Department of Applied Computing Launches July 1, Fuhrmann Named Interim Chair
Michigan Tech's newest academic department, the Department of Applied Computing (AC), will open July 1. It is the second department within the College of Computing. Daniel R. Fuhrmann, Dave House Professor of Computer Engineering, has been named the interim chair of the new department for a period of one year.
The Applied Computing department administers undergraduate Bachelor of Science programs in Computer Network and System Administration (CNSA), Electrical Engineering Technology, and soon a new B.S. in Mechatronics (pending final approval by the Michigan Tech Board of Trustees and the state of Michigan). Applied Computing also shares responsibility with the Department of Computer Science for the B.S. in Cybersecurity, which began enrolling students last fall.
On the graduate side, the department hosts the Master of Science in Health Informatics and the Master of Science in Mechatronics, which also started in fall 2019. In addition to teaching Applied Computing program courses, faculty in the new department will pursue research in a variety of areas where computers and computing play a major role, including cybersecurity, mechatronics, health informatics and machine learning.
“I am delighted to be a part of the continued growth of the College of Computing, and to do what I can to get our new department up and running," said Fuhrmann. “I believe that the Department of Applied Computing makes the College of Computing unique among similar colleges nationwide, and gives Michigan Tech a distinctive edge.”
Adrienne Minerick, dean of the College of Computing, praised Fuhrmann's efforts on behalf of the College. “I think I speak for others when I express how extremely appreciative I am of Dan’s willingness to contribute to the growth and success of the College of Computing over the last year, and his further willingness to agree to serve as department chair during this particularly challenging time,” she said.
Read the full story on the College of Computing blog.