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Evolution of Computer Science Department at YSU 

 

1970-1980: 

Computer Science and Information Systems also referred to as CSIS, is not seen until 1970. The continuous demand for technical skills in industry impacted the increase in the student body. Therefore, the university with the enrollment of 3,889 students in College of Arts and Sciences and 3,817 students in School of Business Administration and 3,257 students in School of Education and 1,513 students in the new Technical and Community College. That makes the College of Arts and Sciences largest of all by welcoming newer programs like Computer Science to be necessary.  The foundation of the program was established in the Math Department with the offering of a Computer Science minor during January of 1970. During this time, the Youngstown State Computer Center shifted its attention from a more predominant administrative use to a more instruction use [1].  As a major, the Computer Science degree becomes offered in the Fall Semester of 1975. April of 1976, the Computer Center is then relocated to the Technical and Community College (T&CC) building located on campus [2].  

When computers were first making their way into schools, and computer education required pioneers. Dr. John J Buoni, whose main research purpose is on computers that shortens the amount of time normally spend in solving problems which pertain to mathematical equations, strongly believed that computers will definitely improve the level of teaching and research.   Dr. Richard Burden, who specializes in three diverse areas of computer science related research, namely numerical methods for solving engineering problems, to develop programming languages for compiler construction programs and working on genetic algorithms, to solve non-linear optimization systems. Dr. Ramaswami Dandapani, who is the supervisor of computers of the computer science program, was working on two different applications of computers. One is VLSI design, which is most commonly used circuit technology in modern digital computer design and the other one is distributed systems, which is the current mode of computing used in business and industry. The roots of the program, which led to the creation of the department detailed in an article from the “Frontiers” magazine of the Graduate School in 1983 [3].            

 Faculty Members, who played active role in this milestone are:  Richley (Professor and Chair [1976-82]), Zaccaro (Professor and Chair[1975-78]), Brown (Professor and Chair[1978-83]), Chrobak (Professor and Program Coordinator); Santos, Mavrigian (Professors); Dandapani, Burden, Buoni, Biles (Associate Professors); Cleary, Goldstein (Assistant Professor). 

1981 - 1990: 

While residing inside the Math Department, the future of the program was influenced by several initiatives. The first being a visionary leader, who was not only a strong advocate for educational growth in the region but also a instrumental leader in securing  $87 million capital investment for the university to invest in an infrastructure for future technological expectations in building a number of research labs and research programs. The YSU Board of Trustees approved a $12 million for building and $3 million for equipment that needs to be constructed in March of 1983 for the Institute of Applied Science and Technical Studies [4]. Individuals attend a groundbreaking ceremony for the $15 million advanced technology building, named Harry Meshel Hall after the Ohio Senator of the time, in July of 1984 [5] . Construction concludes in February of 1986 [6], and the Computer Center announces its relocation to the fourth floor of the new building [7].  

While physical settings are evolving, the intellectual activities were on the rise as well. In November of 1986, YSU’s Programming Team (computing) receives second place in the ACM East Central Regional Programming Contest [8] at Purdue University on November 15. Faculty Members, who played active role in this milestone are: Brown(Professor and Chair[1978-83]), Burden(Professor and Chair[1983-89]), Klein(Professor and Chair[1989-93]), Richley(Professor and Chair[1976-82]), Barsch (Professor and Chair[1982-93]); Chrobak (Professor and Program  

Coordinator); Buoni, Santos, Dandapani (Professors); Biles, Demen, Subramanian,  Kumar (Associate Professor); Cleary, Schueller, Gaydos (Assistant professor);  Bodnovich, Hogue, Defranza (Instructor). 

1991 - 2000: