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CSCI Major Collin Glatz ’20 will participate in the GAE Program

Collin Glatz, a sophomore at W&L and a double major in German and Computer Science, has plans to participate in the German American Exchange Internship Program (GAE) over summer 2018.  The GAE program helps American students secure three-month long business internships in Germany. While there, they can work on their language skills while also gaining a better understanding of Germany’s economic and business role within the European Union. Glatz will be working this summer with Fresenius in Frankfurt.

For more details about this exciting opportunity click on the link below.  Congratulations, Collin!




CSCI Majors, Truth Iyiewuare ’18 and Alicia Martinez ’18, inducted into ODK!

Two Computer Science Majors will be be inducted into Alpha Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, (ODK) the national leadership honor society, at Washington and Lee University’s annual Founders Day/ODK Convocation.  The ceremony will be held on Jan. 18, 2018 at 5 p.m. in Lee Chapel.  Below are brief descriptions of these students and their many accomplishments.  Congratulations, Truth and Alicia!

Truth  Iyiewuare (Houston, Texas) is a computer science major. He has been a leader in the Student Association for Black Unity, as vice president and now as president. He has also displayed leadership in his major, having worked as a lab assistant for students in the introductory computer science class, and as a peer tutor for other students in need of any computer science help. Truth is also a member of Kathekon, which serves alumni visiting campus and increases student-alumni relations. Lastly, he is a student representative of the Diversity and First-Gen Working Group at W&L, an administrative committee that strives to create a better experience for diverse groups on campus.

Alicia Martinez (Seaford, Delaware) is majoring in computer science. As the head community assistant and the president of the Campus Unity Initiative, she strives to create a fun and inclusive atmosphere on campus. Martinez is an active peer tutor, has served as president of the German Club, and was selected to attend the 2018 Women’s Leadership Summit. She is a recipient of the QuestBridge Match Scholarship as well as several departmental awards, including the Jim Stump Prize in German and the John Preston Moore III Award.

Click on the link for the full story….


CSCI Minor Gillen Beck ’18 earns spot on 2017 Division III Academic All-District men’s soccer team

Washington and Lee senior goalkeeper, Gillen Beck, was named to the 13-member District 5 team for the second time in his career.  Gillen is a mathematics and physics double-major, and a computer science minor.  Click on the link to read more about Gillen’s achievements…


CSCI Major Mary Catherine Greenleaf ’19: Digital Humanities Experience

Mary Catherine, a Computer Science and Studio Art major, describes her recent participation in a Digital Humanities project, and shares her enthusiasm for blending art with computer science.



Spotlight on CSCI Major, Will McMurtry ’18

Senior Will McMurtry, Johnson Scholar and Computer Science Major, discusses why Washington and Lee was his number one choice for higher education.



Pictures from Graduation -Congratulations CSCI Class of 2017

Some pictures from Commencement — Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

List of CSCI Graduates–Class of 2017


Computer Science Majors:

(some of) Class of '17
(some of) the Class of ’17

Azmain Amin
Phil Bennett
Lenny Enkhbold
Fred Gisa
Stevan Hall-Mejia
Rob Jones
Jordan Krasner
Perry O’Connor
Patrick Ozark
Lauren Revere
Mina Shnoudah
Shane Siebken
Jamie White
Brennon Williams

Computer Science Minors:

Asha Campbell
Dan Claroni
Michael Garcia
Evan Hinkle
Joe Perrella
Nika Pogrebna
Rachel Stone

CSCI 2017 Senior Graduate Reception

The 2017 Senior Reception honoring the Graduates, took place on Wednesday, May 24th in the Great Hall of the Science Center.  The reception provided a wonderful opportunity for faculty, students and their families gather and celebrate the students’ achievements.  Here are a few photos from the festivities — Congratulations to the Class of 2017!




CSCI Major Azmain Amin ’17 Honors Thesis Presentation

Azmain Amin’s Honors Thesis is entitled “An Automated, Customizable Framework for Applying Genetic Algorithms to Generate Test Cases for Web Applications” and will be presented on Friday, April 7 at 3:30 pm in Parmly 405.

THESIS ABSTRACT: Web application testing is an integral part of the web application development process. Faults within a web application can damage a company’s reputation and lead to financial losses. Customers will lose confidence if they experience inconvenience. Rigorous testing is necessary to expose faults before production release. Test case generation is a time- and resource-consuming process. Testing requirements increase exponentially with code size, and it might be impossible to exhaustively test any sufficiently complex software. This is specially true of web apps where you have multiple platforms integrating together.

In this thesis, I propose the use of genetic algorithm to generate usage-based test cases. Genetic-algorithm-based test case generation requires considerably less resources and is customizable and automated. I modeled usage-based test cases (i.e., user sessions) as components of genetic algorithm, namely genes, chromosomes and genomes, and created a customizable and automated genetic-algorithm-based testing framework. I carried out several sets of experiments, running the genetic algorithm and tuning various parameters to evaluate the effect of each parameter on the resulting generated test suite. Our results show that genetic-algorithm-based test case generation is very cost effective. The test suite is considerably smaller in size compared to the initial collection of user sessions and still maintained high resource coverage.


Meet Johnson Scholar and CSCI Major Karishma Patel ’18

Karishma, a double major in Business Administration and Computer Science is currently studying abroad in Madrid.  Click on the link to learn more, as she shares her insights and experiences…