Sara Sprenkle Associate Professor of Computer Science

Sara Sprenkle

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Website - Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., computer and information sciences at the University of Delaware (2007)
M.S., computer science from Duke University (2004)
B.S., computer science and mathematics from Gettysburg College (1999)


Research Interests include software testing, distributed systems, empirical studies, and digital humanities.

Current Research:
Professor Sprenkle's current research focuses on automatically testing Web applications, including cost-effective approaches to generating test cases and determining that the application is behaving appropriately. She is also exploring the challenges in developing web applications for digital humanities projects.

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Professor Sprenkle teaches the introductory programming course, software development, algorithms, and upper-level electives in software engineering--including a course in developing web applications--and distributed systems. She developed a new course in digital humanities with Paul Youngman.

Selected Publications

  • Jeff Barry, Julie Knudson, Sara Sprenkle, and Paul Youngman, "Launching the Digital Humanities Movement at Washington and Lee University: A Case Study." The Academic Commons. 2014.

  • Sara Sprenkle, Lori Pollock, and Lucy Simko '11. ""Configuring effective navigation models and abstract test cases for web applications by analysing user behaviour." Software Testing, Verification and Reliability. Wiley. 2013.

  • Sara Sprenkle, Camille Cobb '12, and Lori Pollock. "Leveraging User-Privilege Classification to Customize Usage-based Statistical Models of Web Applications" International Conference on Software Testing, Verification and Validation (ICST), IEEE, April 2012.

  • Sara Sprenkle and Shannon Duvall. "Reshaping the Image of Computer Science in Only Fifteen Minutes (of Class) a Week." SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, ACM, March 2012.

  • Sara Sprenkle, Lori Pollock, and Lucy Simko '11. "A Study of Usage-Based Navigation Models and Generated Abstract Test Cases for Web Applications." International Conference on Software Testing, Verification and Validation (ICST), IEEE, March 2011. Best Research Paper Award.

  • Sara Sprenkle, Lori Pollock, Holly Esquivel, Barbara Hazelwood, and Stacey Ecott. "Automated Oracle Comparators for Testing Web Applications." 18th IEEE International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering, IEEE, November 2007.

  • Jeff Chase, Laura Grit, David Irwin, Justin Moore, and Sara Sprenkle. "Dynamic Virtual Clusters in a Grid Site Manager.'' In proceedings of the Twelfth International Symposium on High Performance Distributed Computing (HPDC)}, June 2003.  Selected as #4 of the Best Papers of HPDC 1992-2012.

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Other Interests

Professor Sprenkle enjoys volunteering with Rockbridge Animal Alliance, gardening, and reading about pop culture.