College of Science

School of Computing and Design

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Prof. Sathya Narayanan is passionate about building actionable pathways that enable students from low-income communities to earn a quality computer science education and compete for opportunities in the tech industry.

Sathya Narayanan, Ph.D.

Title: Professor
Phone: 831-582-3341
Office: Virtual
Office Hours: By Appointment
Classes: CST286: Physics of Computing Devices
Website: Linkedin


This passion has led him to develop a cohort-based model at his home institutions of Cal State Monterey Bay and Hartnell College, which has resulted in significant increases in retention, transfer, graduation, and job placement for first-generation, low-income, underrepresented minority students. Currently he is working on building a state-wide Computing Talent Initiative to scale the services built around the cohort programs to serve larger number of students from across the state of CA. Visit to learn more about this initiative.

The cohort programs have been recognized with a $5M award for innovation in higher education from the state of CA, as well as multiple National Science Foundation grants including a $5M award to replicate the model at Cal State Dominguez Hills and El Camino College in LA. A paper describing the model, “Upward Mobility for Underrepresented Students: A Model for a Cohort-Based Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science” won a best paper award at SIGCSE 2018 and was nominated for the SIGCSE Top Ten Symposium Papers of All Time award. Sathya received his Master's in Computer Applications from the College of Engineering, Guindy, India, in 1994, his M.S. in Computer Science from Temple University, Philadelphia, in 1998, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from NYU-Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, NY, in 2006. He teaches freshman year seminar, Physics, ProSeminar and a senior capstone courses in the CS program along with offering problem solving and internship preparation workshops to students from across California.