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Welcome to Computer Science


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The Department of Computer Science has been an incubator for innovative teaching and leading-edge research for more than 50 years. Guided by our core values, we pursue our mission and vision in the spirit of Virginia Tech's motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).

See our Fall 2022 Factsheet for a one-page summary of the department.

Research Strengths and Impact
Productive faculty and students with strong tradition of interdisciplinary research

  • 75 faculty members, including 60 tenured or tenure-track faculty, and 16 NSF CAREER Award winners
  • Faculty size slated to grow to more than 100 over the next 5-7 years
  • Research strengths in a broad set of strategic areas, including: 
    • Computational biology and bioinformatics
    • Data analytics, machine learning, NLP, and vision
    • Digital education
    • High performance computing and computational science
    • Human computer interaction 
    • Quantum computing
    • Security
    • Software engineering
    • Systems
    • Theory and algorithms
  • $12M in research expenditures in 21/22
  • Department-affiliated research centers include: Center for Human-Computer Interaction, Sanghani Center for Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics, STACK@VT, and the Center for Synergistic Environments for Experimental Computing.
  • Extensive involvement with major university research institutes and initiatives, including CCI, FBRI, FLSI, ICAT, ICTAS, ISCE, NSI and VTTI.

Undergraduate Programs
Majors in Computer Science, Data-Centric Computing, and Secure Computing  

  • 1,494 students (Sophomore, Junior, Senior); 18% women
  • 366 BS degrees awarded in 21/22
  • Ranked 29th by U.S. News & World Report

Graduate Programs
Programs in Blacksburg and the Greater Washington, D.C. metro area offer research-focused PhD and MS degrees and practitioner-focused MEng degree

  • 247 PhD, 108 MS, and 369 MEng students, 27% women
  • 22 PhD, 59 MS, and 47 MEng degrees awarded in 21/22
  • Ranked 38th by U.S. News & World Report

Additional Degree Programs
Department contributes to several additional degree programs, including:

  • Minors in computer science, cybersecurity, and human-computer interaction
  • Bachelors of science in computational modeling and data analytics
  • Ph.D. in genetics, bioinformatics and computational biology
  • Online masters of information technology, ranked 1st for veterans and 4th in the nation, by U.S. News & World Report

College of Engineering
Part of Virginia Tech's comprehensive and highly ranked College of Engineering

  • The College is led by Dean Julia Ross
  • Extensive collaborations that span the College of Engineering as well as with numerous departments in other Virginia Tech colleges

Blacksburg Campus
Virginia Tech's main campus in beautiful Southwest Virginia

  • Currently occupy more than 70,000 square feet, primarily in two buildings: Torgersen Hall and KnowledgeWorks II
  • Department space will nearly double with two new buildings opening in 2023
  • A beautiful campus with many opportunities for cultural and outdoor recreation

Washington, D.C. Area and the Innovation Campus
Strategic location offers unique opportunities for research and partnerships

  • CS graduate degrees offered for more than 40 years, with facilities in Falls Church and Arlington, VA
  • Poised for dramatic growth with launching of the new Innovation Campus in Alexandria, VA

Administrative Leadership and Support
Diverse team leads a broad set of academic, research, and external engagement activities

  • Leadership group includes four associate department heads and multiple area directors
  • Six person IT staff supports extensive computing resources
  • Five person fiscal staff includes support for proposal preparation and management, and human resources
  • Dedicated coordinators lead efforts in communication and marketing, corporate partnerships, and alumni relations