Winter 2013 Newsletter

Winter
2013
Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex and Dell Computer Science Hall

As 2013 comes to a close, it will go down in history books as one of the most pivotal years in the history of Computer Science at The University of Texas at Austin. It has been a year of remarkable change, with enrollment numbers hitting all time highs, new faculty joining our ranks, President Barack Obama visiting with our students, and, at long last, the opening of the brand new Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex and Dell Computer Science Hall.

From the Chair: Moving In

From the Chair: A Year for the History Books

Since our last newsletter, the UT Computer Science population has surged past 2,000 undergraduates--more than triple the enrollments when I started as chair five years ago--easily making us the largest computer science department among the nation’s top ten ranked programs. ...

Game Changers: New Faculty

Game Changers: New Faculty

UT Computer Science is excited to welcome four new faculty members coming to campus in 2014. They all have incredibly impressive credentials and research experience, and we’re extremely grateful that they have chosen to join our family. ...

Visions of Computer Lecture Series 2013

Visions of Computing Lecture 2013

On Tuesday, November 5, 2013, UT Computer Science held the annual Visions of Computing Lecture, a lecture series honoring UTCS faculty accomplishments. Through this lecture series, faculty presented insights into computer science research and education to the public and the computing community. ...

Fifth Annual Longhorn Startup Demo Day

Students Pitch Shark Tank’s Cuban at Demo Day

The fifth annual Demo Day, held Dec. 5, had a packed house in the LBJ Auditorium to hear a conversation between Cuban and Bob Metcalfe, professor of innovation at the Cockrell School of Engineering and director of Longhorn Startup. RetailMeNot CEO Cotter Cunningham also took the stage, and 14 student startups made presentations. ...

Student Entrepreneurs Meet With President Obama

Student Entrepreneurs Meet With President Obama

Austin, TX — Student entrepreneurs and computer science faculty met with President Obama to showcase new student ventures from the Longhorn Startup Program. ...

Dante Consulting, an FoCS partner, Gifts GDC Classroom

Dante Consulting Gifts GDC Classroom

In recognition of a generous gift from Friends of Computer Science partner Dante Consulting, room 2.210 in the Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science complex (GDC) will be named the Dante Consulting Classroom. ...

Joh Donahoe, CEO of eBay, Inc. with Bruce Porter, Chair of UTCS

John Donahoe, CEO of eBay, Inc., Visits UT Campus

eBay, Inc. CEO, John Donahoe paid a visit to the University of Texas last Thursday as an installment of the VIP lecture series, co-hosted by UT Computer Science and the McCombs School of Business. eBay is a company that has experienced a significant turnaround under Donahoe’s leadership. Its fast-growing Austin office now numbers 600 employees, most of whom are in the company’s PayPal division. ...

CS Ambassador Program Expands with Move to GDC

CS Ambassador Program Expands with Move to GDC

Computer Science Ambassadors are helping students solidify UT as their top pick. “Now more than ever, UT is my first choice for college,” said one high school student after spending the day at the Gates Dell Complex. ...

Faculty News

Faculty at the The University of Texas at Austin Department of Computer Science (UTCS) are at the forefront of the digital revolution. We invite you to read about recent faculty awards and view our faculty awardshonors and books.

Staff News

UTCS welcomes new employees
  • Katie Banks - Assistant Director, Office of External Affairs
  • Katie Dahm - Assistant to Department Chair
  • Kelly Kleiman - Departmental Administrative Officer in Accounting
  • Matt Walker - Project Manager in the technical staff

congratulates

  • Daniel Pinali, who was promoted to Help Desk Specialist

and says farewell to

  • Agnes Yu, who retired on March 8th
  • Tony Bumpass, who retired on October 30th