Department celebrates 40 years

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering celebrated its 40th anniversary on Friday, October 3rd, 2008. By all accounts, the event was a great success. We were delighted to welcome 200 alumni, faculty, staff, students, and members of the IT community.

Event highlights included a keynote address by Kevin Ohl of Crowe Horwath, a panel discussion about CSE history and entrepreneurship in computer science, a special announcement about the CSE Horizon Fund, lab tours, student project and research displays, a student group showcase, senior design course projects, and refreshments.

The celebration was sponsored by Fremont Associates LLC, Michigan State University Libraries, Computing & Technology, and Continental Automotive Group.

We hope that you will continue to celebrate with us by visiting our photo gallery, contributing your memories to our online history archive, and joining our Facebook group.

If you are considering a gift to honor a CSE faculty member who has made a difference in your life, you can learn more about the CSE Horizon Endowed Fund by contacting the Engineering Development Office.


Thank you to the following panelists for sharing your insights and experiences:

John J. Forsyth, associate professor emeritus and former department chair
William Hamilton, Co-founder and CEO, TechSmith Corporation
Harry G. Hedges, Professor Emeritus
Qian Huang, Associate, McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Moti Jiandani, Co-founder and former CEO, SwitchOn Networks Former CEO, Kuoko Networks
Carl V. Page, Jr., Co-founder of e-groups, son of former CSE computing pioneer Carl V. Page Sr.

Computer Science and Engineering Horizon Endowed Fund

Kevin Ohl announced the Horizon Fund, an endowment he established to support a strong future for MSU computer science and commemorate individuals who have made a difference in the lives of CSE alumni.

Department Open House

Student Group Showcase

Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), Computer Science and Engineering Graduate Student Association (CSEGA), Spartasoft, MSU Women In Computing (WIC).

Student Projects and Research

Zach Riggle, NSF REU and Google Summer of Code; Anthony Scales, Google Computer Science Summer Institute; Graduate Student Poster Workshop.

Lab Tours

Media & Entertainment Technologies (MET), Pattern Recognition & Image Processing (PRIP), Embodied Intelligence (EI), CSE 498 Collaborative Design Capstone Course Laboratory.


Zach Church: Photographer
Kelly Climer: Photographer
Cathy Davison: Event Support
Denise Fleming: Designer, Event Crew
Teresa Isela VanderSloot: Event planning, Event Crew
Yi Huang: Webmaster, Designer, 40th Anniversary Logo
Vivek Joshi: Designer, Facebook Administrator
Brendan Klare: Video
Debbie Kruch: Event Support, Event Setup
John Kyritses: Research
Linda Moore: Event Setup
Mayur Mudigonda: Writer
April Noren, Facebook Moderator
Allessandra Paulino: Event Crew
Kim Thompson:Event Coordinator
Bo Wang: Event Crew
Guokai Zeng: Event Setup

Historical Information and Photos

Academic Technology Services, Lew Greenburg, Hans Lee, Pat Flynn, Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections, Bill Punch, George Stockman, Rich Wiggins.

Web Site

CSE 40 Years

(Date Posted: 2009-01-14)