UNE announces new School of Computer Science and Data Analytics

The new school will prepare students for emerging careers in today's technology-driven industries

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The new school will comrpise UNE’s existing majors in Applied Mathematics and Data Science, plus two new majors in Computer Science and Statistics.

Algorithms that process complex financial data. Sensors that track and monitor endangered species. Systems that track patient health records across hospitals — and the cybersecurity tools to keep them secure. Computing and data now touch nearly every facet of daily life and the world’s industries, a trend that only continues to grow.

With these rapid technological advancements, the University of New England has announced the formation of a School of Computer Science and Data Analytics offering a diverse range of programs aimed at equipping students with the essential knowledge and skills needed to thrive in today's rapidly advancing technological landscape.

Embedded within UNE’s College of Arts and Sciences, the new school reflects UNE’s commitment to meeting the rising demand for professionals with skills in emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and data analytics. UNE has hired Sylvain Jaume, Ph.D., a leading artificial intelligence expert and founder of one of the nation’s first data science degree programs, as the school’s inaugural director.

The school will comprise UNE’s existing majors in Applied Mathematics and Data Science, plus two new majors in Computer Science and Statistics, designed to ensure that the regional and national workforce is well-equipped to navigate and contribute to ongoing advancements in each industry. 

“As we embark on this new venture, we are mindful of the critical role our graduates will play in shaping the future, and specializations in computer science and data science are increasingly sought after in today's job market,” remarked Gwendolyn Mahon, UNE’s provost and senior vice president of Academic Affairs. “The launch of this school aligns with UNE’s mission to empower our graduates with the expertise required to drive innovation and address the world’s complex challenges.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of computer scientists is projected to grow 23% through 2032, which is much faster than the average for all occupations (3%). A recent study by labor analytics firm Lightcast reported a total of 807,000 positions seeking qualified computer science graduates were posted in 2022 alone.

The Computer Science major at UNE will build on the institution’s leading reputation in interdisciplinary learning, fostering connections across the University’s diverse academic and professional disciplines — including the health sciences, biology, marine science, and business — and setting students up for varied academic and research opportunities.

New courses in computer architecture, software engineering, and computational theory will prepare students for necessary jobs across a spectrum of fields including health care, financial services, biotechnology, and cybersecurity. Students will additionally gain hands-on experience through internships, providing them with real-world insights into these growing fields as well as valuable networking opportunities.

Enrollment for the new majors will begin in fall 2025.

“This transition reflects the agile nature of UNE to rethink how we educate our students to break new ground in Maine and our nation’s most sought-after industries,” remarked Jonathan Millen, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “These new programs exemplify UNE's dedication to innovation, excellence, and preparing future leaders to tackle the challenges of tomorrow.”

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Sylvain Jaume, Ph.D.