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Sharon Andrews

Sharon Andrews White, Ph.D.

Professor of Software Engineering, Program Director of Software Engineering,
College of Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3867
Office: D105


Dr. Sharon Andrews, formerly Sharon Andrews White, earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science in the specialization area of software domain and description languages from the Center for Advanced Computer Studies of the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, Louisiana. She is the founding designer, developer and implementer of the online Software Engineering M.S. curriculum and curriculum designer for both the traditional and online Master of Science degree. 

Under her leadership as chair of the Software Engineering Program, the Software Engineering M.S. Online was ranked fourth in the nation multiple times by In 2020, it was ranked sixth in the nation, a prestigious ranking. 

Dr. Andrews has developed numerous software engineering courses, including:

  • Software Reuse and Reengineering
  • Software Architecture
  • Introduction to Software Engineering
  • The Software Life Cycle
  • Software Design
  • Software Process
  • Programming in C
  • Data Structures
  • Principles of Programming Languages
  • Innovation and Creativity in Engineering

She also directs the masters culminating capstone project required of all Software Engineering M.S. students. Examples of projects include large multi-semester projects, NASA-provided projects, and smaller one-semester projects.

Dr. Andrews has been a reviewer for numerous international refereed conferences and journals and review panel member for the National Science Foundation Computer Integrated Software Engineering (CISE) portion of the ENG/CISE Combined Research-Curriculum Development program (CRCD), and has worked with companies such as Boeing, IBM and Lockheed on various funded research projects involving Advanced Air Traffic Control. 

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

  • Problem conceptualization and knowledge reuse
  • Software architecture domain knowledge reuse
  • Frameworks for problem conceptualization
  • Architecture erosion and drift
  • Domain specification
  • Gaming engagement and usability frameworks


Dr. Andrews’s scholarly pursuits include publications within numerous international, national, and regional refereed journals, conference proceeding publications, and edited book chapters. She is coeditor-in-chief of the new International Journal of eSports Research (IJER), the first academic journal focused upon eSports research in the world. 


