Dr. Turk received a M.S. degree in computer science from Andrews University and a Ph.D. degree in business administration (computer information systems) from Georgia State University. His research interests are in the areas of computer networking, object-oriented systems, software engineering, business- and system-level modeling, software development process modeling, the value of modeling, process improvement, and the empirical study of these areas. He is a member of the IEEE and the ACM, and has published papers in IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, IBM Systems Journal, Information and Software Technology, Journal of Database Management, L’Objet, The Journal of Systems and Software, Information Technology & Management, the Journal of Information Technology Management, and the International Journal of Human Computer Studies.
Dr. Turk enjoys participating in many outdoor activities, including running, hiking, climbing, mountain biking, and snow skiing. He has run 35 marathons, including 18 consecutive years on Pikes Peak and 4 times at Boston, and has run 2 50-mile mountain trail ultra-marathons. Dr. Turk has climbed all 54 of the Colorado 14ers (some many times, including Longs Peak over 30 times), Mt Rainier (Washington), and 2 of the “Seven Summits” – Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania (Africa) and Aconcagua in Argentina (South America). He and his wife enjoy traveling, both locally and internationally, birding, and photography. They have travelled numerous places in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and South America.