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.

What is Computer Science?

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.

What is Computer Engineering?

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 degreestrong> 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.

 

CyberCorps Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation and managed by the Arkansas Security Research and Education (ASCENT) Institute, the U of A Scholarship for Service (SFS) program is now accepting applications from eligible undergraduate and graduate students with the goal of developing a superior cybersecurity workforce.  This program provides generous scholarships ($25,000 per year for undergraduate students and $34,000 per year for graduate students, plus up to $15,750 educational allowance per year).  Each scholarship recipient will need to agree to work with the government post-graduation for a period equal to the duration of the scholarship.  For more information and application submission, please visit https://ascent.uark.edu/sfs/.  Applications received on or before September 15th will receive full evaluation.

 

To learn more about Computer Science check out the links below from ComputerScience.org:

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Engineering Professors to Develop Technology Aimed to Fight Breast Cancer

Alex Nelson & Magda O. El-Shenawee

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Two University of Arkansas engineering professors received a $19,145 grant from the University of Arkansas Women's Giving Circe to develop technology that could help fight breast cancer.

The award was given to Magda O. El-Shenawee, professor of electrical engineering, and Alexander Nelson, assistant professor of computer science and computer engineering.

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Data Science Professor Is Newest U of A Arkansas Research Alliance Scholar

From left, Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Chancellor Joe Steinmetz, professor Justin Zhan and Jerry Adams, president and CEO of the Arkansas Research Alliance, at the Capitol Building in Little Rock.

From left, Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Chancellor Joe Steinmetz, professor Justin Zhan and Jerry Adams, president and CEO of the Arkansas Research Alliance, at the Capitol Building in Little Rock.

 
 

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Justin Zhan, professor of data science in the Department of Computer Science and Computer Engineering, was formally inducted today into the Arkansas Research Alliance Academy during a ceremony with Gov. Asa Hutchinson at the Capitol in Little Rock.

Zhan’s research focuses on big data, blockchain technologies, information assurance, social computing and biomedical informatics. He has published more than 230 articles in peer-reviewed journals and conferences and delivered more than 30 keynote speeches and invited talks.

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Computer Science Doctoral Student Wins Best Paper at Cybersecurity Conference

Graduate student Mohammed Alshehri Sr. took home the top honors from the 12th International Conference on Security, Privacy and Anonymity in Computation, Communication and Storage in Atlanta over the summer. Read more here.

Peng Recieves Teaching  Commendation

The Teaching and Faculty Support Center presented Faculty Commendations for Teaching Commitment certificates to 48 new and not-so-new faculty members who completed specific activities designed to enhance teaching and learning in 2018-2019. Yauri Peng, assistant professor, was among this select group. Read more here. 

Zhan Receives Grant to Build GPU Cluster

Prof. Justin Zhan, who joined CSCE in August as Arkansas Research Alliance Scholar and professor of data science, has received funding from the Army in order to build a GPU cluster that can process huge data sets more than 100 times faster than previous technology. Read more here.

$4.6 Million Award Creates Program to Train Cybersecurity Professionals

A five-year, $4.63 million award from the National Science Foundation will enable a multi-disciplinary team of researchers at the University of Arkansas to recruit, educate and train the next generation of cybersecurity professionals.  Read more here.

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