FAU Engineering, One of the “Three Fastest Improving Colleges” in the United States


Nationally Ranked College of Engineering and Computer Science by US News & World Report (2020 to 2022)

Posted: October 20, 2021 at 10:15 a.m. EDT|Update: 2 hours ago

BOCA RATON, Florida, 20 October 2021 / PRNewswire / – Atlantic University of Florida‘s College of Engineering and Computer Science (COECS) is increasing rapidly in American News and World Report rankings, and is now one of the top three fastest-improving engineering schools in the country (2020 to 2022). The college is also ranked No. 111 by US News and World Reports “Best Colleges Rankings” 2022, among the public engineering schools whose highest degree offered is a doctorate.

This increase in rankings is largely due to many accomplishments over the past four years, including a 2.6-fold (164%) increase in external research funding, a 5.8-fold increase (480%) student internships and a 40 percent increase in MS and PhD. degrees awarded.

“Our College of Engineering and Computer Science is reaching new heights and our latest US News & World Report ranking is proof that we are being noticed by our peers for our research and development results and for our robust engineering programs. , which are continually advancing, evolving and ascending to align with national workforce development priorities, ”said Stella Batalama, Ph.D., Dean, COECS. “Our graduates are sought after by leading engineering companies in industry and government, and our innovative programs prepare undergraduate and graduate students to become leaders in engineering disciplines.”

COECS research efforts are supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), US Department of Defense, US Department of Transportation, US Department of Education, State of Florida as well as the industry. Eight faculty members received the NSF Early CAREER award and two received NIH MIRA awards, all intended to support early career faculty.

COECS paves the way for research and cutting-edge technologies focused on artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomy, data science and machine learning. This year, the college launched the Center for Connected Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence (ca-ai.fau.edu), a revolutionary effort in networked AI and connected robotics that combines expertise in AI, computing, sensing solutions, big data analysis and autonomous technologies. Supported by the Schmidt Family Foundation, this unique center has already raised more than $ 9 million in federal funding for basic research. The Centre’s projects cover subsea, surface, air and space applications that are supported by an autonomous and resilient machine-to-machine wireless network.

The college is also home to several cutting-edge institutes and centers, including the Freight Mobility Research Institute, a Tier 1 University Transportation Center funded by the US Department of Transportation, established in 2017. The institute has received over $ 15 million funding to date to help strengthen the country’s economic competitiveness. The Center for Collaboration between Industry and University in Research for the Activation of Advanced Knowledge (CAKE) supported by NSF and industry and established in 2009, enables close and sustained engagement between industry innovators, academic research teams and government agencies in the areas of information technology, multimedia and data mining, and cloud computing. CAKE members include companies such as JM Family Enterprises; Motorola Mobility (powered by Google); LexisNexis; Tecore Wireless Systems and Florida Solar Energy. FAU CAKE received more than $ 9 million in federal, state and industry funding.

At the forefront of research in detection technologies is the FAU Institute for the detection and engineering of embedded network systems (I SMELL), created in 2016 and hosted in the COECS. One of the university’s four research pillars, I-SENSE focuses on infrastructure systems and smart cities, marine and environment, and smart health and behavior.

Located on the FAU Dania Beach campus in Broward County, FAU SeaTech – The Institute of Oceans and Systems Engineering was established in 1997 as a state-funded Type II research center. Focused on acoustics, marine vehicles, marine materials, ocean energy technologies, among others, SeaTech has established a long-term partnership with the US Naval Surface Warfare Center – Carderock Division and its south Florida. SeaTech is continuously funded by the United States Office of Naval Research.

COECS offers 24 graduate programs (MS and Ph.D.), 13 undergraduate study programs, and 12 undergraduate and graduate certificates. In just four years, the college has launched several forward-looking programs, including that of Florida first Master of Science program in Artificial Intelligence (MSAI). The college is designated a Hispanic institution by the United States Department of Education and recently received $ 1 million of the NSF to provide scholarships for high-performing low-income undergraduate engineering students to pursue a master’s degree in AI.

The college also established that of Florida first professional Master of Science and Doctorate. Computer science degree programs for working professionals with flexible hours and offers an MS and BS degree program in data science and analysis. New college programs also include a doctorate. study program in transportation and environmental engineering and a cooperative bachelor’s program in computer science.

The COECS recently obtained $ 3.4 million in data science and AI graduate student training grants, as well as $ 4.3 million in grants focused on population genomics with advanced machine learning and AI tools. In addition, the college hosts a number of undergraduate research scholarship initiatives to enable students to participate in federally funded research projects, which creates a pipeline for its graduate programs.

The latest point of pride for COECS is a state-of-the-art Fab Lab (rapid prototyping and small production facility) that officially opens its doors next month to the entire University and the community at large.

About FAU College of Engineering and Computer Science:
The FAU College of Engineering and Computer Science is internationally recognized for its cutting-edge research and teaching in the fields of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (AI), Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Engineering civil, environmental and geomatics, mechanical engineering and ocean engineering. The research carried out by the faculty and their teams expose students to technological innovations that push the current state of the art of disciplines. The College’s research efforts are supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Transportation (DOT), Department of Education ( DOEd), on Florida State, and industry. The FAU College of Engineering and Computer Science offers degrees with a modern twist that carry specializations in areas of national priority such as AI, cybersecurity, Internet of Things, transportation and chain management. procurement and data science. New study programs include a Master of Science in AI (first Florida), Master of Science and Bachelor in Data Science and Analytics, and the new Professional Master of Science and Ph.D. in Computer Science for working professionals. For more information about the College, please visit eng.fau.edu.

On Atlantic University of Florida: Atlantic University of Florida, established in 1961, officially opened in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students on six campuses located along the Southeast Florida rating. In recent years, the University has doubled its research spending and surpassed its peers in student success rates. Through the coexistence of access and excellence, FAU embodies an innovative model where traditional success gaps disappear. FAU is named as a Hispanic-focused institution, ranked among the top public universities by US News & World Report, and a high-research institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information visit www.fau.edu.

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