- ~8KEngineering and computing students, including nearly 1,100 graduate students
- ~2KEngineers and computer scientists graduated from the college in 2021
- No. 1In the U.S. in awarding bachelor’s degrees to Hispanic students according to the American Society for Engineering Association (ASEE)
- No. 11In awarding bachelor’s degrees to African Americans according to the ASEE
Committed to diversity and inclusion
Our college promotes diversity and inclusion among our faculty, staff and students and has multiple programs to ensure a more inclusive teaching and learning environment:
The Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Ambassador Program
A student-led initiative aimed at supporting student advocacy through an inclusive learning community that participates in research, outreach and leadership development. JEDI ambassadors represent all majors within the College of Engineering & Computing (CEC) as well as the diverse backgrounds that are reflective of our student body and local community. This initiative takes a holistic approach to creating a culture of inclusion and addressing social justice needs within engineering and computing education for minoritized and underrepresented populations within engineering and computing.
The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME)
The grant/scholarship program’s mission is to increase representation of Black/ African American, Latinx/Hispanic-American and Native/American Indian in the fields of engineering and computer science. It provides $60,000 in scholarship funding to a total of 24 engineering students per academic year. The NACME career center connects students to more than 50 exclusive corporate partners, provides professional development workshops and facilitates networking opportunities.
The FIU-ENgaging LAtino Communities for Education (ENLACE) program
Offers after-school and summer programs to children in Miami-Dade County and is funded by The Children’s Trust. The primary mission of the program is to bridge literary gaps that may exist in student achievement and prepare youth to pursue a college education. The program’s mission is accomplished using research-based reading instructions and STEM education to develop critical thinking and reading skills of all participants.
2Florida Action for Minorities in Engineering (FLAME)
Is a joint program between Miami-Dade County Public Schools and FIU. Under the Center for Diversity and Student Success in Engineering and Computing (CD-SSEC), the program is designed for minority high school students and provides a unique educational experience in the field of Engineering. FLAME engages students that are admitted to a high school engineering magnet or academy.
Industry giants are hiring our graduates
Calvin Mark and Juliette Dubon are two of the many Panthers who took advantage of fantastic opportunities and resources available to engineering students. After navigating their undergraduate education successfully, they graduated from FIU with jobs waiting for them.
Calvin Mark is a software engineer with the Oracle Cloud team. In this role he works within AI services facilitating the deployment of ML models to be used throughout Oracle’s enterprise cloud. While at FIU, Mark joined the Sustainability, Optimization and Learning for Interdependent Networks Laboratory (solid lab) as an undergraduate research assistant supported by an Opportunities for Undergraduate Research and Scholarships (OURS) Program scholarship.
Juliette Dubon accepted an engineering position in Boeing’s Research and Technology Division within the company’s Space and Defense Organization after completing two internships with the company. While at FIU, Dubon worked at the Applied Research Center (ARC) in the Composites Laboratory. She was encouraged to attend FIU Career Fairs, pursue internships opportunities and network with recruiters. That advice helped her land her first internship while with GE Appliances. She subsequently secured internships at Boeing’s Seattle-based Structures Core Organization and the company’s commercial Payloads Organization. It was during her Structures Core Organization internship that she realized she wanted to work for Boeing upon graduation. Today she has an entry-level engineering position at Boeing.
Our students are making a real impact
Students win second place in aircraft design, flying competition
Team FIU won second place in mission performance and second overall at the international SAE Aero Design Competition.
Engineering student named 2022 minority student fellow
Jesus Molina was named one of 24 Class of 2022 Minority Student Fellows by the Transportation Research Board (TRB). Molina is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.
UPE wins National Continuing Excellence Award
The Upsilon Pi Epsilon Chapter at the Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences received the UPE National Board’s Continuing Excellence Award during the UPE National Convention.
16-year-old named outstanding electrical engineering student
At age 16, Nathan Thomas has completed a stellar undergraduate career. Thomas graduated with a bachelor’s in electrical engineering and was named Outstanding Undergraduate in Electrical Engineering for Spring 2021. He is continuing his studies at FIU in pursuit of a master’s and Ph.D.
Awards, Grants and Honors
Engineering doctoral student receives national fellowship
Melany Gutierrez Hernandez, a doctoral student and graduate research assistant in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was selected a 2021 GEM Fellow. The National GEM Consortium enables qualified students from underrepresented communities to pursue graduate education in applied science and engineering.
Panthers earn NSF graduate research fellowships
Eleven students and one alumna returning to FIU for her graduate studies were awarded prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships or were selected as honorable mentions for the award. Including alumni scattered around the country, 18 Panthers received the fellowship or an honorable mention, the highest number of awards in the last 10 years.
FIU receives grant to help increase representation in undergraduate computing
FIU received a “Best Practice” $625,000 grant from the Center for Inclusive Computing at Northeastern University to support the implementation of evidence-based approaches that quickly and significantly increase the representation of women in undergraduate computing.
Wall of Wind competition inspires high school students to become engineers
Every year, FIU hosts its Wall of Wind Mitigation Challenge to inspire high school students to pursue STEM education and step up as the next generation of leaders facing natural hazards and extreme weather. The 2021 competition challenged students to design a way to reduce the impact of wind on a building’s flat roof.