University of Rhode Island Celebrates 50 Years of Computer Science

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: October 13, 2017

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We’re excited for the University of Rhode Island as it celebrates the 50th Anniversary of its Department of Computer Science and Statistics. This is an important milestone for the university, which was the first university to offer a computer science program in New England.

Join them Saturday, October 14th, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm in Beaupre Hall, on the Kingston Campus. Interested in learning more? Register for the event on their website.

Founded in 1967, the Computer Science Department at URI offers undergraduate and graduate coursework. Programs include computer science, data science, statistics, digital forensics, and more. Faculty members research machine learning and data mining, bioinformatics, sensor networks, and more. During this celebration, hear from keynote faculty speakers and explore the Department of Computer Science and Statistics!

With Computer Science Education Week quickly approaching, it’s important to recognize and attend events such as these. We need to support tech education. Computing now makes up ⅔ of projected new jobs in STEM. Despite this, high school computer science classes do not count toward math or science requirements in 22 states. Parents, teachers, and IT professionals all have a role to play in spreading computer science to more schools.

In Rhode Island, we are making strong strides to getting computer science integrated into our public school programs. The University of Rhode Island Computer Science and Statistics Department has played a pivotal and leading role. During the 2015/2016 school year, over 100 students at the Academy for Career Exploration received college credit for computer science. URI Professor Victor Fay-Wolfe designed the curriculum. URI also partnered with the State of RI on their CS4RI program. This program aims to have computer science taught in every public school in the state by December 2017. Many RI high schools are adopting the URI developed curriculum.

Women and minorities are under-represented in the computer science workforce. However, URI is a strong advocate to help turn this around. In fact, another URI Professor, Jessie Barrett, has worked with PASA and the Danielle Bessler Foundation for women of high-school age. These programs teach women how to design and build websites as well as mobile apps. Each year, the number of students taking part in this program grows.

It’s appropriate that URI is taking the time to honor this program that is so integral to the success of our technical business climate in RI. Congratulations!

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