Computer Science and Software Engineering Newsletter


Auburn University’s Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering (CSSE) continues to be a magnet for Auburn freshmen. In the past few years, fall semester undergraduate enrollment has increased sharply from 582 in 2013; 625 in 2014; to 725 in 2015. This is partially due to the fact that CSSE provides excellent education in computing, and our graduates are widely welcomed by industry and graduate schools across the nation. In the past academic year, the average starting salary for our graduates was $74,500.

With the increase in student population, CSSE is in the process of recruiting five tenured/tenure-track faculty members and one lecturer to start in 2016. This is an exciting time for the department in the sense that, this time next year, the department will have many new faces. Two of the new hires will be part of the campus-wide Cluster Hiring Initiative that encourages interdisciplinary research collaboration. One of these positions is in the area of Climate, Human and Earth System Services and the second position is in the area of Omics and Bioinformatics. Both positions involve big data, data analytics and high performance computing. We expect these cross-campus collaborations will further broaden CSSE’s research horizon!

This is the final message I will write for the CSSE newsletter as the department chair. My second five-year term of chair will conclude in summer 2016.  I would like to thank my CSSE colleagues, alumni, students and industrial supporters for the opportunity to serve them and for their cooperation, patience and support in the past 10 years. We have gone a long way in this time frame and established the department as a recognized program in the southeast and the nation. We are in the process of conducting a national search for a new department chair to start in fall 2016.  I would like to encourage all CSSE constituents to support our new chair in all possible ways.  I am confident that, from our current solid foundation, the new chair will bring the department further in the areas of our mission – instruction, research and extension!

War Eagle!

Kai Chang
Department Chair

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Honor Roll: Spring 2015 award recognitions 

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CSSE award recipients (from left): Justin Middleton, David Shuckerow, Dean Hendrix, James Cross and Randy Robinson

This spring, the college recognized the following distinguished
CSSE faculty, students and alumni:

Fred H. Pumphrey Outstanding
Pre-Engineering Student Awards (4.0 GPA)

Computer Science:

  • Jami Daly

Software Engineering

  • Jesse Burroughs
  • Brannon Defore
  • Harrison Forder

Outstanding Student Awards

  • Computer Science – David Shuckerow
  • Software Engineering – Justin Middleton

Outstanding Faculty Award 

  • Dean Hendrix

Superior William Walker Teaching Award for Excellence

  • James Cross

Outstanding Alumni Award

  • Randy Robinson


Giving to Computer Science and Software Engineering:

Time and time again, we hear from industry leaders, agencies and graduate schools that Auburn engineers are different. They possess a work ethic and understanding of engineering principles that sets them apart. They are simply the kind of engineers that employers are looking for. And their common experience is their Auburn Engineering education – an experience that you share.

The Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering is committed to providing an engineering education that prepares students for successful careers; and we do this in large part through the private support of our alumni and friends. These contributions provide crucial funding for scholarships and fellowships, faculty support and program enhancements. Please consider making a gift to your area of interest within the department or to the CSSE Industrial Advisory Board Endowed Scholarship. Your gift will provide future CSSE students a college experience that changes their lives as well.

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