Homecoming week at UL Lafayette is a tradition, unlike any other.
In today’s world, technology is evolving constantly especially in the area of computer science and informatics. It is essential that professionals in this industry are familiar with the newest developments in technology. Thankfully, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette has Dr. Ashok Kumar to provide students with the knowledge they need to excel in this profession.
Kumar currently serves as an Associate Professor of Computer Science in the School of Computing and Informatics at UL Lafayette. He is also the Associate Dean of the Ray P. Authement College of Sciences. Originally from India, Kumar knew from an early age that he wanted to pursue a career in computer science. “In my early school days, a teacher mentioned that computers could do computations faster than humans, and yet we could program computers to do what we wanted,” said Kumar. After a field trip to a computer center, it didn’t take any extra computations for Kumar to realize that this was what he wanted to pursue.
As a proud Ragin’ Cajun himself, Kumar received his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from UL Lafayette in 1999. After a few years of working in the industry, he returned to UL Lafayette in 2003 as a research scientist before becoming a permanent faculty member. His research portfolio is extensive including embedded systems, design for low power systems, and intelligent software systems. As a professor, Kumar assists his students in their own research projects to help them improve their credentials. He wants to make sure that his students stay abreast of the advancements happing in the computing industry. “My aim has [always] been to prepare my students with solid experiences so that they become life-long learners and stay on top of this ever-changing field,” said Kumar. Kumar especially loves when alumni come back to recruit UL Lafayette students to work with them.
The School of Computing and Informatics at UL Lafayette has also been evolving with the computing industry. As the industry has progressed, the school has made sure that its students receive the highest quality education. Some of its nationally ranked research projects include research in the areas of virtual reality, cybersecurity, and cloud computing. The program has also been named one of the best ranked programs by the National Science Foundation.
As Kumar continues to help his students succeed, he always makes sure to do so with Ragin’ Cajun spirit. He’s proud that the education as well as the support given to each student and faculty member at the University is exceptional. “UL Lafayette has the best combination of research, education, and human connection,” said Kumar. Kumar has taught students for over 15 years and will continue to pass on his knowledge to the next generation of Ragin’ Cajun computing professionals for years to come.