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08/31/2004 - EWU CS Masters Launches Industry Recruiting Drive

The Eastern Washington University (EWU) Master of Science in Computer Science (MS CS), is the fastest growing computer science degree program in the State of Washington. EWU CS has launched a twelve-point regional recruiting program, starting this September, that aims at increased IT industry participation in its computer science classes and degree program at the Riverpoint campus. EWU's classes start September 22.

According to Dr. Steve Simmons, CS graduate program chair, the EWU MS CS has benefited from over $2 million in federal, state, and foundation grants obtained during the past three years by the EWU School of Computing and Engineering Sciences. These have enabled the MS CS to obtain new expert faculty and an extensive array of new equipment. "We want to share these new resources with the growing IT industry in the Inland Northwest," says Simmons.

The twelve points that form the basis of the industry recruiting drive are:
The EWU MS CS is one of the USA's most modern degree programs, now extensively revised to incorporate new trends, such as complex communication networks, cyber security, and integrated systems development.
MS CS is now a two-track program designed to serve computer science graduates and information systems graduates equally well. Both tracks support a choice of concentration areas such as networking.
MS CS is guided and informed by a new seventeen-member Professional Advisory Board with members from key regional technology companies, large and small, including Microsoft, Avista Corp, Maplewood Software, and Network Design and Management.
MS CS now offers a very rich variety of courses covering the hottest topics in systems development today --- including Information Warfare, Computer Network Development, Computer Game Programming, Distributed Computing, and many more.
EWU offers a fast track enrollment process for those just seeking certain courses but not the MS degree --- no need to supply transcripts or other time-consuming paperwork for this group.
MS CS has, as an option, an industry related project program for the final research project, so that a qualified project that is work related, carried out at the students job site, can serve as the programs required research project.
All EWU CS graduate faculty have experience with IT industry. This includes joint projects, consulting or industry employment experience, and combinations of these. Several faculty have all three.
Many of the graduate courses connect to the extensive community of IT companies in the region by means of expert industry guest lectures, joint class projects, and appropriate field trips.
Many applied research projects are available for student participation including projects in computer networking, robotics, artificial intelligence, computer game development, multimedia computing, and cyber security.
All graduate classes are live and in-person with PhD faculty hosts --- not via tape, television, or Web from far away.
The complete MS CS program is available on the Riverpoint campus, with all required courses and a rich variety of electives taught there with sufficient frequency to obtain the MS CS in a timely and convenient mode.
A complete set of background courses is available from the EWU computer science program --- which for may years has offered an accredited BS in CS degree and several other computer related degrees. Almost all of these classes are offered at Riverpoint.
For more information, contact Dr. Steve Simmons at or call (509) 358-2063.

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