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History of Computer Science

The first Computer at UW, the Bendix G-15, weighed 966 pounds. It was accessed by students through a sign-up sheet for research purposes. This machine would eventually be booked 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The popularity of the computer emphasized the potential in Computer technology at a university level.  Further investments into this technology and field would be made by the University and continue to this day. The University believes Computing Facilities should be handled like libraries and access should be free to all users. This philosophy has carried through to present day.

This has allowed Computer science students access to the Teton for HPC and Petalibrary, the Mt. Moran Supercomputer, The Big Horn Storage Facility, the Shell 3D Visualization Center, the Cybersecurity Education and Research Center. Unix and MS workstations as well as industry leading software. Computer technology continued to improve and became more mobile. The University explored this mobility in true Wyoming fashion, exploring several fields this new technology could help improve. Today we see that Computer Technology is vital in nearly all fields, allowing Computer Science to be a versatile and valuable field of study at UW. Today, Student organizations within the Computer Science Department include:

Featured in this image is the Philco 2000 Computer system from 1962. Photo courtesy of the American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.
  • The Association for Computing Machinery
  • Defense Against the Dark Arts
  • Tau Beta Pi
  • The Society of Women Engineers
  • Honor Society: Upsilon Pi Epsilon

The Computer Science Department has grown in size and prestige in our over 50 years at UW.

Archived Photos

Two women work on data entry on an early model Computer. Year Unknown. Photo courtesy of the American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.
As the uses of Computer Science continued to be explored, the University of Wyoming began facilitating Computers in other aspects of studies. This image shows the Computer Terminal for State Fair; 1973. Photo courtesy of the American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.
Two Computer Science Majors Review course work in 1971. Photo courtesy of the American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.
As the uses of Computer Science continued to be explored, the University of Wyoming began facilitating Computers in other aspects of studies. This image shows the Computer Terminal used for inventory in a grocery store; 1973. Photo courtesy of the American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.
IBM Punch Card from 1964. Photo courtesy of the American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.
IBM Flexowriter; 1962. Photo courtesy of the American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.
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Phone: (307)766-5190

Email: cosc@cs.uwyo.edu

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