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 over 80 students in the class of 2015 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.

Department News

  • Professor Zach Dodds has been appointed the Leonhard-Johnson-Rae Chair. Congratulations to Prof. Dodds on this well-deserved recognition for his many excellent contributions to the department, the college, and the computing community!
  • Three Mudders have received NSF Graduate Fellowships in Computer Science in the 2014 competition: Miranda Parker, ‘14, Edward Wang ‘13 (currently in the Ph.D. program at U. Washington), and John Peebles ‘13 (currently in the Ph.D. program at MIT).
  • Miranda Parker received the best undergraduate research presentation award at the SoCal CWIC Conference.
  • 7th grader and 12th grader win science honors for projects using Jane cophylogeny software designed at Harvey Mudd. Arman Bilge, a 12th grader at Lexington High School in Massachusetts, was the Siemens Science Fair individual winner for his project on Bayesian methods for coevolutionary reconciliation algorithms. Amelia Burnett, a 7th grader, received 3rd Place in the Colorado State Science Fair for her project on the coevolution of Hemoglobin alpha and beta genes.
  • Miranda Parker, John Sarracino, and Jane Hoffswell have received Honorable Mentions in the Computing Research Association’s undergraduate research award competition for academic year 2013-14. Congratulations Jane, Miranda, and John!
  • The Silicon Valley Business Journal listed Harvey Mudd as the second most prolific producer (normalized for size of institution) of computer scientists to Silicon Valley companies.
  • 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.