UW computer science student project gets real-world

LARAMIE – As the fall semester wound down, University of Wyoming students taking Computer Science 2030 found themselves facing each other to explain the success or failures of creating an essential data structure used in artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, cryptocurrency and electronic voting.

Pretty heady stuff for freshmen and sophomores, many of whom were unfamiliar with the concepts behind computer science until enrolling at UW.

In a lower level room located in the UW College of Business, students set up posters outlining the work they did in creating a Merkle Tree, a project assigned to them by instructor Mike Borowczak. Borowczak is a computer science professor of practice and directs the Cybersecurity Education and Research (CEDAR) center the in the UW College of Engineering and Applied Science.