USF Envision Spring 2017

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Message from the Dean This past year has been a remarkable one for the College of Engineering! We are truly #EngineeringLivesForTheBetter. Many new and

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innovative projects were initiated this year, including

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the new Department of Medical Engineering, our partnership with MacDill AFB at SOFWERX in Ybor,

University of South Florida.

the development and presentation of the Bulls LEAD


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faculty and student leadership workshop, hosting the FIRST Robotics Competition in the Sun Dome, a sold-out Engineering Honors Banquet, and a very successful Engineering Research Day with more than 100 students presenting posters and a record number of faculty judges. In May, we graduated the largest class of engineers in the college’s history – 727 undergraduate and graduate students, a 15% increase since the May 2016 commencement. More students are choosing engineering because it offers varied career options and a higher than average starting salary. In fact, our engineering student population has doubled over the last 10 years. With more students choosing USF for their engineering education, we must be doing something right.

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This fall we will welcome the inaugural undergraduate class of biomedical engineering students. The BME program is part of the newly formed Department of Medical


Engineering, a unique transdisciplinary enterprise that combines the related aspects of

To profoundly shape and impact lives through

engineering and medicine while providing access to real-world health care environments

the steadfast pursuit of world-class engineering

for education and research. The department faculty will consist of both physicians and

research, education, and innovation.

engineers. A select group of students will also have the opportunity to take their BS in

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BME as an entrance into medical school. You can read more about this new venture with the USF Morsani College of Medicine on page 3. Providing our students with meaningful career and internship opportunities got a boost from the College’s recent partnership with Special Operations Command working with us to provide students for a variety of real-world work experiences in electrical engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering, data analytics, robotics, and cybersecurity. Our proximity to MacDill AFB as well as our diverse and accomplished academic capabilities make this the perfect partnership. Our internship opportunities have expanded dramatically in the past year with many local and national companies, and, in fact, have doubled each year over the past five years. Though I’ve touched on only a few highlights here, this edition of Envision is filled with stories of student and faculty successes, a reflection of the quality education we provide. The 2018 U.S. News and World Report ranks our engineering graduate program at #55 among public institutions, a 9-point increase over last year. As we solidify our plans for the future, which include a much-needed new facility and increased faculty members, the College will continue to grow in strength and size, and expand our boundaries.

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