Research initiatives in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering are designed to be a natural fit with the research strengths of the university as a whole. Students, undergraduate and graduate, have many opportunities to be involved in research, in collaborations with department faculty and in interdisciplinary teams with faculty and students from other departments. The primary research focus areas of our faculty are listed below:

Faculty Research Areas

Paul Hinker , Assistant Professor of Computer Science 
PhD, New Mexico Institute for Mining and Technology 
Areas of interest: Scientific Visualization, High Performance Computing (HPCC), and Problem Solving Environments.

Christer Karlsson , Assistant Professor of Computer Science 
PhD, Colorado School of Mines 
Areas of interest: Algorithms and software for multicore architectures, topology aware MPI communications and scalable checkpointing techniques. 

Jeffrey McGough, Professor of Computer Science 
PhD, University of Utah 
Areas of interest: mobile robotics path planning, localization and mapping, and computer vision; evolutionary algorithms, particle and swarm methods, and biologically motivated algorithms.

Larry Pyeatt, Associate Professor of Computer Science 
PhD, Colorado State University 
Areas of interest:  probabilistic artificial intelligence, statistical machine learning, neural networks, stochastic control  theory, robotics, intelligent control,  and computer vision.

Mengyu Qiao, Assistant Professor of Computer Science 
PhD, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology 
Areas of interest: data mining, pattern recognition, information security, bioinformatics, multimedia processing, networking, distributed systems.

Lisa Rebenitsch, Assistant Professor of Computer Science 
PhD, Michigan State University 
Areas of interest: Cybersickness (visually induced motion sickness from a virtual environment), 3D Systems, Virtual Reality, User Interfaces, and Analysis of Algorithms.

Randy Hoover, Associate Professor of Computer Engineering
PhD, Colorado State University
Areas of interest: Computer Vision, Machine Learning and Artificial Neural Networks, Data Analytics, Control Systems and Robotics, Real-Time and Embedded Systems, Numerical Multilinear Algebraic and Dynamical Systems.

Daniel de Castro, Assistant Professor of Computer Science
PhD, University of Calgary, Canada
Areas of interest: Applied computer security (malware, spam, code obfuscation, intrusion detection); Operating systems; Computer networks; Industrial Control Systems (ICS) security.

Department Head
Contact Information

Dr. Jeffrey S McGough
Phone: (605) 394-2722
Office: MDB 100 

Please note:
Due to construction in McLaury, the CSE department office is located in the lower level of the Dakota Building at 306 E. St. Joseph Street.