Department of Computer Science 50th Anniversary Celebration


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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 my 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.”

Gianfranco Ciardo
Professor and Department Chair

Schedule of Events

Registration is now open.  Register here by September 13!

Registration to the full day of events on Friday, September 27 is $100 per person and includes access to the lectures, lunch, refreshments throughout the day, and the anniversary banquet. Additional banquet tickets can be purchased for $40.

Computer Science 50th Anniversary T-Shirts for Sale

100% cotton.  S, M, L, and XL are $5 each.  2XL are $8 each.  If you attend the Computer Science 50th Anniversary festivities in September, you can purchase your shirt through the online registration form.  You will receive your shirt when you check in at the event.  If you can’t make the celebration, you can still purchase a shirt here and we will mail it to you.