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Milestones and Principal Events from 1962-1996

Table 1: Milestones and Principal Events in the History of the Computer Sciences Department at Purdue University, 1962-1996.

YearEvent
1962 Department formation, M.S. and Ph.D. programs started
1964 First M.S. degrees awarded (3)
1966 First Ph.D. degrees awarded (2)
1967 Move to Math Sciences building
1968 Undergraduate program started
One-hundred M.S. degrees awarded
Regular faculty size reaches 10
Department and Computing Center completely separated
1970 Two-hundred M.S. degrees awarded
1972 Regular faculty size reaches 20
1973 Two-hundred B.S. degrees awarded
1977 Five-hundred M.S. degrees awarded
1978 Five hundred B.S. degrees awarded
Department acquires first computer facility (VAX 11/780)
1979 Conte retires as head; Denning appointed head
1981 Crisis: Enrollment explosion arrives
1982 One-hundred Ph.D. degrees awarded
1983 Denning leaves; Rice appointed head
Crisis: Large loss of key faculty
1984 Crisis: Major growth in facilities and laboratories
Crisis: No space for faculty, students, or staff
1985 Move to new building
Research funding reaches $1,000,000
1986 Regular faculty size reaches 30
1987 One-thousand M.S. degrees awarded
Research Funding reaches $2,000,000
1988 Research funding reaches $3,000,000
1989 Two-thousand B.S. degrees awarded
1994 Two-hundred Ph.D. degrees awarded
1996 Rice retires as head
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