualization of one’s social network activity as an electrocardiogram (EKG).

Right now, I am on track to finish my dissertation by May of 2014. As a result, I am currently looking for a career position which will enlist my strengths as a technical researcher and collaborative team leader.  If you are interested, head on over to my resume for more formal information or send me an email.

Thank you for coming by. I am looking forward to hearing from you.