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.




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CSCE Professor Wu Awarded NSF Grant

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.


CSCE Professor Liu Awarded NSF Grant

Dr. Xiaoqing (Frank) Liu, Department Head and Rodger S. Kline Endowed Leadership Chair in Computer Science and Computer Engineering (CSCE), was awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct research on architecture and protocols for scalable cyber-physical manufacturing systems.

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U of A Researchers to Lead Effort to Train Teachers in Computer Science

Dr. Dale Thompson, along with computer science and engineering researchers at the University of Arkansas will use a nearly $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to lead an interdisciplinary team of educators who will train and certify Arkansas school teachers in computer science education.





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