About the University

University of Pennsylvania

About University of Pennsylvania

About University of Pennsylvania

"The noblest question in the world is: What good may I do in it?" - Ben Franklin, Founder of the University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania is a private, research-intensive university located in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Penn traces its origin to 1740 and continues to pursue the principles of its founder, Benjamin Franklin: invention, outreach, entrepreneurship, innovation, and the pragmatic unity of theory and practice. Penn’s educational offerings balance the arts and sciences with the professions.

About The School of Engineering and Applied Science

About The School of Engineering and Applied Science

The School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn Engineering) prepares students for leadership roles in a technological world where creativity, critical quantitative thinking, effective communication skills and a strong commitment to humane values are essential. Established in 1852 as the School of Mines, Arts and Manufactures, Penn Engineering is among the oldest and most respected engineering schools in the United States.

Penn Engineering has a rich tradition of leading the field of computer science. In 1946 the first general purpose digital computer, the ENIAC, was built at Penn and in 1965 the Department of Computer and Information Science awarded the first doctoral degree in Computer Science. Penn Engineering continues this tradition today through leadership and cutting-edge research in fields from autonomous robots to embedded systems and IoT. With six academic departments and numerous interdisciplinary centers, institutes, and laboratories, Penn Engineering graduates close to 1,000 students each year and has a worldwide alumni network of more than 28,000.

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YEAR HISTORY

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COMPUTER SCIENCE DEPARTMENT TO AWARD A DOCTORAL DEGREE

$110M

ANNUAL RESEARCH EXPENDITURES

Featured Faculty

Susan Davidson

Susan Davidson

Weiss Professor, Department of Computer and Information Science

"Working with an instructional designer improved the way I teach my courses on campus. Since incorporating some of the online learning methodologies into my course, I found I am connecting with students more than I have in years." - Susan Davidson

Teaching: CIS 550 Database & Information Systems, Computational Thinking for Problem Solving

Brandon Krakowsky

Brandon Krakowsky

Lecturer, Computer and Information Science Department; Research and Education Director at The Wharton School

My course is unique because it teaches two of the most popular programming languages in the world to people who have never coded before. After taking my course, students will have the ability to create a desktop or mobile app, or use the concepts in fields such as data science and visualization.” - Brandon Krakowsky

Teaching: CIT 591 Introduction to Software Development

Boon Thau Loo

Boon Thau Loo

RCA Professor, Computer and Information Science Department; Associate Dean for Graduate Programs Interim Program Director, Online Master of Computer and Information Technology

Teaching in this program has been incredibly rewarding. I am blown away by how motivated our students are, especially given that many of them are working full time and taking classes at the same time.” - Boon Thau Loo

Teaching: CIT 595 Computer Systems Programming

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