“Everyone here is going to be a leader in their field,” said Mehran Sahami, an associate professor in computer science, Thursday during a lunchtime talk at Old Union. “If you understand that technology will have a huge impact in the future and educate yourself accordingly, you will be able to make decisions that impact other people’s lives.”
Following a near-doubling in 2010, the number of undergraduates majoring in computer science (CS) continues to rise rapidly, with 429 Stanford undergraduates currently declared in a CS major according to an automatically generated list on the Stanford CS website.
While the introductory computer science course CS106A spiked in enrollment fall quarter, the fundamental introductory courses in other departments such as mathematics, chemistry and economics enrolled a similar number of students as previous quarters, according to numbers on Axess.
Provost John Etchemendy Ph.D. ’82 and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Harry Elam recognized six faculty members as Bass University Fellows in Undergraduate Education last week at Stanford’s first “Celebration of Undergraduate Education.”
It’s 3:10 p.m., Monday afternoon. Over 600 students are crammed into Hewlett 200 like canned sardines. The students who arrived 20 minutes earlier are fortunate enough to find seats. Other students must seat themselves in the aisles. The rumble of animated chatter dies down when they are all greeted by an energetic, bespectacled man–associate professor of computer science Mehran Sahami ’92 M.S., ’93 Ph.D. ’99.