Visiting UIUC

If you follow this blog, you’ll know that I’m currently working on my Masters in Computer Science through the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  I really like the program I’m in.  Most classes are real.  There are real people meeting on campus 3 times a week in a classroom and those of us online get to join in via a camera.  It’s strange though taking classes at a school you’ve never been to.  You see the whiteboards in plenty of rooms you’ve never set foot in.  Next week I’ll have the opportunity to change that.  I’m going back as part of a recruiting trip to UIUC and I’ll get to spend a few days on the campus.  I look forward to getting a better feel for where things located and just experiencing the campus and surrounding area.  I might also try to go look up a professor or two that I’ve taken classes from.  Should be fun.

Comments (4)

  1. isaacy says:

    What classes are you taking and would you recommend?

  2. SteveRowe says:

      I’m most of the way to my masters.  After this semester I’ll have 2 1/2 classes left to take.  The program is solid.  The cool part is that the classes are almost all real classes which take place on campus.  100 people meet in a room in Urbana at 11:00 and by 2:00 there is a video of it on the web.  The quality of the classes and professors is high.  For example, I just took an object oriented design class over the summer and it was taught by Ralph Johnson (one of the "gang of four").

      The one caveat I would put forth is that this is a pretty general masters program.  There isn’t a lot of room for specialization.  Each subject has at most 2 classes available online.

  3. TravisL says:

    This was where Mosaic was born, wasn’t it?  And thus, the graphical web browser?  Sweet.

  4. SteveRowe says:

    Yes.  Marc Andreesson was working for NCSA and attending UIUC when he and his colleagues invented the Mosaic browser.  The rest, as they say, is history.