From the Chair
It's an exciting time to be in the discipline of computing. Yes, job opportunities for programmers are vast, and it's true that pay is attractive, but the greatest attraction of computing is the impact it can have on society.
Welcome to the Computer Science Department at Hofstra
It's an exciting time to be in the discipline of computing. Yes, job opportunities for programmers are vast, and it's true that pay is attractive, but the greatest attraction of computing is the impact it can have on society. Using modern technologies including artificial intelligence, the internet of things, networking, and mobile devices computer scientists can help solve problems large and small. As a computer science or computer engineering student at the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science, you'll learn the technologies that shape the future.
So, what is computer science and how is it different from computer engineering? Broadly speaking, computer science is concerned with the design of algorithms (software) for processing data. Once you have a computer science degree you typically start working as a software engineer, web/mobile application developer, or a QA tester. A computer engineering program teaches you how to design computing devices and systems. It involves the design of the components (hardware) that make up the system, and the software to make it function. With a computer engineering degree, you might design embedded systems, sensing devices, control systems, etc.
Hofstra's Computer Science Department currently offers four undergraduate degree programs - a BA in Computer Science, a BS in Computer Science, a BS in Computer Engineering, and a BS in Computer Science and Math. We don't publicly highlight programs until they get state approval, so we can add a line here once that happens. Our department currently has 10 full-time faculty members, and we hope to increase that number to 13 within the next five years. All of our full-time faculty have PhDs and undergraduate education is our primary mission. We also encourage our students to participate with us in a wide array of research areas from artificial intelligent and cognitive neuroscience to data mining and data science, system and network security, programming language design, hybrid hardware design and more.
The department has six dedicated labs. The most impressive of these is our $1 million Big Data lab. This single lab has more computational power than the rest of the academic departments combined. It is a state-of-the-art lab with the ability to run 840 threads in parallel, with more than 3 TB of combined RAM, and more than 1 PB of storage space. And, it's open to use by undergraduate students! The other labs serve a wide range of other purposes.
You can find details about our programs, people, labs and more on our website. Or, feel free to reach out to me directly about anything related to the CS Department.
Undergraduate Programs Mission Statement
The mission of the undergraduate programs offered by the Department of Computer Science is to provide students with a strong foundation in the theory and practice of computer science, in order to help them develop into knowledgeable, responsible professionals and lifelong learners, able to create and implement the latest computing technologies for the betterment of society.
Graduate Program Mission Statement
The mission of the M.S. program offered by the Department of Computer Science is to develop independent thinkers who can provide leadership in the computing industry or academia, as well as deep insights into the fundamentals of computer science, and a broad perspective on the established and emerging fields of computing.
Director of the DeMatteis School Co-op Program | WWW
Professor & Chair, Computer Science Dept. | Bio
Kenneth D. Faltischek
Since 2015, Kenneth D. Faltischek has served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Sandata Technologies,LLC, a leading provider of technology solutions to the home health care industry based in Port Washington, New York. Mr. Faltischek is responsible for leading efforts to execute the company’s strategic plan through the design, development, delivery and support of the company’s solutions used in the home health care market. In addition, Mr. Faltischek works closely with the executive management team and board of directors to define the company’s overall strategic growth plan and helped lead the sale of the business to Accel-KKR in 2019.
Mr. Faltischek is also the co-founder of Care Connect, an AI-enabled workforce management platform that is designed to optimize operational and financial efficiencies for healthcare providers by matching qualified and compliant caregivers with available shifts using proprietary algorithms. Prior to joining Sandata, Mr. Faltischek was COO and General Counsel to BEB Capital, where he provided strategic business and legal services for a family office primarily focused on managing and growing a portfolio of health care and real estate businesses. He began his career as a corporate associate at Katten Muchin Rosenman, a large multi-disciplinary law firm headquartered in Chicago.
Mr. Faltischek is also an active supporter of several community organizations. He is a Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Sunrise Association, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to bring back the joys of childhood to children with cancer and their siblings world-wide, through the creation of Sunrise Day Camps, Year-Round Programs and In-Hospital Recreational Activities, all offered free of charge. Mr. Faltischek is also an active member of the Long Island Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization, the NYU Winthrop Hospital Board of Regents, the Long Island Software and Technology Network, and a past Board Member of Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington, Temple Beth Israel and the Long Island Real Estate Group Next Gen Committee.
Mr. Faltischek earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School. Mr. Faltischek resides in Port Washington, NY with his wife and their two daughters.