Ross Sowell

Ross Sowell

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

206D Law Hall
(319) 895-4105

Cornell College
600 First Street West
Mount Vernon, IA 52314

Academic History

  • PhD in Computer Science, Washington University in St. Louis, 2012
  • BS in Computer Science, Sewanee--University of the South, 2005


  •  Kurtek, S., Su, J., Grimm, C., Vaughan, M., Sowell, R., and Srivastava, A. Statistical analysis of manual segmentations of structures in medical images. Computer Vision and Image Understanding117(9):1036-1050, 2013.

  • Sowell, R., Gill, C., Chamberlain, R., Grimm, C., Goldman, K. and Tranel, M. The active-learning transformation: a case study in software development and systems software courses. Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges, 25(5):165-172, 2010.

  • Sowell, R., Chen, Y., Buhler, J., Goldman, S., Grimm, C. and Goldman, K. Experiences with active learning in CS 3. Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges, 25(5):173-179, 2010.

  • Abraham, C., Low, D., Sowell, R., Gokhroo, G., Grimm, C. and Ju, T. VolumeViewer: a tool for examining the use of non-axial image planes in treatment planning. In Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on the Use of Computers in Radiation Therapy, 2010.

  • Sowell, R., Liu, L., Ju, T., Grimm, C., Abraham, C., Gokhroo, G. and Low, D. VolumeViewer: an interactive tool for fitting surfaces to volume data. In SBIM '09: Proceedings of the 6th Eurographics Symposium on Sketch-Based Interfaces and Modeling, pages 141-148, 2009.

  • Lien, J., Bayazit, O., Sowell, R., Rodriguez, S. and Amato, N. Shepherding Behaviors. In Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, pages 4159-4164, 2004.

Courses Taught

  • Foundations of Computer Science (CSC 140)
  • Software Architecture (CSC 144)
  • Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science (CSC 151)
  • Computer Organization (CSC 218)
  • Algorithms and Data Structures (CSC 301)
  • Systems Software (CSC 311)
  • Computer Graphics (CSC 321)

Faculty-Student Research

  • Alex Hubers, Video Manipulation Techniques for the Protection of Privacy in Remote Presence Systems, 2013
  • Kevin Johnson, Plane Selection for Medical Image Segmentation, 2012

Service to the Cornell Community

  • Committee on Student Life
  • Subcommittee on Student Engagement and Retention
  • Student Symposium Committee
  • Instructional Technology Subcommitte


  • Association for Computing Machinery
    • Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
    • Computer Society