Department Head Message

The history of computer science at the University of Connecticut begins over half a century ago with the introduction of our first computing courses in the 1960’s. The first defense of a Ph.D. in Computer Science was held in 1967. The Computer Science curriculum was established in 1970, and the program was accredited in 1972 among the very first undergraduate programs in the field of Computer Science. As we enter our next epoch, Computer Science & Engineering encompasses broad areas of intellectual discourse in informatics spanning a plethora of educational and research activities including algorithms and complexity, bio and biomedical informatics, big data, computational science, cybersecurity, cyber-physical systems and machine learning that underlie much of the modern society endeavors.

The department is ever-growing; our undergraduate enrollment has doubled in the last four years and the number of doctoral students exceeds one hundred. Our faculty includes more than thirty full-time members. Since the start of the millennium, the department has experienced significant qualitative evolution, complementing our rigorous educational curricula with comprehensive research programs in several crucial areas of societal importance.

Our department has excellent and diverse faculty with research and education expertise in the traditional and emerging fields of computer science and engineering. We continue to attract talented young faculty, with thirteen of our faculty winning the prestigious National Science Foundation Career Awards since the turn of the century.

Given that computers are playing a major role in every area of science and engineering as well as the society at large, our presence remains strong in the society as we fulfill our mission of research, education, industrial and public outreach, and service to the profession. I invite you to browse our website at where you will find detailed information on our academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, research and teaching profiles of our faculty, and student societies. I am confident that you will find a topic that sparks your interest. As you get to know us better do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to answer your questions.



Sanguthevar Rajasekaran

Department Head


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