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Computer Science Department
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The Computer Science Department at the US Naval Academy offers the Computer Science (CS) and Information Technology (IT) majors. Both majors provide an exciting curriculum that meets the needs of newly appointed Naval officers serving in the fleet. This nationally recognized department is dedicated to remaining on the leading edge of research and technology.

New Data Science Major!

A new major will be launched in the fall of 2022, Data Science! Students in the class of 2025 will be able to select Data Science as their major. You can find more information about this major here.


Our Faculty

The department is home to 9 civilian Ph.D. professors, 6 military faculty, and a handful of distinguished visitors. Our faculty offer a range of exciting electives, integrate cutting edge research into the classroom, and many students pursue one-on-one research with faculty.

Why Study Computer Science?

CS is consistently listed at the top of major "best jobs" reports, often ranked #1 in terms of salary, job satisfaction, and career progression. Find out more here, including what the President has to say about this critical field of study.

Follow Us on Social Media

You can now follow the Computer Science Department on Instagram. See the latest student activities and hear about new faculty and student research.


 Follow Us on Instagram!

You can now follow the Computer Science Department on Instagram. See the latest student activities and hear about new faculty and student research.


 News and Updates

 

We're Hiring!

The U.S. Naval Academy's Computer Science Department is excited to announce tenure track professor and distinguished visiting professor job openings.  These positions are to begin in late July 2022.  More information about the position, and details on how to apply can be found here.

 

41st Annual Michelson Lecture

The Computer Science Department will host this year's annual Michelson Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, March 22, 2022. This year's lecturer is Dr. Jeannette Wing of Columbia University. The title of her lecture is "Trustworthy AI". You can find more information about the lecture and Dr. Wing on the Michelson Lecture page.

 

Computer Science major, MIDN Kade Heckel wins Mashall Scholarship

MIDN Kade Heckel has been awarded the prestigious Mashall Scholarship! Upon graduation, MIDN Heckel will pursue a Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence and Adaptive Systems at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England. Read more here. MIDN Heckel is a dual Computer Science, Computer Engineering major and Trident Scholar working with the Computer Science Department's own, Professor Ric Crabbe. Congratulations and good luck with your studies in England.heckel.jpg

 

Dr. Gavin Taylor wins 2022 Teaching Excellence AwardgtAward

Associate Professor Gavin Taylor is the 2022 recipient of the "Class of 1951 Civilian Faculty Teaching Excellence Award". Professor Taylor distinguished himself through his research and steadfast dedication to Midshipmen by supervising three Trident scholars, including the most recent winner of the 1979 Trident Scholar Prize and co-chairing the committee to develop the brand new Data Science major. Read more about Dr. Taylor here.

Dr. Nate Chambers Wins 2020 Research Excellence AwardchambersAward1

Associate Professor Nate Chambers is the 2020 recipient of the "Class of 1951 Civilian Faculty Excellence in Research Award", which is presented annually to the civilian faculty member at the Naval Academy who has exhibited the highest quality continued scholarly achievement through research. Dr. Chambers' research interests include natural language processing (NLP) and learning about the world from text with minimal supervision. Read more about Dr. Chambers here.

 

Harrison Foley Wins 2021 Top Trident Scholar Prize

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MIDN 1/C Harrison Foley is the 2021 recipient of the "Class of 1979 Trident Scholar Prize". MIDN Foley, a Computer Science major, was advised by Associate Professor Gavin Taylor of the Computer Science Department as he worked on his award winning project titled "Deceiving Neural Networks in Common Applications". Learn more about the Trident program and MIDN Foley's project here and learn about Dr. Taylor's research interests  here.

 

Jamie Lee Earns Prestigious Churchill Scholarship

Jamie Lee 

Each year, qualified students apply for the Churchill Scholarship in hopes of securing one of the 15 spots. This competitive scholarship allows the winners to earn a master’s degree at Churchill College at the University of Cambridge in UK. This year, MIDN Lee, Computer Science major, competed amongst 127 candidates from 82 institutions nationwide to win one of the 15 spots. MIDN Lee will pursue a master’s degree in Machine Learning. Once she completes the year-long program, she will serve in the Navy as a Cryptologic Warfare Officer.

 

2020 Jean Bartik Computing Symposium (JBCS)

JBCS 2020

On February 27 -28, 2020, the Computer Science Department at the United States Naval Academy (USNA) hosted the second Jean Bartik Computing Symposium (JBCS). Named after Jean Bartik, one of the early pioneers of computing, the event brings together the service academies’ women and underrepresented minorities studying computing and connects them with industry, government, and military professionals in the field. This year's event was attended by thirty-seven midshipmen, seventeen West Point cadets, ten U.S. Air Force cadets along with faculty members from the service academies, distinguished speakers from DOD labs and agencies, and industry partners. Read more about JBCS here.

 

Mike Hanling Wins 2020 Top Trident Scholar Prize

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MIDN 1/C Mike Hanling is the 2020 recipient of the "Class of 1979 Trident Scholar Prize". MIDN Hanling, a Computer Science major, was advised by Associate Professor Daniel S. Roche of the Computer Science Department as he worked on his award winning project titled "Proofs of Retrievability with Low Server Storage". Learn more about the Trident program and MIDN Hanling's project here and learn about Dr. Roche's research interests  here.

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