From its origin back in 1965 as the Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, the department has paved the way for computer science departments, awarding the first computer science PhD in the United States.

CSE by the numbers

38.5 
Full-time faculty
25%
of students studying CS at WashU are women
No. 5
Artificial intelligence ranking (csrankings.org)

CSE Facilities

A new era of computing at WashU

James M. McKelvey, Sr Hall will be the new home to the Department of Computer Science & Engineering and will usher in a new era of computing research at Washington University

Learn more about McKelvey Hall

 

McKelvey Hall will open in 2021 and will be the new department home.
The department is currently located in Jolley Hall

History of Computer Science & Engineering at WashU

1965
The Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science established.

Early 1960's
Research Innovations Pioneering computer science education

1965
Awards one of the first doctorate degrees in Computer Science in the United States to Irving C. Tang.

1960's and 1970's
Research Innovations: Early Innovations in Computer Science Research Applications to Medicine

1974
Computer Science separates from Applied Mathematics and the Department of Computer Science is founded as one of the first independent computer science departments in the world.

1975
Jerome R. Cox, Jr. serves as the first Department Chair (1975-1991).

1980's
Research Innovationsm: Leadership in the Development of High Performance Networks and their Applications

1980's-1990's
Research Innovations: Contributions to the Theory and Practice of Distributed Computing

 

1992
Jonathan Turner serves as Department Chair (1992-1997 and 2007-2008).

1997
Gruia-Catalin Roman serves as Department Chair (1997-2007 and 2008-2011).

2002
The department changes name to Computer Science and Engineering 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.

2009
Master of Engineering in Computer Science and Engineering degree is offered for the first time.

2011
Jeremy Buhler serves as Department Chair (2011-2013).

2013
Roch Guerin serves as Department Chair (2013-present).

2016
Department relocates to Jolley Hall.