Welcome to the Computer Science Department
The Stanford Computer Science Department seeks to produce leaders who will shape the future. We believe that CS graduates need to be creative out-of-the-box thinkers with a mission to be socially responsible. They need to cultivate interdisciplinary skills and have the ability and enthusiasm to collaborate with others.
Mehran Sahami, PhD
Department Chair, Computer Science
"Welcome to the Computer Science Department at Stanford University! We are dedicated to producing field-transforming research and providing world-class educational opportunities in computing. Founded in 1965, the department is consistently ranked among the top computer science departments in the world. It is home to several A. M. Turing Award winners and MacArthur Fellows, as well as numerous members of the National Academies of Engineering, Medicine, and Science, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Work by our faculty spans all areas of computing in addition to numerous multidisciplinary collaborations with a wide range of other strong departments across the university.
With a deep departmental commitment to exceptional teaching, the Computer Science major is, by far, the largest undergraduate major at Stanford.
Mehran Sahami is Tencent Chair of the Computer Science Department and the James and Ellenor Chesebrough Professor in the School of Engineering. As a Professor (Teaching) in the Computer Science Department, he is also a Bass Fellow in Undergraduate Education and previously served as the Associate Chair for Education in Computer Science. Prior to joining the Stanford faculty, he was a Senior Research Scientist at Google. His research interests include computer science education, artificial intelligence, and ethics.
He served as co-chair of the ACM/IEEE-CS joint task force on Computer Science Curricula 2013, which created curricular guidelines for college programs in computer science at an international level. He has also served as an elected member of the ACM Council, the chair of the ACM Education Board, and was appointed by California Governor Jerry Brown to the state's Computer Science Strategic Implementation Plan Advisory Panel.
Gates Building, Room 274 | Computer Science Department | Stanford University | Stanford, California 94305
Welcome from Debby Inenaga
Director of Finance and Operations, Computer Science
"Welcome! The professional administrative staff at Stanford's Computer Science Department consists of a dedicated team of around 60 individuals. Our mission is to support the department's faculty and students, facilitating their research and teaching endeavors with efficiency, expertise, and a commitment to excellence. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us."
Home of the CS Department: William Gates Building
The Gates Computer Science Building was completed in January 1996 and is the home of the Computer Science Department, Brown Institute, and Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence Institute. The 150,000-square-foot building houses 550 faculty, staff and students.More About the Gates Building
Working at Stanford: Careers With a Mission
Stanford offers an abundance of career opportunities that span seven schools and numerous academic and administrative areas. Here, an array of supportive and diverse programs are designed to set employees on a path of lifelong learning and professional development. We welcome you to join our vibrant, mission-driven culture of excellence.