Florida Atlantic University College of Engineering and Computer Science

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The College of Engineering and Computer Science is an academic college of Florida Atlantic University located in Boca Raton, Florida, United States. The college's mission is " to educate those who will contribute to the advancement of technical knowledge and who will be the leaders of tomorrow, conducts basic and applied research in engineering, computer science, and related interdisciplinary areas, and provide service to the engineering and computer science professions, to the State of Florida, to the nation, and to the community at large."[1]


The College of Engineering and Computer Science is divided into the following departments:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering


Florida Atlantic was the first university in the country to offer an undergraduate degree in ocean engineering in 1964. The first class numbering 35 graduated in 1967. The program was created in response to the loss of the Navy's submarine USS Thresher off the coast of Massachusetts. The sub and its crew were lost after a test dive and found in 8,400 feet of water, far below the sub's crush depth. Concerned about underwater equipment designed by engineers with no marine experience, FAU and the Navy established a program that would eventually draw students from around the globe and be recognized in the 1996 Guinness Book of World Records for "the fastest speed attained by a human-powered propeller submarine."[2][3]

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During the Spring semester of each year the College of Engineering holds Engineering Week. The week features events centered around a "Brain Bowl" competition between the college's departments. The 2007 theme was Mardi Gras, and featured flamenco dancing.


  1. ^ "College Vision, Mission & Goals". Florida Atlantic University: College of Engineering and Computer Science. The dean is Karl Stevens and the Associate deans are Ali Zilouchian and Mohammad Ilyas. Archived from the original on 2007-07-07. Retrieved 2007-07-15. 
  2. ^ Stapleton, Christine (2007-06-24). "FAU sub racers reclaiming past glory". The Palm Beach Post. Retrieved 2007-07-15. [dead link]
  3. ^ McAllister, Ray. "History of Ocean Engineering at Florida Atlantic University" (PDF). OOAE Division, ASME International Petroleum Technology Institute. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2003-03-30. Retrieved 2007-07-15. 

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