University of Vermont

Faculty Spotlight

Margaret (Maggie) Eppstein

Professor Eppstein has a very interdisciplinary educational background and interests, with a BS in biology, an MS in computer science, and a PhD in environmental engineering. She joined the Computer Science faculty in 1983 and became Department Chair in 2012. She is a tireless champion for breaking down disciplinary barriers in education and research. In 2006 she became founding director of the Vermont Complex Systems Center, and in 2010 she led the working group that succeeded in making Complex Systems one of UVM's three Transdicsiplinary Research Initiatives.

Her active research program in computational modeling and analysis of complex systems spans a wide range of physical, biological, sociological, and technological systems and has been funded by a variety of federal agencies including NSF, NIH, DOT, DOE, and USGS. She has developed and taught 19 different computer science courses at all levels, and is currently teaching two popular graduate classes (also taken by some strong undergraduate students); CS 352 Evolutionary Computation (Fall semester) and CS 302 Modeling Complex Systems (Spring semester). Please visit her home page to see more about her interests, including her CV with publications.

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.

Maggie Eppstein, Ph.D.

Chair of Computer Science
University of Vermont