Fifty years of computer science research and education were recognized Oct. 18 as Senate Majority Leader Stan Rosenberg presented a legislative citation to Lori Clarke, chair of the School of Computer Science, during a celebration dinner.
The dinner, attended by about 100 alumni, faculty and guests, was one of the many events held during the three-day celebration of the computer science department becoming a school and coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the founding of the graduate program.
“Becoming a school is recognition of where we believe computer science is going in the future,” said Clarke. “It recognizes that computing has become very interdisciplinary, enhancing and opening up new avenues of investigation in just about every discipline. It is not just the use of computing power for crunching numbers and obtaining new results, but the application of computational thinking that allows new ways of exploring problems and seeking new insights. As a school, we have interactions with every other school and college on campus and with various departments and disciplines around the world.”
Related events during the celebration included panel discussions with faculty, alumni and dignitaries from industry and professional organizations; a career fair and panel, and demonstrations of computer science inventions such as wearable computing creations and robotics.
“The event was a great success,” said Clarke, “with many who came from across campus, across the Commonwealth, and, for one alum, from across the world to attend our celebration events. We are looking forward to the next 50 years.”