Brooks Computer Science Building

The Frederick R. Brooks Jr. Computer Science Building was dedicated in 2008. It adjoins Sitterson Hall and is home to UNC—Chapel Hill's Department of Computer Science. Brooks, a North Carolina native, was working at IBM in 1963 when he came to campus to deliver a lecture on computer science. He caught the attention of campus administrators, who hired Brooks the following year to begin a computer science department at the university, only the second in the country. Already renowned for his software development at IBM, Brooks was an influential writer, teacher, and administrator. His book The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering (1975) is an important contribution to the teaching of software project management. Brooks led collaborations with academic departments and with other universities, helping develop real-world applications for the research at Carolina. Brooks's recent personal research explores 3D graphics and virtual reality.