A Letter from the Department Chair

Dr. Sajal Das

Greetings from the Computer Science (CS) Department at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, one of the top technological research universities in the nation. Founded in 1965, the department offers the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science and currently has 626 students that include 498 undergraduate and 128 graduate students. With 20 full-time faculty, the CS department provides a high quality dynamic learning environment. Our faculty is engaged in cutting-edge research clustered around six focus areas: Algorithms and Theory, Computational Intelligence and Vision, Mobile and Pervasive Computing, Networking and Systems, Security and Privacy, and Software Engineering. Our interdisciplinary research spans Missouri S&T’s signature area on Smart Living (e.g., smart buildings, smart cities, smart energy, smart healthcare, smart transportation), big data analytics, critical infrastructure protection, cyber-physical systems, cyber-security, and social informatics.

The academic year 2013-2014 has been spectacular with an aggressive strategic plan in place. Two of our faculty members received the prestigious NSF CAREER Awards; two faculty members were granted tenure and promotion to associate professor; three junior faculty were hired; a new course on Experiential Entrepreneurship is offered; and a $3M NSF funding was received on cyber-security research and education, among many other accolades. Our program now claims the second highest number of undergraduate majors at Missouri S&T. The College of Engineering and Computing was also established in 2014 along with the hiring of a new dean. With a strong commitment to substantially increase diversity including female student enrollment, we sent 30 female students to the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing held in Phoenix this fall.

Although we have grown in quality and quantity and reached significant milestones, we do not wish to stop because we know there is still so much more to do. We are committed to take the department to the next level of excellence in terms of teaching, research, service, outreach, and national and international visibility. We will work closely with our stakeholders and move forward with passion and focused goals as we mentor our students to build strong foundation, inspire creative thinking, develop problem solving and effective communication skills, gain hands-on experience in interdisciplinary education and research, teamwork and entrepreneurship capability to become industry and academic leaders.

As we are getting ready for the 50th Anniversary celebration in 2015, may I request that you stay engaged and help us realize our ambitious goal of becoming a world-renowned Computer Science Department. Please visit our website to have a glimpse of the excellent learning and research opportunities. Prospective undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply for admission to our programs offering competitive fellowships and assistantships.

Should you have any suggestions or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Sincerely,

Dr. Sajal K. Das
Department Chair & Daniel St. Clair Endowed Chair
Department of Computer Science