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Meet a University of Texas at Tyler Graduate

From Classroom to City Government

Benny Yazdanpanahi

“Someone once said, if you enjoy what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. This has certainly proven true in my own life. I have fun doing what I do and I have a true sense of accomplishment every day in my job.

“I am the chief information officer for the city of Tyler, Texas. In my current role, I oversee a department of 10 employees who provide technical support for 800 municipal government employees and the citizens we serve.

“UT Tyler gave me a solid foundation in the skills I need for my position today, along with a lot more.

“I came to UT Tyler because I had a strong interest in computers and wanted to learn programming. Dr. George Whitson thought that having me manage the computer lab would be a good place to start. While experimenting with recursive pruning in the lab, I inadvertently deleted all programming on the server. It would be natural for someone to lose their cool over a gargantuan mistake like that, but Dr. Whitson stayed perfectly calm, handed me a box of CDs and some books, and said: ‘See you in the morning.’ His attitude really impressed me and has helped shape the way I deal with my employees today. Stay calm. Work on the problem. Solve it.

“I got to know my professors well at UT Tyler: Dr. Whitson, Dr. Stephen Rainwater and Dr. Arun Kulkarni had a huge impact on my professional life.

“When I graduated from UT Tyler, I immediately got a job teaching as an adjunct at Jacksonville Baptist College. After several jobs along the way, I arrived at the city of Tyler position 10 years ago. Throughout my career, I have always been thankful for my UT Tyler education. Today, I hire almost all my employees from the university. I know the program is solid preparation for real world challenges.”

Benny Yazdanpanahi, Tyler, TX
MS in Computer Science, 1992

Computer Science MS Degree

Be on the Leading Edge of a Vital, Fast-Growing Field

Admission Requirements

A master’s degree in computer science from The University of Texas at Tyler allows you to heighten your computing expertise in the design, implementation and application of computer software to prepare for more challenging, high-level career opportunities.

  • Take evening and late afternoon classes designed for working adults who want to complete a top computer science graduate program.
  • Advance in a field that’s one of the fastest growing for jobs and critical to our nation’s economy and security infrastructure.
  • Choose between 2 options to fulfill graduate degree requirements: Core courses plus completing a master’s thesis, or core courses plus a research project under faculty guidance.

Computer science graduates of the program are employed in such businesses and organizations as: city of Tyler, Trane Corp., area community colleges (Tyler Junior College, Kilgore College, Trinity Valley Community College), Microsoft, Oracle, NASA, The University of Texas Health Science Center, Carrier Corp., Verizon and Brookshire Grocery Co.

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Master’s in Computer Science: Advanced Learning. Individually Focused.

  • Gain a broad understanding and forward-thinking view of 4 key areas in computer science: programming languages, operating systems, data communications and databases.
  • Choose to specialize your graduate degree with electives in computer security, artificial intelligence, data mining and supercomputing.
  • Undertake research projects that provide extensive hands-on experience working with various types of software and solving diverse computer challenges.
  • Network with computing professionals through membership in the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

Computer Science Faculty: Know How. Can Do.

  • Study with professors who incorporate innovative teaching methods with strong theoretical foundations for dynamic learning in a changing field. Learn from frequent industry and government guest speakers and by taking part in group research challenges.
  • Join faculty who participate in the UT Tyler Center for Petroleum Security Research.
  • Get one-on-one mentoring with faculty members who have extensive experience as computing professionals in private industry and government.

Learn about UT Tyler’s computer science faculty

CS Courses: Advanced Learning. Concentrated Study.

Software Engineering – Students exploreprogram development techniques with structured methodologies. Study top-down development, modeling tools, structured programming, programming style, program testing and debugging.

Applied Computer Graphics – This course begins with the basic theory of computational graphics, examines important applications, especially in the fields of medicine and GIS, and requires students to complete a substantial applied project using graphical tools and packages that are widely used in industry and the computer graphics community. The basic theory will build on mathematical foundation and focus on geometric primitives, color models, coordinate systems, transformation of object views in 2D and 3D, projection, illumination, reflection, shading and more.

Advances in Remote Sensing and GIS Analysis – This course brings together recent developments in remote sensing and GIS analysis with a particular emphasis on software development techniques. Topics will include GIS data models, software algorithms for data storage and analysis.

Computer Security This course gives a complete coverage of cryptography, network protocols and their use in computer security. This includes an overview of symmetric and asymmetric cryptographic algorithms and their use for authentication, email and e-commerce. Network security protocols covered include Kerberos, SET and SMIME.

More about UT Tyler’s graduate computer science program of study

Career Outlook for Computer Science
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for computer network systems administrators is expected to increase by 30% in this decade, which is decidedly faster than growth anticipated in other sectors. A master’s in computer science is a common degree requirement for those who hold network and systems administrator positions. Employment prospects for network systems and data communications analysts look even more favorable with an expected 53% job growth. For more information, visit Occupational Outlook Handbook - Computer and Information Technology Occupations.

Find Out More:

Department of Computer Science
RBN 3001
3900 University Blvd.
Tyler, Tx 75799

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Ph: 903.566.7403
Fx: 903.565.5607