McKelvey Hall is home to the Department of Computer Science & Engineering
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

Full-time faculty
of students studying CS at WashU are women
No. 5
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CSE Facilities

A new era of computing at WashU

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

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History of Computer Science & Engineering at WashU

The Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science established.

Early 1960's
Research Innovations Pioneering computer science education

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

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.

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

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

Research Innovations: Contributions to the Theory and Practice of Distributed Computing


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

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

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.

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

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

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

Department relocates to Jolley Hall.