Computer Science Golden Jubilee


50 years ago, in 1965, two students became the first computer science majors to graduate from Missouri S&T.  The university’s name was changed the previous year from MSM (Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy) to UMR (University of Missouri-Rolla).  Looking back, it seems that intermediate name change was also heralding a whole new age of computing technology that has forever changed our lives and our livelihoods.  As we reflect on the past 50 years and look ahead to the future, these are our goals for the Computer Science Golden Jubilee:

  • Celebrate the past, present, and future of Computer Science at Missouri S&T.
  • Engage with students, faculty, alumni, industry, government, and others in celebration, education, and value creation opportunities.
  • Promote the achievements of and partnership opportunities with Computer Science and Missouri S&T.

The major kickoff of Golden Jubilee events begins in October 2015 at Homecoming. See Golden Jubilee Homecoming 2015 for more information. Here are a few highlights.

Thursday evening, October 22
The festivities commence with a recognition dinner for Dr. Arlan DeKock.  Arlan Dekock received his Ph.D. from the University of South Dakota and joined the faculty in 1968 as professor of Computer Science.  He became chair in 1981, a position he held until 1993.  He was the founding dean of the school of Management & Information Systems.  Over the years, Arlan created many new curriculum innovations and steered the Department of Computer Science towards a research and teaching mission.  Arlan is one of the most well known Computer Science faculty members among the CS alumni.  Please honor Arlan DeKock with your presence in October and reconnect with other alumni.

Whether you can attend or not, you are invited to submit tributes, memories, and photos in honor of Dr. DeKock that will be organized into a keepsake for him.  Please send via email to by September 22.

Friday morning, October 23

Alumni are welcome to tour the Computer Science building with members of the Academy of Computer Science, followed by a discussion about the facility.  The Academy of Computer Science is an elected group of alumni who provide strategic advice to the Computer Science department.

A display of computer artifacts will also be available in the Computer Science building. Want to donate artificats for the display?  See the Contacts and Sponsors page for details.

Friday afternoon, October 23
CEO and founder of Emotiv Life Sciences, Tan Le, will launch our speaker series with her keynote:  “The Future Is Closer Than You Think!” 

Tan Le is Founder & CEO of Emotiv Lifesciences, a bioinformatics company advancing our understanding of the human brain and early identification of biomarkers for mental and other neurological conditions using electroencephalography (EEG). She is a technology innovator, entrepreneur, business executive and sought-after speaker. In 2003 Ms Le co-founded Emotiv, a neuroengineering company that developed a breakthrough interface technology for digital media taking inputs directly from the brain. Applications for the Emotiv technology and interface span an amazing variety of potential industries.  The keynote address will take place in Leach Theater. Read Tan Le's Biography.

The Speaker Series continues throughout the academic year with some sessions taking place on campus and others virtually via WebEx.  Additional details on these and other events will be posted in the near future, so stay tuned.

You can start the celebration now by sharing your memories, photographs, and computer artifacts. Your financial support of the Golden Jubilee is also welcome. See the Contacts and Sponsors page for more information.

2015 Hackathon for Humanity

The 2nd IEEE International Conference on Smart Computing (SMARTCOMP 2016) May 18-20, 2016 - St. Louis, Missouri

Smart computing is emerging as an important multidisciplinary area, which can be broadly classified into two major topics: how to design and build smart computing systems, and how to use computing technology for resource sustainability to improve the human experience. Applications of smart computing span different business areas including, but not limited to, transportation, energy, environmental protection, resource management, healthcare, security, banking, entertainment, and social media. The advancement of cloud computing, mobile/pervasive computing, cyber-physical systems, sensor networking and social computing are bringing smart computing to a newer dimension and improving our ways of living.
The 2nd IEEE International Conference on Smart Computing (SMARTCOMP 2016) invites original papers on any topic that is related to smart computing. With the theme “Smart Living through Computing”, SMARTCOMP 2016 will be a forum for the presentation and exchange of cutting-edge ideas.
The topics to be addressed at SMARTCOMP 2016 will include, but are not limited to, all aspects of smart computing such as pervasive/ubiquitous computing, cloud computing, sensor networks, internet of things, big data analytics, security and privacy, social computing, cognitive computing, cyber-physical systems, smart buildings, smart cities and grids.  We encourage submissions that showcase fundamental research to address challenges in enabling Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC).