Director’s Welcome Letter

S. S. Iyengar PortraitWelcome to the FIU School of Computing and Information Sciences, the place where innovations, interdisciplinary science and computing intersect to create innovative opportunities for students to experience authentic research and foster their development as future leaders/researchers in Academia and National Labs.

This webpage describes clearly a top notched program that FIU offers in BS, MS and Ph.D. Degree Programs in Computer Science, Information Technology, Cybersecurity and Communication.

Founded in 1987, the School of Computing and Information Sciences at Florida International University located in Miami offers challenging undergraduate programs in Computing and Information Sciences and graduate programs in Computer Science attended by excellent students locally, nationally and internationally. It has grown to be one of the largest in the nation, with over 2,000 students, producing over 300 undergraduate degrees annually, as well as 100 graduate degrees, and was recognized by the State of Florida as the #1 ranked state program for Information Technology related majors.

Our Computer Science (ABET/CSAB accredited) and Information Technology undergraduate programs provide students an education consisting of both the theoretical and applied knowledge necessary for a successful career as a computing professional. Our research-driven Masters programs in Computer Science, Information Technology, Telecommunication and Networking, and Cybersecurity, as well as our Ph.D. program in Computer Science provide students many opportunities to conduct cutting-edge research with experienced faculty from numerous large-scale projects. Our school is a leader federal research funding for Computer Science; NSF ranks us #43 in research expenditures. Our faculty and their research have been recognized with numerous honors and awards such as ACM Fellow, IEEE Fellow, AAAS Fellow , and Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, European Academy of Science and Fellow of other professional societies for their work in the field. Our faculty publish texts in places like MIT Press, Prentice Hall, John Wiley, etc.,  which are used by other Computer Science programs internationally and by computing professional as “must have” programming reference guides, and are dedicated to the education of the next generation of engineers and computer scientists using our state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories.

As our student, you will be exposed to rigorous instruction complemented by assignments designed to build your skills while working in one of our 25+ research and instructional laboratories. Our $3 million dollar research and instructional facility (TechStation) features a wide range of computing and networking technologies. We are constantly improving our computing infrastructure and have a superb technical support staff that maintain lab services and are available to assist you.

Miami is a great location for our program and for you to spend your college years. Our students find exciting internship opportunities since Miami is home to over 1,000 international companies and South Florida, Miami-Dade, Broward and West Palm Beach Counties combined support over 7,000 information technology related companies. Our students enjoy a year-round, sub-tropical climate cooled by daily sea breezes. Students can live on campus or find residences throughout the local suburbs or even near the beach. We offer many classes at night and online to enable success for working students. Financial aid and assistantships are available to qualified students.

S.S. Iyengar
Director and Ryder Professor