Assistant Professor of Practice
Computer Science

1148 Kelley Engineering Center
Corvallis, OR 97331-5501
(541) 737-3617
(541) 737-1300


  • Postdoc. Center for Ethics in Society, Stanford University
  • Ph.D. Philosophy with a minor in Cognitive Science, University of Arizona
  • M.A. Philosophy, Group for Logic and Formal Semantics, SUNY Stony Brook
  • B.S. Computer Science and Applied Mathematics & Statistics, SUNY Stony Brook


At Oregon State University, Dr. Will Braynen leads the Software Innovation Track in the MSCS program.

As a mobile software engineer, Will has worked in industries from retail to telecom, shipping mobile apps to millions of end users for companies like Nike, Citibank and SiriusXM.  Outside the consumer-software space, Will has also worked on software for healthcare, the energy sector, commercial agriculture, bioinformatics (gene-set analysis), and banking.

Will started his software-engineering career as a software developer at Bloomberg (2000-2001).  From there he left to work on video streaming for a N.Y.C. startup.  He then continued on to other software projects in both academia (building agent-based models at the Group for Logic and Formal Semantics at SUNY Stony Brook and at Columbia University's Center for Computational Biology & Bioinformatics) and in industry (for example, utilizing mobile devices in commercial agriculture).

Will holds certificates from the Stanford Graduate School of Business (in entrepreneurship from Stanford Ignite, 2014) and the Santa Fe Institute (Complex Systems Summer School, 2007).

Research Interests

When it comes to technology, there are two types of innovation: (1) the engineering details of a technology, (2) the impact a technology has on society. Will is interested in both dimensions, specifically in the context of mobile computing.