The Dean's Welcome

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the College of Computing and Informatics (CCI) at UNC Charlotte. As the fastest growing college in the UNC system, the largest computing college in North Carolina, and one of the largest in the nation, CCI prides itself for being innovative in its research and education, inclusive in its design and operation, and responsive to the rapidly changing needs and ambitions of its constituencies. The college is organized in three departments: Bioinformatics and Genomics, Computer Science, and Software and Information Systems with close to 100 faculty members and more than 130 Ph.D. students. The CCI faculty have a strong track record in innovative and strategically focused research with significant external funding and investment. Nationally renowned research centers initiated by CCI include the Complex Systems Institute, Robotics and Sensors for Human Well Being, the Bioinformatics Research Center, the CCI Center for Education Innovation, the Charlotte Visualization Center, the Cyber Defense and Network Assurability, and the Data Science Initiative. Nearly all of these efforts are multidisciplinary and some are multi-institutional, reflecting the integrative system approach. The college offers academic programs at the bachelor, master and Ph.D. level. The design and delivery of these programs are guided by educational research and best practices and are governed by values of inclusivity and access for the community we serve. 
 
UNC Charlotte is a public, urban university with seven decades of symbiotic partnership with the City of Charlotte and the community at large. 
 
CCI graduates are recognized by leading employers as some of the top computing and bioinformatics talent available in the marketplace. Our students are the backbone of the largest talent pipeline in the Carolinas. CCI is also redefining the future of computing by creating an inclusive climate for all students, staff and faculty. Our goal is to expand and engage the participation of students that traditionally have not entered the computing field. We believe that in order to lead impact-driven innovation in computing and informatics education and research, we must cultivate an atmosphere that is welcoming across all aspects of human diversity. We strive to be a preeminent creator and provider of talent and intellectual capital by empowering diversity of thought and experiences. 
 
As soon as the Dean’s Alumni Council launched in 2016, they began with the monumental goal of changing lives by increasing equality and diversity through the first ever “Alumni Gives” scholarship for increasing the number of women in computing. 
 
CCI welcomes you to join us in our mission to spread the 49er spirit for innovation and success. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you on our beautiful UNC Charlotte campus.

Fatma Mili