This year the Computer Science Department is celebrating its 50th Anniversary!

We will be holding several events on Friday, October 5th to commemorate the many accomplishments and alumni of the department. We invite alumni, emeriti faculty, current students and faculty, and friends of the department to join us.

Please help us make this event a success by contributing your time, memories, pictures, and more. We will be posting ways to contribute and RSVP for the events as they become available. In the meantime, please contact us via email, Facebook, or LinkedIn.

Celebration of the UWL Computer Science Department Events

Date: Friday, October 5th 2018
Location: UWL Student Union


  • Time: 3:30pm
  • Location: TBD
  • Description: Alumni from various decades will share their perspectives on the field of computer science.

Social Hour

  • Time: 5:00pm
  • Location: TBD
  • Description: Time to mingle with current and former students and faculty. Refreshments and a cash bar will be available.


  • Time: 6:00pm
  • Location: TBD
  • Description: A dinner with presentations from the department and a guest speaker celebrating the past and future of the department. RSVP required.

Department History

Noteworthy dates for the Computer Science Department

  • 1968 — John "Jack" Storlie creates department; first courses offered
  • 1968 — Main Hall houses the Computer Center and Computer Science Department
  • 1969 — computer science minor created
  • 1969 — Wing remodeled, houses Computer Center and Department
  • 1970 — department moves into Wing Communication Center
  • 1971 — computer science major approved
  • 1973 — first graduates of computer science bachelor’s degree
  • 1974 — department moves to new classroom building, North Hall (now Carl Wimberly Hall), in the fall; Computer Center remains in Wing
  • 1980 — department moves to Wimberly Hall
  • 1990 — department moves to Morris Hall
  • 1996 — computational science minor established
  • 2001 — department moves to Wing Technology Center
  • 2001 — computer science Master of Software Engineering established
  • 2003 — dual degree with UW-Madison Department of Engineering approved
  • 2005 — computer engineering technology emphasis with Western Technical College established
  • 2006 — five-year dual degree bachelor’s and master’s established
  • 2007 — room 006 Wing named John "Jack" Storlie Computer and Technology Classroom
  • 2018 — embedded systems emphasis created spring; 50th anniversary celebrated

Department chairs

  • John Storlie, 1968-71
  • Lonny Winrich, 1971-81
  • Dave Riley, 1981-2005*
  • Steve Senger, 2005-present *Tom Gendreau served as interim chair, 1998-99

Remember when the department was in...

  • Wing Communications Center, 1969-1974
  • Wimberly Hall, 1974-1990
  • Morris Hall, 1990-2001
  • Wing Technology Center, 2001-present