The revolution in information technology has profoundly influenced our way of life, our culture and our economy. Alumni and students continually remind us that pursuing a degree in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering is an experience rarely matched elsewhere. Our department is indeed special, offering students and faculty an unusual blend of very high expectations and exceptional quality of life.
The impressive accomplishments of our faculty reflect these expectations, as does our exceptionally high level of research funding, the impact our technology has on industry and research, the placement of our graduates and the quality of our research infrastructure. Important contributors to our quality of life are the department's small size, the close knit atmosphere of our research groups, active student organizations, tradition of individual mentoring, access to the faculty, experienced staff, beautiful campus and wonderful St. Louis neighborhoods.
As we recently completed a re-examination of our long-range strategic plan, we renewed our commitment to bringing together bright minds and helping them flourish in a setting that is rich in resources, intellectually exciting and filled with high aspirations.
Three broad areas of intellectual growth will dominate the department's research and faculty recruiting efforts in the coming years:
- convergence of computers and networks
... in support of increasingly more sophisticated applications
- integrating computation and science
... in an effort to achieve a better understanding of the world we live in
- linking people and machines
... so as to transform the world and enhance social creativity
Departments like ours have educated generations of students whose imagination, creativity and hard work made possible the unprecedented growth in digital technology that took place in the last two decades. Computer science and engineering education plays a special role in preparing future technology leaders and innovators. It opens our minds to new horizons, unlocks doors to a broad range of career paths, accelerates professional advancement, and exposes us to ideas that are advancing the frontiers of science and technology beyond the field of computing.