​About Computer Science & Engineering (CSE) at WashU​

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.​
26

tenured/tenure-track faculty

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10

professors with NSF Career Awards

2,500 Alumni
299 BS students
80
Master's students
77
Doctoral students
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History of Computer Science and 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 Innovations

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.

                   

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