College of Engineering & Computing Leadership
On behalf of our faculty and staff, it’s my pleasure to share some of our college’s remarkable growth and success stories during 2021. Our stories fill us with pride and demonstrate our commitment to our stellar faculty and students.
Throughout these pages, we showcase our academic excellence in a highly diverse and inclusive environment. We award more undergraduate engineering and computing degrees to Hispanics and Minorities than any other college in the nation; we engage in impactful interdisciplinary research and industry collaborations to educate the leaders of tomorrow. At CEC, our faculty and students are at the epicenter of the technological and economic forces, driving innovation in infrastructure & resilience, information technologies & security, bioinformatics & biodevices as well as clean & renewable energy, just to name a few areas of impact. In just four years, our college has more than doubled its research funding and the number
of patents awarded to faculty surpassed 40 for four consecutive years, helping FIU rank among the top 50 universities worldwide in patents.
In the next decade, technological innovations in manufacturing, health and communications will emerge and affect our lives. Our college has the momentum and capabilities to contribute to these driving forces. As a matter of fact, FIU is expanding its engineering footprint with a new 6-story, 121,000-square-foot building that will feature innovative spaces for industry collaboration, modern research laboratories and makerspaces to prepare the next generation of professionals to develop solutions at the interface of technology and human needs.
Our top priority is to ensure that our students are prepared to act upon these new opportunities knocking on our front door and to contribute to these changing landscapes brought by the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
John L. Volakis
Dean, College of Engineering and Computing
Professor, Electrical & Computing Engineering Department
USNC-URSI Comm B Chair