Meet the New Chair, Dr. Sebastian van Delden

Dr. van DeldenWe are pleased to announce that Dr. Sebastian van Delden has joined the College of Charleston community as the Chair of the Department of Computer Science!

Sebastian received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Central Florida and was the Department Head of Computer Science and Industrial Technology at Southeastern Louisiana University.  At Southeastern, he managed six degree programs in the department, which had approximately 1,100 students and 30 faculty members.

Prior to SELU, Sebastian was at the University of South Carolina Upstate for about ten years where he was an Associate Professor of Computer Science and also the Director of Research. At USC Upstate, he received annual awards for Teaching, for Research and for Service to the University.  With a current research interest in visual and voice guided industrial robotic, Sebastian has about 30 articles published in peer-reviewed, scholarly Journals or Conference Proceedings.

“I am so honored to join the Computer Science Department at the College of Charleston. We have a world-class faculty who have been very successful in winning research funding and enjoy working with students; friendly, helpful, very competent staff; graduates securing employment at premier technology firms like Google and Facebook; a variety of computing degree programs; growing enrollments and brand new state-of-the-art facilities;  and many high-tech companies moving to Charleston’s Silicon Harbor. What a time to study Computing at CofC!”

Originally from a small Dutch island in the Caribbean called Saba, Sebastian has been a US Citizen since 2009 and is married to Elizabeth and has two beautiful daughters, Ava and Isabella.