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Maria Jump

Associate Teaching Professor - Charlotte


Office Location

Northeastern University - Charlotte
101 N. Tryon St.,
Charlotte North Carolina 28246

Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: Maria Jump, 101 N Tryon St
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-5000

Research Interests

  • Programming languages
  • Education and teaching strategies


  • PhD in computer science, The University of Texas at Austin
  • MS in computer science, The University of Texas at Austin
  • BS in computer science, University of Maryland
  • BS in forensic chemistry, Ohio University


Maria Jump received her PhD in computer science from the University of Texas at Austin. Her main focus is educational strategies within computer science, specifically in regards to programming languages and runtime systems. Using her background from the IT industry, she assists non-computing majors in obtaining a master’s degree in computer science through the Align master’s program. She is currently working on developing techniques toward beginner programmers.

About Maria

Where did you grow up or spend your most defining years?

I grew up moving around mostly throughout Europe.

What is your research focus?

My primary passion is teaching and the study of computer science educational pedagogical strategies. This ties to my research interests in the area of programming languages and managed runtime systems. Specifically, I am interesting in exploring how the runtime system of managed languages can be exploited to heighten program understanding. My research is currently focused on developing techniques to improve understanding of how programs use the heap and to develop techniques for identifying anomalous heap behavior particularly for novice programmers.

What courses/subjects do you teach and what do you enjoy about it?

I teach 5001, 5002, 5004, and probably more as time goes on. I am excited to be part of the Align master’s in computer science program.

What are the specifics of your industry experience?

Before returning to school for my bachelor’s degree in computer science, I worked in IT providing training and support for computer systems used by whatever company I worked for. At the end, I left my job at the Executive Office of the President to return to school full-time. Between that degree and grad school, I worked as a software engineer for a startup in Austin, Texas working on real-time day trading software.