Computer Science and Engineering

Departmental Committees

Graduate Admissions Committee

Current Members: Tao Jiang (chair), Laxmi Bhuyan, Srikanth Krishnamurthy, Mohsen Lesani, Ying Heng, Craig Schroeder.


The Graduate Admissions Committee typically consists of 5-6 members. In general, the committee is tasked with recruting talented and academically prepared students for the PhD and MS programs in Computer Science.

The recruiting process typically starts in the summer, when the application deadlines and target enrollment numbers are determined. This is done in coordination with the Graduate Division and the CS Department faculty. The committee also works with the Graduate Program Coordinator on updating and disseminating advertising materials, in order to attract a large pool of high-quality applicants.

After the application deadline (typically in early January), the committee members review the academic records of applicants, assess their qualifications for graduate study, and provide detailed comments about each applicant. The committee coordinates the decisions about admission and financial support with the faculty, and it ensures that the selected applicants are provided with competitive financial support packages and appropriate information about the program.

Throughout the whole recruitment process, the committee members, together with the Graduate Program Coordinator, also help faciliate the communication between the applicants, the department's faculty members, and the Graduate Division.

Graduate Program Committee

Current Members: Vassilis Tsotras (chair), Tao Jiang, Rajiv Gupta, Zhiyun Qian


The Graduate Program Committee consists of the Graduate Advisor (chair) and 2-3 faculty members. The committee is tasked with overseeing the CSE Department's graduate program, dealing with issues related to the CSE graduate students, as well as maintaining relations with graduate alumni of the department.

In particular the committee's responsibilities include:

Graduate program issues:

  • Considering and processing changes of the PhD and MS programs in CSE
  • Overseeing graduate program policies
  • Course proposals and changes
  • Periodic reviews of the program
  • Preparing for the CSE Graduate Program's external review
  • Reviewing course offerings to ensure consistency with program requirements

Graduate students' issues:

  • Annual progress reviews of graduate students
  • Processing graduate student petitions and requests
  • Addressing graduate student concerns
  • Recommending graduate student awards (best TA, dissertation award, etc.)
  • Oversight of and advising for the Graduate Student Association

Alumni relations:

  • Maintaining a database of past graduate alumni of the program

Instruction and Facilities Committee

Current Members: Stefano Lonardi (chair), Thomas Payne, Brian Linard, Kris Miller, Kelly Downey, Victor Hill


The Instruction & Facilities Committee oversees lower-division undergraduate courses (up to, and including CS 100), which are typically taught by lecturers. The committee meets weekly during the academic year. The Chair of the Committee is the Department Vice/Associate Chair. Other members include one representative from the system administration group of the Department, and all full-time lecturers. Associate-ins are also invited to attend and participate at their own discretion.

The Committee coordinates and updates course content, it develops new instructional methodologies that can scale to large enrollment classes, and it oversees instructional facilities critical for those course offerings.

Typical issues considered by the committee include student performance and challenges faced by students in lower-division courses, course management (content coordination/overlap, content updates, new offerings, etc.), TA duties, course scheduling, and issues related to on-line classes. The committee also discusses hardware (e.g., servers, lab machines, etc.) and software (e.g., IDE for programming, virtual machines, etc.) infrastructure to support those courses.

Undergraduate Program Committee

Current Members: Heng Yin (chair), Vagelis Hristidis, Mart Molle, Zhijia Zhao


The Undergraduate Program Committee deals with matters related to undergraduate education in the CSE Department. It typically consists of four faculty members. The chair of the committee serves as the Department Undergraduate Advisor. The committee oversees two undergraduate programs: the BS program in Computer Science and the BS program in Computer Science with Business Applications (formerly known as Business Informatics). Its responsibilities include the following:

Undergraduate program issues:

  • Curriculum maintenance. The committee continually reviews the undergraduate program curriculum and policies to ensure that the program delivers high quality education to students, prepares them for their careers, and that it meets the accreditation criteria. When necessary, the committee makes recommendations for changes to the curriculum, including changing program requirements, policies, and additions or revisions of courses. Working with the Student Affairs staff, the committee oversees the execution of such changes.
  • Student advising. The committee works with the Student Affairs staff on implementing appropriate procedures and policies for undergraduate student advising. This includes group advising sessions, designing study plans and other informational materials, and individual advising, if needed.
  • External reviews. The committee coordinates external reviews of the undergraduate program. It assists the ABET coordinator in preparing the program for the ABET accreditation review.
  • Student performance monitoring. The committee monitors student success measures. It develops and implements policies and programs aimed at improving student performance.

Undergraduate program operation:

  • Student requests, awards, and disciplinary issues. The committee, together with the Student Affairs staff, deals with all academic issues of undergraduate students. This includes processing student petitions, considering student requests, and resolving matters related to academic integrity. The committee is also responsible for selecting and recommending students for various academic awards.
  • Oversight of student clubs and events. The committee oversees the operation of student clubs (ACM, IEEE, other) and organization of student events, including programming competitions and job fairs.
  • Career advising. The committee ensures that students are provided with appropriate career advising. This includes oversight of professional development courses and campus recruiting events, as well as individual advising, if needed.
  • Course offerings monitoring. Working with the Department Chair, the Instruction Committee, and the Student Affairs staff, the committee helps ensure that the course offerings are compatible with the program requirements and meet the demand from students.
  • Feedback collection. The committee is responsible for soliciting and collecting feedback from undergraduate students, including organizing, jointly with the student chapter of ACM, annual feedback sessions.


  • Processing course articulations. The committee reviews and processes course articulations from other schools.
  • Admissions and recruitment. The committee members are involved in undergraduate students' recruitment. This includes participation in recruiting events and help with the design of promotional materials. The committee members advise the Chair in regard to admission targets and admission criteria.
  • Alumni relations. The committee ensures that the college maintains an accurate and up-to-date databases of alumni.




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