Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Dr. Anne Quinn
Edinboro University’s Bachelor of Science in Computer Science – Game and Virtual World Development program continues to grow and thrive, and its first graduates are learning the value of a nationally ranked EU gaming education.
The Game and Virtual World Development track was first introduced in 2010. In the handful of years since, it has doubled its student enrollment, with 63 declared majors for the 2015-16 school year. The program graduated its first class of just two students in 2014. Nine students completed the program in 2015.
As the program’s first alumni enter the workforce, they are quickly earning top positions in their field.
Game and Virtual World Development track alumni are currently employed by a variety of top software firms, private companies and more. Nicole Sickafoose, Alex Lillie and Robert Bragg are a software engineers at MRI Software, LLC; Gary Heckman is working at Fidelity Flight Simulation Inc.; Lisa Kubiak is employed at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Mississippi; and David Dampier is working as a computer scientist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
“The research I am currently involved in is using gaming technology to create applications to help with planning and protection for our soldiers in the field,” Dampier explained of his position. “Between application design to programming and computer modeling, I am currently utilizing all of the skills that I learned at Edinboro University.”
In its 2015 rankings, Animation Career Review listed EU’s Game and Virtual World Development program 15th among the Top 25 Public Game Design Schools and Colleges nationwide; 17th in its listing of the Top 25 Game Design Schools and Colleges on the East Coast; and 48th overall among the Top 50 Game Design Schools and Colleges in the U.S.
The annual rankings take into account the academic reputation, admission selectivity, depth and breadth of the program and faculty, value as it relates to tuition and indebtedness, and geographic location of game design programs from across the country.
“The Virtual World track of the Edinboro computer science program was especially helpful to me because it was the experience and skills that I learned specific to game development that I was chosen for in my job,” Dampier continued. “The faculty are amazing, caring and capable teachers who will do anything to help students that put in the effort.”
To learn more about applying to Edinboro University and its B.S. in Computer Science – Game and Virtual World Development, visit www.edinboro.edu/admissions or call (814) 732-2761 or (888) 8GO-BORO.