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New School of Computing Approved at AASU

Savannah, GA–—The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia has approved the establishment of a new School of Computing at Armstrong Atlantic State University. The new school will house the rapidly growing computer science department and engineering studies program.

The computer science degree programs—bachelor's in information technology, bachelor's in computer science, and master's in computer science–and certificate programs will move to the new school. The Board of Regents' regional engineering programs also will be offered.

"Streamlining these programs within the School of Computing will allow Armstrong Atlantic to play a more active role in local and regional industry." said Thomas Z. Jones, president of Armstrong Atlantic State University. "It also will foster increased collaboration among computer engineering, computer science, and electrical engineering professionals within the region."

The School of Computing will continue to support the university's participation in Yamacraw, a statewide initiative to attract high-technology companies to Georgia. The school works closely with H. O. Systems (a Yamacraw company) and is building relationships with other high-tech companies within the region. It supports an ICAPP project with Gulfstream to prepare avionics engineers and is developing other such projects.

"The new school will strengthen our existing programs by providing improved educational and research opportunities for students and faculty," said Raymond Greenlaw, dean of the School of Computing.

Greenlaw has seen tremendous growth in the department since his arrival in 1998, the year the department was created. It has grown from offering one degree program to offering two undergraduate degrees, one graduate degree, and three certificates. The number of computer science majors has nearly doubled, and the number of faculty has more than tripled.

The regional engineering programs also have had a good track record at the university during the past eleven years. Two of the degrees—computer engineering and electrical engineering— share numerous similarities with computer science. In fact, computer science, computer engineering, and electrical engineering students follow very similar courses of study. Civil engineering is also offered through the school.

Currently, there are over 500 students: 150 pre-computer science majors, 100 computer science majors, 50 information technology majors, 10 computer science master's students, and 200 engineering students in the School of Computing. The courses will be taught by twenty faculty, a number that is expected to increase to twenty-five during the next three years.

February 14, 2002


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