Meet the Chair
Rattikorn Hewett is chair of the Department of Computer Science (CS) and a professor of computer science. As chair, she oversees the department of more than 15 faculty members and approximately 635 undergraduate and 109 graduate students, as well as four-degree programs, one certificate program, several research labs and facilities that contribute to annual research and operational spending. Hewett provides leadership that shapes the department to be a part of the Whitacre College of Engineering's community of scholars through a continued commitment of excellence in research, education, and inclusivity.
Hewett is the fourth full-time chair in the TTU Department of Computer Science since its establishment in 1987 and its first woman chair.
Under her leadership, the Bachelor of Science program in Computer Science was accredited for the first time. TTU was named top five of 2015's Best College for Online Master's in Computer Science and ranked best 35 for 2017 online computer science degrees by College Choice (based on academic reputation, credit hour cost, retention rate and an average yearly salary of graduates). Working with the dean and his development team along with the external advisory board, Hewett has raised over two million dollars for various needs including the David and Karen Pace Software and System Lab and collaborative classroom renovation. She founded the Center for the Science and Engineering of Cybersecurity and spearheaded Big Data Science and Technology as well as Quantum Computing and Information Science Initiatives at Tech. CS department now has expertise in big data science and visualization, high-performance computing, parallel distributed processing, cybersecurity and privacy, cyber-physical systems, declarative languages and artificial intelligence, software modeling, and empirical software engineering, mobile and wireless communication networks.
Hewett came to Tech in 2004 and appointed to be chair in 2012. Previously, she was a faculty member at the Washington State University Vancouver, and Florida Atlantic University, and a research scientist at the Institute of Human Machine Cognition, Florida. She was a recipient of an NSF Research Initiation Award, a postdoc fellowship at Stanford University, the Australian government scholarships, and an ELATE (Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering) Fellow. Hewett received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Iowa State University, M. Eng. Sc. from the University of New South Wales, Australia, and a B.A. in Pure Mathematics with Honors from Flinders University, Australia.