UHV professor and student collaboration to be published, presented

A paper prepared by a University of Houston-Victoria professor and his former student will be published in an upcoming journal and presented at a conference in October.


Mel Damodaran

Computer science professor Mel Damodaran and UHV graduate Wes Carew wrote "X-Windows, GUI (Graphical User Interface) Programming, and Microsoft Windows," which will be published in the October issue of the scholarly journal Issues in Information Systems.


Wes Carew

Damodaran will make a 20-minute presentation based on the article at the 48th Annual International Association of Computer Information Systems International Conference Oct. 1 to 4 in Savannah, Ga.


"This was an extensive paper that required a great deal of collaboration," Damodaran said. "I'm very proud of the quality of the work we created."


Carew said he enjoyed working on the paper with Damodaran.


"We developed a one-on-one rapport because of our shared views and experiences," he said.


The article covers the history of the X-Windows operating system used by Unix computers and the role the software played in the design of the ubiquitous Microsoft Windows and other software. It also discusses how programmers should keep an open mind when designing a graphic interface and not be afraid to look to older designs for ideas.


Damodaran and Carew created the paper by collaborating largely through e-mail.


Carew graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in computer information systems in 2007 from the School of Arts & Sciences.

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

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