Computer Science Department

A new undergraduate Certificate in Cybersecurity program is being offered starting Fall 2022. The new cybersecurity certificate program offers excellent opportunities for students interested in joining the cybersecurity workforce. This program aims to prepare students to become well-rounded cybersecurity specialists, not only with must-have technical . . .  read more


A number of UCO faculty were recently awarded a $1,187,961, six-year grant from the National Science Foundation as part of its Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program. This project titled “Master Teachers Conducting STEM Practices and Action Research” will create a new partnership among the University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Public . . .  read more

STEM Industry Careers Panel

CMS recently hosted 18 industry leaders from around the OKC Metro area for a STEM Industry Careers Panel. Panelists participated in moderator led Q&A sessions followed by industry focused break-out sessions with students. Panelists shared how they entered their careers upon completion of their degree and provided advice to students on how to . . .  read more

Welcome Mr. Chi San (Derrick) Lau

Chi San Lau in front of a white board

Mr. Chi San (Derrick) Lau joined the computer science (CS) faculty as a visiting instructor in fall 2021.  Mr. Lau holds an MS in Computer Science degree from UCO.  While studying at UCO, Mr. Lau completed the first graduate thesis of the MS in Computer Science program under the supervision of Dr. Jicheng Fu.  His research focuses on applying . . .  read more

Celebration of Dr. Bill McDaniel’s Retirement

Image of Bill McDaniel

After serving in the Computer Science Department, the College of Math and Science, and UCO for 39 years, Dr. Bill McDaniel retired on July 30.  It is bittersweet for his colleagues and students to see him leave.  On the one hand, his retirement is well deserved.  On the other hand, we will miss him as a faithful colleague, teacher, and friend.

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Alumni Highlight- Daniel Williams

Daniel Williams has lived in or near Oklahoma City his whole life. He completed both his undergraduate and graduate degrees at UCO. He completed his Master’s in Computer Science in the Fall of 2020. Daniel worked with Dr. Fu to develop an artificial intelligence algorithm to assist wheelchair users in collecting information to promote a healthy . . .  read more

Computer Science New Faculty Member: Dr. Junghwan (John) Rhee

Dr. Junghwan (John) Rhee joined the computer science faculty as a tenure-track associate professor in Fall 2020. Dr. Rhee holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Purdue University. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from Korea University and a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Before joining the University of Central Oklahoma, . . .  read more

Computer Science Student Spotlight: Derrick Lau

My name is Chi San (Derrick) Lau. I’m from Macau and currently a second-year graduate student. Actually, I’ve already been studying at UCO for three years because my undergraduate degree was not Computer Science (CS): I hold a Bachelor of Law! With no prior knowledge in programming, I had to complete prerequisite courses first. I’m very grateful . . .  read more

Dr. Shuai Zhang Joins Computer Science Faculty

Dr. Shuai Zhang is a new assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science since Fall 2019, after he obtained his PhD in Computer Science at The University of Texas at Dallas in the same year. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electronic Information Science and Technology from the University of Science and Technology of China. Before joining . . .  read more

Sila Tamang, Undergraduate Researcher in Computer Science

I came from a background where for computer class, I played Mario games and improved my typing speed. For a person who entered Computer Science thinking HTML was a programming language, I found it difficult in the beginning. Yet, pushing through that class and proceeding onward to the Programming I class acquainted me with Dr. Park. I got into my . . .  read more