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

  • 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.
  • Adrian Sampson (‘09) joined the CS faculty at Cornell University this fall.
  • Prof. Ben Wiedermann and co-authors Meredith Ringel Morris and Andrew Begel from Microsoft research received the “Best Paper” award for their paper “Understanding the Challenges Faced By Neurodiverse Software Engineering Employees: Towards a More Inclusive and Productive Technical Workforce” published in ACM SIGACCESS 2015.
  • Prof. Geoff Kuenning is the co-author of the paper “TrueErase: Leveraging an Auxiliary Data Path for Per-file Secure Deletion” accepted to the ACM Transactions on Storage with co-authors Sarah Diesburg, Christopher Meyers, Mark Stanovich, and An-I Andy Wang.
  • Weiyun (Anna) Ma ‘17, Juliet Forman ‘18 Annalise Schwieckart ‘18, Srinidhi Srinivasan ‘18, Dmitriy Smirnov (Pomona ‘17), and Carter Slocum (Cal Poly ‘18) are co-authors with Prof. Ran Libeskind-Hadas on the paper “DTL-RnB: Algorithms and Tools for Summarizing the Space of DTL Reconciliations” to appear in IEEE/ACM Transactions of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology.

Recent and Upcoming Events

Dec  3 Shanahan Auditorium Colloquium Antisocial Parallelism: Avoiding, Hiding and Managing Communication