Santosh Chandrasekhar

Co-Lead, Assistant Teaching Professor, University of California, Merced

Santosh Chandrasekhar is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Computer Science at University of California (UC) Merced. Before joining as an Assistant Teaching Professor, he held positions at UC Merced as a computer science lecturer since 2017, and a postdoctoral scholar with a research focus on applied cryptography and computer security since 2012. He currently leads the experiential learning-based computer science capstone program at UC Merced, that provides students opportunities to work on industry sponsored projects and develop their professional skills. His current interests are in computer science teaching practices with a focus on inclusivity, equity, engagement and building student agency. He is also focused on developing research, outreach, engagement, and educational programs targeted towards growth and success of underserved and underrepresented communities in computer science and STEM fields.


  • Experiential learning
  • Project-based learning
  • Student professional development
  • Student agency
  • Scientific teaching
  • Addressing Underrepresentation in STEM Fields