Michael S.

“I joined TUNS School of Computer Science in 1981. At that time, there were four faculty members, about four grad students, no undergrad students, and I taught a course at Dal CS as part of my TUNS teaching load. In 1986, I joined Dal CS as its director within the Dept. of Math, Stats & CS. Though we knew that computer science was going to transform the world (something we’re still working on!), it was hard to get traction because this was, yet again, a small unit. In 1997, Dal and TUNS merged and the best thing to come out of this was a merger of the two relatively small computer science units into a new Faculty of Computer Science with a new dean hired from outside the university. This was transformational for the university. From that merger, we hired new faculty members and in 1999 moved into the Goldberg Computer Science Building. We were finally on our way – small speed bump when the IT bubble burst in the early 2000s, but we survived that and now are growing rapidly. The Faculty now has 1000 students, 30 faculty, an Institute for Big Data Analytics, Canada Research Chairs, and millions of dollars per year in research and multiple new programs. The attached photo was taken during one of our post-graduation ceremony celebrations in the atrium of the CS building.    It has been truly great to watch as Computer Science has come to be recognized as one of the strengths of Dalhousie and one of the top academic CS programs in Canada. The transformation continues! ”

Michael S.

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