Chair's Message

Dear CECS Students, Alumni, and Friends,

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Dr. Wei Zhang

Welcome to the 2019-2020 academic year and welcome to the Computer Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) Department at the University of Louisville! This is an exciting time to pursue your careers in Computer Engineering and Computer Science.

I am delighted and honored to be your department chair. The CECS Department has been a degree-granting department since 1971. The department offers unique ABET-accredited BS and MENG programs combining both computer engineering and computer science, which can provide our students a solid foundation and hands-on skills in both computing software and hardware, enabling them to address today’s and future computing challenges ranging from artificial intelligence and big data to cybersecurity and autonomous-driving vehicles.

The department also offers an MS Degree in Computer Science, a Ph.D. Degree in Computer Science and Engineering, and two graduate certificate programs in Data Science and Cybersecurity. The CECS department has a diverse student body. Our enrollment for the fall of 2018 includes 238 undergraduates, 96 master students, and 48 Ph.D. students. As one of the fastest-growing fields in the country, the job outlook for computer science and computer engineering majors is bright.

The CECS faculty have conducted research in areas such as data mining, image processing, bioinformatics, computing systems, embedded systems and aerial robotics, intelligent systems, database, computer and network security, information security, visualization, and multimedia. Faculty research has been supported by both federal grants (NSF, NIH, NASA, DoD, DoE, NSA etc.) and industry. Five of the CECS faculty have received prestigious young investigator awards, including 4 NSF Career and 1 NSF CRII awards.

On behalf of CECS faculty and staff, it is our pleasure to welcome you to this new academic year. Please feel free to contact any one of us if you have any questions. I look forward to hearing from you.