Personalized Attention in Computer Science
“UE is a small school, but our computer science program is allied with engineering. There aren’t too many computer science programs that are engineering-oriented with small class sizes.”
Deborah Hwang, PhD
Associate Professor of Computer Science
Director, Computer Science Program
Continuous Learning in Computer Science
Deborah Hwang has been the director of the computer science program at University of Evansville since 1995. She is proud that the program reflects the skills and education necessary to be a computer scientist. She states, “I am rewarded every day by seeing my students succeed and learn new things in the field.” She has been a faculty member at UE for 22 years, and continues to enjoy teaching due to a collegial team of faculty members and her innovative students. She remarks that she constantly learns new aspects of computer science, and with every graduating class, she becomes more knowledgeable on the subject matter.
Small School, Impressive Education
The computer science program is unique at UE because, as Hwang says, “as a small school, our computer science students have greater opportunities to take on leadership roles. They receive personal one-on-one advising and complete multiple individual and group projects during their four years. Classes are taught by professors – not graduate students – an added benefit for our program.” Hwang feels that UE engineering students are well-rounded when they graduate because the program incorporates a liberal arts core with a rigorous engineering approach. The program is highly project oriented allowing the professors a chance to cultivate their students’ strengths giving them the best experience possible. Computer science students can study abroad without needing any extra semesters, an anomaly compared to some large universities. Most computer science students spend their sophomore fall semester at Harlaxton College strengthening their cohort with the engineering students.
Computer Science Leads to Success
Hwang’s students have been very successful in their post-graduation endeavors. They have been accepted to graduate schools like Georgia Tech to continue studying in fields such as computer science, computational science and engineering, and information security. Her students have received job offers from Intel, OFS Brands, and Facebook as well as from software consulting firms and businesses in the gaming industry. She is very proud of her students and can see the difference the computer science program has made in each of their lives.