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FAMU-FSU College of Engineering

Computing Facilities
Admission Requirements


The FAMU-FSU College of Engineering was authorized by the 1982 Legislature as a joint program between Florida A&M University and the Florida State University. Programs of study lead to the bachelor of science degrees in civil, chemical, computer, electrical, industrial and mechanical engineering; master of science (MS) degrees in civil, chemical, biochemical, electrical, industrial and mechanical engineering; and Ph.D. degrees in the same disciplines. A student entering the college applies for admission at one of the two universities and must satisfy their admission and general degree requirements of the university, the college, and the department, respectively. The degree is granted by the College of Engineering through the university where the student is registered. A single engineering complex convenient to both campuses is located near lnnovation Park, a research and development community.

The goals of the college are: to educate engineers of excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate levels by the highest standards in the discipline recognized by national peers; to provide greater participation in professional engineering and technology, engineering teaching and research of blacks, women, and other minorities; and to achieve national and international recognition of the college through the excellence of activities of its faculty and students in their research and scholarly pursuits, as well as their professional and service endeavors.

The departments of chemical, civil, electrical and mechanical engineering offer thesis and non-thesis programs for the Master of Science degree, and the department of industrial engineering offers a thesis program. The thesis-based programs are designed to provide the student with advanced course work and experience in researching the chosen engineering discipline. The non-thesis programs are designed to provide the student with a strong technical education with less emphasis on research. The thesis programs are appropriate for a student who plans to engage in research or to continue graduate studies for the doctoral degree. A candidate for the master's degree must satisfy all regulations and requirements of the university in which they enroll and the regulations and requirements established by the College of Engineering and specific department. For the Master of Science non-thesis programs, a candidate must pass a comprehensive examination. For thesis programs, candidates must pass an oral examination (thesis defense) on their thesis. The Doctor of Philosophy degree is awarded after the student satisfies all requirements of the university. In addition to the general requirements, the departments have specific requirements which are listed under each department.

The College occupies over 200,000 sq. ft. of classroom, offices and laboratory space in a building complex especially designed for engineering education. It is located off the main campus of each university in an area adjacent to lnnovation Park, which also houses the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, the Center for Advanced Power Systems, and other university, public and private organizations engaged in research, development, and clean industry operations.

Each department of the College operates specialized laboratories for teaching and research that are listed in the description of its programs.
The College operates for the common use of all programs a computing facility, a library and reading room, and a machine shop.

The main book and journal collections for engineering are housed in the Dirac Science Library at FSU and in the Coleman Library at FAMU. The College also maintains an "Engineering Library Resource and Reading Room" (sometimes referred to simply as Engineering Reading Room or College Library) that functions as a satellite to the two university libraries relative to engineering needs. Collections at the College Library include monographs, texts and reference works that directly sup- port instruction and research at the College. Library computer facilities enable extensive electronic literature searches throughout the university libraries and other sources. Library services include literature search training sessions for students and faculty. The College Library is headed by a full time librarian who is also a staff member of one of the two university libraries. Other College Library personnel include assistants sup- ported by the College.

Computing Facilities
Students  have access to many and various computing resources at the College of Engineering. Due to the unique requirements of engineering computing and the off-campus location of the college, the college is relatively autonomous in providing service to engineering students.

The college has over 2800 computing devices connected to its local network, managed by the college’s Communication and Multimedia Services (CMS) unit. Over 230 of these machines for general student use are high-end Pentium-class workstations supported by a cluster of Sun servers backed by a Storage Area Network. CMS continues to evaluate and upgrade computer workstation hardware as the computational needs grow. Computers connect to the college’s gigabit fiber-optic backbone via 100Mbps Ethernet connections. One of the computer labs is open 24 hours a day when classes are in session; the other three are used as classrooms. The college also provides computing facilities in the public areas that are available to students 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Additionally, both universities provide on-campus facilities that are available to all students. Available software includes major general-purpose packages as well as special applications oriented toward particular disciplines. The college’s research labs contain dozens of machines clustered together to provide enhanced research capabilities as well as Sun and other servers and Linux-based computing clusters to perform complex number crunching for simulations.

The college’s computing infrastructure uses a gigabit core Layer 3 switch interconnected to edge switching via gigabit fiber. The college internet connection is a gigabit link connecting through the Florida State University backbone (Florida State University acts as the Internet services provider for the college), allowing for fast access to the Internet2 and the new LambdaRail network. Florida A&M University’s computing facilities also are connected to the Tallahassee MAN, thus providing a link to the college for its students.

In addition to the local Ethernet network, the college provides wireless LAN services with access points throughout the facilities for students who may want to use their own laptops to connect to the college’s computing resources.

The college has state-of-the-art instructional classrooms. The multimedia equipment in every classroom generally includes LCD projector, overhead projector and/or document camera, VCR, and sound system. The ceiling-mounted LCD projector is used for large-scale projection, linked to the PC at the instructor’s console. Multiple rooms are used for distance learning and the Florida Engineering Education Delivery System (FEEDS); these rooms have two studio cameras and one document camera connected to a desktop PC with a scan converter to display Web pages. A two-way live videoconferencing link via dedicated Fractional T-1 to the FSU-Panama City campus provides interactivity to synchronous distance delivery of classes to those students.

A Real Video G2 server is used to stream live and recorded programs, classes, and events from the college. The PolyCom VS4000 provides for 4-point IP videoconferences.

Admission Requirements
A candidate must fulfill the following minimum requirements for admission into the graduate program:
  1. A Bachelor of Science degree in engineering or a closely allied field from an accredited institution of higher learning;
  2. Score of at least 1000 on Graduate Records Examinations (GRE), quantitative and verbal portions combined. All candidates must submit official exam scores prior to being admitted as a regular graduate student;
  3. A grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale on all works while registered as an upper-division student;
  4. A minimum of 550 on the TOEFL examination (for international students only);
  5. Any admission requirements of the department.
For additional information, refer to the degree requirements under each department.

Financial Assistance Opportunities
Many graduate students in the College of Engineering are being supported through teaching or research assistantships. Fellowships are available for exceptionally qualified students. Interested students should contact the department of their selected major for detailed information and application materials.

Correspondence and Information
For application materials, students should contact the University Admissions Office. Write to: Florida A&M University, Office of Admissions, Tallahassee, FL 32317. Telephone: (850) 599-3796. For specific department information and admission status, students may contact the College Graduate Studies Office. Write to: FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, Graduate Studies Office, 2525 Pottsdamer Street, Tallahassee, FL 32310-6046 /Telephone: (850) 410-6423.

For academic advisement and information on graduate assistantships, students should contact their department.

Write to: Department Name, 2525 Pottsdamer Street, Tallahassee, FL 32310-6046. Telephone: Chemical Engineering - (850) 410-6151; Civil Engineering - (850) 410-6136; Electrical Engineering - (850) 410- 6454; Industrial Engineering - (850) 410-6345; Mechanical Engineering - (850) 410-6330.

Additional information is available at http://www.eng.fsu.edu/gradservices.