Department of Computer Science 50th Anniversary Celebration


This year, the Department of Computer Science celebrates 50 years of education and discovery at Iowa State University. Following the invention of the first electronic digital computer by John Vincent Atanasoff and Clifford Berry in the 1930s and the official formation of the Department of Computer Science in 1969, ISU has paved the way for amazing innovations by contributing ground-breaking research and outreach to support future generations.

It is our privilege to invite all Department of Computer Science alumni and friends to participate in the 50th anniversary festivities. We have planned many ways to be involved, starting with a special issue of Atanasoff Today, regular communications throughout the year showcasing the important work our faculty and alumni are contributing and culminating in a multi-day celebration of the Department of Computer Science on campus September 26-28, 2019.

We look forward to celebrating this important milestone with you.”

Photo of Gianfranco Ciardo
Gianfranco Ciardo
Professor, Computer Science
Chair of the ISU Dept. of Computer Science 50th Anniversary Planning Committee
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Hridesh Rajan
Kingland Professor and Interim Department Chair, Computer Science
Professor-In-Charge, ISU Data Science Program

Schedule of Events

Registration for the lectures and banquet on Friday, September 27 is now closed.

However, if you are still interested in attending the lectures or the banquet on Friday, September 27, please contact Robyn Goldy at 515-294-7487 or rgoldy@iastate.edu and we will put you on a wait list and contact you if a spot opens up.

For the keynote lecture on Thursday, September 26 at 8:00 p.m., no registration is required – it is free and open to the public.


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