We want to know what you think about Dean Abernathy’s proposal! Send comments, emails, articles, videos, pictures, or whatever else to email@example.com. Show your support for Computer Science at the University of Florida!
The following are several insightful comments from the petition:
I direct the Institute for Computational & Mathematical Engineering at Stanford. Computational mathematics, represented at your university by CISE, is *vital* for modern engineering: students gain critical knowledge, researchers meet to create interdisciplinary teams that are so important for innovation, and faculty advance the boundaries of computational math. Many universities in the US are looking into *creating* their own CISE. Do not destroy what is such a crucial part of engineering
M. Gerritsen – Director of the Institute for Computational & Mathematical Engineering at Stanford
I find it impossible to understand why a department known internationally for the quality of its research should be forced to cease its research activity. I very much doubt if the activity could be continued at the same level if the research faculty are moved to other departments so it seems to me that it is a big loss to the University.
I. Duff – Chair of the Board of SIAM
My group at Sandia National Labs has greatly benefitted from a research collaboration with Prof. Tim Davis and by hiring excellent PhD graduates of the CISE department. It would be a tragedy for this national resource to be lost.
B. Hendrickson – Sandia National Labs, Senior Manager
Software Development is the achilles heel of simulation science. This is one of the core competency of a CISE Dept. and needs to be strengthened,
C. Bischof – Director of the Center for Computing and Communication at RWTH Aachen University.
The proposal advanced by Dean Abernathy seeking to dismantle our stellar CISE program is in violation of fundamental shared-governance principles. This is a prime example of an authoritarian and non-inclusive administration style that does not take into consideration the opinion of the students and faculty that comprise our community of scholars.
O. Crisalle – Distinguished Teaching Scholar and Professor at University of Florida
“There is a fundamental misunderstanding of the value and sophistication of the computer science discipline. It seems that after being unsuccessful in trying to merge CISE and ECE departments, Dean Abernathy has decided to make CISE irrelevant.”
T. Barr, Barr Systems
The CISE (Computer and Information Science Department) at the University of Florida needs your help in its struggle to survive . In a nutshell, our Dean has decided to use the pretext of a budget cut to dismantle the department, something (actually, uniting CISE and ECE) she has been trying to do for the past 3 years but was unable to do because she couldn’t get the required votes. Now, she claims that with budget cuts, she doesn’t need anyone’s support. Given this history, it should be clear that the dismantling is purely retribution for not voting in favor of her earlier plan to unite ECE and CISE. Please see the information below for more details.
Please help by signing the petition (https://saveufcise.wordpress.com/) and in any other way possible (e.g., email the UF president at firstname.lastname@example.org pointing out the value/need for CS grads especially PhDs). Please inform your friends and ask them to do the same and spread the word. Keep in mind that if this dismantling is successful here, it could be tried by other Deans at other universities. Your department could be next!
Universities including GATech, UIUC, Univ. California, Colorado, Rochester, and many others have responded:
“We’re all in shock with this horrifying news! How can anyone argue about closing down a CS department where US leads in the software technologies in the world. Please let me know if there is anything we can do. “
“I just received this. I will sign the petition.
Let me know if there is anything I can do to help CISE.”
“I am thinking (with outrage) about your situation. I have signed the petition, and our dean has circulated to all GT CoC faculty encouraging the same. I hope the outcry will make a difference. “
“Is this true??? There are so many top folks in CISE at UF, I really hope this is not true…”
“Holy smokes … is this really happening there?”
“Is this for real ?”
“This is shocking.”