Florida International University (FIU) is Miami-Dade County’s first public university. As an anchor public institution in South Florida, FIU is a leading student-centered urban public research university that is locally and globally engaged to find solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. With over 40,000 students on the heels of four decades of growth, FIU is one of the 25largest universities in the nation, and is ranked first among all four-year colleges in awarding bachelor’s and master’s degrees to Hispanic students [Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education]. FIU offers more than 200 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in various colleges and schools, including its most recent additions – the Colleges of Law and Medicine.
College of Engineering and Computing has its roots in the FIU’s College of Technology that dates back to early 1970’s as one of the first academic units in the university. The College was officially formed in 1984 as the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Twenty five years later, we celebrate a quarter century of excellence, supported by exponential growth that we have enjoyed over the years. Although regarded as a young college, our tradition of excellence and innovation is intertwined with a culture of diversity, reflected in our dedicated faculty and growing alumni base of well over 13,000 Golden Panther Engineers. In 2005, School of Computing and Information Sciences joined the College, and the College was renamed to Engineering and Computing.
The College houses the School of Computing and Information Sciences and five departments: Biomedical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Construction Management, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical and Materials Engineering. The College offers 10 BS/BA, 11 MS, and six (6) PhD degree programs in various fields of engineering, computing, construction and management. The College also offers global programs and dual degree programs.
The College boasts a student body of about 4,400 (3,500 undergraduates, and over 250 doctoral students – Fall 2009).The College ranks among the 25 largest undergraduate engineering programs in the nation [ASEE 2008], with most of its programs amongst the largest of their peers [ASCE 2008]. Most notably, Computer Science program ranks 4th largest among its peers in schools of engineering [ASEE 2008]. Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering programs also rank 11th and 37th largest, respectively, among their peers [ASEE 2008].
The diversity of our student body has always been a source of pride and distinction for our College. We continue to be the top producer of Hispanic engineers at all levels from in the Continental United States. We also ranked 8th amongst all engineering schools in the nation in BS degrees awarded to African Americans, and among the top 10% of engineering schools in BS degrees awarded to women [ASEE 2008].