Feb 25, 2024  
2023-2024 University of Wyoming Catalog 
    
2023-2024 University of Wyoming Catalog

School of Computing


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231 Bureau of Mines
Phone: (307)766-5299 Email:
uwyo-soc@uwyo.edu

Gabrielle Allen, Director
Website:
www.uwyo.edu/soc

The School of Computing is a hub of innovation and knowledge exchange for computing and digital skills. The new school provides University of Wyoming students, faculty and staff, and Wyoming businesses and citizens with the computational tools, skills and approaches to drive transformation and innovation in the state. The School of Computing also champions broader efforts to make the University of Wyoming more digital, inclusive, interdisciplinary, and entrepreneurial through computing partnerships across Wyoming.

Background:

The School of Computing at the University of Wyoming was approved by the Board of Trustees in January 2022 after a year of planning that involved input and discussions among broad stakeholders. In March 2022, Dr. Gabrielle Allen was appointed as the inaugural Director, and in May 2022 the School was provided with initial office space in the Bureau of Mines.  

Although the school is initially administratively incubated in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences it will become an independent academic unit within the next few years.

The School of Computing has a mission to collaborate with and impact all units and disciplines at the University of Wyoming and is developing partnerships both internal and external to the University. Example partnerships include the Science Initiative, Tier 1 Engineering Initiative, the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, K-12 schools, community colleges, industry, community partners, national laboratories, and NCAR. Other important partners include the Wyoming Innovation Partnership, and units providing computing services and infrastructure such as ARCC, 3D visualization center, WyGISC, NSF EPSCOR, NIH INBRE.  

Vision:

Create a unique and inspirational School of Computing with national impact and global reach, providing Wyoming and the world with agile and ethical computing professionals, empowered to address societal challenges that are inherently interdisciplinary.   

Mission:

Position our land grant institution as: a national leader in computational and digital research, education, and engagement; a computational hub for students, faculty, staff, community, and our industry/state/academic partners; a steward, supporter, and developer of digital skills and computational thinking for all. 

Values:

  • Excellence in research, teaching, and engagement 
  • Partnership and collaboration 
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion in computing 
  • Context-based experiential learning 
  • Computing across disciplines, including social sciences, arts, humanities and STEM 

Programs/Activities:

  • Strategic thematic areas 
  • Faculty recruitment (Tenure track and Adjunct) 
  • Student certificates, minor, BS/BA (eventually MS, PhD) 
  • Research scientists supporting and driving research and industry engagement 
  • Visiting scholars 
  • Engagement across UW and with K-12, community colleges, national labs, industry, donors 
  • Advancing the use and scope of computing infrastructure 
  • Undergraduate computing scholars 
  • Graduate research assistants 
  • Student internships 

Outcomes:

  • Increase UW’s ability to address grand challenge problems of importance to Wyoming 
  • Better prepare students for future careers, including students from diverse backgrounds and across disciplines 
  • Grow the student body in computing and data 
  • Support the state in building a new, diverse economic sector in technology and computing 

Personnel:

Staff

RAYA HEGEMAN-DAVIS, Director of Engagement

BETH LEONARD, Assistant Director of Business Operations

JUDY YATES, Administrative Associate

Professors

Associate Professors

Academic Professional

Founding Adjunct Faculty

Gabrielle Allen, Director

Alan Buss, Professor

Austin Madson, Assistant Professor

Brandon Gellis, Associate Professor

Bryan Shader, Professor

Chao Jiang, Assistant Professor

Chen Xu, Associate Professor

Christopher Weiss-Lehman, Assistant Professor

Dan Stanescu, Associate Professor

Daniel McCoy, Assistant Professor

David Brown, Librarian

Di Yang, Assistant Professor

Diksha Shukla, Assistant Professor

Duong Nguyen, Assistant Professor

Grace Shearrer, Assistant Professor

Haibo Zhai, Associate Professor

Jeff Hamerlinck, Research Scientist

Jerod Merkle, Assistant Professor

Jonathan Prather, Professor

Kenneth Gerow, Professor

Lars Kotthoff, Assistant Professor

Laura Rita de Sousa Oliveira, Assistant Professor

Lauren Shoemaker, Assistant Professor

Liping Wang, Associate Professor

Mike Borowczak, Associate Professor

Minou Rabiei, Associate Professor

Ramesh Sivanpillai, Research Scientist

Robin Hill, Lecturer

Stefan Heinz, Professor

Suresh Muknahallipatna, Professor

Xiang Zhang, Assistant Professor

Yuri Dahnovsky, Professor

Zejian Zhou, Assistant Professor

Accreditation:

All programs at the University of Wyoming are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. 

Program Admission:

Undergraduate students will apply for admission to the University of Wyoming and then declare a major or minor within SoC at any point during their course of study. To declare a major, students must meet with the SoC or ACES academic advisor. Any student wanting to add the SoC minor should consult an SoC affiliated advisor to streamline their program.

The SoC minor is currently in development and will be available for students starting Fall 2023. Other degree options will follow shortly after. 

All SoC programs will emphasize experiential learning and encourage interdisciplinary courses when possible.

General Policies:

  • A minimum 2.00 UW GPA is required to apply for the minor.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to monitor requirements for the minor, along with their advisor.
  • Additional courses may be required to meet individual course prerequisites.
  • All classes in the minor must be passed with a grade of “C” or better.

Programs:

Minor

Students looking to add computing credentials to their major program discipline can add the SoC minor to any program. Courses applying towards the minor must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. Minor courses should be taken with consideration to major program requirements. When discipline specific courses are not an option, the interdisciplinary SoC course offerings should be applied.

