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.

About

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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Job Openings in the Computer Science Department

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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Mar. 29, 2021

U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of top graduate and professional schools ranks 26 UNLV programs within nation’s top 100.

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Feb. 10, 2021

New interdisciplinary degree looks at long-term solution to thwarting cybercrimes

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Dec. 6, 2020

Alumnus Parker Hill learned the importance of diving right into any and all problems during Senior Design.

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Oct. 16, 2020

From student worker to full-time employee, Rebecca Paulson says stepping out of her comfort zone has led her forward.

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Oct. 6, 2020

Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute student researchers embrace remote learning and engage in public policy research to benefit UNLV and the region.

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Sep. 23, 2020

College of Engineering Alumnus of the Year Piotr Tomasik has been involved in several startups since his 2009 commencement.

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May. 14, 2020

An enduring UNLV end-of-semester tradition is to highlight exceptional students who embody the academic, research, and community impact of the graduating class.

Computer Science Faculty-In-Residence Jorge Fonseca by server racks.
Apr. 27, 2020

Fueled by a long-time curiosity, this alumnus-turned-professor considers his role at UNLV not as a full-time job, but a full-time hobby.

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Jul. 31, 2019

Engineering professor Juyeon Jo on what it means, and how it’s helping UNLV researchers and educators stay a step ahead in booming field.

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May. 15, 2019

UNLV president will highlight exceptional students at commencement who embody the academic, research, and community impact of the graduating class.

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May. 8, 2019

Undergraduates Michael Schwob and Dylan Wallace among just 496 nationwide to earn the prestigious honor.

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Dec. 6, 2018

Two-time UNLV alumnus Andrew Baca has done a little bit of everything in his career … except let setbacks stand in the way.

Mike Maier
Oct. 11, 2018

College of Engineering Alumnus of the Year Mike Maier helps show tech start-ups the way.

Portrait Michael Schwob
May. 3, 2018

Stepping into the world of research helped one student choose a career, make new friends, and get a head start on the future.

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Apr. 18, 2018

Professor Fatma Nasoz earns 2018 Faculty/Staff Community Outreach Award for program providing computer coding opportunities to underserved female students.

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Mar. 27, 2018

Awards recognize those on campus who demonstrate a commitment to community partnership

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Mar. 7, 2018

8-bit Esports member Yzzi Ocampo on the challenges female gamers face and the community she found on UNLV's campus.

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Mar. 7, 2018

The computer science major on taking a nonconventional career path and coaching UNLV's Overwatch team to esports success.

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Nov. 19, 2017

Faculty/staff donations to the annual holiday card tree fund have been providing scholarships for 50 years.

Yoohwan Kim
May. 16, 2017

New cybersecurity minor paving the way for a new bachelor's in the field — making UNLV one of just a few universities in the nation to offer such a program.

Tomas C. Walker
Apr. 25, 2017

Tomas C. Walker, the 2017 Nursing Alumnus of the Year, working to develop an artificial pancreas to help patients with diabetes.

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Apr. 25, 2017

Jason Smylie, the Honors College Alumnus of the Year, invests in Capriotti's and ends up owning the company.

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Feb. 15, 2017

Team Wingin’ It, a group led by UNLV students, hatched a plan to help Las Vegas become more energy efficient and plucked the $10K grand prize during the Consumer Electronics Show.

Andreas Stefik
Jan. 6, 2017

A compilation of media coverage profiling just a few of the many people of UNLV who made news in 2016.

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Dec. 21, 2016

From a home for homeless students to inspiring the next generation of health crusaders — these worthy causes will warm your heart during the holidays.

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Feb. 5, 2016

A collection of recent news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.

Andy Stefik
Jan. 21, 2016

Engineering professor Andreas Stefik will be honored for furthering computer science education during a Jan. 26 ceremony in the nation's capital.

Sep. 3, 2013

Engineering professor Pushkin Kachroo shares his ideas for making transportation around the Valley faster and safer.

Aug. 27, 2013

The computer science professor talks video game hacking, music, and how to improve computers for visually impaired users.

Jul. 2, 2012
Former UNLV roommates liked the Capriotti's restaurant chain so much they bought the company and doubled its size.
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Apr. 26, 2012

Engineering grads showcase their ideas for new products.

Apr. 13, 2012

UNLV employees recently were honored at the 2012 Academic Recognition Ceremony with systemwide and universitywide awards for notable research, teaching, and service.

Oct. 20, 2011

The association honors graduates and supporters for their professional accomplishments and service to the university.

May. 18, 2011
Meet some of UNLV's graduates who were recognized at commencement for their academic achievements, community outreach, and ability to overcome adversity.
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Nov. 1, 2009

UNLV faculty demonstrate that research is actually the mother of invention – although necessity certainly got them thinking.

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Nov. 1, 2008

Designed to encourage faculty collaboration and acquisition of external grant funding, the President’s Research Award has also sparked intriguing research projects on subjects ranging from nanotechnology to volcanoes.

Joseph Lombardo
Nov. 1, 2005

UNLV’s National Supercomputing Center provides research support.

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  • Associate Professor, Computer Science
  • Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science & Director of Data Science, The Lincy Institute

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