Leading The Way In Computer Science. Computer Information Systems. Information Technology.
Who We Are
The Department of Computer Science and Information Systems offers a wide range of education programs. The Computer Science program is offered as the Bachelor of Science degree and is a traditional, analytical program which involves extensive computer programming and support courses in mathematics. The Computer Information Systems program is offered as the Associate in Applied Science and the Bachelor of Science in Applied Science. Coursework involves extensive programming with an emphasis on applied business programming. The Information Technology program is also offered as the Associate in Applied Science and the Bachelor of Science in Applied Science. Coursework emphasizes applying high-end computer applications and system management.
Curriculum sheets and suggested schedules for each program may be obtained from the department office in Meshel Hall or on the Department's website, http://csis.ysu.edu
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. 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. 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 on 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 application 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. Faculty Members, who played active role in this milestone are: Richely (Professor and Chair [1976-82], Zaccaro (Professor and Chair [1975-78], Brown (Professor and Chair[1978-83], Chrobak (Professor and Program Coordinator); Sontos, Mavirgian (Professors); Dandapani, Burden, Buoni, Biles (Associate Professors); Cleary, Goldstein (Assistant Professor).
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 . 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 . Construction concludes in February of 1986 , and the Computer Center announces its relocation to the fourth floor of the new building . 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  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).
The popularity of computing and the advances in technology lead to the creation of the Computer Science Department in 1993. The Department of Computer Science was founded by people who had a vision of discipline that has a potential for formal training to meet the needs of ever-expanding of local and national industries. It was done so by merging computer technology from the College of Applied Science and Technology. Under the College of Arts and Science lead by the Dean Barbara Brothers in 1993, The Department of Computer and Information Sciences establishes, which offered two-degree programs: Computer Information Systems and Computer Science. As course offerings grew during the 1990s, computer science became an integral part of the education of not only computer scientists, but also undergraduate and graduate students in business, psychology, engineering, and the sciences. In addition, the roots of interdisciplinary aspects were established to accommodate solutions for challenging research problems. In other words, as technology became more and more important to all academic endeavors, the interdisciplinary ties between the computer science department and other departments strengthened. In those early days, the study of computing as an academic subject and the provision of computing facilities to the University as a whole were intimately bound together. The research undertaken involved either the production of workable computer systems (both hardware and software) or the development of new computer application techniques. Early in this period, the Computer Information Systems program was staffed with one full-time professor, Chrobak, who was the program coordinator, one Assistant professor Gaydos and two instructors: Bodnovich and Hogue. Two degrees, Associate Degree and Bachelor of Science, were offered. On the other hand, the Computer Science program, staffed with one full professor, Santos, and two assistant professors, Mullins and Shih, offered a Bachelor of Science Degree. The growth in the program continued in terms of student as well as faculty. As a result, the faculty members, who played active role wearing different hats in this growth can be summarized as: Barsch (Professor and Chair[1982-93]), Klein (Professor and Chair[1989-93]), Chrobak (Professor and Program Coordinator); Santos, Phillips, Boggess, Biles, Demen, Subramanian (Professors); Schueller (Assistant Professor and Chair[1994-2001]); Mullins, Shih, Sullins, Mattingly (Assistant Professor); Gaydos, Bodnovich, Hogue, Jones, Kunar(Associate Professor).
The growth in terms of student and faculty in all programs made it necessary to find an efficient and effective environment where quality of teaching can take place. Teaching complemented with application stimulated students to maximize their knowledge in getting involved in challenging issues. After participating and winning in a contest on designing a network architecture, students begin constructing network architecture for two labs located in Meshel Hall during the month of May in 2001. They were supervised by Edmund Ickert, an YSU Graduate and retired Data Systems manager, and Aaron Perkins, a senior in computer information systems (CIS). Each supervised a separate room, Ickert with room 305 and Perkins with 102. Room 305 lab is used as the primary networking lab and relevant classes for CSIS . The Department, after the project to build a convocation center failed in 2002 and Bruce Zoldan, president of the B.J. Alan Company, and Harry Meshel, former president of the Ohio Senate, both became concerned of the city losing the money if not used soon, received $1.5 million to be used in five years for development and enhancement of labs The Department has always had close ties to mathematics and engineering, but has increasingly experienced collaborations with other disciplines important to university, including business, statistics, economics and more. It is through these collaborations that the importance of computer science in a broader sense is best appreciated. With the start of the 2000s, YSU Graduate Studies announces three new programs, one of which was a master’s degree in Computing and Information Systems, to start in the fall of 2005. The administrative reorganization, combining departments (including Department of Computer Science and Information Systems) from the College of Arts and Sciences with the College of Engineering and Technology, established the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in the Fall of 2007. The growth of the program continued and faculty members, who were instrumental in different roles of this growth are: Duda (Professor and Chair[2002-2006]), Chrobak, Phillips, Santos, Schueller(Professors); Hogue (Assistant Professor and Chair), Bodnovich(Assistant Professor and Chair[2007-2013]); Hogue, Sullins, Kramer, Lazar (Assistant Professors), Arslanyilmaz, Gaydos, Harper, Perera, Zhang, Blakenship (Associate Professors); Harper, Ickert, Roberts(Instructors).
With steady growth, today there are over 450 undergraduate students and approximately 35 graduate students being served in all programs. Having 75% of research-oriented faculty allowed students at all levels to get involved in real life research projects. The research component of the faculty committee has gained a noticeable momentum and attracted a number of federal funds from different agencies, including a CAREER award for Early Career Development from NSF. The Department has continued to enhance their visibility by hosting events that helped shape and bring attention to the CSIS department. Such as, in November of 2013, YSU hosts the ACM East Central Regional Programming Contest . Also, YSU hosts the Hack YSU first-ever hackathon, which is a weekend-long competition where teams of computer programmers have 36 hours to develop software projects from April 17 through 19, 2015 . The Department of Computer Science and Information Systems moved exclusively to the third floor of Meshel Hall in 2018 . However, since that time from the rapid development in the number of staff and the range of their interests, and the steady improvement in the accommodation, has emerged a major department with a clear identity and common objectives. With the new objectives set by the recently added faculty and administrator, the growth in the department is continuing with the people, who were instrumental in different roles. These are: Coskun Bayrak (Professor and Chair [2017-Present]); Schueller (Professor and Former Chair[2013-2016]), Lazar (Professor); Hogue, Sullins, Kramer, Zhang, Sharif, Arslanyilmaz (Associate Professors); Feng Yu (Assistant Professor), Robert Gilliland (Instructor). In 2017, the major renovation of the Computer Science department is done providing comfortable surroundings. Then also, promoting collaborations among student and faculty and make the space more usable. In addition, the Data Science Lab (SARA and STEM clouds) and Software Engineering Usability Lab have been upgraded with new equipment. During the process of expansion of the Computer Science department to the fourth floor, the plan is to upgrade the floor in a way that looks toward the future. Which will undergo renovations and facility upgrades by creating Virtual Reality Center, Virtual Classrooms, CSIS-SubNet, CSIS-WallSystem, CINAP Lab, Applied Machine Learning Lab, Image Processing Lab, Game Development Lab, Driving Simulation Lab and renovation of Faculty offices. The Computer Science department has a long history of making outstanding seminal contributions to the field.