Computer Science [and Engineering] Timeline

Highlights from the Department of Computer Science (CS) and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE). See the full timeline!

  • 3/20/19

    Click here to see our entire timeline of the first 50 years of Computer Science and Engineering at UB.

  • Ridge Lea
    3/20/19

    UB assigns us our first home on the Ridge Lea Campus. 

  • Milestone: 5 Faculty
    3/20/19

    The Computer Science Department at the University at Buffalo is formed within the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences (FEAS).

  • Grad Programs at Inception
    3/20/19

    University course catalogs first describe our Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy programs.

  • Milestone: 10 Faculty
    3/20/19

    We achieve the ten faculty member milestone.

  • Chess-Playing Graphical Computer
    3/20/19

    Nick Findler buys a chess-playing graphical computer with NSF funds, beginning a long departmental tradition of incorporating games into our research.

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    3/20/19

    William J. Rapaport popularizes the grammatically-parseable phrase, "Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo".

  • Medical Image Processing Group
    3/20/19

    Gabor T. Herman develops a world-renowned Medical Image Processing Group from 1969 to 1981. 

  • No More Punchcards
    3/20/19

    We buy a Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) VAX 11/750 minicomputer. 

  • Bell Hall
    3/20/19

    We take up residence in Bell Hall, placing us in the center of North Campus activity and culture.

  • Milestone: 15 Faculty
    3/20/19

    We achieve the 15 (actually 16) faculty member milestone.

  • First Grad Conference
    3/20/19

    Jim Geller (PhD, '88) organizes our first annual grad conference to give our grad students a forum to show off their current research.

  • Milestone: 20 Faculty
    3/20/19

    We achieve the 20 faculty member milestone.

  • 25th Anniversary
    3/20/19

    We celebrate our 25th anniversary with a banquet and a symposium.

  • CCS
    3/20/19

    The university establishes a multidisciplinary Center for Cognitive Science, uniting computer science with cognitive psychology disciplines.

  • Milestone: 25 Faculty
    3/20/19

    We achieve the 25 (actually 26) faculty member milestone.

  • CS + CE = CSE
    3/20/19

    The Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) is born!

  • Milestone: 30 Faculty
    3/20/19

    The merger accelerates us past the 30 faculty member milestone. Between '97 and '98, we grow from 26 to 33 faculty.

  • CCR
    5/9/19

    Russ Miller founds the Center for Computational Research, the university supercomputer cluster that has the capability of processing 60 billion operations per second.

  • Milestone: 35 Faculty
    3/20/19

    We enter the 2000s with 36 faculty.

  • 40th Anniversary
    3/20/19

    We convened at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center to celebrate our 40th anniversary.

  • Davis Hall
    6/25/19

    Davis Hall—Our brand-new, state-of-the-art departmental headquarters.

  • Milestone: 40 Faculty
    3/20/19

    We begin Fall 2015 with a strength of 40 faculty.

  • 50th Anniversary
    3/20/19

    The Department of Computer Science and Engineering celebrates its 50th anniversary.