What is Computer Science and Computer Engineering?

Innovations in the world of computer technology have changed our lives drastically over the past few decades. It’s hard to believe that twenty years ago few people had heard of the internet. Today, computer scientists are busy developing new ideas that will shape the future.

Computer scientists specialize in the software side of computing, focusing on writing new programs that allow computer applications to run faster and more efficiently. You might work for a security company, creating technology that reduces the risks of viruses and hackers, or develop flight simulation exercises that allow airline pilots to practice managing flight problems.

Computer engineers deal with both software and hardware. As a computer engineer, you could design entire computer systems and networks, making sure that the hardware, or physical equipment, is capable of running the appropriate software. You might build devices such as retinal scanners that identify people by checking their eyes, or you could design computers that are incorporated into prosthetic devices to aide people with disabilities.

Those who continue onward to obtain a graduate degree in either computer science or computer engineering learn to advance the frontiers of science.  With an MS or PhD, you will invent the new technologies that enable the next generation of software and computing devices.






CSCE Assistant Professor Patitz has paper accepted at FOCS 2016

Dr. Matt Patitz, current PhD student Trent Rogers, and former PhD student Jacob Hendricks (now an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls had a paper accepted for publication in the Proceedings of the 57th Annual IEEE Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science (FOCS 2016).

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CSCE Professor Di Received Grant from NSF Communications, Circuits and Sensing-Systems (CCSS) Program

Dr. Jia Di, Professor and 21st Century Research Leadership Chair, has received a grant from the NSF Communications, Circuits, and Sensing-Systems (CCSS) Program to conduct research with Radiance Technologies, Inc. on designing microcontrollers capable of operating reliably under extreme environments.

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CSCE Assistant Professor Patitz Received National Science Foundation CAREER grant

Dr. Matt Patitz, Assistant Professor in Computer Science and Computer Engineering, received a $500,000 Faculty Early Career Development Program grant - known as a CAREER grant - from the National Science Foundation.  The award enables Patitz to continue developing the design and analysis of DNA-based self-assembling systems.





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