At a Glance

The Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, established in 1983, was one of the first comprehensive schools of computing and information systems in the country and remains in the forefront of the field. The school offers a student-centered environment, small classes, committed faculty, research opportunities, and innovative programs, and partnerships.


  • > 80 professors, scholars and lecturers with practitioner background



  • The 1st Doctor of Professional Studies (DPS) in Computing, a program that enables IT professionals in both industry and education to complete an advanced degree on a part-time basis in three to four years
  • 1 of only 3 National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education in the New York Metropolitan Area
  • Practical, and profitable, career related experience - last year, over 40 Seidenberg students worked at co-op jobs
  • $74,000: average starting salary for a Seidenberg graduate with a baccalaureate (range: $45-$120K)
  • $76,000: average starting salary for a Seidenberg graduate with a master's (range: $30-$180K)
  • The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science is accredited by the Computer Accreditation Commission of ABET,
  • Ranked #1 in awarding MS degrees to Hispanics in the 2009 Study of Top Degree Producers by Diverse Issues in Higher Education
  • 31%: percentage of women in the Seidenberg student body - the national average: 20%
  • Host to the Gotham Ruby Conference (GoRuCo) a technical conference aimed at highly motivated programmers interested in all things Ruby
  • Host to the Annual Hudson Valley FIRST Tech Challenge, an educational robotics tournament created for high school students
  • 2011 Placements within 1 year of graduation were 86% for undergraduates and 91% for graduate students.  


  • Outstanding accomplishments: Dr. Paul Benjamin, for obtaining the patent "Semantic Encoding and Compression of Database Tables;" Dr. Jean Coppola, for pioneering work in the field of gerontechnology; Dr. Catherine Dwyer, for expertise in the field of social networking research; and Dr. Richard Kline, Dr. Bernice Houle, and Dr. Pauline Mosley for cultivating interest in technology among middle and high school students through FIRST robotics programs; Dr. Christelle Scharff for promoting the development, of mobile applications for social change in Africa; Dr. James Lawler, for instilling in his students a lifelong commitment to community service.
  • Published research: Information security, distance education, e-Business, mobile applications for social change, formal methods, gerontechnology, handwriting analysis, patterns, pervasive computing, signal processing, robotics, data mining, graphics and visualization, human-computer interaction, multimedia, networking, programming languages, security, social networking, software engineering, and the impact of It on productivity and globalization
  • ThinkFinity Grants: 11 faculty members were awarded ThinkFinity Grants for unique projects ranging from data mining, to understanding terrorism through the use of Geographic Information Systems, to integrating ecology with technolgy
  • Guest lecturers this year: Steve Cooper, former CIO of the Red Cross and Department of Homeland Security; Ernest von Simson, noted expert on technology entrepreneurship and business models; and Pavel Gladyshev, director of Dublin's (UCD) Center for Cybercrime Investigations


  • External scholarships are regularly awarded to students by Information Assurance/U.S. Department of Defense.
  • Faculty and students collaborate regularly on research that is presented at professional conferences.
  • Students frequently develop usable systems and applications for real clients.
  • A tradition of civic engagement is expressed through a host of service learning courses assisting nonprofit, educational, and senior citizen organizations.
  • Seidenberg Scholarships, named after Pace alumnus, school benefactor, and Verizon CEO Ivan G. Seidenberg, are awarded annually to outstanding students.
  • Seidenberg Scholar Summer Experience is offered to exceptional high school students nationwide to encourage intellectual activities and technological innovation.


  • The award-winning NACTEL Program, with more than 5,000 participants to-date, provides a wide range of educational opportunities to telecommunications workers nationwide.
  • The Robotics Lab builds and tests cognitive architecture and constructs intelligent agents for network security and intrusion detection.
  • The Pervasive Computing Lab explores cutting-edge applications in the realm of human-computer interaction.  Applications include voice recognition, handwriting identification, pen computing, and other pattern recognition and artificial intelligence technologies.
  • The Computer Forensics Lab created CodeDetectives, a consortium that serves as a free resource for educators and law enforcement and computer forensics professionals who strive to prevent, investigate, and prosecute criminal activity with the aid of computer technology.
  • The Pace Digital Gallery attracts world-renowned artists and encourages public understanding of digital art.