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 thirteen tenure-track faculty, several visiting faculty, and four 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 currently approximately 80 students total per graduating class in these three 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

  • Congratulations to the class of 2015: 60 CS majors, 22 CS/Math Joint majors, and 6 Mathematical and Computational Biology majors graduated on Sunday, May 17, 2015.
  • Adrian Sampson (‘09) will be joining the CS faculty at Cornell University this fall.
  • Will Scott (‘10) and Lilian de Greef (‘12), both Ph.D. students at the University of Washington, have received prestigious research fellowships: Will’s fellowship, from the Open Technology Fund, supports his research on solutions and remedies to online censorship and surveillance and Lilian’s fellowship, from Microsoft Research, supports her work in ubiquitous computing.
  • Priya Donti ‘15 is the recipient of a Watson Fellowship for academic year 2015-16. Her project is entitled “Smart Grids: Policies, People, and a New Pulse” and will take her to Germany, India, South Korea, and Chile.
  • HMC Alumnae Lisa Gai ‘14 and Xanda Schofield ‘13 are recipients of Graduate Women’s Scholarships from Microsoft Research. Lisa is pursuing a Ph.D. in computational biology at UCLA and Xanda is in the CS Ph.D. program at Cornell.
  • Professor Colleen Lewis is the recipient of the 2015 NCWIT Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award for a junior faculty member at a B.S. or M.S. granting institution.
  • Professors Christine Alvarado (now at UCSD), Zach Dodds, Geoff Kuenning, and Ran Libeskind-Hadas shared the 2015 NCWIT EngageCSEdu award for their work in developing the department’s introductory computer science course and its impact on recruiting and retaining women in computational fields.

Recent and Upcoming Events

Sep 10 Shanahan Auditorium Colloquium (OPTIONAL COLLOQUIUM) Why (and how to) go to graduate school in CS (and related fields)
Sep 17 Shanahan Auditorium Colloquium Physics-Based Simulation in Computer Graphics and Biology
Sep 24 Shanahan Auditorium Colloquium