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Chairperson's Message.

 

Greetings!

As the Chair of the Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS) Department, I happily welcome you! I hope you find that this website demonstrates the excitement found in our department.

This is a great era to be a computer scientist. Computers and software have not only found themselves prevalent in everyday life, but also assist in advancing the areas of business, healthcare, education, social science, and science and engineering. The smartphone in your pocket right now is more powerful than desktop computers five to six years ago!

Computer Science is a creative and exciting, dynamic and interactive, and highly integrated into social lifestyles. It blends both mathematical and philosophical questions of intricacy and intelligence for technologies that make up our lifestyles. In all areas, we collect and prompt data, which requires a new scale of algorithms and systems that drive us to create new technology. As of right now, there is a major demand for those trained in both Computer Science graduates and undergraduates. This demand has created growth in the field worldwide. The areas of anthropology and zoology have begun to notice a need for computational thinking, causing a high demand for those in the program. Quoting the Department of Labor statistics, jobs related to Computer Science will be in high demand in the future. Students have been employed by many local, regional, and national businesses. We also support students having internships and undergraduate research projects.         

Our goal is to give students the most current curriculum that helps create software to benefit our society. Our capstone courses provide students with a chance to collaborate on projects with industries. We take pride in giving both our graduate and undergraduate students a high-quality education.

Our program prepares students to apply both knowledge and training to create solutions for specific solutions. Students first learn how to define a problem, then determine its manageability, when outside help is needed, and lastly to evaluate appropriate solutions. They then study, specify, create, implement, test, and document that solution. They evaluate both alternatives and risks for the solution, integrate different technologies, and then communicate this solution to their colleagues. The objective is developing problem-solving skills and learning to work in a team environment.

We also have a long history of undergraduates successfully being involved in research. Every year, students are given the opportunity to join research groups or their own design with the assistance of a faculty member. We also actively send students for internships for a variety of companies and also encourage students to pursue a co-op program in which they work for a company for nine months.

We offer a variety of degrees in computing-related areas. All programs combined core-principles along with hands-on laboratory experience, helping prepare students for exciting careers. All students can participate in sponsored research programs and professional student organization such as ACM or IEEE. Most undergraduates go to work in major companies like {list of Companies comes here}, while others pursue startups, work in government, or continue education. A number of our graduate students pursue careers in academia.

Faculty members in our department are actively involved in research within the areas of computer science including computer architecture, compilers, embedded systems, algorithms, computational biology, databases, data mining, machine learning, computer networks, computer security, distributed processing, artificial intelligence, software engineering, and graphics. This research is often funded by organizations like NSF and NIH.

I am very proud of both our students and faculty. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any news, questions, or concerns, and we encourage you to make arrangements to visit us; we would love to meet you! If you have any questions feel free to contact me at cbayrak@ysu.edu.

Sincerely,

Coskun Bayrak, Ph.D.

Professor and Chairperson

     

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