Atanasoff Today Digital Version

Greetings from the chair

Gianfranco Ciardo, professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science, recounts increasing enrollment, advancements in curriculum, innovative research and a new high demand degree program.

LEGOs to Linux

First-generation student Benjamin Escobar (’20 computer science) is making the most of his award-winning experiences at Iowa State University–founding a new student club, an internship improving forensics, and undergraduate research.

Inspiration along the way

A catalyst for student engagement and a champion for collaboration, Myra Cohen elevates the department’s research profile.

She's got the magic

Enchanted by robotics research, alumna Feifei Wang (MS ’14 computer science, Ph.D. ’17 computer science, mathematics) leveraged her double Ph.D. to unlock a dream job for a magic kingdom.

Demanding Data Science

The new data science degree program at Iowa State connects a new era of research with the country’s top profession.

News update

Read about award-winning alumni, new student engagement, K-12 youth outreach, critical partnerships and a building legacy of accomplishment in student competitions.


Partners bring promise

A recent gift from Kingland supports the new data science initiative, including faculty support which fosters collaboration and interdisciplinary research.


From ABC to cybersecurity

Join us in celebrating fifty years and the promise of continued innovation! Attend an event or connect with other alumni through our anniversary website.



Support the Department of Computer Science