Few industries have changed faster than computer science and electrical engineering. Cloud technology, Internet security and mobile applications are a few of the advances that have revolutionized the workforce and global economy. The industry has expanded so rapidly that’s it’s impossible to predict how technology careers will change in four years, but one thing is certain: A degree from UMKC’s Computer Science Electrical Engineering Department will prepare you to adjust to your new role and help move society forward.History
The Department of Computer Science Electrical Engineering appears young because it was formally organized in 2003. But its roots are firmly entrenched in UMKC’s history.
This university has focused on 21st-century careers since the University of Kansas City offered its first general engineering degree in the 1950s. The program – and the university, now UMKC – has undergone revolutionary change since then. The university added an electrical engineering master’s program in 1964 to deepen its research and training. As technology grew, the university collaborated with the University of Missouri-Columbia to offer an undergraduate degree, which was accredited by ABET in 1978. A satellite campus at UMKC allowed students to earn their undergraduate and master’s degrees from MU but remain in Kansas City. The program was transferred to UMKC’s newly formed School of Computing and Engineering in 2001.
As demand for electrical engineering grew, so did programming. The first programming courses were offered in the early 1970s. The first computer science degree came in the late 1970s. It laid the groundwork for the Computer Science Telecommunication Program in 1984. The discipline then joined the Electrical Engineering program in the School of Computing and Engineering in 2001.
By 2003, Dean William Osborne organized the School of Computing and Engineering into departments, forming the Computer Science Electrical Engineering Department and the Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department.
The mission of the Department of Computer Science Electrical Engineering (CSEE) is to provide competitive educational opportunities and focused research in the disciplines supported in the department to generate the professional and technical workforce and research needed for economic development. To accomplish this mission, the department seeks to:
- Conduct research that advances knowledge in these disciplines and their applications.
- Educate and graduate students who are knowledgeable about these disciplines who become lifelong learners and leaders.
- Engage in service and outreach to enrich the community, state and profession.
Ghulam M. Chaudhry, Ph.D.
Thanks for your interest in the Department of Computer Science Electrical Engineering at UMKC. We are at the center of the science and technologies that change human interaction. We create and collect data and information. Then we pioneer innovative ideas about how to connect, network, manipulate, disseminate and incorporate that data into our daily lives.
Class sizes are small, so students build relationships with faculty and staff. Our distinguished faculty members are on the front line of research in specialties such as computer security, wireless networking and nanotechnology. The work is supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, the National Institutes of Health, industry and government organizations like the Department of Defense. If you’re ready to be a lifelong learner – a must in this rapidly growing field – schedule a visit today.
Ghulam M. Chaudhry, Ph.D.
CSEE Professor and Department Chair