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2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin

FAMU—FSU College of Engineering

Dean: J. Murray Gibson; Associate Deans: Reginald Perry, Braketta Ritzenthaler

The FAMU-FSU College of Engineering was authorized by the 1982 Legislature as a joint program between Florida A&M University and Florida State University. Graduate programs of study lead to the Master of Science (MS) degrees and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in biomedical, civil, chemical, electrical, industrial and mechanical engineering. A Master of Engineering (MEng) degree program in civil engineering is also available. A student entering the college applies for admission at one of the two universities and must satisfy the 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.

The mission of the College of Engineering is:

  • to provide an innovative academic program of excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, judged by the highest standards in the field and recognized by national peers;
  • to attract and graduate a greater number of minorities and women in professional engineering, engineering teaching and research; and
  • to attain national and international recognition of the College through the educational and research achievements and the professional service of its faculty and students.


The College occupies over 200,000 sq. ft. of classroom, office 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 Innovation Park, which also houses the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory; the Aero-Propulsion, Mechatronics and Energy Center (AME); the Center for Advanced Power Systems (CAPS); the High Performance Materials Institute (HPMI); and other university, public and private organizations engaged in research, development and clean industry operations. The College also maintains other research centers, including the Applied Superconductivity Center (ASC), Center for Accessibility and Safety for an Aging Population (ASAP Center), Center for Intelligent Systems, Control, and Robotics (CISCOR), Energy and Sustainability Center (ESC), Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion (FCAAP), and the Future Renewable Electrical Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Systems Center.

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 library with reading room, computing facilities, a machine shop and electronics shops.


The mission of the College of Engineering Library is to support and enhance the learning, teaching, research, and service activities of the FAMU-FSU engineering communities by providing organized access to quality information in all formats, promoting information literacy, preserving information, and engaging in collaborative partnerships to disseminate ideas for advancing intellectual discovery. The main book and journal collections for engineering are housed in the Dirac Science Library at Florida State University and in the Coleman Library at Florida A&M University. The newly renovated College of Engineering Library is a satellite for both university libraries and houses a small collection along with extensive access to electronic collections. Materials not available at the library may be requested through Interlibrary Loan or U-Borrow.

The Library is staffed by a full-time librarian and several assistants who offer research assistance in person, over the telephone, via e-mail and text. Instruction in library and information literacy is available to classes and groups upon request.

Library services also include Flip video cameras, laptops, headphones, and other technology that is available for check out upon request. Group study tables, lounging stations, and tutoring areas were all part of the innovative transformation of the engineering library in May 2011.

Computing Facilities

Students have access to 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 2,000 computing devices connected to its local network, managed by the College’s Communication and Multimedia Services (CMS) unit. Computers connect to the College’s network via 1Gbps and 100Mbps Ethernet connections. Over 200 high-end Intel-compatible workstations are provided for general student use. These computers are housed in four labs: one of the computer labs is open twenty-four hours a day when classes are in session, while the other three are used primarily as classrooms. The College also provides workstations in public areas that are available to students 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. A group of Sun Solaris and Linux servers backed by a Storage Area Network, as well as a number of independent Solaris, Windows, and Linux server platforms, provide a range of computing services to the College user community. CMS continues to evaluate and upgrade computer capabilities as computational needs grow. Additionally, both universities provide on-campus facilities that are available to all students. To support the instructional and research missions of the College, a variety of software packages are provided, including major general-purpose packages, as well as special applications oriented toward particular disciplines. Research labs at the College contain dozens of computational systems to provide enhanced research capabilities, including complex number crunching for simulations. College researchers also take advantage of shared computational clusters located at the College and at each university. The College’s computing infrastructure uses high-end core router/switches 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 LambdaRail network. Florida A&M University’s computing facilities are also connected to the Tallahassee MAN, thus providing a link to the College for its students. In addition to the local wired network, the College provides wireless LAN services throughout the facility 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 and is 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. Distance delivery of classes to/from the FSU Panama City campus occurs regularly, and distance-learning collaborations with other universities are frequent. Live and recorded programs, classes, and events are streamed via the Internet to authorized viewers. Multi-point IP videoconferencing is also available.

Supporting Facilities

Other nearby resources include the Office of Technology Integration (OTI); the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (the ‘Mag Lab’); the Center for Advanced Power Systems (CAPS); the High Performance Materials Institute (HPMI) and the Aero-Propulsion, Mechatronics and Energy Center. Information on additional research centers affiliated with the College of Engineering us available at The College also operates the Tallahassee Challenger Learning Center, a K-12 STEM outreach facility serving the Southeast region of the United States. Located in downtown Tallahassee, the Center houses a 3-D IMAX theatre, planetarium, and a Challenger Space Mission simulator with Control Center. Other supporting facilities are Northwest Regional Data Center (NWRDC), Florida Department of Transportation research facilities, WFSU Public Broadcasting television and radio stations, as well as FAMU Computing Services.


A large number of graduate students in the College of Engineering are supported through department teaching or research assistantships. University fellowships are available for exceptionally qualified students. In addition, tuition waivers for graduate assistants and fellows are available on a competitive basis. Students should contact the department of their proposed major regarding financial support.

Master of Science (MS) Degree

The departments of Chemical and Biomedical, Civil and Environmental, Electrical and Computer, Industrial and Manufacturing, and Mechanical Engineering, offer both thesis and non-thesis programs for the Master of Science degree. The thesis-based programs are designed to provide the student with advanced coursework and experience in 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. Candidates for the master’s degree must satisfy all regulations and requirements of the department in which they enroll. Several departments in the College also participate in an Interdisciplinary Master of Science program in Materials. For additional departmental requirements consult the degree requirements under each department.

Master of Engineering (MEng) Degree

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers the Masters of Engineering (MEng) degree program option. This is a professional master’s degree for civil engineering professionals who are working in the field as well as for recent BS in Civil Engineering or BS in Environmental Engineering graduates. The option is designed for students who wish to pursue their advanced degree either part-time or on an accelerated one-year track. Please visit the Department of Civil and Environmental Web site at for more information.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree

The doctor of philosophy degree is awarded after the student satisfies all requirements of the University, the College and the department, respectively. This degree is offered in biomedical, chemical, civil, electrical, industrial, and mechanical engineering.

Admission Requirements

A candidate must meet the following minimum criteria to be considered for admission into the graduate program:

  1. An earned Bachelor of Science degree in engineering or a closely allied field from an accredited institution of higher learning or a comparable degree from and international institution.
  2. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale on all work while registered as an upper-division student.
  3. Test scores from the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE). Students applying to the MEng program may also submit test scores from the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination or Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) examination. All candidates must submit official exam scores prior to being admitted as a regular graduate student.
  4. An international applicant whose native language is not English must have taken the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) within the last five years. Minimum test scores on the TOEFL are set by individual academic departments. See the College of Engineering Web site at for more information.
  5. Satisfy admission requirements of the department.

For further details on graduate or research programs, contact the College of Engineering at (850) 410-6423 or by e-mail at The college also maintains a Web site at with detailed information on all its graduate programs.