In keeping with continued efforts to meet the needs of the 21st Century workforce, the Computer Science program prepares students to be productive in the profession; with exceptional undergraduate training developed through an experience that is challenging but firmly based on the faculty accomplishments in teaching and research, student accomplishments, and collaborative works. The Department also maintains student chapters of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and Mathematics and Computer Science Club.
The major research interests of the faculty are:
The combined publication records of the computer science faculty is over 200 in both national and international journals.
Over the last sixteen years, the Department has acquired grants close to $15M from federal, state, and private agencies. This includes the following four major grants: U. S. Army Research Office grant of $9.4M for a period of seven years (1995-2001) for Parallel and Distributed Evaluation, Visualization, and AI Reasoning to Advance Distributed Interactive Simulation Technology; Army Research Laboratory Cooperative Agreement to conduct research in Intelligent Agent Technology and Tools; High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) to conduct research in Computational Technology Areas (CTAs) that are relevant to DoD; scholarship award of $494,204 from the National Science Foundation; Minority Leaders Program (MLP 2005-2013) to conduct research in Sensors and summer Robotics workshop in Robotics and Cyber Security $1.2M (approximately); DEPSCoR from Office of Naval Research (2008-2011) to conduct research in Wireless Sensor $76,000;AFRL Collaboration Program: Sensors Research (2013-2018) $1.32 (approximately). The Computer Science Department also has “The Institute for African-American Mentoring in Computing Sciences (iAAMCS)” Academic Year Undergraduate Research subcontract from Winston-Salem State University.
The Department has established committed and long term partnerships with major corporations, government agencies, and academic institutions and increased the number of co-op and intern positions and career opportunities to students. Hewlett Packard has selected the Computer Science program at GSU to partner with and establish a closer relationship to bring this program to national visibility. This partnership was established based on a national selection process that involved more than 200 computer science programs.
Graduates of the Computer Science program are being recruited by major corporations and government agencies with starting salaries in the range of $50,000 to $75,000.
The Department of Computer Science has state-of-the-art equipment in the computer laboratories. The computing facilities support student learning in the areas of computer science: Wireless Sensor Networks, Computer Games (Gaming), Computer Graphics, Web Programming, and Network Security. The facilities available to Computer Science majors include the on-line training courses (CBT Nuggets) in most of the computer languages and certification courses. The classroom instruction and specialized projects supervised by specialized faculty members and facilities are supported by a well-trained System Administrator.
The Department is the member of Microsoft Digital Network Academic Alliance (MSDNAA). This alliance allows regular updates of the several Microsoft software packages. It allows the faculty members and the students to load selected software onto their own computers. Faculty offices are equipped with state-of-the-art Dell Desktops and Laser Printers.
The Department currently offers scholarships and research assistantships (through sponsored programs DoD, NSF and AFRL) to qualified students who are majoring in computer science. Most of these scholarships are offered through academic enrichment programs and are limited by availability of funds provided by federal Funds (NSF and NIH). Many of the talented students receive the research assistantships from AFRL contract through Clarkson Aerospace Corporation after completion of Data Structures and Calculus I with GPA 3.0 and above. Talented sophomores are considered for this program case by case. Four students will be sponsored to AFRL labs summer Internships every year. Two talented freshman/sophomore students will be selected for internship at GSU to work on summer research.