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Department of Computer Science & Information Technology

Welcome to the home page of the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology. If you are a prospective student, the links at the left will provide you with much of the information that you need. We welcome on-line, transfer, and second-degree students. If you need more information, please contact our office at 931-221-7840 or email Bruce Myers, the Chair of the Department


Computer Science Education Week Open House, 12/3/2014, 3:30-6:00pm, Maynard Building Lobby, Presentation, Games, FREE Pizza, Prizes, all are welcome! Check out details here (APSU news), and here (The Leaf-Chronicle).


APSU computer science program recognized on national list. ComputerScienceOnline.org, a leading resource for online learning in computer science and related fields, recently released its Best Online Computer Science Degrees list for 2015, and the organization ranked Austin Peay State University as one of the top 50 programs in the nation. Check out details here (APSU news).


Medhost and MultiVision seeking software engineers and software developers. Please check out the Job Opportunities page...


MKT 3610 E-Commerce will no longer be taught. Current students in the Database Administration Concentration who have not had MKT 3610 need to take CSCI 4460 as an authorized substitution. For more information on our new course, CSCI 4460, Content Management Systems, please click here...


Congratulations / Conferences / Publications

  • Dr. Elarde, Dr. Jackson, and Dr. Nicholson attended the ACM Mid-Southeast Fall 2014 Conference, Nov 13-14, Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
    • Dr. Elarde, Dr. Jackson, and John Nicholson served as Session Chairs and Judges at different undergraduate and graduate presentations session.
    • Dr. Joseph Elarde presented research findings titled “A Computer Architecture/Organization Team Project Assignment – Reverse Engineering the MARIE Processor” at the Professional Presentations session.
    • Dr. Chenchutta Jackson presented research findings titled “Virtual Worlds and Conservational Channel Evolution and Pollutant Transport Systems (CONCEPTS)” at the Professional Presentations session.
  • The Department of Computer Science & IT was selected for Honorable Mention related to their display (tablet powered drawing robot v1.0) on AP Day, 11/1/2014. Congratulations to Dr. Nicholson and Dr. Elarde. Dr. Nicholson now has more money to buy toys (I mean robots).
  • Congratulations to the 3 teams that participated in the Mid-Central Regional ACM Programming Contest 2014! The teams are supervised by Dr. Coleman.
    • The ACM Programming Contest is an international programming contest run every year by the Association for Computing Machinery. The contest takes place in two phases. The first phase is the Regional Contests which are held at various sites throughout the world. Each region coordinates its own contest and the top teams in each region are chosen to compete at the second phase of the contest, which is the World Finals.
    • APSU competed in the Mid Central region (TN, KY, IL, AR, MO) at the Tennessee Tech site in Cookeville, TN on Saturday, November 1st. There were 24 teams competing at the site and 153 teams competing in the region.
    • The teams were:
      • Modem Family: Donald Buhl-Brown, William Rich, Michael Walker :::: 4th at the site and 38th in the region
      • The Knights Who Say GNU: Connor Bourne, Jacob Hilliard, Brett Lee :::: 9th at the site and 59th in the region
      • The X-Filesystem: Jason Coppedge, Stephen Schuetrumpf, Daniel Wherry :::: 15th at the site and 90th in the region
  • APSU computer science student Arisha Majors designs website for Tennessee Academy of Sciences
  • Dr. Leong Lee, and Dr. Gregory S. Ridenour (Geosciences) had their research paper "Using Data Mining to Investigate Interaction between Channel Characteristics and Hydraulic Geometry Channel Types" accepted by the IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence (SSCI), Orlando, Florida, Dec 9-12, 2014.
  • Dr. Samuel N Jator (Math Dept. Chair), and Dr. Leong Lee published research paper "Implementing a seventh-order linear multistep method in a predictor-corrector mode or block mode: which is more efficient for the general second order initial value problem" in peer-reviewed SpringerPlus Journal, SpringerPlus 2014, 3:447.
  • Dr. Leong Lee, Dr. Matthew Jones (Math), Dr. Gregory S. Ridenour (Geosciences), Mr. Maurice P. Testa, and Mr. Michael J. Wilson (GIS) had their research paper "Investigating and Comparing Spatial Accuracy and Precision of GPS-Enabled Devices in Middle Tennessee" accepted by the GRMSE 2014 Conference, Ypsilanti, Michigan, Oct 3-5, 2014.
  • Congratulations to Kadeem J. Pardue, graduate of Spring 2014, for being accepted to the online Masters of Science in Computer Science program (with a specialization in Databases and Software Engineering) at the Georgia Institute of Technology's College of Computing.
  • Congratulations to Dr. John Nicholson for receiving the 2014 Socrates Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • APSU computer science program recognized on national list. ComputerScienceOnline.org, a leading resource for online learning in computer science and related fields, recently released its Best Online Computer Science Degrees list for 2015, and the organization ranked Austin Peay State University as one of the top 50 programs in the nation. Check out details here (APSU news).
  • Congratulations to Spring 2014 Computer Science Graduates Who Secure Jobs BEFORE Graduation ! :: Justin Carter :: Brian Rivers :: Clinton Person :: Kadeem Pardue :: Sean Bennett :: Steven (Scott) Dunning :: Anthony Coffey :: Jeffrey Gray ::
  • Congratulations to ACM officers for all the hard work they have done this year. ACM organization has been nominated for a Student Organization Award. These awardswill be presented during the annual Student Organization and Leader Awards program: April 16, 2014, 6pm, Morgan University Center Ballroom. Dr. Nicholas Coleman is the ACM student organization sponsor.

