The Department of Computer Science was founded in 1974. However, origins date back to the Department of Applied Mathematics & Computer Science established in 1965. In 2002, the department changed the name to Computer Science & Engineering so as to reflect newly acquired responsibility for the computer engineering program, which prior to this date was offered through a joint venture with the Department of Electrical Engineering. Today, the Department of Computer Science & Engineering offers BS, MS and PhD degrees in computer science and in computer engineering.
While the leadership of the department changed over time, our culture and basic values were maintained and nurtured by all who served as department chairs:
Jerome R. Cox, Jr. (1975-1991)
Jonathan Turner (1992-1997, 2007-2008)
Gruia-Catalin Roman (1997-2007, 2008-2011)
Throughout history, our department was built upon a long and continuing tradition of technology breakthroughs and pioneering influences on computer science. While the current web pages capture the vibrant educational and research atmosphere that permeates the departmental life today, they do not reflect in any detail the history of what has been accomplished in the last three decades.