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Computer Science The Face of Computer Scientists What is Computer Science? It is the management and development of software to perform work or instructions Examples: IPODs Artificial Intelligence Video Games Cell Phone Functions PDA’s Internet Why Computing?

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What is Computer Science?

  • It is the management and development of software to perform work or instructions

  • Examples:

    • IPODs

    • Artificial Intelligence

    • Video Games

    • Cell Phone Functions

    • PDA’s

    • Internet

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Why Computing?

  • Today, computers are used in almost every aspect of our lives:

    • in car engines

    • microwave ovens

    • video games

    • watches

    • telephones

    • desktops at home and work

    • mainframe computers in government and industry

    • supercomputers expanding the frontiers of science and technology

  • The computer industry is one of the fastest growing segments of our economy and that growth promises to continue well into the next century.

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Computer Science Prepares Students

  • with knowledge and skills needed to apply computing technology to solve problems in the rapidly changing world of information technologies.

  • for graduate and/or professional studies at institutions and organizations where they must keep pace with current knowledge to be successful.

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Computer Science at HT . . .

  • Class sizes are small

  • classrooms are multimedia classrooms

    • Uses computers with overhead projectors

    • Internet accessibility

  • Classes taught by professors experienced in industry

  • Faculty readily available for assistance

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. . . Computer Science at HT

  • All course information available on-line through Blackboard

  • Internship opportunities are abundantly available

  • Tutoring available

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  • Three degrees are offered in Computer Science plus a minor in Computer Forensics.

    • BS in Computer Science

    • BA in Computer Science for Database Administration

    • BA in Computer Science for Business Track

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Why should I consider a career in Computer Science?

  • One of the fastest growing careers in the industry

  • Salary Range - $40,000 - $200,000+ depending on education and experience

  • Travel – Most computer professionals travel all over the world

  • Excitement – Technology is changing faster than any other industry. Lots of neat things to work on in many different segments.

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Job Market

  • 7 of the top 10 fastest growing occupations between 2000 and 2010 are computer related

  • Reference: U.S. Department of LaborBureau of Labor Statistics

  • Web site:

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Example Career Opportunities

  • Computer Science

    • Artificial Intelligence

    • Computer Theory, Design and Engineering

    • Operating Systems and Networks

    • Software Applications

  • Information Systems

    • Systems Analyst and Applications Programmer

    • Technical Writing

    • Network Management

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What will the industry look like in the next decade?

  • Entire households will be run by computers

    • Remotely turn on air conditioning

    • Cooking will be done while you drive home

    • Security

  • 1 device in the household will handle all communications

    • Televisions

    • Computer

    • Telecommunications

  • Paper will be a thing of the past

  • Communications from any place on earth to any other place on earth

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Computer Science Department

  • Faculty consist of 4 highly qualified professionals

  • Professor Carolyn Golden

    • Computer Science; B.S., Norfolk State University; M.S., Virginia Tech.Currently close to finishing Ph.D.

  • Dr. Allen Johnson

    • B.S.E.E., University of Pittsburgh; M.S.E.E., Syracuse University; Ph.D. Computer Engineering, University of Texas at Austin.

  • Dr. Hershall Shelley

    • B.S.M. E. Texas A&M University at Prairie View Campus

    • Ph.D. M.E. Colorado State University

  • Dr. Thai-Doung Tran

    • B.S., University of Ho Chi Minh City; M.S., Asian Institute of technology; Ph.D., University of Iowa.

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  • CS students encouraged to take on leadership positions on the campus in professional, social, and student government organizations and extracurricular activities.

  • Organizations that Computer Science students participate in include

    • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE),

    • BetaKappa Chi Scientific Honorary Society (BKX),

    • National Instituteof Science Scientific Honor Society,

    • Association of Computing Machinery

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Critical Goal

  • One critical goal of the department is to produce graduates that compete with any graduates from any of the top schools in the Nation.

  • Feedback from graduates indicates that this mission is being accomplished among those students who make education their priority while at Huston-Tillotson University

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Example of Research in Computer Science Department

Transportation Model

Modeling How Cattle are Transported

Two students working on this project

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Purpose of Model

  • To link the various epidemiologic models and produce a scalable model depicting the movement of cattle on trucks based on decisions made by the owners of the cattle

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Objectives of Modeling Technique(Using Rainbow Nets)

Create a model

  • that is easy to understand

  • that is scaleable

  • that does not suffer state explosion as complexity increases

  • that can be changed easily and lends itself to incremental development

  • that can be partitioned into various elements so that the structure lends itself to parallelization for running in a multiprocessor environment with multiple threads.

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Computer Science is Where the Action Is

  • Opportunity to work on exciting projects

  • Opportunity to earn excellent income

  • Opportunity to travel

  • Opportunity to learn about many different areas

  • Opportunity to work with many different people