Stanford University is an elite institution, world renowned across a wide range of disciplines from medicine to law. But there’s another field, computer science, in which Stanford has long been a leader, and has used its leadership to transform the world. Because of this preeminence, evidenced by the Googles and Ciscos founded by faculty and graduates of its program, the Stanford computer science department decided about five years ago to “reinvent itself.” After decades helping to build the infrastructure that lets you connect a CRE iPad rental to a worldwide network, it was time to take stock.
Formed in 1965, the department counts among its faculty the co-inventor of TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) Vint Cerf, as well as Donald Knuth, author of The Art of Computer Programming. Computer science as an academic subject was pretty much born at Stanford, and it was the original curriculum that brought the program to such heights. But after shepherding new technology that became the foundation for everything from Steve Jobs’ “insanely great” iMac to wired and wireless networking, something was missing. But what?
Creativity Is an Adventure
Over time, the core curriculum had gotten conventional and inflexible—this in a field whose history clearly shows that, like art, it advances through creative accidents, untraditional approaches, and an adventurous spirit. The department’s original slogans included “no limits,” and faculty wanted to recapture that spirit, the “spirit of Silicon Valley” for want of a better term. They announced that computer science isn’t just tweaking an Xserve RAID all day, and updated the curriculum so the discipline could continue making its historic impact—now in every field of study and endeavor, bar none.
Core courses were reduced to just six: three centered on theory, three “programming and systems” workshops. Faculty connections in Silicon Valley made class projects entrepreneurial. Courses in anthropology, design, and other fields were added so students could apply computer science expertise to other challenges. In academia and industry, a solid consensus has developed since the implementation of the new curriculum that every field is “touched” by computer science in some way. When the arts community welcomes a performer whose accompanist is a MacBook, that’s “no limits.”
The Future’s Looking Good
Through 2018 there will be three jobs awaiting every computer science graduate, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But this tells only part of the story. Fact is, 9 of 10 Stanford undergrads take at least one computing class. Professionals in every field need more than basic PC skills to use such advanced digital tools as the AJA Io HD (media pros) and 3D printers (everybody). Stanford has graduated tech titans, of course, but graduates in disciplines from Astronomy to Zoology will now take the program’s principles into all kinds of businesses, products, and services. There are no limits!
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