Welcome to CS&E

Heimdahl 2013As the new head of Computer Science and Engineering (CS&E) at the University of Minnesota, I would like to extend my warmest welcome to our department. If you are visiting our webpages, I am sure you are aware of the ubiquitous presence of computing in everyday life; a development that has led to an unprecedented growth in the number of students joining our programs as well as leading to new and exciting interdisciplinary research opportunities for our faculty and students.

CS&E has 42 faculty members and nine instructors that provide leadership and expertise to our over 1,300 undergraduate and nearly 500 graduate students. Our faculty members are highly productive educators and researchers; they are international leaders in their respective fields and authors of widely used software and textbooks. The distinction of our faculty locally and worldwide is confirmed by their long list of awards and honors in teaching and research. We in CS&E are proud to be one of a select few computer science departments nationwide with multiple recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) and 23 CAREER Award winners.

To prepare the future leaders in this exciting industry, I am proud to lead a department that offers B.S. and B.A. degree programs in Computer Science; an ABET accredited B.S. program in Computer Engineering (offered jointly with Electrical and Computer Engineering); M.S. programs in Computer Science, Data Science, and Software Engineering; and a Ph.D. program in Computer Science. We provide our students with a broad undergraduate and graduate curriculum based on the application and theoretical foundations of computer science. Each year, the University awards over 250 bachelors, 100 masters, and 25 doctoral degrees to CS&E students. Our faculty and students participate in interdisciplinary research with groups like the Institute for Health Informatics, the Minnesota Population Center, and the Biomedical Informatics and Computational Biology program. We have also played a leadership role in the formation of several industrial consortia such as the Center for Research in Intelligent Storage (CRIS) and the Safety, Security, Rescue Research Center (SSR-RC). Additionally, CS&E receives generous support from the local industry through our Industry Advisory Council (IAC), a group of industry representatives working with the department to enhance our educational, research, and student placement efforts.

The amalgamation of these elements makes CS&E an incredibly exciting environment in which to study and work; an environment that serves us well in our goal of providing excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research, and discovery.

There are many ways you can be part of, and contribute to, our department: come visit and explore what we can offer you as a prospective student; collaborate with us to help provide talented students for your enterprise; keep us posted of your accomplishments as an alumnus; explore collaborations either in research or education; and bring any new initiatives you may have in mind to our attention. I am always willing to have a discussion on any issues related to the development of our department. Please explore our website to learn more about CS&E and ways to get involved--I hope to see you here.


Mats Heimdahl
Professor and Head