Boise State’s Department of Computer Science is one of seven engineering and computer science departments across the country to receive a five-year, $2 million Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (RED) award from the National Science Foundation. The project is titled “Computer Science Professionals Hatchery: An Ecosystem for Nurturing the Next Generation of Computer Science Professionals.”
NSF RED awards focus on transforming engineering and computer science departments in order to stimulate revolutionary improvements in engineering education.
The project, headed by department chair Dr. Tim Andersen, will create an educational environment called the Computer Science Professionals Hatchery, or CSP-hatchery.
Research has shown that successful computer science graduates need to have more than just technical skills – they also must have strong communication, teamwork and project management skills.
Entrepreneurship and business savvy also are highly desirable and sought-after skillsets in a software developer.
The ultimate goal is to develop an industry-relevant and agile curriculum that produces graduates who are not only technically adept and effective team members, but also trained and empowered to be leaders in industry.