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02/28/2005 - Networks Rule in EWU CS Grad Program

According Dr. Steve Simmons, Eastern Washington University (EWU) graduate program chair for computer science, “The mathematics I used to teach was like a quiet barge ride on the Erie Canal --- but computer science has been like a whitewater kayak trip down the Deschutes River. Computer networks are a perfect example, having beaten desktops and mainframes to gain the dominant role in computing during the past few years. Each year the convergence toward networks creates a tsunami’s worth of new problems, challenges, and opportunities.”

As a result, when the Eastern Washington University’s spring quarter starts Monday, March 28, the fast moving EWU computer science graduate program will offer four graduate level courses on the Riverpoint campus, each dealing, in its own way, with the rapidly growing dominance of network computing.

The most direct confrontation will come via the course in Network Security, offered by Dr. John Shovic, a member of the EWU CS faculty and a founder of Tri-Geo Network Security. This course will confront the ever increasing security threat coming over computer networks today --- network analysts at Symantic Corporation have reported that Internet attacks on Fortune 1000 companies are showing an astonishing 64% rate of annual growth. To fight back, the course will cover topics including intrusion detection, prevention and response, cryptographic protocols to protect networks, and the costs and risks involved in network security management.

Networks will also play a major role in the new Human Computer User Interface course offered by Dr. Richard Steele, who, like Shovic, is both an EWU CS faculty and a regional entrepreneur – a founder of the LingraphiCare company, a pioneer in computer software for medical rehabilitation. The class will cover the history and general nature of computer interfaces --- but will focus especially on some very current issues within the networked world, such as the design and usability of web sites.

Courses like Design and Analysis of Algorithms (offered by Dr. Tim Rolfe) and Advanced Database Management (offered by Dr. Doug Bickerstaff) may seem like traditional computer science without network entanglement. “Think again,” says Simmons “Networks are everywhere today! The Algorithms course will cover the graph algorithms used to operate network routers on the Internet today, and the Database course now involves network issues like distributed databases and database security.”

For information on the EWU CS grad program, call Simmons at 358-2063 or e-mail to

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