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When the U.Va. computer science department was formed in 1984, computers were large, complicated instruments housed in big storage rooms. Personal computers, the Internet and new media platforms were only a vision. We were there at that time pushing the frontiers and being part of what was an epochal growth in the field. We are excited about what the next 25 years will bring and we know that we will continue to lead, explore and help define technologies, software and processes that will continue to change the world.

We celebrated our 25th anniversary in 2010 with a presentation by Vinton Cerf, widely acknowledged as the “father of the Internet.” That event gave us an opportunity to review where we started, consider what has happened over the years and envision where we think we are going. We have much to celebrate in our excellent faculty, student research and academic accomplishments. I am eager to share that with you here and on the pages of this site.

Housed within the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science, the computer science department has 25 faculty, 300 undergraduate students, including some who are majoring in computer engineering, and 90 graduate students. There is a great deal of collaboration among our faculty and with the students, and most of our faculty know all of our students. Our size makes this a creative, robust learning environment for our students. It also helps us produce the best possible computer scientist because the diverse view of women and under-represented populations is essential to developing new technologies and products.

I invite you to visit the pages of this site to learn more about where we are and where we plan to go. We welcome your comments and questions, whether you are a prospective undergraduate or graduate student, a parent, or a graduate of the department interested in reconnecting with us.

Send us your news or your questions at csnews@cs.virginia.edu.

Best wishes,

Mary Lou Soffa
Professor and Chair