With the aid of computers, it is possible to solve problems previously well beyond the reach of human capability at speeds that are equal to the urgency created by the modern world. Problems recently considered far too complex to be treated quantitatively are now solved routinely. These same computers, which are helping to solve the problems of science, technology, government, and business, are widely applied in information systems of service to everyone and in automation systems to further reduce the toil of humankind. Their potential for extending human brainpower is just beginning to be appreciated.
On behalf of the entire department, the chair welcomes you.