Our department emphasizes high quality research to prepare our undergraduate and graduate students for positions in the design and development of computer systems and applications in business and industry, and for scientific positions in industrial and academic computing research. Our strengths lie in the traditional mainstream areas of computer science: algorithms, programming languages, operating systems, distributed computing, networks, databases, and theory of computing. Our faculty serve on the editorial boards of a variety of journals, serve on program committees, publish books, and serve as fellows and chairs of organizations within the ACM and IEEE.
The most recent National Research Council rankings place the department 16th among public Ph.D.-granting institutions nationwide. It is ranked the best computer science department of its size (15-20 faculty) among publicly funded Universities, is ranked first in number of citations of papers per faculty member, and is ranked 17th overall in publications per faculty.