Computer Science and Engineering Stories

Henry installing an ORCA at Port Heiden

Community of collaboration: UAA and UAF partner up on energy research

February 1, 2021

And several faculty members from the UAA Department of Computer Science have conducted research on edge-computing and machine learning techniques that can be used for renewable resource forecasting in collaboration with the Alaska Center for Energy and Power. This is just one example of the numerous partnerships in research across the UA system’s three universities.

John Boren stand in a wintery landscape on the UAA campus.

How internships offer opportunity for students and startups

November 17, 2020

Meet John Boren, a 2020 graduate from UAA’s College of Engineering computer science and engineering program. He’s been piecing together his college education for the last 20 years. His experience in the world of entrepreneurship at local startup Legalverse, paved the way to pursue his own entrepreneurial endeavors. 

Dr. Shawn Butler stand in front of a group of trees.

Geofencing the Arctic

September 1, 2020

Shawn Butler, assistant professor of computer science and computer systems engineering with the UAA College of Engineering, had a 20-year military career as the technical lead on the Global Command and Control System for the Department of Defense, and is putting her knowledge to help protect U.S. waters in the Arctic.

Nick Armstrong stand at a University of Alaska Anchorage podium.

UAA Amazing Stories: Nick Armstrong-Crews

July 8, 2020

Our alumni find many ways to stay connected and give back to their community, including Nick Armstrong-Crews, B.S. Computer Science '03, B.S. Mathematics '04, B.S. Natural Sciences '05, senior software engineer at Google.

UAA CoEng Engineering students who built a rocket to compete at the NASA High Power Rocket Competition in Minnesota

UAA College of Engineering Students to Compete at NASA Rocket Competition

May 16, 2019

An all-women group of UAA Engineering students combined their individual expertise to build a rocket capable of surpassing the speed of sound, as they head off to compete at the NASA High Power Rocket Competition in Minnesota.

head shot of Nick Armstrong Crews superimposed over a photo of a prototype self driving car.

College of Engineering Alumnus Working on Self-Driving Cars for Google/Waymo

April 17, 2019

Nick Armstrong-Crews, UAA College of Engineering alumnus and current Senior Software Engineer for Google/Waymo, recently brought  his considerable experience in robotics and machine learning to his Keynote speech for the Undergraduate Research & Discovery Symposium. Armstrong-Crews addressed an enthusiastic audience of faculty, students and guests on the topic of “Self-driving Cars are Here and They’re Awesome!”

UAA Robotics Club members use a 3D printer to fabricate parts for the team’s new rover in the robotics lab in UAA’s Engineering and Industry Building

UAA Robotics Club Advances to 2019 University Rover Challenge (URC) Finals

April 16, 2019

UAA's Robotics Club earned the right compete at the 2019 University Rover Challenge (URC),  May 30 - June 1 at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Utah! Their hard work placed them among 36 finalists selected after the most competitive review in the competition’s history. 

Dr. Frank Witmer with Omega Smith, director of the UAA Planetarium and Visualization Theater. (Photo by James Evans / University of Alaska Anchorage)

Engineering Professor Creates Dramatic Visualizations of Scientific Data for UAA Planetarium

November 13, 2018

UAA Engineering Computer Science Professor Dr. Frank Witmer has used his impressive background in math, computer science and geography to create visualizations  of UAA’s EPSCoR grant (Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) data--a project examining how urbanization, economics, climate and recreation have affected the local watershed of six Alaskan road-accessible communities.

UAA Honors student Devin Boyle working on Elodea floatplane project

UAA Engineering Professor helps Research Spread of Invasive Freshwater Plant

October 18, 2018

UAA Engineering Computer Science Professor Dr. Frank Witmer has teamed up with ISER researcher Dr. Tobias Schwoerer and UAA Honors student Devin Boyle to investigate how Elodea, an invasive freshwater plant, is being spread across Alaska by floatplanes.

student, rocco haro, looks at a tablet with image of code overlayed across the image.

Creating His Future

June 7, 2017

Having played the piano and composed music from a young age, there is no doubt that Rocco Haro brings a creative perspective fto everything he does. He's excited to apply this vision and his eventual B.S. in Computer Science to designing financial models for the banking and investment world.

profile photo of student, Caiming Li, in a classroom. 

Math Tutor’s App Helps Students Succeed

May 8, 2017

One of our students has created an app to allow Math lab managers to access real-time information about their tutoring resources, the number of students visiting the lab, and what those students want —  pinpointing strengths and weaknesses to lay groundwork for the future.

photo of student, Tevin Gladden, as he crosses the finish line at a track and field event with his name and "scholar athlete of the month" written across the image.

Crunching Numbers and Crushing Records

November 14, 2016

It’s double majors and triple jumps for this singular standout, scholar-athlete Tevin Gladden.