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Jesse Heines

Jesse Heines is an Professor Emeritus in the Computer Science Department at UMass Lowell.
Jesse M. Heines, Ed.D. Professor Emeritus


Graphical User Interfaces, Web Technologies, Music+Computing, & Interdisciplinary Computer Science Education


B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

M.S., University of Maine

Ed.D., Boston University


Jesse M. Heines served on the UMass Lowell faculty of Computer Science for over 30 years before his retirement in 2016. He was an early adopter of web technologies and specialized in courses on the implementation of interactive, user-centered web applications. He is also known for his interdisciplinary work at the intersection of music and computing, for which he won three National Science Foundation grants totaling over $1M. Jesse has published widely on these topics and was a frequent presenter at conferences on computing education. He also published on issues ranging from teaching students of diverse backgrounds to the resistance in Greece during World War II.

Since his retirement, Jesse has been active in a number of civil rights initiatives. These include volunteering with the New Hampshire Dept. of Corrections, where he works with staff to develop apprenticeship programs for inmates in a variety of trades. When an inmate completes one of these programs, he or she earns a Journeyman Certificate sanctioned by the US Dept. of Labor. Such certificates help inmates get jobs upon their release, a critical factor in reducing recidivism and enabling formerly incarcerated men and women to rebuild their lives.

Jesse’s most recent civil rights project is a 4-part documentary developed for Chelmsford (Mass.) TV that looks at the four phases of racism highlighted by Bryan Stevenson: slavery, lynching, segregation, and mass incarceration. The documentary tries to show how these phases underlie the racial problems that persist in our country to the present day. For further information and links to the videos on YouTube, visit the Civil Rights: A History website.