Ph.D., Univ. of Hawaii (1979)
M.S., Univ. of Hawaii (1984)
B.A., Univ. of Connecticut (1969)
Ralph Morelli has been teaching at Trinity College since 1985, the same year the computer science major was first offered. More recently, he was one of the Principal Investigators (PIs) for the Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software (HFOSS) project, an NSF-funded effort to get undergraduates engaged in building free and open source software that benefits the public. In summer 2011 a team of Trinity HFOSS students and faculty traveled to Haiti to build an open source mobile application that helps manage beneficiaries for a humanitarian aid organization. Currently Morelli is the PI of the Mobile CSP project, an NSF-funded effort to train high school teachers in CT and elsewhere to teach the emerging Advanced Placement CS Principles course that is being created by the College Board. The main goal of this NSF initiative is to increase access to computer science among underrepresented groups, including girls, African Americans, and Hispanic Americans. The Mobile CSP course teaches students to create mobile apps to serve their community. In summer 2014, a group of 20 Mobile CSP students spent their summer building mobile apps for the city of Hartford.
Morelli believes that Trinity College provides an ideal educational environment. It provides an unique opportunity to teach, learn, and do research with bright, talented, and hard-working students.