The mission of the Computer Science program at Madonna University is to promote intellectual growth by providing students with a sound foundation in both applied and theoretical computer science concepts, preparing them for the constantly changing technologies of the future.
With small class sizes, students interact directly with faculty who teach from real-world computer science experience. Students are challenged and stimulated by several courses in software development and web design and have the opportunity to gain work experience through cooperative opportunities. Students are required to meet with their Computer Science faculty advisor multiple times a year to ensure they are on track for graduation.
Alumni of the Computer Science program have pursued graduate degrees and others have careers in highly regarded technology companies.
Computer science is a broad discipline that deals with the analysis, design and synthesis of computer systems and their applications. Computer scientists develop the programs that run computers, from the small ones in your pocket to the large ones on space shuttles and Mars rovers.
A wide array of areas utilize computer scientists among them the entertainment industry, engineering, government, medicine, manufacturing, science, space exploration, education and communication. From its theoretical and algorithmic foundations to cutting-edge developments in robotics, computer vision, intelligent systems, bioinformatics and other exciting areas, a comprehensive foundation in computer science allows graduates to adapt to new technologies and new ideas. Computer scientists solve complex problems in order to make the world a better place.
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Katie is a software developer for the IT team at Sandler and Travis Trade Advisory Services. She primarily uses SQL and VB.Net to assist in improving Sandler and Travis Trade’s system to qualify goods for an FTA. “While I am not directly using the languages I learned in school, the programming concepts and logic that were reinforced throughout my education are used heavily. Because of the required reports and presentations I had in all of my upper level major courses, I feel very comfortable presenting and instructing,” she said. Bradley chose to attend Madonna to continue her Catholic education. “The intimate experience cannot be beat. I felt like I had a great support system at Madonna, which really helped me succeed.”
Sarmad is a cloud data solution architect at Microsoft Corporation in the Microsoft Technology Center in Southfield, Mich., where he leads executive briefings, architecture design decisions, proof of concepts and hands-on workshops with Microsoft’s largest customers. Since graduating from Madonna University, Istephan continued his education by completing a master’s degree and PhD in computer science. “As a student at Madonna, you get a strong sense that all faculty and staff are there to help you succeed,” he said. “It is easy to gain practical job experience by working as a student in various career related jobs across campus.”
Ph.D. Oakland University
M.S. Oakland University
B.S. Madonna University
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Dr. Susan Toma is an Associate Professor and the Chair of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department. She joined the full-time faculty of Madonna University in 2010. She earned a Ph.D. degree in Applied Mathematical Sciences in 2009 and an M.S. degree in Industrial Applied Mathematics in 2006 from Oakland University. She is also a Madonna University alumna where she completed a B.S. degree in Mathematics.
Dr. Toma has taught a broad range of mathematics courses, including Contemporary Mathematics, Pre-calculus, Applied Calculus, Calculus with Analytic Geometry I, II and III, Modern Algebra, Introduction to Real Analysis, Discrete Mathematics, and Probability and Statistics. She also regularly mentors senior seminar mathematics research projects. Moreover, Dr. Toma actively engages her students in various national and international mathematical competitions. In addition, she is the advisor of the Math Club student organization at Madonna University. Dr. Toma is a member of the Mathematical Association of America, American Mathematical Society, and the Michigan Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators.
Ph.D. Wayne State University
M.S. Michigan State University
B.S. University of California, San Diego
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Professor Mike Johnson has been a full-time faculty member at Madonna University since 2004. He obtained his B.S. degree at UC San Diego where he majored in Computer Engineering and minored in Mathematics. He then moved to Phoenix, Arizona where he worked for two years as a software engineer for GTE. After working in the Chicago area for AT&T Bell Labs for the next two years, he moved to Michigan to attend Michigan State University where he graduated with a Master's degree in Computer Science. He then completed his college studies at Wayne State University in 2003 when he earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science.
His main area of concentration is Computer Science and has taught a wide variety of computer science courses ranging from the introductory Computer Science I course to the upper level Computer Architecture course. His favorite subject to teach is any class that covers software development or web design. In addition to computer science courses, he also enjoys teaching algebra and precalculus mathematics courses.
M.S. Western Michigan University
B.S. Grand Valley State University
Math for Elementary Certification
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I have been teaching mathematics, and mathematics education courses at Madonna University for 10 years. I teach a proper range of courses from introductory algebra all the way through upper-level courses. My favorite courses to teach are the education courses. Helping students become future educators is a passion of mine. I also enjoy mentoring senior seminar presentations, it allows me to help students understand how to conduct research in mathematics and mathematics education.
My research interests focus on how to use technology for teaching mathematics, and how to get teacher candidates to understand how technology can change the curriculum. Presenting at the Michigan Council for Teachers of Mathematics conference each year allows me to help share my understanding of how technology is being used do you transform mathematics education in the current K-12 classrooms. I am also involved in a research group at Wayne State University; working with other graduate students and Wayne State faculty doing research on the changes in teacher evaluations by the state.
Researching and studying the key areas in how highly affective mathematics lessons by teachers in the elementary curriculum are assessed allows for me to understand what teacher candidates need to be equipped with to be successful as mathematics teachers.