Fall 2012 Newsletter

Happy Holidays from UTCS

The 2012-13 academic year is one marked by big changes. Among the biggest was the implementation of major revisions to the undergraduate curriculum. The new curriculum allows our students to be responsive to the shifting demands of a dynamic marketplace and to more specifically tailor their education to their aspirations.


From the Chair: Milestones

The Department of Computer Science has milestones in its growth that mark moments of unusual significance. We are approaching just such a milestone. [...] I am distinctly happy to report that by this time next month, our doors will be open, and UTCS will have all of its faculty, staff, and students under a single roof for the first time in the department’s history. ...

A New Curriculum for a New Marketplace

A New Curriculum for a New Marketplace

UTCS develops a new, flexible curriculum in response to an expanding field of study and explosive enrollment growth that many are referring to as a new Sputnik moment. ...

Capital Campaign Update

Capital Campaign Update: The Next Chapter

In less than a month, the fences come down and UT Computer Science will be handed the keys to its new home—The Bill and Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex and Dell Computer Science Hall. [...] philanthropy’s importance has moved well beyond large capital projects like this one; it is now central to everything we do. ...

Game Development Program

Game Development Program

The gaming industry is one of the fastest growing intersections of entertainment, art, and technology. Austin alone produces more than $1 billion in gaming centered economic impact and houses in excess of 100 gaming studios. Arguably, a world-class game development program that can support and take advantage of the Austin game scene is both natural and overdue. ...

Alan Turing

Competing for Top Students: The Scholarship Challenge

Competition for top students is at an all-time high, and state support is at an all-time low. Some alumni are stepping in to fill the gap and challenging others to do the same. ...

Friends of Computer Science - Qualcomm

FoCS: Qualcomm Café Naming to Recognize Gift to UTCS

Qualcomm, a long-time supporter of UTCS, steps forward to make an $80,000 commitment to a Computer Science excellence fund. In recognition of its contribution, the Board of Regents agreed to name the coffee shop in the new Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex, “The Qualcomm Café.” ...

Friends of Computer Science - General Motors

FoCS: General Motors Opens Innovation Center

“Information is power.” As a result, business leaders constantly seek better information to give them a competitive edge and help them manage their businesses. In a company like GM, much of that responsibility falls in the hands of its IT department. As such, GM is creating Innovation Centers to gather the brightest minds to build information solutions. ...

Faculty News

Faculty at UTCS are at the forefront of the digital revolution. We invite you to view our faculty awards and honors.

For more information about our faculty, please see the research page of the UTCS website.

Staff News

UTCS welcomes new employees

  • Judie Daniel - Development Associate for Event Coordination and Alumni Relations in the Office of External Affairs
  • Ben Hester - Senior Procurement Officer
  • Techa (pronounced "Teesha") Majalca, Administrative Associate in the Administration Office
  • Daniel Pinali - Computer User Services Specialist
  • Beth Trumpy - Senior Systems Administrator
  • Brent Winkelman - Associate Director for the Office of External Affairs

We also congratulate:

  • Dan Machold, for his promotion to Senior Software Engineer.
  • Marcus Marler, for his promotion to Software Engineer.
  • Staci Norman, for her promotion to Communications Coordinator.
  • Toren Smith, for his promotion to Senior Software Engineer.
  • Jenna Whitney, for her promotion to Administrative Associate.