Mark Haselhoff
Professor of Practice in Computer Science; Department Chair
Mark Haselhoff

The study of both computer science and mathematics reveals, among other things, recurring complex patterns and sequences that clearly suggest an orderly designer rather than random chance in the universe, according to Professor Haselhoff. A 2012 NWC grad, he completed his master’s degree in computer science at Georgia Tech in 2017.

Knowledge seeker
As a student at Northwestern, Professor Haselhoff was often challenged by the idea that the more we know, the more we realize we don’t know. “That statement rang true time and time again. This is my hope for the classes I teach—not just to get students to learn the material I am teaching, but also to present ideas that are outside the scope of the class.”  He hopes many students will explore these ideas on their own to further their learning and to help them realize how much they don’t yet know.

Competitive programmer
Among Professor Haselhoff’s fondest memories as a Northwestern student is the trip his team made to the World Finals of the ACM programming contest in China. One of his goals as a professor is to get a group of students together to work on contest-like problems, with the hope of bringing another team to the World Finals sometime in the future. This kind of problem-solving practice also results in improved programming skills—one of the outcomes he finds most satisfying as a teacher.

Servant leader
Professor Haselhoff strongly believes that Christians grow through service to others, and his life clearly reflects that. He has led spring service trips to Texas and completed eight years in the Iowa Army National Guard. During his military service, his responsibilities included flying weather balloons to retrieve meteorological data.

Active outdoors
Even in the harshest winter weather, Professor Haselhoff can be seen biking to campus. In better conditions, he enjoys fishing local ponds and lakes aboard his pedal-driven kayak. He also enjoys running and even competed in a marathon over the summer. “Another Northwestern employee encouraged me to run with him. That ‘race’ ended up being more of a walk because there were so many hills!”

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