Dr. Renita Murimi

Associate Professor of Computer Information Science
Office Location Bailey Business Center, 237
Phone (Office) 405.585.4415
OBU Mailbox # 61737
Email renita.murimi@okbu.edu


Dr. Renita Murimi is an Associate Professor of Computer Science in the Paul Dickinson College of Business at Oklahoma Baptist University. She received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology. Her dissertation on clustered wireless sensor networks analyzed the role of coverage arising from random clustered deployments on the design and performance of wireless sensor networks. 

Her current research interests focus on data science for online social networks. She is interested in studying the behavior of people on networks. Some areas she is currently investigating are optimal network sizes (number of friends), impact of anonymity on posted content in social networks and a range of human behavior dealing with issues of friendship, humor and the like. She uses tools from machine learning, stochastic programming and game theory in her research, and she is excited about the outcomes of combining social sciences and computer networks.

She received her Masters in Electrical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology where she researched mobile ad hoc networks. Her interests in networking arose from an elective -Wireless Networks- that she took in her senior year of undergraduate school at Manipal Institute of Technology.


  • B.E., Electronics and Communications, Manipal University, Manipal, India
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Ph.D.,Electrical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Courses Taught

  • CIS 2723 C++ programming
  • CIS 3303: Programming Language Concepts
  • CIS 3213: Network Security
  • CIS 3313: Digital Forensics Principles and Practices
  • CIS 4013: Computer Systems and Organization
  • CIS 4023: Operating Systems
  • CIS 4043: Data Structures
  • CIS 4329/CIS 3703: Python Programming
  • CIS 4103-4203: Capstone Project in Software Development

Selected Publications

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  • ACM
  • DSI
  • IEEE

Additional Information

I am excited to lead a new STEM initiative, called the Summer Institute at OBU. Now in its fifth year, the Summer Institute is a two week long summer program in STEM, and more information can be found here. Over the years, the Summer Institute has been made possible through the generous support of the Kirkpatrick Foundation, OBU and numerous local organizations and private donors.

If you are a student entering 7th through 12th grades and are interested in learning more about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), please consider applying to the Summer Institute.

Along with Josiane Nzouonta, I received the Grand Challenges Explorations Award from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. More information about the scope of this award and the research can be found here. 

I professionally use Renita Murimi or Renita Machado (my maiden name).