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 Computer Science and Mathematics 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

  • Professor Julie Medero was one of 15 participants selected to participate in the Post-Carbon Cities of Tomorrow (POCACITO) in Germany program in May 2018. Through the program, Professor Medero met with faculty, city officials, transit agencies, regional planning authorities, and NGOs in Dresden, Berlin and Hannover. POCACITO Germany brings young professionals from the United States to Germany, establishing transatlantic connections and relationships that will enhance sustainable endeavors on both sides of the Atlantic. The program is an initiative of Ecologic Institute in Washington, DC, and is supported financially through a European Recovery Program (ERP) grant from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).
  • Professor Yi-Chieh (Jessica) Wu has received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development grant for her project "CAREER: Algorithms for Gene Family Evolution with Gene Duplication, Loss, and Coalescence".  This work will develop models and algorithms in the field of phylogenetic reconciliation, which compares the evolutionary history of genes and species to infer the events that link them.
  • Doren Lan '18, Katherine Reed '18, Austin Shin '18, and Professor Beth Trushkowsky have a paper titled Dynamic Filter: Adaptive Query Processing with the Crowd, which appeared at the AAAI Conference on Human Computation. The paper describes an adaptive query processing algorithm that leverages human computation to filter data based on criteria that may be subjective and/or require visual or semantic interpretation.
  • Future faculty member George Montañez has won a Best Poster award and a Best Student Paper award at the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN 2017). The awards recognizes Professor Montañez's work, co-authored with Professor Cosma Shalizi (Carnegie Mellon University), entitled The LICORS Cabinet: Nonparametric Light Cone Methods for Spatio-Temporal Modeling. The paper deals with the problem of modeling video and other high-dimensional spatio-temporal data.
  • Jennifer Rogers '16, Andrew Fishberg '16, Professor Nora Youngs (Colby College), and Professor Yi-Chieh (Jessica) Wu have a paper accepted to BMC Bioinformatics. The paper is entitled Reconciliation Feasibility in the Presence of Gene Duplication, Loss, and Coalescence with Multiple Individuals per Species. Their work studies how gene evolutionary histories may be incompatible with species histories.
  • Professors Medero and Dodds have received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to continue the department's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site. The grant supports ten students per summer, for the next three years, as the students work closely with faculty to conduct new research in Computer Science.
  • Jane Wu (HMC '18) and Alex Ozdemir (HMC '17) have been recognized for their research by the Computing Research Association (CRA). Jane received an Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award for her work on human-robot trust. Alex was a finalist for Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher for his work on algorithms for biology and on programming languages.