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.
Dr. Xintao Wu, Professor and Charles D. Morgan/Acxiom Graduate Research Chair in Computer Science and Computer Engineering (CSCE), has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) award to conduct research on detecting fraud and attacks in online social networks.
Dr. Christophe Bobda has been named Honorary Professor by Brandenburg Technical University (BTU). Dr. Bobda has been working on joint research projects with BTU and the Innovative High-Performance Microelectronic Research Center at the University of Frankfurt (Oder) for six years.
Dr. Dale Thompson, Associate Professor in Computer Science and Computer Engineering, along with Bryan Hill, Assistant Dean for Student Recruitment and Diversity, Honors and International Programs in the College of Engineering, worked closely with the Honors College and UATeach, hosted a computer science course for Arkansas high school teachers to prepare them to teach the new AP computer science course in their respective schools.
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