Sean K. Barker Sean K. Barker
Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science
Bowdoin College
Office: Searles 220
Phone: 207-798-4220

Sean Barker @ Bowdoin

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Bowdoin College. My research interests are broadly in the areas of energy, smart buildings, sustainability, and distributed systems. Some recent and past projects have included analyzing smart meter data (e.g., for high-performance compression or virtual power meters), resource management in data centers (e.g., leveraging intermittent power), and cloud-based databases (e.g., employing on-demand live migration). A full list of publications is available here and my CV is available here. I teach across the undergraduate computer science curriculum at Bowdoin, with a particular emphasis on systems courses.

Prior to joining Bowdoin, I completed my Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2014, where I was co-advised by Prashant Shenoy and David Irwin. I spent my undergraduate years at Williams College, where I completed a B.A. with Honors in Computer Science in 2009, advised by Jeannie Albrecht.

Outside of work, some of my hobbies include travel, food, roller coasters, and playing the piano. My family consists of my wife (Elizabeth, psychologist), daughter (Grace, 6), son (Elijah, 3), and cats (brothers, orange). I grew up in Brunswick, and my former elementary school is now the Edwards Center for Art and Dance at Bowdoin.

For the Spring 2024 semester, I am teaching CSCI 2330: Foundations of Computer Systems and CSCI 3310: Operating Systems.