UA 105.019 Guide to the North Carolina State University, College of Engineering, Department of Computer Science Records, 1967-2007

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North Carolina State University. Dept. of Computer Science.


1.5 Linear feet

General Physical Description note

3 archival boxes



Acquisitions Information

Transferred from North Carolina State University, Department of Computer Science.


Processed by: Linda Sellars; Susanne Hutchison, 2009 July; Cate Putirskis, 2010 June; machine-readable finding aid created by: Linda Sellars and Kelly Clark; Finding aid updated by Susanne Hutchison, 2009 July; Cate Putirskis, 2010 June


2008-2010 June, Finding aid updated to reflect additions to the collection by Cate Putirskis, 2008 May; 2010 June; Susanne Hutchison, 2009 July

Scope and Content Note

The records of the North Carolina State University Department of Computer Science include a proposal for formation of the department, correspondence, publications, seminar announcements, an annual report, information about courses and curricula, and other administrative records. Materials range in date from 1967 to 2007.

Historical Note

1957 Department of Experimental Statistics installed computers in Patterson Hall.
1962 NCSU Computing Center established.
1965 August NCSU joined Duke and UNC and, with the help of a National Science Foundation grant, formed the Triangle Universities Computation Center, or TUCC.
1965 Ad hoc Committee on Computer Science formed to include a faculty member from the departments of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Economics, Industrial Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Statistics, and the director of the Computer Center, Paul E. Lewis.
1966 Paul E. Lewis and John W. Cell of the Department of Mathematics wrote the report recommending the reconstitution of the Computing Center into the Department of Computer Science, which would offer a bachelors of science, within the School of Physical Sciences and Applied Mathematics.
1967 July The new department was approved.
1967 Fall Instruction in the Computer Science Department began with 21 declared majors and 460 students.
1968 Spring Number of majors had more than doubled to 49. The expanding department was housed in Harrelson Hall.
1970 Department occupied 10 rooms in the newly opened Dabney Hall.
1974-1978 Averaged 350 majors and between 2,000 and 2,500 students enrolled in all CSC courses.
1977 Fall Computer Studies program began operation, offering master of science and master of computer studies degrees.
1980 Department started a certificate program in computer programming. Enrollment increased from 100 to over 400 students in one year.
1982 Fall Department dedicated its Data General MV 8000 to the support of its instructional program. With 60 terminals, it served the approximately 1,500 students in CSC 101 and 111, relieving TUCC of a considerable strain. By Spring 1983, the number of simultaneous computer users on campus had increased by 40%.
1983 Fall Department acquired a section of the basement of Leazar Hall and installed a Sage microcomputer system with 150 new terminals, which could handle 2,000 underclass students per semester. Some terminals were set aside for computer literacy service courses and graduate and undergraduate graphics courses.
1985 Majors topped the 1,000 mark.
1987 Computer Systems Laboratory (CSL), a joint venture between Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering, opened in Daniels Hall.
1988 July Computer science officially became a department within the College of Engineering.
1989 Fall The masters in computer studies was officially renamed the masters in computer science.
1990 January All students previously in the computer science option for a masters or Ph.D. in computer engineering were transferred into the new autonomously controlled Computer Science program.
1990 Withers became the Computer Science Department's home.

Additional information and resources on the history of the Department of Computer Science can be found through the NCSU Historical State website external link.

List of Department Heads

1967 September-1969 January Paul E. Lewis, acting
1970 January-1973 Paul E. Lewis
1973-1974 Norm Williamson, acting
1974 July-1985 Donald Martin
1986-1992 Robert Funderlic
1993-2004 June Alan L. Tharp
2004 July- Mladen Vouk

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