Message from the Dean
The fields of computing and information technology are growing at an exponential rate, and our unique, highly interdisciplinary school is mirroring that growth in students, research, and innovation.
Whether it be developing the next app for your smartphone, creating new healthcare devices to improve lives, using the power of computers to analyze genomes, devising the next level of cybersecurity to help protect sensitive information, pushing the frontiers of ExaScale computing, or studying a host of other exciting technologies, the School of Informatics and Computing provides our students with the tools they need to be industry leaders. The future will be filled with advances that are only in our wildest imagination, but those dreams will become a reality thanks to the research and design happening at SoIC.
Our mission is simple. The School of Informatics and Computing aims to be the vanguard of advanced research and education that spans a wide range of disciplines and blends the technical and scientific aspects of computing while also considering the human and societal implications of technology. The breadth and depth of our areas of study allow students to apply their knowledge in a vast array of subjects such as biology, business, cognitive science, design, health and medicine, law, media, music, and so much more. Plus, our focus on increasing and nurturing diversity in the classroom has made us a leader in expanding the opportunities for underrepresented students and faculty. The National Center for Women and Information Technology, and the Center of Excellence for Women in Technology are just two examples of our commitment to promoting women in computing. Our passion for entrepreneurship—including the BEST program, which offers an investment of $250,000 to student-led technology businesses annually—gives students the opportunity to jump-start their career.
Adding to the exciting future of the School of Informatics and Computing is the launch of our Intelligent Systems Engineering program, which will begin in fall 2016. This brand-new program is built for the future of engineering instead of just being an adaption of the engineering of the past. Its focus will be on the small-scale and mobile technologies that will advance the Internet of Things and lead us into the future.
The new Luddy Hall, scheduled to be completed in 2017, is the latest example of the growing influence of our school. As the first piece of the planned North-South Woodlawn Corridor, Luddy Hall will be a symbol of the expanding role of technology while also being a beacon for the campus.
Technology careers rank among the fastest-growing in the job market. Our programs will provide the educational background you need to help you reach your goals. Our strong ties with the Indiana business community and growing reputation in the technological world makes the School of Informatics and Computing one of the leading schools at Indiana University.
The future is now, and it is brighter than ever. I invite students, employers, and entrepreneurs to explore the School of Informatics and Computing as we help create the world of tomorrow.
Dean, Rudy Professor of Engineering, Computer Science and Informatics