Laura Dinsmoor

Laura DinsmoorSpecial Instructor
Office: 518 EC
(248) 370-4591
Fax: (248) 370-4625

Laura Dinsmoor received her B.S. degree in Engineering, and M.S. degree in Systems Engineering from Oakland University. After spending almost 20 years in the industrial controller and robotics industry, Professor Dinsmoor returned to Oakland University in 2000 to teach in the department of Computer Science and Engineering.

Professor Dinsmoor focuses on skills to teach programming to students with little or no programming or problem-solving skills. When possible, her classes involve hands on application of the material, including real-life examples from her industrial experience. In addition to teaching, Professor Dinsmoor does Outreach for the School of Engineering and Computer Science. As an Academic Alliance member of the National Center for Women in Information Technology, NCWIT, she is especially interested in increasing recruiting and retention of a women and minority students in computer science.  


  • Computer Programming
  • Object Oriented Computing
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Problem Solving with Excel
  • Sophomore Design Project


  • Computer Science Pedagogy; Increasing recruitment of women into Computer Science
    degrees. “I’m working with multiple organizations and local school districts in order to
    encourage students, especially girls, to explore opportunities in the computer science
    field.” Laura Dinsmoor

Prior Experience

Fanuc Robotics North America, Rochester Hills, Michigan

Senior Project Manager 1997 - 2000
Manager, Information Systems 1990 - 1997
Manager, Documentation and Training 1987 - 1990
Product Planner, KAREL Vision Systems 1985 - 1987
Software Engineer, Research and Development 1984 – 1985

General Electric Industrial Electronics Development Laboratory, Charlottesville, Virginia

Software R&D Engineer 1981 – 1984

Organizations and Service

K-12 Outreach, School of Engineering and Computer Science, Oakland University
Undergraduate Advising, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Oakland University
Co-Chair, TEDxOaklandUniveristy,
Association for Computing Machinery - Women, Faculty Advisor of student chapter at Oakland University
National Center for Women and Information Technology, Academic Alliance Member
Society of Women Engineers, member
Michigan Council of Women in Technology, member

FIRST Robotics volunteer
Girl Scouts, member and former leader