Utah State University computer scientist Xiaojun Qi is the new head of the Department of Computer Science. College of Science Dean Maura Hagan recently announced the appointment, which took effect July 1. Qi has served as interim head since July 1, 2017.
“We’re very pleased to have Dr. Qi in this leadership role,” Hagan says. “She has been instrumental in ensuring academic rigor, growing our Computer Science faculty ranks and guiding innovative responses to current challenges posed by the pandemic.”
Among Qi’s accomplishments are recruiting three new tenure-track faculty, along with a professional practice assistant professor within the past year.
“USU is fortunate to have outstanding faculty and staff members in our computer science department,” Qi says. “In addition, we have highly motivated students and alumni, who are excelling in industry and academia.”
Qi says she’s encouraged by recent efforts by faculty and staff to implement COVID-19 mitigation strategies.
“Despite challenges, we are continuing to provide high-quality course instruction and research experiences to both our undergraduate and graduates,” she says. “We’re committed to maintaining excellent and meaningful instruction, while keeping students safe.”
Qi adds she’s excited to introduce new certificate programs, made possible by CARES Act funding, that provide new opportunities for students to acquire skills, in high demand by industry, in concise, online courses.
“This is a great opportunity for students of all majors on all of our campuses,” she says. "We’re launching three new Computer Science online courses in Fall 2020 and five new Computer Science online courses in Spring 2021, to offer certificate programs in computer science teaching, levels one and two; software development, web and mobile development, and cloud computing."
The certificates, Qi says, are designed to boost students’ employability, while providing much-needed skills for Utah industry.
“It’s a very positive, collaborative approach to provide solutions during a challenging time for Utah’s economy,” she says. “We’re proud to be part of this effort.”
Qi, who joined Utah State as an assistant professor in 2002, earned doctoral and master’s degrees in computer science from Louisiana State University. She completed a master’s degree in computer science from the Shenyang Institute of Automation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and a bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering from DongHua University.
USU’s Department of Computer Science is accredited by the Computer Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, which ensures USU’s computer science degree programs meet the highest nationwide standards in quality, precision and safety.