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Why CS at AU?

The Department of Computer Science at American University balances the practical and theoretical aspects of computer science and provides students with a background for professional employment or further study in the discipline.

Computer Science at AU

Students whirring through DMTI.

The Department of Computer Science at American University balances the practical and theoretical aspects of computer science and provides students with a background for professional employment or further study in the discipline. Our graduates move on to a wide range of careers that includes software development and design, multimedia computing, artificial intelligence and computer vision, and other technical computing professions.

As a student in our department, you will:

  • Master state-of-the-art technologies necessary to keep pace with this rapidly changing field.
  • Receive individual attention in classes with fewer than 20 students.
  • Conduct research and complete independent studies with faculty members actively researching a variety of fields, including: artificial intelligence, scientific computing, databases and knowledge discovery, computer architecture, computational geometry, and computer vision.
  • Obtain internships and utilize resources at the various high-tech companies and government agencies in the Washington, DC area, including: IBM, Mellon Bank, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and a variety of nonprofit organizations and start-up companies

Bulletins

Job opening: We're hiring for a new Term Faculty position, to start in Fall 2022.

David Dunleavy (MS '22) won the Graduate Physical Sciences Workshop at the Mathias Student Research Conference.

American Magazine wrote about the career of Vandi Verma (CAS/MS ’96), chief robotic operations engineer for the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover.

Kristina McChesney (MS '22) was part of the team that won first place in the Hack-for-a-Change hackathon, with a website intended as a one-stop sustainability shop for small businesses such as DC-area restaurants.

The cybersecurity publication README covered current research by Nathalie Japkowicz and Zois Boukouvalas on building a statistics-based AI model to identify the spread of false information on social media platforms.

More CS News

Worktables in the DABL

Labs and Research

The department hosts and works with many labs on campus including the Design and Build Lab, Game Lab, and the Center for Innovation.

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Lightbulb and distortion effects

Hack-for-a-Change Hackathon Gives Away $10,000 in Prize Money

AU students compete in National Science Foundation Innovation Corps event

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Hack-for-a-Change Green Bar team presentation

Student Life ·

Making a Difference One Hack at a Time

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A group of 2022 graduates exemplify AU's changemaking efforts.

On Campus ·

Making Meaningful Change at AU

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Students Maya Kinley-Hanlon, David Bialy, and Jacob Vancampen with Philip Johnson in AU’s gravitational wave detector lab.

Student Opportunities

CS students participate in a variety of clubs, organizations, competitions, conferences, internships, and scholarship programs.

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Students with Professor Zestos.

I-Corps STEM Entrepeneurs

Get funding, partnerships, and prototyping to launch your venture in 12 weeks: $300K generated in grants and investments since 2018.