Chicago Software Process Improvement Network
(C-SPIN) Meeting
Thursday, April 4, 2002

Challenges of Educating Technologists in 2002
Helmut P. Epp, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Computer Science, Telecommunnications and Information Systems
DePaul University

Since Helmut Epp founded the School of Computer Science, Telecommunication and Information Systems (CTI) in 1995, it has grown into one of the largest and most comprehensive computer science programs in the United States.

Epp regularly overhauls the school's curriculum, adding new graduate and undergraduate tracks as technologies emerge. CTI was one of the first universities in the nation to combine the teaching of computer science and telecommunications. In 1999, CTI again tool the lead by launching a master's degree in e-commerce technology.

Epp also supervised development of Course Online, a unique distance learning computer system that allows students to review synchronized video and audio of entire class lectures, including board notes and computer presentations, via the Web. Launched in fall 2001 with 63 classes, it has expanded to more than 150 courses.

In 1985, Epp founded DePaul's innovative Institute for Professional Development, combining the virtues of university-based courses and commercial training. The brief but intensive certificate programs enable programmers, computer specialists and business executives to quickly master new developments in software, hardware and Web-based applications.

He received his master of science and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics from Northwestern University. Epp has served on the faculties of the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.