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Legand L.
Burge, III


L.K. Downing Hall, Room 2040

Faculty Details


Certificate (1990), Cryptology, National Cryptologic School
B.S. (1992), Computer and Information Science / Mathematics, Langston University
M.S. (1995), Computer Science, Oklahoma State University
Ph.D. (1998), Computer Science, Oklahoma State University


Operating Systems
Distributed / Parallel Computing
Mobile Computing
Computer Science Education
Tech Innovation and Entrepreneurship


Context-aware Computing
Telehealth Information Systems Design/Development
Mobile Middleware
Mobile Computing
Computational Biology (Application of HPC for Protein Identification Problems)
CS Education / Diversity

Subjects Taught: 

Operating Systems, Advanced Operating Systems, Web Services, Structure of Programming Languages, Computer Architecture, Software Engineering, Software Developer Studio, Senior Project I and II, CS 0 - Intro. to Computer Science, Large Scale Programming, Mobile Application Development, Lean LaunchPad, Design Thinking, Bison Startup, Bison Accelerate, Special Topics in Distributed Systems.

Detailed Information

About Me: 

Dr. Burge's research interests lie in the field of distributed computing. The primary thrust of his current research is in global resource management in large-scale distributed systems. In particular, he is interested in middleware technology to support scalable infrastructures for pervasive environments capable of servicing a very large number of small (possibly mobile) distributed and embedded devices efficiently. He is also interested in the application of distributed high performance computing to solve computational science problems in Biology, Physics, and Chemistry. Dr. Burge is currently the director of the Distributed Systems Research Group (DSRG).
Dr. Burge is also interested in Computer Science Education and Diversity, and Tech Entrepreneurship and Innovation. His work in CS Education and Diversity has primarily been focused on informal and personalized learning, and on the use of technology to aid in the socio-technical enculturation of underrepresented students in CS, K-12 initiatives, and diversity, equity, and inclusion beyond compliance. Dr. Burge practices design thinking as an innovative teaching methodology and promotes immersive learning and learning by doing. He co-teaches the Bison Startup and Bison Accelerate courses co-developed with YCombinator, in which students are guided through the process of founding technology startups. Dr. Burge has a strong interest in developing university innovation ecosystems for HBCUs as a way to create alternative revenue streams, attract and retain students, and prepare students with 21st century skills. He currently directs the HowU Innovate Foundry; which has consistently incubated on average 15 student led tech startups per year. Dr. Burge is a certified Lean Launchpad Educator, and Stanford D-School Design Thinker. He is a co-founder of XediaLabs, a DC-based incubation firm that provides training and technical consulting to local startups. He has been featured in several articles such as Bloomberg Business Week regarding diversity and inclusion in tech, and conducted a TedX talk on HBCUs role in the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem for African Americans. Dr. Burge is a Tau Beta Pi Eminent Scholar, Fellow of AAAS, BEYA Innovation Award recipient, and a Fulbright Scholar recipient.

Prior to coming to Howard University Dr. Burge worked for the National Security Agency as a Computer Analyst for 5 years, and as a computer consultant for several years. Dr. Burge's previous research includes consistency management in distributed databases, and message passing libraries for distributed parallel computing. The work on consistency management is aimed at developing lightweight protocols that communicate using epidemic algorithms. The distributed parallel computing work consisted of the design and development of an actor-based message passing and thread migration package for Java. The package was used to design a campus wide non-dedicated meta-computer that distributed, and performed load balancing of computations based on CPU cycle stealing.


In his spare time, Dr. Burge enjoys playing the piano, swimming, cycling, traveling, and teaching Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido.


1. Jabu Mtsweni, Ernest Ketcha Ngassam, Legand Burge A profile-aware microtasking approach for improving task assignment in crowdsourcing services, 2016 IST-Africa Conference, 11 - 13 May 2016, Durban, South Africa, DOI: 10.1109/ISTAFRICA.2016.7530702.
2. Marlon Mejias, Ketly Jean-Pierre, Qi’Anne Knox, Elizabeth Ricks, Legand Burge III,A. Nicki Washington, Meaningful Gamification of a Computer Science Department: Considerations and Challenges, 2015 Int'l Conf. Frontiers in Education: CS and CE, p10-16.
3. Washington, A. N. and Burge, L., Mejias, M. ‡, and Jean-Pierre, K. ‡, Knox, Q. ‡ “Bridging the Divide: Developing Culturally-Responsive Curriculum for K-12 Computer Science Education”, SIGCSE '15 Proceedings of the 46th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, p. 707-707.
4. Washington, A. N. and Burge, L., Mejias, M. ‡, and Jean-Pierre, K. ‡, Knox, Q. ‡ "Improving Undergraduate Student Performance in Computer Science at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) through Industry Partnerships", SIGCSE '15 Proceedings of the 46th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, p. 203-206.
5. Jabu Mtsweni, Legand Burge, The Potential Benefits of Mobile Microwork Services in Developing Nations: Research Opportunities and Challenges, IST-Africa 2014 Conference Proceedings, p1-10, May 2014.
6. Hui Li, Chunmei Liu, Feras Yousef; Mugizi Rwebangira, Legand Burge, Mono-isotope Prediction for Mass Spectra Using Bayesian Network , TSINGHUA SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ISSN 1007-0214 06/10 pp617-623 Volume 19, Number 6, December 2014.
7. Kamal Al Nasr, Chunmei Liu, Mugizi Rwebangira, Legand Burge, Jing He, “Intensity-Based Skeletonization of CryoEM Grayscale Images Using a True Segmentation-Free Algorithm”, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, vol. 10, no. 5, pp. 1289 - 1298 (9/2013).
8. A. Brereton, G. Warner, L. Burge, “An Adaptive Computational Model for Predicting the Density Distribution of the Proximal Femur”, Journal on Computing (JoC) Vol.1 No.4, p. 18-23, January 2012
9. Ronald J. Leach; Todd Shurn; Legand L. Burge; Peter A. Keiller; John Trimble “A service model for improving healthcare delivery in rural developing communities” International Journal of Services, Economics and Management (IJSEM), Vol. 4, No. 1, 2012.
10. Washington, A. N. and Burge, L., Mejias, M. ‡, and Jean-Pierre, K. ‡ “The Partnership for Early Engagement in Computer Science (PEECS) Program: Teaching African-American Middle-School Students Computer Science,” Proceedings of the 2012 International Conference on Frontiers in Education: Computer Science and Computer Engineering (FECS'12), 2012, USA
11. Hui Li, Jean-Claude Tounkara‡, Legand Burge, Chunmei Liu, " A rapid 3D protein Structural Classification using Pseudo 2D HMMs", in GRC '12 Proceedings of the 2012 IEEE International Conference on Granular Computing (GrC-2012), p. 742-745.
12. Kyung Dae Ko, Chunmei Liu, Amen Ra Mashariki, Legand Burge, SMISB: A system for Managing Minimum Information from omics' studies in systems biology. CIBCB 2012: 164-168.


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Fri, November 20, 2020

Recent Computer Science Ph.D. graduates Abdulhamid Adebayo (far right) and Ronald Doku (second to the right) joined tech giants IBM Research and Oracle as researchers in cybersecurity and data science. Dr. Adebayo joined IBM Research as Hybrid Cloud Security Researcher and Dr. Doku joined Oracle, Inc. as Data Scientist. Both were graduate research assistants and advisees of Danda B. Rawat, Ph.D., Computer Science Professor and Director of Howard University’s Data Science & Cybersecurity Center (DSC2). Read More >>

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