DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE
North Carolina A&T State University
ANNUAL REPORT 1994-1995
Director of Graduate Studies: Dr. David Bellin
Acting Director of Undergraduate Studies: Prof. Sharon Brown
Dr. Salman Azhar Dr. Albert Esterline Dr. Jay Gardiner (IBM Visiting Professor)
Dr. David Goldstein Dr. Dechang Gu Prof. Martha Haigler Prof. Rodney Harrigan
Dr. Ming Lin Dr. Anna Yu Dr. Kenneth Williams
I. SUMMARY STATEMENT
The Department of Computer Science completed its third academic year as a separate department within the College of Engineering. Operating the Department in a time of growth has presented many challenges. The major challenges were to:
· Graduate first Master of Science in Computer Science students
· Enhance funded research activities
· Advise over 300 undergraduate and 70 graduate students
· Implement a coherent management and planning system
The Department successfully hosted a visiting review team from the Computer Science Accreditation Board in 1994. The visitors commented favorably on the program. Feedback provided after the visit provided the basis for several curricular changes implemented this year, including the addition of Databases and Social Implications of Computing as required undergraduate classes.
The Department completed the second year of the new MS CS degree program. Over 70 students are now enrolled in the graduate program. A system of Teaching Assistants and Research Assistants was put in place, complete with review and evaluation processes, along with the formation of a departmental graduate committee. A written plan for the supervision and evaluation of graduate assistants was formulated and provided to the University graduate school. Dr. David Bellin continued to serve as Director of Graduate Studies in the department. Prof. Shearon Brown was appointed Acting Director of Undergraduate Studies in November 1994, as a result of the departure of Professor Rodney Harrigan to serve as Acting Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the Dean’s office.
To advise students, the Department refined its mentoring strategy. Students were divided among the faculty members, and a weekly colloquium meeting was initiated to share information relative to university information, job opportunities, research progress, and computer and professional skill enhancement. In addition, students make private appointments with their faculty mentors for the purpose of discussing personal challenges.
During the summer of 1994, the Department employed Dr. Ming Lin, Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.
The Department made excellent progress in the acquisition of funded research projects during the year. Research awards totaled $ 870,000, an increase from last year’s total of $800,000. Prospects for next year are positive, with over $ 8,000,000 in outstanding proposals.
A. COMPUTER SCIENCE
1. Enrollment totals, trends, and geographic spread:
Table 1 contains the enrollment data on the Computer Science Program for the past eight years. A decrease in freshman enrollments may be noted over the last two years. This trend is attributed to the higher requirements of the College of Engineering as compared to the Liberal Arts and Sciences, and to the rigor of an accreditation compliant program. The department intends to make efforts under the direction of the undergraduate director to reverse the decrease in freshman enrollment and to increase retention rates. In this regard, IBM Corporation is providing support through their “Project Breakthrough” which conducted workshops and corporate mentoring for selected entering freshmen, to follow through their graduation.
Table 1: CS Enrollment & Degree Data
2. Identification and solution to instructional problems:
The Department identified implementation of the new Undergraduate Colloquium as an instructional problem, and implemented solutions which included a more flexible attendance format. Further study is required in order to reach the level of excellence desired in this area.
3. Innovations in teaching:
The Department has made a concerted effort to actively involve the students in the learning process. We have the students do more discussing, presenting, and writing in all of our courses. Students made presentations in the Undergraduate Colloquium. Students led several graduate colloquium meetings.
Student project teams play a central role to several courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs, particularly in the Software Engineering concentration. Students became more actively involved with the Undergraduate and Graduate Colloquia courses.
4. Significant changes in the curricula or new programs approved:
Two new courses were proposed as undergraduate requirements: Databases and Social Implications of Computing. Curricula are under development, and it is expected that University approval will be granted in Fall, 1995.
COMP 466 Systems Programming was deleted from the curriculum, as the course had not been offered for several years.
The MS program added a “General” track as an option for students who seek increased flexibility in coursework and research. Consistent with this approach, a reading list and sample questions were developed preparatory to the initiation of the MS Comprehensive Examination option.
Our primary programming language has shifted to C and C++. Workshop and teaching materials were developed for graduate Teaching Assistants to use in these classes.
The department had added a requirement of third semester Calculus last year to enhance the theoretical foundations and mathematical background of our students. Due to changes in content, this year we replaced that course with Differential Equations (Math 331), after discussion with the Math department. Since freshmen were having difficulty in their second semester math courses, progression requirements were modified such that Discrete II may be taken in the first semester of the Sophomore year.
