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Educating Future Leaders

Our programs are recognized for research in both theoretical and experimental computer science, including real-time algorithms, information retrieval, document analysis, graphics, computational geometry, networking, information customization, cybermedia, and Internet security.


The Department of Computer Science is one of the fastest growing departments at UNLV. Comprising just under half of the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering total enrollment, the department’s focus is on providing a well-rounded education with a solid basis in the fundamentals of computer science theory and practice. Our students and alumni are well-represented in the field, with many taking on employment in Las Vegas and around the globe. Current projects/employment to which students and alumni contribute include:

  • Department of Defense software contracts
  • Alternative energy projects
  • Public utility software
  • Data science applications
  • Unmanned aerial systems
  • E-commerce and web development
  • Aviation industry
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Programming research and algorithm development

M.S. in data analytics

The M.S. in Data Analytics is accepting applications for fall 2021. This degree is designed for people with undergraduate degrees in disciplines other than computer science.

The M.S. in Data Analytics equips students with technical skills that are used by professional data scientists for data analysis, visualization, predictions, and discoveries. This master degree utilizes the strengths of six colleges to train students in discipline-specific topics such as hospitality, health, engineering, business, and social sciences.

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Cybersecurity Center

Our Information Assurance (IA) program emphasizes research and education in the broad issues of developing trustworthy information systems and helps answer the cybersecurity workforce shortage.

What's Happening

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Oct. 24, 2023

Future computer scientists are challenged to team up to make a car drive and race on its own.

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Oct. 18, 2023

Three recent grants to bolster training opportunities for UNLV students and assist Southern Nevada businesses in protecting against cyber attacks.

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Oct. 11, 2023

UNLV team prepares scientific ballooning experiments for two upcoming solar eclipses.

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Oct. 4, 2023

The College of Engineering's Alumnus of the Year led state legislative efforts that helped to expand learning and future career opportunities for K-12 students.




  • Assistant Professor-in-Residence, Department of Computer Science
  • Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science & Director of Data Science, The Lincy Institute
  • Professor, Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science is one of the departments in the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering.