After five and a half very interesting years as Director it is time for a somewhat overdue sabbatical and to
welcome Al Davis, the new Director of the School of Computing.
It is also time to say thank-you to all those staff, faculty and students who made my job such and interesting and often enjoyable one. Dean Rich Brown of the College of Engineering deserves particular thanks too. Much has changed over the last few years, we have survived and even prospered under what once look like very severe budget cuts. Since 2006 our undergraduate intake has grown by 25%. The graduate intake has doubled and research spending has nearly doubled to $17.1M. Over the last 5 years our faculty population has increased, welcoming 12 new faculty members to the School of Computing. These new faculty members have helped strengthened many core areas including theory, algorithms, image analysis, compilers, security, animation and graphics. Two positions in image analysis are being funded through the State of Utah USTAR initiative. The computing degree has added tracks in Robotics, Scientific Computing, Information Technology, Image Analysis, Computer Engineering and Graphics and Visualization. The computing degree encourages students to pursue area-specific coursework and to undertake research at an early stage of their graduate study in a way that fits with the range of educational possibilities available in a very broad School. A new research center has grown in parallel computing, the aptly named CPU, led by Ganesh Gopalakrishnan, and others centers are planned. In 2007 we introduced a new undergraduate program in Entertainment Arts and Engineering, an interdisciplinary program between the School of Computing and the Department of Film and Media Arts. This program has grown significantly over the years and in 2010 we announced a graduate level program called the Entertainment Arts and Engineering Master Games Studio. This interdisciplinary masterâ€™s program contains three tracks: game engineering, game arts, and game production. The level of student interest and excitement is such that the graduate level program went from planning, to an entering class of twenty or so students in not much more than a year. The message is so clear, faculty, staff and students have all made tremendous efforts to move the School forward. There is no doubt that times still remain challenging and I am sure that the new directors job will be every bit as interesting as mine was. Over to you Al!
Martin Berzins Professor School of Computing
2009 - 2010 REPORT