Get to know Doug Hart, chair of the data sciences department
Doug Hart is the chair of the data sciences department in the College of Computer & Information Sciences. Hart has been a faculty member at Regis for nearly 15 years. He is as enthusiastic about teaching as he is about his family and their beloved Saint Bernard, Boomer.
What is your favorite thing about teaching in your field?
I am a curious person. I like to figure out how things work and I like to make new things. I enjoy working with students and colleagues who share this curiosity about technology, the world and our society.
What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?
I wrote neural network software for finding so-called first arrival patterns in seismic data that are used for oil and gas exploration purposes. This software automated an otherwise expensive, labor intensive and time-consuming data processing operation.
What is one piece of advice you would like to pass on to your students?
Persistence pays off. Don’t quit. And if you do quit, come back and finish. Graduation, however, is not the end; it is the beginning of a fascinating journey.
What does Jesuit education mean to you?
“Caring” is perhaps the single word that best describes Jesuit education to me. Jesuit education cares about my intellect and encourages me to strive to be the best in my endeavors.
Why should a student choose to come to Regis to study data sciences?
The data sciences program at Regis is hands-on. It gives students the opportunity to use a wide variety of software systems. However, it is not just technology. Our program is grounded in ethics, social justice and the common good.
What is your greatest passion outside of academia?
My family. I am very proud of my son who will be graduating from college this year. Six years ago my wife and I took in a 14-year-old boy whose family had fallen into significant hardship. He is now in college and I am proud of him also.
Name one fact about you people might not know.
Shortly after joining Regis, my wife approached me and said she and our son wanted to get a dog. I was given a choice between a pug and a Saint Bernard. We got our first dog from Colorado Saint Bernard Rescue. Boomer is the third Saint Bernard we have had in our home and our second attempt at fostering. We adopted both of the dogs we tried to foster. We adopted Boomer after having him in our home for 36 hours.