Elon Computing Sciences

Elon Computing Sciences

Computers are the most complicated and powerful machines ever devised by human beings. The scale of computers extends to the very large, with ultra-large scale computing and "Big Data", to the very small, with nanotechnology and quantum computing.

In the Computing Sciences, we study how these incredibly interesting machines work. And, of course, we make new machines - in the form of computer hardware, software and systems - in order to solve the problems of everyday life.

The study of computing emphasizes excellent problem-solving techniques which translate well into the workforce. Since the computer field is constantly changing, students must learn to communicate effectively and be able to adapt quickly to new concepts and changing technology.

An Elon Computing Sciences education is an excellent choice. Because classes are small, hands-on learning starts from day one. Our faculty members are dedicated to staying current in the field, engaging students with cutting-edge and relevant projects. The equipment and facilities we use in our classes are varied and exciting. These include mobile devices of all types, robots, game systems, multi-displays, private and configurable laboratory spaces, and areas for hands-on building.

Internships, research projects, and independent learning experiences that complement classroom learning are plentiful. Other opportunities for student involvement include the student games and computing club (GCC) and participation in regional programming contests. After graduation, Computing Sciences students pursue employment in many industries, including government agencies, educational institutions, and businesses of all sizes from Fortune 500 to startups. Many Elon Computing Sciences students also choose to continue their studies in graduate school.

 

Computing Sciences News

Password protocols: Squire talks with international media about cybersecurity

Professor of Computing Sciences Megan Squire was interviewed by multiple international media outlets following an article she penned about password security for The Conversation that gained widespread readership.

Elon honors faculty, staff for excellence at awards luncheon

Four faculty members and 19 retiring employees were honored May 10 for excellence and service to Elon.

The Conversation: Why we choose terrible passwords, and how to fix them

Megan Squire, professor of computing sciences, writes about the problems with passwords like "12345" and "qwerty" as World Password Day approaches. 

The Conversation: Why we should not know our own passwords

Elon Computing Sciences Professor Megan Squire writes about the technology behind protecting digital privacy. 

Vint Cerf: We're only in the "early days" of artificial intelligence

The Internet and technology pioneer spent the day at Elon on Sept. 30 and was awarded the inaugural Imagining the Internet Areté Medallion.