231 Bureau of Mines
Phone: (307)766-5299 Email:
uwyo-soc@uwyo.edu

Gabrielle Allen, Director
Website:
www.uwyo.edu/soc

The School of Computing is a hub of innovation and knowledge exchange for computing and digital skills. The new school provides University of Wyoming students, faculty and staff, and Wyoming businesses and citizens with the computational tools, skills and approaches to drive transformation and innovation in the state. The School of Computing also champions broader efforts to make the University of Wyoming more digital, inclusive, interdisciplinary, and entrepreneurial through computing partnerships across Wyoming.

Background:

The School of Computing at the University of Wyoming was approved by the Board of Trustees in January 2022 after a year of planning that involved input and discussions among broad stakeholders. In March 2022, Dr. Gabrielle Allen was appointed as the inaugural Director, and in May 2022 the School was provided with initial office space in the Bureau of Mines.  

Although the school is initially administratively incubated in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences it will become an independent academic unit within the next few years.

The School of Computing has a mission to collaborate with and impact all units and disciplines at the University of Wyoming and is developing partnerships both internal and external to the University. Example partnerships include the Science Initiative, Tier 1 Engineering Initiative, the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, K-12 schools, community colleges, industry, community partners, national laboratories, and NCAR. Other important partners include the Wyoming Innovation Partnership, and units providing computing services and infrastructure such as ARCC, 3D visualization center, WyGISC, NSF EPSCOR, NIH INBRE.  

Vision:

Create a unique and inspirational School of Computing with national impact and global reach, providing Wyoming and the world with agile and ethical computing professionals, empowered to address societal challenges that are inherently interdisciplinary.   

Mission:

Position our land grant institution as: a national leader in computational and digital research, education, and engagement; a computational hub for students, faculty, staff, community, and our industry/state/academic partners; a steward, supporter, and developer of digital skills and computational thinking for all. 

Values:

  • Excellence in research, teaching, and engagement 
  • Partnership and collaboration 
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion in computing 
  • Context-based experiential learning 
  • Computing across disciplines, including social sciences, arts, humanities and STEM 

Programs/Activities:

  • Strategic thematic areas 
  • Faculty recruitment (Tenure track and Adjunct) 
  • Student certificates, minor, BS/BA (eventually MS, PhD) 
  • Research scientists supporting and driving research and industry engagement 
  • Visiting scholars 
  • Engagement across UW and with K-12, community colleges, national labs, industry, donors 
  • Advancing the use and scope of computing infrastructure 
  • Undergraduate computing scholars 
  • Graduate research assistants 
  • Student internships 

Outcomes:

  • Increase UW’s ability to address grand challenge problems of importance to Wyoming 
  • Better prepare students for future careers, including students from diverse backgrounds and across disciplines 
  • Grow the student body in computing and data 
  • Support the state in building a new, diverse economic sector in technology and computing 

Personnel:

Staff

RAYA HEGEMAN-DAVIS, Director of Engagement

BETH LEONARD, Assistant Director of Business Operations

JUDY YATES, Administrative Associate

Professors

Associate Professors

Academic Professional

Founding Adjunct Faculty

Gabrielle Allen, Director

Alan Buss, Professor

Austin Madson, Assistant Professor

Brandon Gellis, Associate Professor

Bryan Shader, Professor

Chao Jiang, Assistant Professor

Chen Xu, Associate Professor

Christopher Weiss-Lehman, Assistant Professor

Dan Stanescu, Associate Professor

Daniel McCoy, Assistant Professor

David Brown, Librarian

Di Yang, Assistant Professor

Diksha Shukla, Assistant Professor

Duong Nguyen, Assistant Professor

Grace Shearrer, Assistant Professor

Haibo Zhai, Associate Professor

Jeff Hamerlinck, Research Scientist

Jerod Merkle, Assistant Professor

Jonathan Prather, Professor

Kenneth Gerow, Professor

Lars Kotthoff, Assistant Professor

Laura Rita de Sousa Oliveira, Assistant Professor

Lauren Shoemaker, Assistant Professor

Liping Wang, Associate Professor

Mike Borowczak, Associate Professor

Minou Rabiei, Associate Professor

Ramesh Sivanpillai, Research Scientist

Robin Hill, Lecturer

Stefan Heinz, Professor

Suresh Muknahallipatna, Professor

Xiang Zhang, Assistant Professor

Yuri Dahnovsky, Professor

Zejian Zhou, Assistant Professor

Accreditation:

All programs at the University of Wyoming are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. 

Program Admission:

Undergraduate students will apply for admission to the University of Wyoming and then declare a major or minor within SoC at any point during their course of study. To declare a major, students must meet with the SoC or ACES academic advisor. Any student wanting to add the SoC minor should consult an SoC affiliated advisor to streamline their program.

The SoC minor is currently in development and will be available for students starting Fall 2023. Other degree options will follow shortly after. 

All SoC programs will emphasize experiential learning and encourage interdisciplinary courses when possible.

General Policies:

  • A minimum 2.00 UW GPA is required to apply for the minor.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to monitor requirements for the minor, along with their advisor.
  • Additional courses may be required to meet individual course prerequisites.
  • All classes in the minor must be passed with a grade of “C” or better.

Programs:

Minor

Students looking to add computing credentials to their major program discipline can add the SoC minor to any program. Courses applying towards the minor must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. Minor courses should be taken with consideration to major program requirements. When discipline specific courses are not an option, the interdisciplinary SoC course offerings should be applied.

Programs

    Minor

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