Message from the Chair of Department of Computer Science

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It is my pleasure and privilege to welcome you to the Department of Computer Science at RIT (CS@RIT), the largest of more than 70 departments at RIT.  The department offers an ABET accredited 5-year BS degree in Computer Science that includes one year of mandatory coop program.  The MS in Computer Science program is the most successful and largest graduate program at RIT. CS@RIT’s BS and MS programs are highly sought after by students across the US and the world - more than 12% of RIT applicants seek Computer Science programs. In addition, the department offers popular combined BS/MS programs in collaboration with several other programs at RIT, and a graduate certificate course in Big Data Analytics. Our Ph.D. program is administered within the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences. RIT’s experiential programs provide opportunities for research, professional experience, study abroad and entrepreneurship. The department has around 1250 students. Typically, a total of 275-300 students graduate from CS programs, each year.

The department enjoys a strong network of alumni and an Advisory board comprising members from Amazon, Apple, Cisco, IBM, Intel, Google, Microsoft, and other leading companies. Our faculty comprising 29 tenure-track and 13 lecturers are committed to excellence in teaching and research.  9 tenure track faculty and 10 lecturers have joined our department in the last 5 years to boost our research profile and to provide a robust offering of courses across the discipline. In recent years, at CS@RIT we have significantly enhanced our research presence while maintaining our commitment to excellence in teaching. Many of our faculty, established and new, are actively involved in seeking funding, publishing in quality venues and supervising BS, MS, and Ph.D. students. CS faculty secured (as PI/Co-PI) nearly $2.2 M in funding since 2018 through grants from the NSF, the NSA, the Sloan foundation, and organizations. Faculty are engaged in ongoing research activities in computing education, data science, distributed systems, graphics and visualization, machine intelligence and pattern recognition, networking, pervasive and mobile computing, programming languages, security, and theory. The department is proud to have 5 winners of RIT’s most prestigious teaching awards.

Computer Science staff, including academic advisors contribute significantly to student success. CS Alumni network is expansive and engaging, providing the department with invaluable feedback, and support on many fronts.

The employment rate of our BS and MS graduates is greater than 98%. Our Ph.D. graduates have made meaningful contributions in their respective areas, and secured positions in industry and academia. These are exciting times for computer science researchers, teachers, and students – current and future, who have the opportunity to make a difference in the world we live in as developers, thinkers, and innovators. Computer Science continues to be the most attractive field of study to major and minor in.

We are proud of our achievements and excited by new opportunities as we aspire to be among the top computer science departments in the US. At CS@RIT, our vision is to make dreams come true. Be it a prospective undergraduate /graduate student or faculty/staff, we endeavor to provide the right environment to flourish.

Mohan Kumar,
Professor and Chair