  • Dr. John Nicholson attended the 2014 SIGCSE conference (March 2014) in Atlanta, GA where he presented two assignments the “Image Stacker” and “The Pesky Tourist” on the Nifty Assignments Panel.
  • The Computer Science Dept had two students who were accepted to present at the 2014 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, April 3-5, 2014. A total of 7 APSU students were accepted to present at the conference. Congratulations to...
    • Student: Donald Buhl-Brown; Advisor: Dr. John Nicholson.
    • Student: William Rich; Advisor: Dr. Jiang Li.

New Networking Concentration will be offered in Fall 2014

Please refer to the New B.S. Information Sheet for details.


Tech Employment Spotlight: Nashville


The Best jobs of 2014 according to U.S. News and World Report rankings

#1 Software Developer
#2 Computer Systems Analyst
#9 Web Developer
#11 Information Security Analyst
#12 Database Administrator

http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/rankings/the-100-best-jobs

Very good showing for computing !


Need Help for Programming Assignments?

Check out the Programming Tutoring Services page (under Opportunities/Resources).


Department Events:

  • Congratulations! Graduates of Spring & Summer 2014

New Professional Science Master's Degree

The Department is proud to announce that a Professional Science Master's Degree with a concentration in Data Management and Analysis will be offered beginning in the Fall of 2013.  Click here for information on this new program.


The department is part of the College of Science and Mathematics Click here for news about our College.


For those who may not have kept up with us, here is a list of our faculty and staff.

  • Dr. Nicholas Coleman, Assistant Professor
  • Dr. Joseph Elarde, Assistant Professor
  • Dr. Chenchutta Jackson, Assistant Professor
  • Dr. Leong Lee, Associate Professor
  • Dr. Jiang Li, Professor
  • Dr. Bruce Myers, Professor and Chair
  • Dr. John A. Nicholson, Associate Professor
  • Ms. Nancy Smithfield, Assistant Professor
  • Dr. Yingbing Yu, Associate Professor

  • Dr. Jim Bateman, Professor Emeritus
  • Dr. Jim Vandergriff, Professor Emeritus

  • Mr. Calvin Bolander, Adjunct Faculty
  • Dr. Gary Griffith, Adjunct Faculty
  • Mr. Paul E. MacAfee, Adjunct Faculty
  • Mr. Tony McCutcheon, Adjunct Faculty
  • Mr. Stephen T. Paulk-McGinley, Adjunct Faculty

  • Ms. Betty Leimer, Administrative Assistant II

For APSU computer science graduates who may see this page, please email us and let us know your current email address.