Computer Science and Engineering (CSE)
Why Study Computer Science & Engineering at Taylor?
Where else can you go where you can get hands on experience in the classroom and then work for Fortune 500 companies, large private organizations, non-profits or mission organizations? Taylor offers studies in systems, new media, and missions in a state-of-the-art science complex. And you will be attending a university that has been ranked number one in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report for seven years in a row.
Most importantly, our faculty will be as intentional in knowing you and helping you build your faith, as they will while helping you learn to think critically, ethically and theologically about the work you will do, no matter where God places you after graduation. We prepare you for the next 40+ years of your life – not just the 4 years you spend at Taylor. Read testimonies from current students and alumni about the experience they had at Taylor in the CSE department.
Read what our department has to offer! If you have questions or want to discuss computer science at Taylor, contact Dr. Art White, Faculty Chair of the CSE department!
Computer Science & Engineering Competitions
- ACM East Central North American Regional Programming Competition: The most prestigious is the ACM regional contest for East Central North America. This competition is well known throughout the computing industry and includes over a hundred teams from our region and thousands of teams from other regions. Each region holds a local competition in the fall and the top two or three teams from each region are in an international competition the following spring. We compete against teams that place extremely well and typically, we finish in the top quarter of teams. We have placed 8th (2002), 14th (2007), 10th (2008), and 15th (2012) in the past years.
- CCSC Competition: Taylor University participates in a smaller regional contest held in conjunction with the Midwest meeting of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges. We placed third in the CCSC competition in 2013. Since 2006, we have provided the software and expertise to run this competition.
- Taylor University Programming Competition: Taylor has received positive feedback for the open competition we host for other Indiana schools as well as other Christian colleges and universities. The Indiana schools that come participate on site and the Christian colleges participated via the web. We have historically done well in this competition. As might be expected, we have developed our own software to host this competition.
Internships provide CSE majors with the opportunity to apply their learning in job situations in industry, software start-ups, corporations, and missions organizations. Our interns generally get great reviews from employers who cite their technical knowledge, interpersonal skills, and sense of responsibility. Many interns are told a position is available for them upon graduation, if they so choose. See what employers have said about CSE interns.
All CSE students work on real-world projects in a group environment. We feel it is pivotal students learn how to work in groups to get work done, because that is how work is done in the real world. We prepare you to problem-solve people issues and technology issues.
See a list of projects we have worked on by visiting our department website.
Study Abroad and Travel Opportunities
- Missions: In partnership with the Taylor Center for Missions Computing, CSE students can use and develop their computing skills while serving the Kingdom. During J-term 2011, a CSE team traveled to England to serve at Operation Mobilization (OM), and contributed directly to a complex software system that will help operate and manage OM's global ministry. This trip echoed CSE's very first missions computing trip: a 1979 project aboard one of OM's missions ships. CSE expects to send another team of students to serve at OM during J-term of 2013.
- Business as Missions: Taylor CSE and Systems students have been increasingly involved in Business as Mission (BAM) opportunities over the past few years. Recently, a Systems student completed his internship at one such organization in an Asian country. Back on campus the following fall, his experience allowed CSE students to design and prototype inventory control and ordering software for the BAM organization.
- Lighthouse: Students are highly encouraged to participate in a J-Term Lighthouse trip. These 3-week missions trips go all over the world. Students engage in service projects, compassionate ministries, community development, teaching English, performing arts, leadership development, evangelism, discipleship and more under the direction of faculty sponsors and international hosts. Recent Lighthouse destinations include: India, the Czech Republic, Paraguay, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Southeast Asia, Ecuador, Singapore and Thailand.
Learning Outside the Classroom
- Community Service: CSE is regularly involved in service to the community, both locally and globally. For example, CSE students and a faculty advisor created the Books for Bingham project, an initiative to collect and donate several pallets of books and computers for an underdeveloped Christian college in Nigeria. Locally, CSE supports the community by contributing computers, network equipment, and the expertise of faculty and students to schools like The King's Academy, a nearby Christian academy for K-12 students.
- Personality of the CSE community: Find the Dungeon Monkey. What? Really? Yes! Watch this video!