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Welcome from the Chair

The Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Florida International University continues to make unprecedented progress in research and innovation. The department was awarded a record high of nearly $12 million in sponsored research during the 2014-15 fiscal year. This has been a banner year for the department as we graduated 190 students with bachelor’s degrees, 59 with master’s degrees and six with doctoral degrees.

Collaborative relationships with industry have continued to foster new opportunities for faculty and students. In one especially powerful example, made possible through the efforts of Professor Arif Sarwat, Florida Power & Light (FPL) designated FIU as its primary partner in solar energy research. The utility company signed an agreement to install a first-of-its-kind 1.5 megawatt solar research facility at the FIU Engineering Center. And Professor Stavros Georgakopoulos built upon an already existing partnership with ANSYS software to extend benefits across the entire  university.

Several faculty members and students have been recognized with honors this past year. Professors Ismail Guvenc, Arif Selcuk Uluagac, Shaolei Ren and Arif Sarwat were recipients of National Science Foundation CAREER awards on ideas that received significant industry support. Professor Herman Watson received the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching through the FIU Faculty Senate.

Under the leadership of Professor Alexander Pons, FIU was also designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. January 2016 will also mark the graduation of the first cohort of the fully online M.S. in Computer Engineering: Network Security. Cohort sizes have continued to double.

The growth and accomplishments of the department would be unimaginable without the unwavering support and dedication that our faculty, students, advisors, alumni and staff demonstrate on a daily basis across the university.

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