Computer Science at Chaminade

Computer Science

Computer Sciences

Our new degree program emphasizes:

  • Preparing our students for the job market and graduate school with working knowledge of emerging fields, especially in the high-demand area of cybersecurity;
  • Students develop dynamic real-world projects in a collaborative environment;
  • Faculty work closely with students as mentors;
  • Partnerships within Hawaii's tech community.

Focus: Cybersecurity

Chaminade student Micah Yoshinaga developed this slide presentation on internet authentication applications for CS 480, Cyberspace and Cybersecurity Essentials. Hacker attacks, which target technology, financial, and defense sectors, have become highly sophisticated and coordinated. This has created a demand for qualified network security professionals.

A New Direction for Computer Sciences at Chaminade

New Degree Concentrations

New Computer Sciences degree concentrations:

  • Networks and Security
  • Database Systems and Applications

Coursework and outcomes:

Rylan Chong

Alumnus Rylan Chong, '10, is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in computer sciences at Purdue University. He is the recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Award through the Indigenous Graduate Partnership. While completing his undergraduate CS degree at Chaminade, Rylan interned at Akimeka L.L.C., a Maui defense applications software company; was a delegate to national research meetings; and was awarded the Akimeka Prize for his work.

The computer science coursework and program learning outcomes are designed to fully prepare the student for today's IT workplace or for graduate studies.

The demand for qualified IT security professionals has never been greater. Threats to networks, applications and data are evolving at exponential rates. According to Department of Labor statistics released in 2010, the demand for computer security specialists is growing at a rate of 30% through 2018 as businesses and governments invest heavily to protect vital computer networks. Nearly 450,000 college graduates per year will be needed to meet this demand. Cybersecurity and networking jobs are:

  • increasingly in demand nationally, and across a broad spectrum of social sector, business sector and Federal and State agencies;
  • paid in the top 15% of IT-field salary bases;
  • relatively immune to out-sourcing because of security concerns.

Chaminade Partnerships:

Chaminade has developed strategic partnerships to design our program with input from government organizations, business and industry in Hawaii that need our computer science graduates. These partnerships will encourage establishing teams of faculty, students, and workplace leaders to implement real-world projects. Our partners include:

  • Akimeka
  • University of Dayton
  • The Department of Defense

For Our Incoming Students:

Chaminade’s new CS programs are designed to give our graduates the knowledge and experience to get a computer career right out of school (or continue to specialize in graduate school.) The new program focuses on training you for today’s careers in computers:

  • Our updated curriculum emphasizes contemporary languages and the most current industry trends and best practices.
  • Project-based learning gives you real-word problem-solving experience. Students work projects through from concept, to business requirements, through coding, testing , QA, and release
  • Collaborative learning will develop a crucial skill requested by all tech employers today: good communication skills. Plus, students will have the opportunity to build your leadership style and project management expertise
  • Our Network security component will give students the basic fundamentals to analyze and deal with increased threats to cybersecurity, one of the hottest topics in large organizations today.


Professor Paulo Martins is a computer scientist with an active research program in the development of wireless sensor networks (website). This technology has biomedical, defense and scientific applications. Dr. Martins' research interests cover a number of aspects of real-time systems including scheduling and timing analysis, mode changes and Fieldbus, and real-time communication networks.