Welcome to the home of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Northern Iowa!

This is a great time to be in computer science, especially at UNI. Demand for IT professionals in Iowa and the Midwest grows faster than universities can produce graduates. The discipline of computing continues to push the boundaries of what is possible by discovering new ideas, building new kinds of systems, and bring new tools into the home, school, and office. If you want to be in the thick of the intellectual excitement that is changing every other discipline, then computer science is the place to be.

At UNI, you will encounter a faculty immersed in this excitement and dedicated to student achievement. UNI CS's undergraduate and master's students work closely with faculty members to explore the discipline of computing, learn skills they can use in the marketplace, and have the opportunity to do research that extends the field. The department is located in the Innovative Teaching and Technology Center, which occupies the renovated historic East Gym in the heart of UNI's picturesque campus.

July 14, 2014
UNI Computer Science Sowing the Seeds for Girls in STEM

The July 13 issue of the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier included a feature article on the department's robotics summer camp last week for middle-school girls. More than 20 students from the Cedar Valley took part in the weeklong camp, in which they built, programmed, and calibrated robots. In the article, available on-line at the Courier website, UNI CS professor Ben Schafer explains how camps like these can help girls learn about computer science and STEM, and perhaps help narrow the gender gap in these areas.

May 10, 2014
Prof. Gray Explains Heartbleed Bug to Courier Readers

The May 8 issue of the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier included a front-page article on the Heartbleed bug and precautions taken at UNI to avoid damage. In the article, UNI CS professor Paul Gray explains the idea behind Heartbleed and notes that we probably won't know the full potential of the vulnerability for a while. Read more at the Courier in UNI patched servers to block computer bug.

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Paul Gray

With distributed computing, the devil is in the details. That's because a programmer is dealing with all sorts of different hardware and networks. Meshing all of these elements presents a significant challenge that Paul Gray, associate professor of computer science, is leading the charge to solve... [more]

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