Equipping Difference Makers in Engineering and Computer Science – APU Articles

Cindy F. Cape

In high-demand industries like engineering and computer science, Azusa Pacific University is equipping new professionals with the skills needed to be difference makers in these innovative fields. APU’s Department of Engineering and Computer Science offers a practically-informed curriculum and close interaction with accomplished industry professionals, preparing students for successful careers. “Our first priority is our students’ success,” said James Hsi-Jen Yeh, PhD, interim chair and associate professor, Department of Engineering and Computer Science.

“The ECS program offers specialized programs geared toward developing students’ talents and passions in specific fields.”

Yeh brings an impressive wealth of experience to his role at APU that informs his teaching. Prior to APU, he taught in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Engineering Technology at Cal Poly Pomona. He also worked for 10 years with fingerprint sensor industry leaders AuthenTec (now Apple) and Validity (now Synaptics) in cellular handset integration. Later generations of these sensors are now included in Apple and Samsung mobile phones. Yeh was a Principal Investigator at AT&T Bell Laboratories in the field of wireless communications and optical storage. He holds seven U.S. Patents for his research, and his publications and patents are frequently cited. His doctoral research focused on the founding technology for the RFID manufacturer Alien Technology.

Students considering pursuing a degree through the Department of Engineering and Computer Science can choose from three primary programs, allowing focused study in areas of interest. The BS in Computer Science degree offers students engaging experience in learning to solve complex problems through computer systems. Through this program, students can tailor their education to specific emphases, including artificial intelligence, advanced database applications programming, or software system development.

The BS in Computer Information Systems program prepares students with the technical expertise and organizational knowledge necessary to do business in a rapidly changing technological environment. This curriculum offers interactive hands-on learning in concentrations such as artificial intelligence, telecommunication, and web programming.

The BS in Engineering degree equips students with the necessary skills for careers across a wide range of industries. Through the program’s informed curriculum, students are able to pursue engineering opportunities in fields such as aerospace, agriculture, automotive, business, defense, energy, healthcare, and telecommunications.


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