Dr. Sarah Heckman is an Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor with the Department of Computer Science.  She serves as the Director of Undergraduate Programs for the department and was the first teaching-track faculty hired in Computer Science at NC State.  She is also a three-time graduate of the department and received her Ph.D. in August of 2009.  Dr. Heckman received the NC State University Outstanding Teacher Award and the Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award as a representative of the College of Engineering in Spring 2015.  She is a member of the Academy of Outstanding Teachers at NC State.  Dr. Heckman teaches several of the core courses in software engineering and programming languages.  Her research interests are in computer science education and software engineering. As a graduate student, she was a three-time recipient of the IBM Ph.D. Fellowship.

Fall 2023 Office Hours (8/21/2023 to 12/5/2023) - these may be subject to change due to departmental obligations

  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:00 pm to 4:00pm
All office hours are virtual.  Please email for the zoom link for office hours if you are not enrolled in a class I'm teaching.

Directions to Dr. Heckman's EBII 2299 Office

Enter EBII via the East Atrium (the same side as Dr. Adams' office).  Take the Atrium stairs up to the second floor.  Enter the carpeted lobby through the door on the right.  Head straight back, take a left, a right, and my office is on the right.

Research Areas

  • Advanced Learning Technologies
  • Software Engineering and Programming Languages


North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Ph.D. in Computer Science, August 2009
Masters of Computer Science, May 2005
BS in Computer Science, May 2004

CSC Spring Courses

  • CSC 216-601 LEC SW Development Fundamentals      Room: Distance Education - Online

  • CSC 217-601 LAB SW Development Fundamentals La      Room: Distance Education - Online

  • CSC 498-001 IND Independent Study in CSC      Room: TBA

  • CSC 498-002 IND Independent Study in CSC      Room: TBA

  • CSC 499-001 RSC Indep Research CSC      Room: TBA


  • Computer Science 'Person of Exceptional Performance' (PEP) Award - 2019
  • Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Award - 2018
  • NC State Computer Science Outstanding Young Alumni Award - 2017
  • NC State Academy of Outstanding Teachers inductee - 2015
  • Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award - 2015
  • Google CS Engagement Award - 2015
  • Carol Miller Undergraduate Lecturer Award - 2014
  • Most Receptive Undergraduate Professor Outside of the Classroom - 2013


Link to Sarah Heckman's publications