Concentrating on mobile computing
From left to right: Professor Vladimir Uskov, Assistant Professors Dr. Alexander Uskov and Dr. Yun Wang, and Professor Jiang-Bo Liu are teaching courses in the newest mobile computing concentration at Bradley. “We are among the first universities to offer an entire concentration in mobile computing, not just a stand-alone course,” reports Vladimir Uskov.
Visit www.bradley.edu/academic/departments/csis/ to learn more about the newest CS&IS courses and concentrations.
You see them at the mall, the supermarket, the airport, the coffee shop — people who aren’t just talking on their phones — they’re using smartphones and tablets for mobile computing. And, because sales of portable PCs outpaced the sale of desktop computers worldwide in the second quarter of 2012, it’s likely that millions more will embrace the trend in the not-so-distant future.
Preparing students to make a living with mobile technology has been on Bradley’s radar for several years. To help prospective students tour Bradley, an iPad application was built last year by a student and faculty member in the Department of Interactive Media (IM). Now, with new undergraduate and graduate concentrations in mobile computing, the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems (CS&IS) has positioned itself to prepare students for more varied, lucrative jobs in “serious” mobile technology areas. They include advanced mobile programming, mobile software engineering, mobile and wireless networks and services, and security of mobile hardware and software.
“We must be in this area due to industry trends and curriculum changes by leading universities — MIT; Stanford; University of California, Berkeley; Carnegie Mellon; the University of Illinois; and other schools,” remarks Dr. Vladimir Uskov, CS&IS professor. “Today, researchers all over the world are actively working on Web 3.0 where smart mobile technology, distributed computing, and personalization services are the main drivers.”
Bradley’s CS&IS department’s new curriculum is based on guidelines from two leading professional organizations in computer science — IEEE and ACM. Uskov points out that other courses may be added later due to the rapidly changing learning content in the mobile technology area, including courses taught by other departments.
Computer game technology (CGT) is another concentration offered by CS&IS, along with Web, software, and computer security. Introduced two years ago, those concentrations have become popular among students. CS&IS partnered with the IM department to develop and teach a joint pool of courses. Earlier this year, CS&IS introduced a graduate concentration in computing management — a joint program with the business management and administration, and marketing departments.
Positions such as software architects, software development managers, senior software engineers, and information technology (IT) project managers routinely earn six-figure median salaries. Graduates of the CS&IS department have enjoyed nearly a 100 percent placement rate.
– Gayle Erwin McDowell ’77
Bradley University has once again received high marks from national publications. In its annual America’s Best Colleges publication, U.S.News and World Report ranked Bradley sixth in a listing of the best universities offering master’s degrees in the Midwest. In the “best value” category, Bradley moved up one spot to #5.
“I am pleased that Bradley continues to be recognized as a top university in Illinois and the nation,” said Joanne Glasser, Bradley president. “The rankings validate what our students already know, that Bradley provides a world-class education that links academic excellence, experiential learning, and leadership development.”
For the 14th consecutive year, Bradley was included in The Best 377 Colleges by the Princeton Review. Published by Random House, the 2013 edition places Bradley’s athletic facilities in the nation’s Top 20. The rankings are the result of surveys completed by 122,000 college students.
Entrepreneur magazine includes the University’s entrepreneurship program in its October issue. Bradley is ranked #23 on the magazine’s undergraduate-level list produced by the Princeton Review. The program was also recognized on Entrepreneur’s list last year.
G.I. Jobs magazine again cited Bradley as a Military Friendly School. The designation honors the top 15 percent of schools that work to ensure success for members of the military, veterans, and their families.
The Alumni Factor also featured Bradley in its rankings of 177 universities. Graduates who are “connected via deep friendships and well prepared for their careers” were noted in the new publication, which examines factors such as student-faculty ratio, cost, and graduates’ incomes.
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