University of Vermont

Faculty Spotlight

Senior Lecturer Robert M. Erickson, MS

Bob received the prestigious 2007 Kroepsch-Maurice Teaching Award, having joined the Computer Science faculty in 1991 after completing his Master of Science degree at Clarkson University.

Bob focuses on a series of web technology courses that get students to think of the web not as a series of web pages, but rather as a user interface for computer programs. Students' projects range from blogs, hotel management and social networking sites to volunteer opportunities (having been a mentor for seven years, Bob likes to point students in this direction).

In addition, Bob has written a textbook on Microsoft Office suite that students have found useful not just for the course but, based on the emails Bob receives, for years to come. One former student emailed, "I still apply many of your lessons today — still have your old textbook in my office — do you have a new one?" The reply — it's online, of course: 2003 version | 2007 version.

For more information, visit Bob's website.

Faculty Spotlight

Department of Computer Science

See video interview with Chair Eppstein

Shape the Future! Consider Computing at UVM!

Chair's Welcome

This is an amazing time to go into computing, with unprecedented opportunities. Computers are a ubiquitous and growing presence in all aspects of modern society, and thus there is huge and increasing demand for computing professionals that is far from being met by the profile of today's graduates. This is why unemployment is near zero for Computing Professionals who want to work, and Computing Professionals earn some of the highest salaries in the U.S. But it's not just the money and jobs that make Computing such an exciting profession - Computing-related careers are some of the most versatile, creative, and satisfying career choices you can make, and computational thinking and skills are valuable complements to virtually all other career areas.

Whether your passion is to help fight global warming, uncover the secrets of the human genome, create intelligent robots, bring history alive through mobile apps, prevent terrorism, understand human social phenomena, play the stock market, create digital art, improve health care, or invent the technologies of the future, computing is central to these and most modern endeavors. Computing professionals often collaborate in teams but may also work individually; they may be entrepreneurs, telecommuters, consultants, academics, work in a small business, work in a big business, work in a national laboratory, work in government, or work internationally.

Whether you are interested in computing as a first or second major, a minor, or just want to take a course or two, University of Vermont Computer Science has something to offer. Our dedicated lecturers and world-class research faculty offer dozens of courses ranging from introductory courses in WWW design and computer programming to advanced courses in areas such as mobile app development, evolutionary robotics, agent-based computing, data mining, machine learning, cryptography, bioinformatics and lots in between.

If you are a prospective student or parent, check out additional reasons to Consider Computing at UVM, check out our course offerings, undergraduate and graduate programs, and feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions.

Sincerely,
Maggie Eppstein, Ph.D.

Chair of Computer Science
University of Vermont
Maggie.Eppstein@uvm.edu