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Welcome from the Chair

Headshot of Dr. Shekhar BhansaliThe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Florida International University continues to lead transformation and innovation within the engineering community, both locally and nationwide. In 2016-2017, the department received more than $6 million in sponsored research contracts. It also graduated 268 students.

New tracks in energy cybersecurity and pre-med studies serve to underscore the progress made within the department to educate well-rounded engineers. ECE is the first in the nation to offer a bachelor’s degree in Internet of Things (IoT), placing FIU at the forefront of a technological shift as more devices become interconnected. This degree will be dedicated to training tomorrow’s IoT workforce in four major areas: hardware, software, wireless communication, and cybersecurity. CyberCorps, a new NSF-funded grant, will enable students to focus on their studies without having to simultaneously work to pay for their education. 

Over the course of the year, ECE increased research funding, doctoral degrees awarded, and the number of postdoctoral associates. The department also continues to grow with the addition of three new faculty members for Fall 2017. Join me in welcoming professor John Volakis, an expert in RF antenna design and communications, as the new dean of the College of Engineering and Computing. The department also welcomes Elias Alwan and Shubhendu Bhardwaj, assistant professors, into the FIU community.

Looking ahead, the department continues to strive to meet additional goals, including the construction of new spaces for researchers, postdocs, and students. ECE is also working hard to augment M.S. student enrollment, and increase the number of classes available online. The growth and accomplishments of the department would be unimaginable without the unwavering support and dedication that our faculty, staff, advisors, students, and alumni demonstrate on a daily basis across the university.

Shekhar Bhansali, Ph.D.     
Alcatel-Lucent Professor and Chair