7. Florida International University College of Engineering and Computing (Miami, FL)
Florida International University’s College of Engineering prides itself on innovation and cutting-edge research. In 2020, engineering and computing researchers at the College were awarded 41 patents, and the College’s roster of 117 faculty members includes experts in nearly every imaginable domain of engineering.
FIU’s engineering program, and FIU as a whole, are committed to diversity when it comes to their student body. According to Wikipedia, FIU is ranked the #1 school in the continental United States for conferring degrees to Hispanic students in science and engineering.
In a competition sponsored by the US Department of Energy, the Solar Decathlon, FIU has placed highly in the Energy Balance Competition.
6. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Daytona Beach, FL)
Embry-Riddle is the largest university system, with locations in Florida and Arizona, specializing in aerospace and aviation. This is the kind of school for the curious mind interested in state-of-the-art technology, where students can pursue projects as varied as aircraft, green vehicles, energy-saving biofuels, and more.
As a research powerhouse, Embry-Riddle’s engineering students benefit from the university’s strong commitment to undergraduate research, with 90% of students working directly with faculty and/or industry partners on a research project or internship.
US News has ranked Embry-Riddle among the top schools in a number of categories, including #5 Best Colleges for Veterans, #4 Best Colleges for Aerospace Engineering, and #20 Best Colleges for Undergraduate Teaching.
5. University of Miami College of Engineering (Coral Gables, FL)
The University of Miami College of Engineering is located minutes from downtown Miami. Housed in the school’s McArthur Engineering building, an impressive structure home to state-of-the-art STEM facilities, Miami is not only among the best engineering schools in Florida, but also throughout the country.
Miami’s College of Engineering boasts over two dozen engineering student groups and organizations, with seniors each year completing a Capstone Project and presenting their work at the school’s Senior Design Expo.
Working closely with faculty members, students pitch their design to judges, guests, peers, media, and even potential investors who may want to develop further and commercialize the technology. Student projects for the Capstone have included predicting power failures, developing LEED Gold sustainable edifices, and health care productivity tools.
4. Florida A&M & Florida State University (FAMU-FSU) College of Engineering (Tallahassee, FL)
At the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, students get the best of not one but two universities. In fact, this is the only partnered engineering institution in the country!
Here’s how it works: first, students apply to – and get admitted to – either FAMU or FSU. Once admitted, students take classes at the College of Engineering where they’re mixed with peers from both schools through several departments.
Through the unique Undergrad in the Lab live lecture series, students hear from researchers at the pinnacle of their fields. This new lecture series started in June of 2020 and has included discussions in superconductors, special fluids, and using bacteria to remove contaminants from water.
Here’s another interesting innovation of the engineering program at FAMU-FSU: the Engineering Living Learning Community. In this unique endeavor, first-year students can live, research, train, and socialize with fellow engineering students. It is an application-based program, so students who are interested will have to apply for this special initiative.