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Chair's Message

Dr. Stephen Rainwater, Acting Chair and Chandler Professor of Computer Science

Dr. Stephen B. Rainwater

Department Chair and Chandler Professor of Computer Science

Welcome to the website of the Department of Computer Science at The University of Texas at Tyler.  Here you will find information about our undergraduate programs in computer science and computer information systems as well as our graduate computer science program.  You will also learn about our faculty and staff, and their genuine commitment to providing high quality, personalized education for all of our students.

We take great pride in offering academic programs that will fully prepare students for entry into professional careers related to computing.  Our graduates tell us that the solid background they received at UT-Tyler gave them an advantage in the professional workplace or in further graduate studies.  Our students have the opportunity to work with faculty on research projects, participate in collegiate programming competitions, and form strong intellectual and social bonds by collaborating in groups in the design and implementation of software systems.

Currently, we have 9 full-time faculty members and 2 staff assistants.  In addition to providing for a quality learning environment with over 5000 square feet of new teaching classrooms and research labs, our faculty members are well recognized for contributions to their fields.  Their scholarship in the computing sciences is well known throughout the academic community and includes such specialized areas as computer vision, networks, artificial intelligence, software engineering, database design, and pattern recognition.  Two special labs in the department are the Computer Security Lab and the High Performance Computing Lab.  The department also participates in the Texas Cyber Security Research and Training Institute first responders training program (TxFRST).

In an increasingly technology-rich, knowledge-based economy, there are many reasons why one should consider a career in computing:

  • Computing professionals work on creative teams to develop cutting-edge products and solutions that save lives, solve health problems, improve the environment, and keep the world connected.
  • The US Department of Labor predicts that careers in computing will be among the fastest-growing and highest-paying over the next decade.  As such, those jobs in greatest demand will require a computing degree.  These jobs, critical to our nation’s economy and security, also earn the highest-level salary of any bachelor’s degree -- comprising five of the top ten salaried occupations.  Yet, it takes less time to complete the required education than for other respected professions, such as medicine or law.
  • Many computing careers offer flexible hours or telecommuting, making it easier to blend career and family.  And computing professionals have skills that are useful in many different jobs.

We are a department that prides itself as a home for high quality education and research, and, as always, a home for our students, alumni, and friends.  We emphasize the two most important qualities of the student experience -- excellent teaching and personal attention.  Our faculty incorporate innovative teaching methods into their courses and are regularly available to students outside of the classroom.  Our students know us well and we greatly enjoy spending time with them.

The Department of Computer Science has both the human and technological resources to shape a bright future for our students and the wherewithal to create a high quality of life for those living and working in our global community.  After browsing through the pages of our website, if you have any questions about our programs, facilities, and people, please don’t hesitate to contact and/or visit us.  You will be most welcome!

Dr. Stephen B. Rainwater, Acting Chair
Department of Computer Science
The University of Texas at Tyler


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