Rosso-Llopart Delivers Course at CMU-Rwanda
By Josh Quicksall
Mel Rosso-Llopart, faculty member in ISR's Masters of Software Engineering Masters Programs, recently returned from a five day trip to conduct on-site sessions of his course, Computer Science for Practicing Engineers, to students at Carnegie Mellon University’s Rwanda campus. The course, which focuses on bringing students with a background in more traditional engineering up to speed on the core concepts of computer science and programming, has been a staple of Rosso-Llopart’s teaching schedule since 2012.
Carnegie Mellon’s presence in Rwanda stretches back to 2011 when then Dean of Engineering, Pradheep Khosla, established the partnership with the goal of building educational infrastructure for the region in order to foster Rwanda’s growing knowledge-based economy.
While it currently occupies a temporary space, Carnegie Mellon Rwanda’s future campus will sit on 40 acres of land outside Kigali, the capital and largest city in Rwanda. The satellite campus boasts more than 97 available on-campus and distance deliver courses and offers graduate degrees in Information Technology as well as Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Rosso-Llopart notes that the trip was successful and useful on many levels. “The students got a lot out of the personal interaction” he notes, “And I got a lot out of visiting. Rwanda is a fascinating and beautiful country. I look forward to visiting again in the near future.”