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08/29/2003 - EWU Computer Science Expands Graduate Program

At the ground breaking ceremony for Eastern Washington University's (EWU) new School of Computing and Engineering Sciences building, Dr. Stephen Jordan announced that the university has received a $770,000 Higher Education Coordinating (HEC) Board grant for the current biennium, 2003 -2005. According to Jordan, these funds will enable the University to hire specialized computer science and engineering faculty, and will allow EWU to expand "high demand programs" within the new school.

A major portion of the funding will support the expansion of the EWU Masters in Computer Science program, which is based at SIRTI in the Terabyte Triangle. Additional funding will support high demand programs in the Department of Engineering Technology and Multimedia Design; which is based at the EWU Cheney campus.

In addition to supporting new faculty, HEC funding will be used for program coordination and additional student work scholarships. According to Dr. Steve Simmons, Chair of the EWU CS graduate committee, "The HEC timing is perfect because we have just redone the CS Masters degree program to produce a new, very modern course of study, and also, to potentially double the enrollment in the program."

To modernize the degree, the program was reworked "from a clean sheet of paper" to take into account a major trend in recent years. This trend is the replacement of the isolated computer working alone, by large, integrated systems of networked computers and other digital devices. The need for understanding --- both theoretically and practically --- the nature of these large, extremely complex systems is the basis for the new degree. As a consequence, the core of the new degree program includes networked systems, software engineering, operating systems, modern computer algorithms, and artificial intelligence.

To open the doors to a wider community group, especially from the local software and systems industry, the new degree is aimed at computer information systems graduates as well as computer science graduates. A new degree option called "Software Systems" allows those with a computer information systems background to obtain an MS in CS --- by including courses such as advanced database design in their curriculum. The "Computational Systems" option is more traditional with courses in advanced computer architecture and other topics related to computational processes.

MS CS graduate courses are held in the evening at SIRTI to enable working professionals in IT to participate. Thanks to $1.5 million in recent funding from the TINE Congressional grant to the new school, course support and research equipment at SIRTI are now state-of-the-art. New equipment includes advanced network equipment, network security equipment, and equipment for parallel, distributed, and cluster computing.

For more information, call Steve Simmons at (509) 358 -2063 or e-mail at: Or call Tim Rolfe at (509) 359-6162 or e-mail at:

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