It's been another exciting and productive year in the Computer Science Department! I want to share with you some of our recent accomplishments to keep you up to date on what's happening here at the Heights.
- Assistant Professor José Bento was one of a team of five principal investigators who were awarded a major research grant from the National Institutes of Health.
- Jesse Mu '17 was awarded a prestigious 2016 Goldwater Scholarship and a Winston Churchill Scholarship.
- Brett Beaulieu-Jones '11 won an Emmy Award for his company’s software (SyncOnSet) for television and film production.
- Six student teams represented the CS department at the ACM student programming contest. One team advanced to the eastern regional finals.
- CS students used virtual reality to bring to life James Joyce's classic work, Ulysses, in a project directed by BC English Professor Joe Nugent.
In other news, our department is growing: BC now has 238 computer science majors, more than ever before. We hired three visiting assistant professors this year to address demand, and plan to hire a new tenure-track assistant professor as well as two additional full-time faculty members. With support from the dean's office, CS also acquired five workstations with high-performance graphics processing units (GPUs) for projects in deep machine learning and other computationally demanding tasks.
Finally, please join me in thanking Associate Professor Edward Sciore for his many years of outstanding service to the department. He will retire at the end of the spring 2017 semester.
We are poised to raise the standing of the department substantially in the next decade. Your support can have tremendous impact. Please visit the department's website for more information on how to stay in touch, and how to donate if you wish to do so.
Sergio A. Alvarez
Chair, Computer Science Department