6. Efforts to improve academic advising:
We have adopted and strengthened our mentoring program. Each student is assigned a faculty “mentor” upon declaring Computer Science as a major. A peer advisor, paid by the department, is associated with each mentor to assist in providing informal advice at least once each month. These relationships foster a rich social, ethical, professional, and personal environment.
To emphasize the importance we put on the mentoring effort, the department formed a “Student/Faculty Mentoring Council” in the Spring. Students elected three undergraduate and one graduate representative. Staff and faculty representation is also included. The Council held one meeting and is expected to contribute to the further direction and development of our academic advisory efforts next year.
The success of our mentoring efforts are reflected in an increasing number of students who intend to pursue graduate studies, and the multiple employment offers received by most graduate students.
7. Recruitment efforts:
Letter and phone contact with admitted undergraduate students declaring the CS major is made by the department chair. Letter and phone contact with prospective and admitted graduate students is made by the department’s graduate director. The chair and faculty speak to student and professional organizations off campus about A&T and Computer Science. The acting undergraduate director identified seventy high school seniors of interest and mailed letters and departmental information to them. CS Department Graduate Handbooks are mailed with a general data sheet to all students who inquire about the MS program. Finally, a publicity effort has commenced to increase the profile of our department both locally, regionally, and nationally. A major accomplishment this year was the publication of an article in Computer Research News (January 1995) by Dr. Bellin and Dr. Monroe.
8. Major public service and/or off-campus activities:
· CS graduate students volunteered at the Participatory Design Conference, Chapel Hill, October 1994.
· CS graduate and undergraduate students volunteered at the national ACM Computer Science Week, Nashville TN, March 1995.
· Faculty presented papers at national and regional professional meetings
· Faculty presented tutorials at national professional conferences
· Faculty engaged in exchanges with industry regionally
9. Grants and awards received:
A. $ 400,000 – US Army CECOM
B. $ 200,000 – SAS Institute Inc.
C. $ 125,000 – International Business Machines, Software Solutions Division
D. $ 60,000 – US Air Force Rome Laboratory
E. $ 47,000 – NC Department of Transportation
F. $ 25,000 – US Army Simulation Training & Instrumentation Command
10. Other developments and/or indications of progress:
The continuing demand for our graduates, and the increasing numbers of GEM awardees applying to our graduate program, are our best indicators of progress.
1. Honors received by majors and graduates:
Jonathan Mickles Golden Key Honor Society
Laurie Holloway Golden Key Honor Society, Who’s Who Among College and University Students
Natalie McNair Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society
Adam Hudson Golden Key Honor Society, Pi Mu Epsilon Honor Society
Brenda Conyers Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society
Christie McNair Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society
Kelly Evans Ford Scholar; PENS Scholar; NACME Scholar
Kenneth Creasy Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
Na’ima Pendergrass Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society
Angela King Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society
Yolanda Ingram Chancellor Scholar
Melvin Johnson Chancellor Scholar
Kesha Harris Chancellor Scholar
Ashley Simon Chancellor Scholar
Felicia Morgan Chancellor Scholar
Travis Hayes PEN Scholar
2. Scholarships and fellowships received by graduates:
Laurie Holloway: GEM Graduate Fellowship, NASA Summer Research Fellowship
Kenneth Carter NASA Summer Research Fellowship
Doreen Brown Caterpillar Scholarship
Brenda Conyers Caterpillar Scholarship
Anita Page SAS Scholarship
Jayson Askew AT&T Scholarship
Nathan Ingram Delta Sigma Theta Scholarship
Isanita D. Odom AT&T Scholarship; Minorities in Engineering Scholarship
David Wilson AT&T Scholarshp; NACME Scholarship
Eric Hunt NACME Scholarship
Ashley Simon AT&T Scholarship
Felicia Morgan AT&T Scholarship
Olivia Boone GEM Graduate Fellowship
3. Number of honor graduates:
Total honor graduates: 17 (Summa Cum Laude: 7, Magna Cum Laude: 7, Cum laude: 3)
4. Activities of organized student groups including civic and social work:
The UPE computer science honor society inducted 27 new members, both gradute and undergraduate students. Several members attended the national UPE meeting, and the UPE chapter conducted a fund raiser during the Spring.
The ACM student chapter organized 10 student volunteers for the national ACM conference in Nashville, TN. Additionally, the chapter created a student resume book, a student directory, established of an industry cluster, and did fundraising.
5. Other activities and accomplishments:
A. Department Programming Contest, Spring semester
B. National Association for Equal Opportunity (NAFEO) Hi-Tech Award 1995, Student Torrez Harris and Dr. David Bellin, for work on software metrics.
