College of Science

School of Computing and Design

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Dr. Eric Tao is a full professor of Computer Science at California State University Monterey Bay (FERP since 2018). He is the director of the Computer Science Online program. He is also the founding director of the Institute for Innovation and Economic Development at CSUMB.

Eric Tao, Ph.D.

Title: Professor and Director of CS Online
Phone: 831-582-4222
Office: BIT room 248
Office Hours: by appointment
Website: Linkedin


Dr. Tao founded and co-direct the Institute for Innovation and Economic Development since 2009. The Institute is sponsored by the Economic Development Administration of the US Government. It serves the Greater Monterey Bay region by providing a venue for innovative ideas and the commercial transfer of research. Dr. Tao founded and directed the School of Computing and Design at California State University Monterey Bay between 2002 and 2015. The innovative school offers several academic programs and R&D facilities involving more than 60 faculty/staff members and over 1,200 students in undergraduate and graduate degrees in Computer Science, Information Technology, Media Design, Learning Science and Instructional Design. Dr. Tao, as a full professor, teaches and conduct research in innovation, financial technology, e-learning, and globalization. He has published more than thirty academic papers. He often speaks at international conferences on global technology, innovation, and education issues. He served on the boards of WASC-western association of schools and colleges, CSUMB Foundation, Zeuss Group Inc. and Phillips Graduate University. He was also Digital Technology advisor for the National Health Research Institute of the Taiwan government. Dr. Tao enjoys tennis, movies, cycling, classical music, seafood, red wines and giving talks around the world.