The Harvey Mudd College Department of Computer Science graduated its first class in 1992. Since then, the department has grown to its current size of nine tenure-track faculty members and three staff members.
In addition to the Computer Science Major, the department supports the Joint Major in Mathematics and Computer Science and the Mathematical and Computational Biology Major. There are approximately 50 students in the class of 2012 pursuing one of these majors.
The department works closely with our sister departments at Pomona and Claremont McKenna Colleges and our courses draw students from all five Claremont Colleges and the Claremont Graduate University.
The department seeks to provide students with a strong foundational background blending experimentation, theory, and design. Our graduates are equally well-prepared for work in industry and graduate school. The capstone Clinic Program provides students with a year-long software design project and our active Research Program involves approximately 50 students in research, funded by grants and gifts from the National Science Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the Rose-Hills and Baker Foundations.
- HMC CS alumna Kate Matsudaira was featured in the ACM Bulletin for her leadership role in companies big and small. Kate currently has a startup called popforms.
- 41 HMC students are scheduled to attend the 2013 Grace Hopper Conference, October 2-5. Thanks to Professor Colleen Lewis for organizing the Hopper trip and to Ms. Joyce Greene for her help with logistics.
- Adrian Sampson, HMC CS class of 2009, is the recipient of a Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship. Adrian and his research collaborator, Thierry Moreau, both Ph.D. students in CS at the University of Washington, received the $100,000 prize for their research submission entitled “Approximate Acceleration.”
- Alexandra “Xanda” Schofield (‘13) and Jack Ma (‘14) have received undergraduate research awards from the Computing Research Association (CRA). Xanda was a “finalist” in the CRA Undergraduate Research Award Competition and Jack received an “honorable mention”. Congratulations to Xanda and Jack!
- Three Mudders have received National Science Foundations Graduate Research Fellowships in Computer Science this year! They are Kiley Sobel, Tselil Schramm, and Lilian de Greef. Tselil and Lilian graduated in 2012 and are currently at U.C. Berkeley and the University of Washington, respectively. Kiley graduated at the end of fall 2012 and is now a doctoral student at the University of Washington. Congratulations Kiley, Tselil, and Lilian!