Welcome to the Department of Computer Science at UT Dallas. With approximately 1,600 bachelor’s-degree students, 1,150 master’s students, 160 PhD students, 47 tenure-track faculty members and 25 senior lecturers, we are one of the largest CS departments in the United States.
We offer BS, MS and PhD degrees in both computer science and software engineering. We offer a broad range of courses in almost every area of computer science and software engineering at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Despite a large number of students, we keep our class sizes small by offering multiple sections for a given course. Our faculty include winners of the UT Chancellor’s Teaching Award and the UT Dallas Presidential Teaching Award. We offer courses in the evening to accommodate working professionals, we offer professional education courses for local industry, as well as executive-format MS degrees. In collaboration with the Electrical Engineering Department we also offer BS, MS and PhD degrees in Computer Engineering and Telecommunications Engineering.
We maintain a very active research program, with more than $8.3 million in research expenditures in 2013 and approximately $30 million in new funding received during the last 3 years. This funding comes from federal agencies and from local high-tech companies, many of which work very closely with our faculty and students. Research in the department is focused on six broad areas: computer systems, cyber security, computer networking, software engineering, intelligent systems and theoretical computer science. Our distinguished faculty and their PhD students publish their research in top journals and present their results at leading conferences. Our research has also been in national and international spotlight in recent past. Our faculty are also active as program and conference chairs and as journal editors and editorial board members. Our faculty and students have authored a number of software systems, and our faculty include nine NSF CAREER Award winners and three Air Force Young Investigator Award winners.
Highly regarded for their deep technical knowledge, our graduates are sought after by major software and telecom companies such as Amazon, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Ericsson, VMware and RIM. Our PhD graduates are well-prepared to take on research and teaching positions. We are located in the middle of the Dallas area’s high-tech hub, surrounded by hundreds of software, hardware and telecom companies. Not only do these companies hire our students in large numbers as interns (more than 400 last year) and full-time employees (nearly 100% of our graduates had found positions by graduation last year), but they work with our faculty and students on joint research projects too. We have also taken steps to encourage entrepreneurship among our students by introducing entrepreneurship education into our programs. Many of our graduates have founded successful companies.
Our Community Outreach
We have initiated a number of programs to engage with the local community, from organizing summer camps and after-school programs for middle-school and high-school students to organizing programming competitions. We are also home to several student organizations, some of which engage in community service. Through our UTDesign program, teams of our senior students take on industry-sponsored capstone projects.
We strongly encourage innovation in research, in teaching and in service to the profession, the local community and industry. Our faculty and students are constantly striving to excel and to advance the state-of-the-art in computer science. I invite you to be part of our efforts as we propel the Computer Science Department to ever-greater heights.
− Dr. Gopal Gupta, Head of the Department of Computer Science at UT Dallas