Marouane Kessentini, Department Chair

Message from the CSE Department Chair

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at Oakland University. CSE is home to more than 900 students as we are the largest department at Oakland University. We offer ABET-accredited 5-year BS degrees in Computer Science and Information Technology producing graduates who have gone on to great success in industry and academia. Our MS programs in Computer Science, Software Engineering and Information Technology, and Cyber Security are designed to serve the needs of our students targeting multiple career paths in both academia and industry. The PhD program in Computer Science and Informatics allows students the opportunity to work with CSE faculty members to expand their knowledge in a variety of CSE areas. Together, these programs offer our students at all levels the opportunity to engage in research, experiential learning, and depth of study within the discipline, alongside dedicated faculty and a strong team of student-centered advisors and staff. Our faculty are dedicated to teaching and providing an engaging, rigorous, and welcoming classroom environment. The department is also privileged to work with a large network of alumni, and an advisory board that includes members from leading technical companies including the local industry. This enables us to maintain a relevant curriculum and strong network for our new graduates, leading to a high job placement rate. Our research profile is also strong and growing (tripled this year), with several million dollars of grants awarded recently and several new tenure-track faculty with excellent research profiles. Recently, the CSE department was ranked the second largest department at OU in terms of research expenditure. Active research areas within the department include artificial intelligence, software engineering, cyber security, cryptography, data science, distributed systems, graphics and visualization, machine learning and pattern recognition, and programming languages.

We are particularly proud of our graduates. Our alumni are active near and far, developing innovative technologies and solving hard multidisciplinary problems. Please share your success stories with us, and we will highlight selected stories on our web site.

I am extremely honored and humbled to lead our department into the future as we continue to move forward to embrace new opportunities and overcome new challenges. I hope that as you look further into our programs you will find that we have what you are looking for. This will inspire and equip you so that you can make a difference, with people who make a difference, at a time when it makes a difference.

At OU CSE, you can help build the future of computer science and engineering, going beyond technical instruction to creating an ethical, inclusive, and multidisciplinary discipline that makes a positive impact on the world. We invite you to learn more about our work, and to join us. we continue to grow and improve as we strive to be an environment where students, staff and faculty can all work together to enable each other’s success!

Marouane Kessentini Professor and Chair

cse strategic plan

CSE Strategic Plan (pdf)

Our Mission: Empower everyone to learn cutting edge computing skills through hands-on and foundational education and research to meet real-world challenges in Michigan and beyond.

Our Vision: To be a department of choice for anyone in Michigan and beyond who wants to use computing to positively impact their community.

Our Values:
Transparency | Fairness | Diversity | Equity |
Inclusion | Respect | Integrity | Shared governance |
Excellence | Responsibility | Flexibility | Freedom | Care