Chair's Welcome

Dr. Qiao welcomes the CSE community back for the Spring 2021 term.

Chunming Qiao.

Chunming Qiao, SUNY Distinguished Professor and CSE Department Chair

Welcome to the Department of Computer Science and Engineering!

Founded in 1967 by computing pioneer Anthony Ralston, our department was one of the first in the nation. Today, we have grown to be the largest department within UB’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, with over 50 faculty, 10 staff members, and an ever-increasing student population of more than 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students.

We are very proud of our heritage and our alumni and former faculty for their great achievements and positive impact on society. Among them you will find prize-winning researchers and CEOs of some of the fastest-growing information technology companies around the world. Many have stayed in touch with our department, by serving on advisory committees, mentoring students, and hiring our graduates. Some also returned to their alma mater in 2017 to celebrate our 50th anniversary.

We are equally proud of our current students and faculty, who embody the hope of tomorrow. CSE faculty include many Fellows of professional societies including ACM, IEEE, IAPR and AAAS, and are recipients of numerous other national and international awards. They perform world-class research in today’s most relevant topics, such as artificial intelligence and robotics, cyber security, big data analytics, bioinformatics and computer-assisted education, to name just a few. We offer a great atmosphere for collaboration among faculty, both within and outside our department, and a nurturing environment that recognizes academic excellence.

Our educational programs are comprehensive and yet flexible, allowing our students to customize their courses to meet their interests and fully realize their potential. We offer three programs at the undergraduate level: the BA and BS degree programs in Computer Science and the BS in Computer Engineering. All three programs are aligned with the highest national standards for computing curricula set forth by the ACM, IEEE Computer Societies and the international computer engineering/computer science education accreditation board, ABET.

The 2017 US News and World Report on Best Global Universities ranked our graduate program 36th in the US. In addition, CS and Scholar rankings ranked us 29th and 46th, respectively, in 2017. Our master’s and PhD students thrive in an atmosphere that focuses on solving today’s toughest global challenges.

Our excellent undergraduate and graduate students actively participate in tackling these challenges in a variety of ways, notably in the Inven[s|t] UB club, an organization that aims to spur entrepreneurship. They organize hackathons, trainings and events as part of UB’s Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) student club and the UB DivTech chapter. And, every year, they host CSE Kids Night, a kid-friendly event that features interactive projects designed to promote computer science to the next generation.

In closing, with excellent alumni, faculty and students, and world-class research and education programs covering state-of-the-art science and technology, CSE@UB has something valuable to offer to everyone, whether you are a faculty candidate, student applicant, a potential employer, a program manager from a funding agency, or someone interested in learning more about the fascinating field of computer science and engineering. I encourage you to browse through our website to learn more about our department.

“Stronger CSE at UB, Better You and Me.”


Chunming Qiao's signature.

Chunming Qiao, PhD, IEEE Fellow

SUNY Distinguished Professor and Chair