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Maharishi University of Management: Distinguished computer science faculty on cutting edge of their field
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15 January 2013
In celebration of the 35 years since the founding of the Computer Science department at Maharishi University of Management (MUM), faculty spoke about its history, goals, unique success, and projections for the future.
Dr Keith Levi, chairman of the Department of Computer Science, spoke first.
Dr Levi has been active in the field of artificial intelligence for many years and has been a principal or associate investigator on research awards from the Air Force's Wright Research and Development Center, the Office of Naval Research, and the United Nations' Industrial Development Office.
He spoke about the history of the department, starting with the beginning of the bachelor's degree programme in 1979. In 1983, the university added a master's in Computer Science. But the biggest change in the department came in 1996, when Maharishi University of Management started offering a unique financial aid programme where students could study first, then upon securing work, pay for their education with their new salaries.
Dr Levi talked about some of the features that make the master's programme in Computer Science unique and highly successful.
First, he said, the degree has an emphasis on software engineering, which makes it more professionally oriented than most traditional computer science master's programmes.
'Second, we have very highly qualified students from all over the world who enter the programme and they get almost full financial aid,' Dr Levi said.
Dr Levi also spoke of the growing reputation of students from Maharishi University of Management.
Several other professors in the Computer Science department also spoke.
Dr Paul Corazza talked about his recent experience working on the cutting edge of the technology industry and passing what he learned in the field along to the students.
Dr Premchand Nair spoke about a seminar he is offering on cloud computing, an innovation that is becoming more and more mainstream.
Lastly, Dr Ralph Bunker talked about mobile web programming and creating apps for mobile devices, a necessity for almost all businesses these days.
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