C. Presentation at Future Scientists Conference, Adam Hudson, March 1995.
C. Follow-up Study of Graduates
1. Number of majors: 317
2. Names of graduates receiving job offers:
BS: Kesha Harris, Laurie Hollaway, Ulysses Cannon, Doreen Brown, Edward Reaves, Tonita Hyman.
MS: Carolyn Bell, Kietta Walker, Cheryl Seals, Maurice Tyler, Dwayne Branch, Mary Jeter.
3. Names of companies and agencies making offers:
International Business Machines, Data General, Bell NorthernResearch, Freddie Mac, Mitre, TI, E Systems, Hughes, AT & T, General Electric, American Management Systems, Dow Chemical, DuPont, Lockheed, Martin Marietta, Champion International, Southern Bell, E-Systems.
4. Other noteworthy accomplishments of graduates:
a) Mr. Torrez Harris: McNair Summer Research Fellowship, 1995 NAFEO Hi-Tech Award
Dr. David Bellin, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
1994-1995 Annual Report Data
Examples of Professional Growth:
Attended Association for Computing Machinery, Computer Science Conference.
Attended IBM CASCON Conference, Toronto Ontario, October 1994.
Attended NSF Project ImpactCS Steering Committee, Washington DC, Summer 1994.
Local Co-Chair for Participatory Design Conference, Chapel Hill NC, 10/94.
Presented pre-conference tutorial at 1994 Symposium on Human Interaction with Complex Systems, Greensboro NC, September 1994.
Presented pre-conference tutorial “An Introduction to Object Oriented Analysis” to Association for Computing Machinery Computer Science Conference, February, 1995.
Presented pre-conference tutorial “An Introduction to Object Oriented Analysis” to Object Oriented Programming, Systlems & Languages Cnference of ACM (OOPSLA), October 1994.
Attended Conference on Object Oriented Systems, Programming and Languages.
Book Reviewer, ACM Computing Reviews.
Steering Committee, National Science Foundation Project-Impact, Computer Science Ethics Curriculum project.
Expert Reviewer Database, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
Chair, Public Policy Task Force, ACM SIG Computers and Society
Presented at CS Department Graduate Colloquium.
Presented at CE Department Graduate Colloquium.
Proposals prepared and funded:
International Business Machines, Object Oriented Software Engineering research, $ 125,000.
Research Projects started and/or completed:
Object Oriented Programming in Smalltalk, working with graduate students, Kellogg Research Initiation grant.
A Smalltalk Programming Tutorial, National Security Agency
Source Code Metrics for Smalltalk, IBM Software Solutions, Cary Laboratory
Generic Object Oriented Software Engineering (GOOSE) Lab, IBM Software Solutions, Cary Laboratory
Creative activities started and/or completed:
“Expanding the Pipeline: Increasing the Number of Minorities in CS” with J. Monroe, Computing Research News, January 1995, pp. 3-11.
“Who Holds the Keys? The US Government and Cryptography Policy”, Computers and Society 24(3) September 1994 p. 6ff.
Awarded contract by Addison-Wesley Publishers for book in OO software engineering area, April 1995.
President, Association for Computing Machinery Triad Chapter.
Special honors received:
Elected Conference Chair, 1996 Participatory Design Conference
Program Committee, ACM Computing Week “Computers and the Quality of Life”, Philadelphia PA, March 1996.
Appointed to Steering Committee, NSF Project ImpactCS.
Researcher of the Year Award, April 1995.
Member, Chancellor’s Distance Learning Task Force
Graduate Studies Director, CS Department
Chair, CS Department Graduate Committee
Chair, CS Department Ph.D. Planning Committee
Co-chair, CS Department Curriculum Committee
Chair, CS Department Faculty Search Committee
Member, EE Department Chair Search Committee
Member, CS Department Chair Search Committee
Member, College of Engineering Graduate Committee
Coordinator of Graduate Colloquium series
Evaluated and mentored CS Department Graduate Assistants
CS Department representative to University Graduate Council, Graduate School
CS Department publicity
Meetings with corporate university relations directors
Consulted for Public Interest Research Group
Consulted for Black Workers for Justice
Mentored A&T’s student volunters at ACM Computer Science Conference in Nashville, TN.
Chair, MS Committee of students Maurice Tyler, LaTishia Mitchener, Brian Dowtin, Aaron McCarley, Willmer Pardo, William Langford.
Member, MS Committee of students Yin Zhong, James Johnson.
David Bellin, Ph.D. Chapel Hill, NC, USA (main base) Welcome!