UCF is listed as a university with "very high research activity" by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. With an enrollment of over 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students as of Fall 2012, the college is one of the premier engineering schools in the United States. The college is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation's best Engineering schools, and as one of the world's best in the ARWU rankings. The university has made noted research contributions to modeling and simulation, digital media, and engineering and computer science.
History Of Ucf Computer Science
The College of Engineering and Computer Science was one of the four original academic colleges when UCF began classes in 1968 as Florida Technological University. The State University System of Florida's Board of Regents approved the creation of a college of engineering on September 16, 1966. The college was launched as the university's College of Engineering and Technologies on March 28, 1969.
The college saw the completion of a third Engineering Building which was designed in 2000-2002 for the School of EECS with a $15 million allocation from the State of Florida. In 2005, Harris Corporation donated $3 million to the College of Engineering & Computer Science, causing the building's name to be the Harris Corporation Engineering Center.
Academics Of Ucf Computer Science
Housing some of the university's showcase majors, the College of Engineering and Computer Science is made up of the following departments:
- Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering (CECE)
- Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS)
- Industrial Engineering & Management Systems (IEMS)
- Mechanical, Materials, & Aerospace Engineering (MMAE)
The college 13 undergraduate programs, 14 master's degree programs, and eight programs. UCF has been classified as a research university (very high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The Graduate School of the College of Engineering & Computer Science is ranked #70 in the Top 100 engineering schools by the U.S. News & World Report. It also featured/features in the Top 100 Engineering/Technology and Computer Sciences schools in the world in the ARWU by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
The college consists of the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS), the Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering (CECE) Department, the Industrial Engineering and Management Systems (IEMS) Department, and the Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering (MMAE) Department. The ROTC Division consists of the Aerospace Studies Department (Air Force ROTC) and the Military Science Department (Army ROTC).
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science was founded in 1999 as a result of the merger of the School of Computer Science with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. In 2005, Computer Science and ECE programs were truly merged (administratively and curriculum-wise) as one unified School of EECS. In the summer of 2010, the School of EECS was renamed to the Department of EECS.
The Electrical Engineering and Computer Science have had many major accomplishments in their history. The Computer Science Programming Team placed 1st in the 2007 southeast ACM Regional Programming Competition and 44th in the international competition. The college’s now 25-year-old record of "top three in the southeast" continues. The Programming Team has placed as high as 2nd in past World Championships.
The Computer Science department is also home to the UCF Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition Team. Although the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition was established in 2005, it wasn't until January 2013 that UCF entered a team in this competition. In their inaugural season, the UCF CCDC Team finished in 1st Place in the Southeastern Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition and placed 10th at the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. The UCF CCDC Team came back stronger in 2014 and once again won the Southeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition and placed 1st at the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition to become the reigning National Champions of Cyber Defense. UCF maintained it's winning traditions in 2015 finishing in 1st Place at the Southeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition and claiming the National Championship at the National Collegiate Cyber Defense competition for the second consecutive year.
Rankings Of Ucf Computer Science
- The Electrical Engineering graduate program is ranked 57th nationally in the 2010 U.S. News & World Report America's Best Graduate Schools.
- Computer Science was ranked in the top 100 departments worldwide in 2010 by the Academic Ranking of World Universities.
- The CS Doctoral Program was ranked in the top 20 programs by NAGPS in 2001.
Research of Ucf Computer Science
Metropolitan Orlando sustains the world's largest recognized cluster of modeling, simulation and training companies. Located directly south of the main campus in the Central Florida Research Park, which is one of the largest research parks in the nation. Providing more than 10,000 jobs, the Research Park is the largest research park in Florida, the fourth largest in the United States by number of companies, and the seventh largest in the United States by number of employees. Collectively, UCF's research centers and the park manage over $5.5 billion in contracts annually.
The university fosters partnerships with corporations such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and Siemens, and through partnerships with local community colleges. UCF also houses a satellite campus at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. UCF is also a member of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council