Yaakov Varol: Background


1967 Received a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Electrical Engineering from Robert College in Istanbul, Turkey

1971 Received a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Mathematics, with a specialty in computing and algorithms, from the University of Wyoming

Consulting Work

I worked as a consultant for Systems Development Corporation (1970 - 1971), Israeli Aircraft Industries (1974 - 1976), and the World Bank (1990). I am currently a program evaluator for the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET.


I began my teaching career outside the United States as a faculty member at universities in Israel and South Africa, and teaching as a visiting professor in China and Russia. Within the country, I have taught courses at Southern Illinois University, as well as here, at the University of Nevada, Reno. Over the years, I have taught many courses - both undergraduate and graduate - covering most areas of computing, including:

  • Numerical Techniques
  • Algorithms
  • Parallel Processing
  • Theory of Computation
  • Discrete Simulation
  • Programming
  • Mathematics of Computer Science

I have supervised the dissertations of two Ph.D. students, as well as over 30 Master’s degree students.

Department Chair

From 1986 through 1992, I chaired the Computer Science Department at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. Beginning in 1996, I have served as the Department Chair for the Department of Computer Science & Engineering here at the University of Nevada, Reno, and continue to do so.