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  • Ph.D. 1973 Harvard University, Mathematics
  • M.A. 1969 Harvard University, Mathematics
  • B.A. 1968 Columbia University, Mathematics, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Two-Time Winner of the Van Buren Mathemaitcs Competition Award

Office: 339 Boardman Hall
Phone: 1-207-581-3940
Email: markov@maine.edu

George Markowsky spent ten years at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center where he served as Research Staff Member, Technical Assistant to the Director of the Computer Science Department, and Manager of Special Projects.

He came to the University of Maine as the first Chair of the Computer Science Department. He held that position from December 1983 until August 1989. He served as interim chair for the 1995-96 academic year. He served as Chair of Computer Science again from 1999-2004. During 2001-2003 he did double duty as the Chair of the Mathematics and Statistics Department. During 2004-2005 he was Dean of the American-Ukrainian Faculty at Ternopil National Economic University in Ukraine. In 2006-2007 he was Visiting Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lally School of Management and Technology. He became Chair of the Computer Science Department again in 2008 and served in that capacity until the Department became part of the new School of Computing and Information Science at which time he became the Associate Director of the School.

He is currently Professor of Computer Science at the University of Maine. George Markowsky has published 113 journal papers, book chapter, book reviews and conference papers on various aspects of Computer Science and Mathematics. He has written or edited 15 books and reports on various aspects of computing. He also holds a patent in the area of Universal Hashing.

His interests range from pure mathematics to the application of mathematics and computer science to biological problems. He has also built voice controlled and enhanced keyboard terminals for use by paralyzed individuals. He is very active in homeland security and is the director of the University of Maine Homeland Security Lab.

George Markowsky was the founding President of the Maine Software Developers Association (MeSDA) from its inception in Spring 1993 until May 1998. The Association started with 18 members and grew steadily. It exceeded the 250 member mark in 2003. And in 2007 it became TechMaine. At that time it was Maine’s premier technology industry trade association. TechMaine seems to have run into some financial difficulties and it is not certain what its future is.

George Markowsky founded a software company, Trefoil Corporation in February 1994. Trefoil Corporation developed the O*NET software for the U. S. Department of Labor that replaced the Dictionary of Occupational Titles. The O*NET software was released nationally in 1998. In addition, Trefoil has handled tasks ranging from software reengineering and testing, to the marketing of a product called PC-PedalĀ®. Trefoil also completed Phase I and Phase II SBIRs for the National Institutes of Health.


  • IBM Research Division Award (1979)
  • IBM Outstanding Contribution Award (1980)
  • Maine Science and Technology Foundation Award (2000)
  • Top Ten Techies in Maine Award by Massachusetts High Technology Magazine (2002)
  • The University of Maine Foundation Harris Award (2005)
  • Outstanding Achievement Award for Leadership and Outstanding Contributions in Cybersecurity Education at the World Congress in Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Applied Computing (2010)
  • Doctor Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate) from Ternopil National Economic University, Ukraine (2010)
  • University of Maine, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Outstanding Faculty Award in Service/Outreach (2013)
  • University of Maine, Presidential Public Service Achievement Award (2013)