In 1986, the University of Hawaii at Hilo awarded Ted Shaneyfelt their first Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. He received his Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering (Computer Engineering) specializing in free space optical computing in 1995 from the University of California, San Diego. He completed his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2012. Dr. Shaneyfelt is currently teaching at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.
Ted Shaneyfelt produced the User Interface on the first dual-mode cellular telephone to be commercially deployed in North America. He received the Team Award from Hughes Network Systems (HNS) for his contributions as lead software engineer for concept car development, and the Commemorative Award for Outstanding Contribution to satellite telecommunications technology with HNS.
Ted Shaneyfelt has taught graduate and undergraduate students at The University of Texas at San Antonio, South China University of Technology at Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center, and the University of Hawaii at Hilo. He has also developed curriculum, and mentored students to win various contests in computer programming, and robotics, including eight Special U.S. Congressional Recognition awards for robotic competitions.
Dr. Shaneyfelt has contributed to the success of many conferences and events, and to various open source software projects. He is currently serving as program committee co-chair of the 2017 IEEE System of Systems Engineering Conference. He also served as the local arrangements chair the 8th IEEE 2013 International Conference on System of Systems Engineering (SoSE) and also local arrangements chair for the 2014 World Automation Congress WAC: 14th International Symposium on Robotics and Applications (ISORA), 10th International Symposium on Intelligent Automation and Control (ISIAC), 14th International Symposium on Manufacturing and Systems Engineering (ISOMSE), 9th International Symposium on Soft Computing for Industry (ISSCI), 9th International Forum on Multimedia and Image Processing (IFMIP). He is also currently serving as IEEE Membership Development Chair for the Island of Hawaii.