Computer science is the study of systems for smart problem-solving.
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“Serious Gaming” is the idea of using computing ideas from games and social media to solve real-world problems. Drew faculty and students together are developing a game-inspired platform for use in high schools.
We took over a room and declared it our student Teamwork Space. It looks like an internet start-up company: workstations, snacks and a fridge, a big plasma screen, game consoles for taking breaks and walls covered with math, diagrams and notes.
Our foundation is the ancient field of mathematics, with its deeply multicultural history. Even the word algorithm (rules for solving a problem in specific steps) can be connected both to algorism (computation with Arabic numerals) and the Greek arithmos (number).
It’s rare for undergrads to do the kinds of interdisciplinary research in the sciences and humanities that they do here. Students learn to communicate well with partners in different fields and understand their needs, a crucial skill for computer scientists.
Careers Made easy
With the far-reaching impact of the internet, this is a heady and rewarding time to enter the field. At every scale—from tiny phone apps to global networks and research supercomputing—computer scientists are shaping the future.
Graduate with an impressive résumé packed with real research and internships, in addition to all your course work. Anybody who wants to can. We make that happen.
Our grads are prepared to jump right in to solving problems for large financial companies and power players like Google, or to be partners in ingenious start-up companies, making great ideas come to life.
I’m getting significant experience building a user interface for DM, the interactive scholarly research tool being developed at Drew in conjunction with Stanford University. I also play keyboards for a band called Friday Night Mistake.
I intern with the ad-scheduling traffic team at BBC America. They were having problems with response times so I went into the databases, found the fields they needed and compiled them in a correctly organized SQL statement. It saved them 40 minutes off their day. Check out Rebecca’s audio slideshow.
For Fairfield Advisors, a hedge fund here in Madison, N.J., I helped improve an automated program that buys products when they are trading below set averages and sells them as they revert to that average. Using this program, Fairfield Advisors estimates it earns an annual profit of about $500,000 a year.
I’m working on a book on Android app development, and new editions of two books on Java programming. I’m inquisitive, a definite computer geek and, at times, a bit of a goofball.
Ph.D., University of Illinois
My research interests include Lie algebras, on which I’ve published a book and several articles. In my spare time I sing in New York City’s Dessoff Choirs; we perform with Ray Davies of the Kinks from time to time.
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
- Systems administrator
- Director of software engineering
BlackRock investment firm
- User interface developer
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My Favorite Course
“You get a deep understanding of how the computer works from the ground up, as well as the history of why people built the systems they did. We learned so much.”
Tim Andres, on Operating Systems