Warm Welcome to The University of Texas at Permian Basin (UTPB) Department of Computer Science. I am delighted to be the Chair and Full Professor of the Department of Computer Science and Director of the Cybersecurity Center at UTPB.

The University of Texas at Permian Basin (UTPB) is a highly reputed comprehensive university with both regional and international reputation in all of its programs.

Computer Science (CS) is an enabling and critical field these days for any nation that wants to succeed in the era of the digital economy and Industrial Revolution 4.0 and 5.0. The strength of the Department is its programs, resources, and people. I am pleased to be working with our really outstanding faculty, students, staff, and Advisory Board to make our Department and institution a world-class center of academic excellence.

The Department offers excellent undergraduate programs in Computer Science and Information Science and an MS program in Computer Science. We offer concentrations in the BS in CS program that includes: cybersecurity, software development, game and simulation, and data science. The university offers also a BS minor in Computer Science.

As for the MS in Computer Science, we offer several tracks that include: cybersecurity, data science, and information technology. In addition, we offer the Accelerated Master’s Pathway (AMP) in computer science, which allows students with strong ability and motivation to complete a bachelor's degree in computer science within 5 years.

The Department offers undergraduate certificate programs that include: Cyber Security Certificate (online), Information Technology and Security Certificate, Network and Telecommunications Certificate, Software Development Certificate, Website Design, and Development Certificate. We also offer graduate certificate programs that include: Cyber Security Certificate (online) and Data Science Certificate. Further, we are in the process of offering a new Artificial Intelligence Certificate.

We are committed to producing graduates who are well prepared to enter the job market as well as to pursue further studies.

At the Department of Computer Science, we educate the next generation of the computing workforce in the emerging and highly demanded disciplines that will be an enabling engine for digital sciences and the digital economy.

We offer conventional programs with a modern twist as well as new emerging state-of-the-art programs that bear specializations in areas of national, regional, and even international priorities like Cybersecurity, Information Science, and Data Science.

Our faculty members are distinguished teachers and researchers. They are engaged with the community and profession and perform excellent service. They are doing cutting-edge research conducted with their research teams. Such research works expose our students to technology innovations that push the current state of the art of the disciplines to new statures. As the World is moving towards the 4th and 5th Industrial revolution of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Cybersecurity, Data Science, and Autonomous Systems that are expected to have a remarkable economic impact and improve the human condition and life in ways that we really cannot even envisage, the Department of Computer Science at UTPB is self-confident to become a leader in Teaching, Learning, Research, Development, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in all of these vital disciplines.

Our faculty have attracted extensive research funding. They do cutting-edge research in all areas of Computing. Their research outcomes have been published in scholarly international journals and conference proceedings as well as in books and book chapters of top international publishers. In addition, they are energetic in the profession in activities like conference organization, conference program committee membership, and editorship of international journals, among others. Some of them have received worldwide distinguished wards for their technical leadership and service to the profession.

We are proud of our graduates; their enthusiasm, preparedness, and the quality they bring to the job market make employers consistently compete to hire them.

Both the Department and University are supportive of the students’ learning and research. We are scholars who care about both research and learning. Our teaching and research laboratories are provided with state-of-the-art equipment. We care about advising of our students as well as tutorship. To this end, we make sure that our students are getting proper advice as well as are couched properly.

We cordially invite you to visit our Department and feel free to contact our office with any general questions. For specific program-related questions, please contact the appropriate Program Director.

Feel free to come visit us and find out what prospects we can present you as a potential student; look to us on how to offer student talent as an employer; bring us the state-of-the-art updates about what is happening with you as a graduate and investigate with us on how we can expedite collaborations either in research or education if you have any ideas of your own. We are always ready to have a dialogue on any of the issues related to the enhancement of the programs and will try to make these matters equally stimulating to you.

We, in the Department of Computer Science and UTPB, seek excellence as we believe the societal and economic challenges due to ICT technologies and digital sciences and their impact on our lives are so important that we must stress the highest standards of education, learning, discovery, investigation, research, development, innovation, entrepreneurship, and analysis. As a community of use-inspired computing educators and scholars, we are capable of the deep, broad, and concerted efforts in education and research activities that will be required for any nation to succeed in this millennium and in this digital economy and Internet era.

As we are moving both vertically and horizontally, we only expect that the excitement and successes of our people will be amplified in the years ahead.

We wholeheartedly invite you to visit our facilities and laboratories and meet with our faculty and staff members and learn more about us. Here at the Department of Computer Science at UTPB, we improve minds, ignite curiosity, sharpen skills, create technologies, and delineate the promise of tomorrow.

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