Welcome to the Department of Computer Science at UT Dallas. With over 3,600 bachelors-degree students, more than 800 master’s students, 160 Ph.D. students, 51 tenure-track faculty members, and 44 full-time senior lecturers and over 500 part-time student employees, as of Fall 2020, we are one of the largest Computer Science Departments in the United States.
We offer BS, MS and Ph.D. 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 includes 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 Ph.D. degrees in Computer Engineering and Telecommunications Engineering. We have also teamed up with the Department of Mathematical Sciences in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics to offer a BS in Data Science degree.
We maintain a very active research program, with more than $8.14 million in research expenditures in 2018-2019 and approximately $10 million in grants received during the last three 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 Ph.D. students publish their research in top journals and present their results at leading conferences. Our research has also been in the national and international spotlight in the 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 includes fifteen 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, Apple, Ericsson, Facebook, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, VMware and RIM. Our Ph.D. 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 1,000 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.