Computer Science & Engineering Department

Programming You for a Successful Career

With a near-100% graduate placement rate, Taylor’s Computer Science and Engineering department (CSE) hosts one of the premier Computer Science programs in Indiana. The department fosters a Christian environment while teaching rigorous courses that allow students to gain an in-depth knowledge of computer science and technology. Each of our dedicated Christian faculty members specializes in a specific area of Computer Science and takes a personal interest in their students’ education and growth.

Practical Challenges; Real-World Experience

Our students enter national computing and programming competitions, work on real-world projects with peers, and participate in study abroad opportunities in England, Asia, India, and many more international locations. Take a look at a few specific experiences you could get involved with:

  • Regional Programming Competitions: Taylor CSE majors compete in a broad range of regional computing competitions. Well-known throughout the computing industry, ACM East Central North American includes more than a hundred teams from our region and thousands of teams from other regions. Each region holds a local competition in the fall and the top two or three teams from each region compete in an international competition the following spring. A smaller contest our students enter, CCSC Competition, is held in conjunction with the Midwest meeting of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges. Since 2006, Taylor’s Computer Science & Engineering department has provided the software and expertise to run this competition. Our university even develops its own software to host the Taylor University Programming Competition, an open competition for Indiana schools and other Christian colleges and universities.
  • On-Campus Events: The CSE community often gathers for fun and challenging events like Game Jam, a themed competition where students have 24 hours to plan, design graphics, and build code for video games.
  • Internships: Apply what you’ve learned to the computer science industry, software start-ups, corporations, and missions organizations. Our interns generally receive great reviews from employers who cite their technical knowledge, interpersonal skills, and sense of responsibility. Many internships turn into full-time employment opportunities upon graduation.
  • Missions: In partnership with the Taylor Center for Missions Computing, CSE students can use and develop their computing skills while serving the Kingdom on discipline-focused J-term trips. CSE and Systems students also partner with Business as Mission (BAM) organizations and fulfill technology needs.
  • Community Service: CSE is regularly involved in service to the community, both locally and globally. CSE supports the community by contributing computers, network equipment, and the expertise of faculty and students to schools like The King’s Academy, a nearby Christian academy for K-12 students.

Life After Taylor

In addition to a wide variety of careers, there are numerous high-end employers that have hired Taylor computer science and engineering graduates. These include:

  • Accenture
  • Aramark
  • CarMax
  • Chick-fil-A Inc.
  • DreamWorks Animation
  • Electronic Arts
  • Eli Lilly
  • Florida Department of Education
  • GE Aerospace
  • Google
  • Grace Community Church
  • IBM
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Motorola
  • North Carolina State
  • Oracle
  • People Federal Savings Bank
  • Rockwell Collins
  • R.T. Logic
  • Sentry Data Systems
  • SquirrelMail
  • Storytelling Pictures
  • Taylor University
  • TreeHouse Foods
  • Tyndale House Publishers
  • Wycliffe

Computer science and engineering majors have also entered some of the premier graduate schools in the nation, including:

  • Baylor University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Indiana University
  • Iowa State University
  • John Hopkins University
  • Northwestern University
  • Purdue University
  • Stanford University
  • Trinity International University Center for Bioethics
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Waterloo University

Department News

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Small Satellites with Taylor Connections Launched

Mar 01, 2021

Taylor Sat8 and Taylor Sat9, which were designed and built at Taylor University, were successfully blasted into near-space orbit February 20, 2021.

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Computer Science Program to Launch New Satellites

Nov 13, 2020

Undergraduate students and faculty from Taylor’s Computer Science & Engineering department are creating their 6th and 7th satellites to launch in 2021...

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Connecting Computer Science With the Great Commission

Jun 30, 2020

The Computer Science Department at Taylor University gives students first-hand experience in using their skills for missions.

Faculty & Staff

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Department Chair

Stefan Brandle

Department Co-Chair & Professor of Computer Science & Engineering

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Department Chair

Jonathan Denning

Department Co-Chair & Associate Professor of Computer Science & Engineering

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Jeffry Cramer

Associate Professor of Computer Science & Engineering

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Jonathan Geisler

Associate Professor of Computer Science & Engineering

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Lara Horsley

Assistant to the Computer Science & Engineering, Systems, and Physics & Engineering Programs

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Tim Lehrian

Computer Resource Manager

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Darcia Nurkkala

Adjunct Professor of Computer Science and Engineering & Coordinator of Tutoring Services

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Tom Nurkkala

Associate Professor of Computer Science & Engineering

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Ben Roller

Visiting Instructor

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William Slauson

Assistant Computer Resource Manager

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Dannie Stanley

Associate Professor of Computer Science & Engineering

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Arthur White

Professor of Computer Science & Engineering