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Developing a Computer Science Department at the University of Maryland
October-December 2007 (vol. 29 no. 4)
pp. 64-75
Jack Minker, University of Maryland at College Park
This article describes the first six years of the Computer Science Department, established in 1973 at the University of Maryland. The department evolved out of the Computer Science Center, which had been instituted in February 1962. In 1980, the National Academy of Sciences judged the department as being among the leading computer science departments in the US.

1. This article is dedicated to Werner C. Rheinboldt, John Menard, and the memory of William F. Atchison (1918–1998). The history of computing at Maryland is indebted to all three of these individuals.
2. This article condenses part of a technical report describing the start of computing at the University of Maryland leading to the formation of CSC and subsequently CSD: J. Minker, "Beginning of Computing and Computer Science at the University of Maryland," tech. report, Univ. of Maryland, Dept. of Computer Science, Sept. 2003; available at http://prism.cs.umd.edu/papers/M02:facultytimeline history_new.pdf. This history was reconstructed from my remembrances of events, material such as CSD annual reports, the Departmental Review, and other documents. These documents may be found in the Minker Collection, Hornbake Library Archives, Univ. of Maryland, College Park.
3. "US Institutions Offering Degree Programs in Computer Science, Data Processing, and Related Programs," Comm. ACM, vol. 10, no. 10, 1967, pp. 675-676.
4. See the report by the National Research Council, "An Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs in the United States: Mathematical and Physical Sciences"; http://www.nap.eduopenbook.php?record_id=9730&page=59 .
5. R. Lee Hornbake to E. Schweppe, 15 June 1964, letter, Minker Collection, Univ. of Maryland Archives, R. Lee Hornbake Library.
6. W.F. Atchison to T.B. Day, 18 Sept. 1970, Minker Collection, Univ. of Maryland Archives, R. Lee Hornbake Library.
7. J. Minker, "Beginning of Computing and Computer Science at the University of Maryland," tech. report, Univ. of Maryland, Dept. of Computer Science, Sept. 2003; available at http://prism.cs.umd.edu/papers/M02:facultytimeline history_new.pdf.
8. The quote is from an email message from A. Agrawala to J. Minker, 13 Aug. 2003, in the email messages regarding the history in the Minker Collection in the Univ. of Maryland Archives, R. Lee Hornbake Library.
9. J. Minker, "Forming a Computer Science Center at the University of Maryland," IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 29, no. 1, 2007, pp. 49-64.
10. J. Minker, "Beginning of Computing and Computer Science at the University of Maryland," p. 107, In the appendix for computer equipment in CSD from 1973 to July 1979, the modest list pales in comparison to CSD's actual needs for such equipment.
11. A number of issues of PRINTOUT, sent to me by Hamlet, are in the Minker Collection in the University of Maryland Archives, R. Lee Hornbake Library.
12. Copies of the Annual Reports for the period 1974–1979 are contained in the Minker Collection in the University of Maryland Archives, R. Lee Hornbake Library, and are available on the CSD Web pages at http:/www.cs.umd.edu.
13. Members of the Internal CS Review Committee were A. Agrawala, V. Basili, M. Beard, K. Freburger, B. Guarniere, R. Harger, M. Hecht, C. Rieger, and G. Stewart, Computer Science; D. Bobrow, Government and Politics; and W. Kirwan (chairman), Mathematics.
14. Members of the External CS Review Committee were J.C. Browne, University of Texas, J. Hartmanis, Cornell University, R. Reddy, Carnegie-Mellon Institute of Technology, J. Sammet, IBM Corporation, and S. Yau, University of Florida.
15. A copy of the internal and external reviews of the Department of Computer Science, without the appendecies may be found in the Minker Collection in the University of Maryland R. Lee Hornbake Library.
16. See "An Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs in the United States: Mathematical and Physical Sciences" (Ref. 4).
17. See "1993–1994 CRA Taulbee Survey," by George R. Andrews, chair, CRA Surveys Committee; available at http://www.cra.org/statistics/survey94.
18. For a list of CSD faculty awards, service contributions, and honors, see Appendix 3 of J. Minker, "Beginning of Computing and Computer Science at the University of Maryland," in the Minker Collection in the University of Maryland Archives, R. Lee Hornbake Library, and on the Web at http://prism.cs.umd.edu/papers/M02:facultytimeline history_new.pdf.

Index Terms:
computer science department development, CS education program, University of Maryland
Citation:
Jack Minker, "Developing a Computer Science Department at the University of Maryland," IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 29, no. 4, pp. 64-75, Oct.-Dec. 2007, doi:10.1109/MAHC.2007.55
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