  • Andrews, S. & Crawford, C. M. (Eds). (semi-annual, established 2021) International Journal of eSports Research (IJER). ISSN: 2691-9273 | EISSN: 2691-9281 | DOI: 10.4018/IJER.
  • Andrews, S. & Crawford, C. (Eds). (under contract, in progress). Pathways and Opportunities into the Business of eSports. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Selected Refereed Journal and Conference Publications
  • Andrews, S. & Sheppard, M. (2020). Architecture Erosion: impacts, causes, and management of issues. International Journal of Computer Science and Security (IJCSS) Volume 14, Issue 2, 82-93.
  • Andrews, S. (under review). Innovation Process for Problem Conceptualization. International Journal of Software Innovation (IJSI).
  • Crawford, C. & Andrews, S. (in press). Co-Creative Collegial Communities of Instructional Engagement, International Journal of Hyperconnectivity and the Internet of Things (IJHIOT), Vol. 5, Issue 2.
  • Crawford, C. & Andrews, S. (under review). Implicit Cognitive Vulnerability through Nudges, Boosts and Bounces. International Journal of Hyperconnectivity and the Internet of Things (IJHIOT).
  • Andrews, S., Bradbury, R., & Crawford, C. (2020). Fiero and Flow in Online Competitive Gaming: The gaming engagement framework. International Journal of Gaming and Computer Mediated Simulations (IJGCMS), 12(1). doi:10.4018/IJGCMS.2020010102
  • Crawford, C., White, S. A., & Wallace, J. Y. (2019). Editorial: Rethinking Pedagogy, Andragogy, and Heutagogy. Academic Exchange Quarterly (AEQ) ISSN 1096-1453, Volume 23(1), Chapter 5, 4-10.
  • Crawford, C., Wallace, J. Y., & White, S. A. (2018, Winter). Rethinking Pedagogy, Andragogy, and Heutagogy. Academic Exchange Quarterly, ISSN 1096-1453, 22(4), 15-20.
  • Adda, M., Wu, L., & White, S.(2012). Pattern Detection With Rare Item-Set Mining International Journal on Soft Computing. Artificial Intelligence and Applications (IJSCAI), 1(1).
  • White, S. & Amith, M. (2012). Software Design, a 2011 Primer. ACET Journal of Computer Education and Research, Volume 7, Number 1, ISSN 1547-3716.
  • Wu, L., White, S., & Feng, Y. (2012). Analysis of development cooperation with shared authoring environment in academic setting. International Journal on Integrating Technology in Education, 1(1), 1-9.
  • Wu, L., White, S., Feng, Y., Helm, J., & Wiggins, N. (2012, October). Computational Analysis of Code Collaboration Pattern and Semantic Role. International Journal of Computer Science & Information Technology, 4(5).
  • Wu, L., White, S., Helm, J., & Feng, Y. (2012, September). Distributed software development modeling and control framework. International Journal of Software Engineering & Applications, 3(5).
  • Whiting, E., & White, S. A. (2020). Drift and Erosion in Software Architecture: Summary and Prevention Strategies. Proceedings of 4th International Conference on Information System and Data Mining (ICISDM). pp. 132-138
  • Selected Refereed Book Chapter Publications
  • Andrews, S., Newsum, J., Crawford, C., & Moffett, M. (in press). Sisyphus Leans into the Professoriate: Faculty Discuss Career Considerations and the Academic Landscape. In Moffett, N. L. (Ed.) Navigating Post-Doctoral Career Placement, Research, and Professionalism. Hershey, PA: IGI-Global doi: 10.4018/978-1-7998-5065-6.
  • Crawford C., & Andrews White, S. (in press). Adventures on the Golden Road: A Promenade through the Roadwork. In Moffett, N. L. (Ed.). Navigating Post-Doctoral Career Placement, Research, and Professionalism. Hershey, PA.: IGI-Global doi: 10.4018/978-1-7998-5065-6.
  • Crawford, C., Newsum, J. M., Andrews White, S., & Wallace, J. (2021). Creativity and Impactful Learning through Implicit Cognitive Vulnerability. In M. Khosrow-Pour (Ed.). Handbook of Research on Modern Educational Technologies, Applications, and Management. (p. 744-761). Hershey, PA: IGI-Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-7998-3476-2.

Research Projects

Most recently, Dr. Andrews’ research within problem conceptualization and engagement focused upon developing new theories of engagement and conceptualization as represented by her publication of a framework for determining the engagement levels of fiero and flow (Andrews, Bradley & Crawford, 2020). Her past research in domain language as a supporting problem conceptualization method has direct application to architecture design processes and reuse of design knowledge. This research includes a focus upon software architecture design specification and the issues surrounding the difficulties involved, such as the erosion and drift of systems from the intended architecture and how design constructs can be utilized to mediate such problems. Recently her work focused even more tightly upon problem-solving within the realm of erosion and drift of architectural design (Whiting & White, 2020; Andrews & Sheppard, 2020).

Within the domain of problem conceptualization, and the development of frameworks for such, her work has resulted in the development of a framework for the definition and conceptualization of the concept of “fiero,” a heretofore unmeasured engagement attribute (Andrews, Bradley & Crawford, 2020), as well as the definition of a process for problem conceptualization (Andrews, under review) that provides a method of improving the development of effective and innovative solutions. Extensions to her work in problem conceptualization and engagement frameworks have recently been integrated into new learning theories of engagement and conceptualization (Crawford & Andrews, in press, under review; Crawford, White & Wallace, 2019, Crawford, Wallace, & White 2018) as well as integrated into applications and theories of impactful learning and communities of instructional engagement (Crawford, Newsum, White & Wallace, in press a, in press b).

Of further note is the intersection of her working with gaming engagement as applied to the field of eSports resulting in a forthcoming edited book publication “Pathways and Opportunities into the Business of eSports” and her appointment as editor-in-chief of the International Journal of eSports Research (IJER).

Awards and Accomplishments

ISSO/UH NASA post-doctoral fellowship position award