Ranjith A. Munasinghe
Chair and Profesor
Zeljko “Z” Torbica
Dean and Professor
Paul O. Steranka, Jr.
Associate Dean and Professor
Recent developments in computer technology have transformed our world. Thanks to modern computers with unimaginable computing speeds, scientists and engineers are breaking new grounds in their fields. Even though the more conventional mathematical or analytical methodologies are necessary for any advancement in science and engineering, those alone would not have made the Genome Project, the most recent and vital advancement in the field of Biology, possible. This is happening in almost every discipline. Geologists are getting closer to being able to predict earthquakes. Meteorologists can now predict weather accurately several days in advance. Astrophysicists are making substantial progress in trying to understand the big bang’s initial conditions, the most fundamental mystery. Computer-generated animation has set new standards in motion pictures. New devices and high-speed networks have revolutionized not only communication, but also storage and transmission of pictures, music, and movies. E-commerce applications are taking over the traditional marketing practices. Perhaps the most impressive innovations are in the area of defense and security. Unmanned aerial vehicles are conducting warfare, satellites can zoom into your backyard, and face recognition technology has become common-place.
These developments have created new challenges and opportunities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers in the areas of Computer and Information Sciences are expected to grow by an average of 40 percent by 2016. The Department of Computer Science and Information Systems at WVU Tech offers two programs to prepare students for the new challenges in the areas of computing sciences.
The student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) at WVU Tech brings together students with a common interest in computing. Membership is composed primarily of Computer Science and Information Systems majors, but is open to all interested students at WVU Tech. The Activities sponsored by ACM includes cookouts, campus-wide LAN parties, and trips to computing conferences. The ACM also fields one or two teams for the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest.