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Our curriculum provides a fundamental education to prepare students for positions in industry, government, education, and commerce, or to pursue graduate study.
The computer science curriculum is organized with two goals in mind. First, upon graduation, a student must be prepared to meet immediate demands in solving computational problems. Second, a student must have sufficient understanding of basic principles and concepts in computer science to avoid technological obsolescence in the rapidly changing information technology environment. This program is intended to produce computer science professionals and not merely technicians with some training in computer programming.
We have a number of professional societies that allow students to explore computer science outside of the classroom.
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Our alumni remain actively involved, particularly in our mentoring program. Our undergraduates are paired with computer science alumni working in industry. Our mentors facilitate professional development by providing students with guidance, counsel, and networking opportunities. Learn more »
What is a computer scientist?
Computer scientists design and build software: from small web applications to operating systems, and from stand-alone applications for desktop use to integrated systems found in places like the International Space Station. Computer scientists design and build secure software that protects sensitive data, enables online financial transactions, and ensures electronic privacy.
Examples of career opportunities: Software engineer; mobile application developer; software application developer; system software developer; software project manager; cybersecurity analyst
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CS Cyber Security Track (CS-CYS)
Due to recent developments in the area of information technology and the fast evolution of technology, most of the organizations either local or international are now placing their valuable data on computer systems that are exposed to public. Without proper protection, this data can be easily accessed, compromised or even damaged. Cybersecurity is becoming a major concern for public and private organizations.
The College of Computer and Information Sciences at Prince Sultan University has approved a cyber security track. This track will provide students with the abilities and skills to deal with emerging technologies and approaches in the area of Cybersecurity. Students in any of the three undergraduate programs offered: Computer Science, Information Systems and/or Software Engineering are eligible to opt for this track. Students that have completed the junior year in the above programs would have to take the five courses defined in the track, substituting the elective courses in their existing plans in order to complete the cyber security track requirements.
TRACK OBJECTIVES | LEARNING OUTCOMES
In addition to the six CS program learning outcomes, the Cyber Security track enables students after graduation to apply security principles and practices to maintain operations in the presence of risks and threats.
- Cybersecurity Consultant.
- Network Security Specialist.
- Information Assurance Specialist.
- Computer Security System Analyst.
- Web Security Engineer.
- Information Security Officer.
- Information Security Operations Manager.
- Cybersecurity Administrator.
- IT Security Manager.
Students taking the Cyber Security track are required to complete the following five courses. CYS401 is a required course, the rest of the four courses replace CS-Electives in the study plan.
- CYS 401 Fundamentals of Cybersecurity
- CYS 402 Secure Software Development
- CYS 403 Security Risk Management Governance & Control
- CYS 404 Cyber-Physical Systems Security
- CYS 405 Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking
Computer Science Cyber Security (CS-CYS) Track STUDY PLAN
Penn State will extend its offer acceptance deadline from May 1 to May 15, 2024, for incoming first-year students enrolling in the summer or fall 2024 terms. Penn State News Release
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The deadline for applicants is Tuesday, April 2.
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Engineering doctoral student leads cutting-edge semiconductor work
Nsf and intel corp. funds work of uc electrical engineering student.
Vamshi Kiran Gogi always wanted to be an engineer. During the first semester of his master's program at the University of Cincinnati, he developed a passion for semiconductor research, leading him to transition into a doctoral program.
Throughout his years as a Bearcat, Gogi has served as the president of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Graduate Student Association, trained students in cleanroom processes, acted as a graduate assistant in the Office of College Computing and more.
Gogi was named Graduate Student Engineer of the Month by UC's College of Engineering and Applied Science.
Why did you choose UC?
Vamshi Kiran Gogi is researching solutions for the next generation of computing components.
As someone with a bachelor's degree in electrical and electronics engineering, I have always been fascinated by the field of semiconductors. The wide range of applications in electronics, communication systems, power electronics, the automotive industry, medical devices and consumer appliances has always intrigued me. Whether it's delving into materials or exploring devices within this field, my goal has been to deepen my understanding of these crucial electronic components, often regarded as "the brain of modern electronics."
Among the offers I received as an applicant back in 2016, there were many facets of the University of Cincinnati that I found appealing. Particularly the fact that it is a tier 1 research institution, has strong academic programs, the diverse architecture of the campus and the well-established co-op program . I came to UC for the Master of Engineering (MEng) program during which I acquired a taste for research and transitioned to a Master of Science (MS) program. Having gained knowledge of electronic materials through my master's thesis work, I wanted to work on the applications of these materials. I decided to pursue a PhD for the opportunity to work on devices. The transition to a research-focused track was very smooth because of UC's cutting-edge research across different fields and state-of-the-art facilities. UC's affordability — especially the graduate incentive awards — tied with Cincinnati's affordable living costs made UC an easy choice for my studies.
Why did you choose your field of study?
After getting my undergraduate degree in India, my journey at UC started in the fall of 2016 as a master's of engineering student studying advanced materials, devices and microsystems. In this program I was introduced to the multi-faceted nature of the field of semiconductors. Having been involved in several multidisciplinary projects, I started developing an appetite for research and transitioned to a master of science program under the advisement of Dr. Punit Boolchand .
During this period, I acquired a thorough and deep understanding of semiconductor physics as well as the knowledge of multiple material characterization techniques. After learning about electronic materials, I aspired to delve into the practical applications of them. This research focus facilitated my transition into a more specialized PhD program in electrical engineering under the guidance of Dr. Rashmi Jha . I have been actively engaged in cutting-edge research within the field of logic and memory devices, contributing to the advancement of knowledge and the resolution of significant challenges.
Briefly describe your research work. What problems do you hope to solve?
I am currently involved in researching solutions for the next generation of computing components. The focus is on enabling intelligent storage and efficient implementation of artificial intelligence and machine learning through in-memory computing. This work encompasses conducting a comprehensive literature review, gaining insights into existing work in the field, developing novel material deposition techniques, integrating them into novel device architectures through nano/microfabrication, conducting electrical and physical testing, and employing modeling techniques. This intricate research holds the potential to propel semiconductor and microelectronics technology to the next level. My research efforts are partially funded by Intel Corp.'s CAFÉ program and the National Science Foundation.
At UC, Vamshi Kiran Gogi trains students in clean room processes, among other involvements. Photo/Corrie Mayer/CEAS Marketing
What are some of the most impactful experiences during your time at UC?
Every experience at UC has had a positive impact, helping me grow both personally and professionally. On campus employment has had a remarkable influence on my time at UC. From being a dining room assistant at MarketPointe dining center, to a student assistant at UC's leather research laboratory, to an office consultant at the Office of College Computing and to my current role of graduate assistant. Each position has imparted invaluable lessons on me.
At UC, I have had the privilege of working with the best groups. Being a curious learner, I learn something new every day. Research wise, I have had the opportunity to present my research findings at reputable conferences where I've received feedback that has played a pivotal role in honing my presentation skills. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with supportive and understanding advisers and colleagues.
What are a few accomplishments of which you are most proud?
Being part of two diverse research groups has enabled me to showcase my work to the world through multiple journal publications and conference presentations. For me, doing what I believe in every day is a major accomplishment. Receiving the Outstanding MS Thesis Award for my work on Sodium Phosphate Glasses and being named Graduate Student Engineer of the Month are accomplishments of mine. Additionally, I am proud to have been recognized by the International Journal of Applied Glass Science for contributing to their top cited article in 2021-2022.
Finally, there is a sense of pride every time I see an article on semiconductor research in UC News and I am featured in it. Yes, it's me! I'm the guy in the cleanroom suit in those UC News articles.
When do you expect to graduate? What are your plans after earning your degree?
I aim to graduate in either the summer or fall of 2024. Following that, I plan to apply the skills I've acquired during my time at UC to make a modest contribution to the ever-expanding field of semiconductors by working in one of the leading and top tier semiconductor organizations.
Do you have any other hobbies, experiences or group involvements you'd like to share?
Outside of my research commitments, I am particularly interested in cooking, hiking, exploring new places, and photography. Additionally, I keep myself informed about the latest events and advancements in cricket, tennis and combat sports. I like working out at the campus recreation center and embrace opportunities to stay active whenever possible. In moments when there are no ongoing events in my preferred sports, I take the chance to explore and understand the intricacies of a new sport.
I also serve as the president of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Graduate Student Association while also assisting the Graduate Student Government by being part of different committees.
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