Standing out in the field

There are a number of factors that paint a picture of academic excellence—how programs are ranked, who provides funding for research, what recognition professors have received—and the School of Computing and Information has excelled in each category.  Here are just a few insights that illustrate our academic rigor:



In 2016, Reuters ranked The University of Pittsburgh 39th on its list of the world’s 100 most innovative universities, based on research, output, and patent filings.


Pitt is proud to be designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The American Library Association-accredited Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program has been recognized by the U.S. News & World Report magazine as one of the top-ten programs in their 2014 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.”  The MLIS program as a whole was ranked 10th in the nation, based on a 2012 survey which is ranked every seven years, and the MLIS Specializations received top honors as well.

  • Health Resources and Services — ranked 3rd
  • Archives, Preservation & Records Management — ranked 6th
  • School Library Certification Program — ranked 13th
  • Information Technology — ranked 4th
  • Digital Libraries — ranked 10th

The Computer Science department at Pitt is among the first established in the world, exemplifying research and teaching excellence since 1966. It is ranked 25th out of 473 ranked programs (19th with respect to gender diversity) in the most recent evaluation and 34th out of 128 in the most recent (2011) National Research Council (NRC) evaluation.

Research Funding

We have an impressive list of active research grants, which include: the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Air Force Research Laboratory, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S.Department of Energy, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.


  • In 2017, Dr. Rob A. Rutenbar, Senior Vice Chancellor for Research at Pitt and Professor, was awarded the 2017 Phil Kaufman Award.
  • In 2017, Dr. James Joshi was selected by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) as one of their 2017 Distinguished Members.
  • In 2015, Konstantinos Pelechrinis received the Army Research Office Young Investigator Award.
  • Panos Chrysanthis received the University of Pittsburgh’s Provost Award for Excellence in Mentoring (doctoral students) in 2015.
  • Adam Lee won an Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation in 2013.
  • Dr. Sangyeun Cho won the 2012 Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) GRO Award for Redefining DRAM Interface for Future Platforms.
  • Leanne Bowler received the ALISE-Pratt-Severn Faculty Innovation Award in 2012.
  • In 2010, Milos Hauskrecht was awarded the Homer R. Warner award from the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) for his paper, “Conditional Outlier Detection for Clinical Alerting.”
  • In 2007, Marek Druzdzel received the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award.
  • Peter Brusilovsky won the prestigious National Science Foundation Career Award in 2005 for his work on personalized information access.