Suzanne W. Dietrich is a Professor in Mathematical and Natural Sciences at Arizona State University. She received her B.S. degree in computer science and applied mathematics in 1983 as valedictorian from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and as the recipient of an Office of Naval Research Graduate Fellowship, earned her Ph.D. degree in computer science at Stony Brook in 1987. She then joined the faculty of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Arizona State University, where she established her teaching and research interests in the educational, practical and theoretical aspects of databases. In August 2005, Dr. Dietrich joined the faculty at the West campus to contribute to the new Applied Computing Program.
Dr. Dietrich's research interests emphasize incremental maintenance of materialized views and the monitoring of conditions in active environments that respond to events and streaming information, such as in dataspaces and Grid-based virtual organizations. Her educational efforts involved the WinRDBI (http://winrdbi.asu.edu/) educational tool for understanding relational database query languages and the development of an advanced database course for undergraduates (http://databasebooks.faculty.asu.edu), including object-oriented conceptual data models (EER and UML), object-oriented databases, object-relational databases and databases and the Web (JDBC and XML). Dr. Dietrich's recent educational efforts include the integration of the new LINQ query language into the database curriculum and interdisciplinary efforts in making databases accessible to students of many majors.
Dr. Dietrich's research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation. She has numerous journal and conference publications on her database and educational research and is the author of several database textbooks, entitled Understanding Relational Database Query Languages, Foundations of Object Databases: Object-Oriented and Object-Relational Design, and An Advanced Course in Database Systems: Beyond Relational Databases. Dr. Dietrich is recognized by the ACM as a Distinguished Educator for her significant accomplishments and impact in the computing field, including the authorship of educational courseware and textbooks, as well as curriculum innovation. Dr. Dietrich is an Editorial Board Member for the ACM journal Transactions on Computing Education. She is a member of the ACM, the ACM Special Interest Group on the Management of Data (SIGMOD), and the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE).