Purdue College of Science
Faster than you can say smartphone or iPad, the next great computer device will have come and gone. Working behind the screens, Purdue computer scientists like Susanne Hambrusch (above) are helping set the pace for change.
No one knows this better than Purdue faculty, among them Susanne Hambrusch, a computer science professor who served as head of the Computer Science Department from 2002 to 2007 and is now helping shape the future of the discipline in a leadership position in the National Science Foundation.
There have been a lot of changes in the field since Hambrusch began studying it some 35 years ago. The discipline was just in its infancy when she enrolled at the Technical University of Vienna in her native Austria in 1974. The university, in fact, had established a computer science ("Informatik") major only a year or two before.