USF College Of Engineering – Innovation Is Our Passion




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The College of Engineering at the University of South Florida is at the forefront of engineering research and education, cultivating knowledgeable, passionate engineers who are dedicated to needs-based, solutions-oriented engineering. We are innovators. We are explorers.

For us, it’s all about helping people. As the only engineering research and teaching institution in Tampa Bay, our urban setting provides the college with a unique opportunity to attract creative and innovative talent.

Environmental Engineering Professor Dr. Daniel Yeh, stands with the NEWGenerator that his research team invented with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The solar-powered machine, which is ready for commercial use, is part of an effort to solve global sanitation concerns.

Students in the Neuro-Machine Interaction Lab control drones with their mind while wearing an EEG device that detects brainwaves and signals the drone to move.

After more than fifty years of pursuing excellence in engineering, we remain young in spirit and full of hope for the future. Alumni, students, and faculty are playing a pivotal role in the evolution of high-tech innovation in Tampa Bay. With hundreds of patents issued to both faculty and students, it’s fair to say that innovation is our passion. As a result of our entrepreneurial mindset, more than 200 patents have been issued to our engineering faculty in the past five years.

Building upon four pillars of success – Experiential Learning, Impactful Discovery, Community Partnerships and Educational Leadership – we are educating a diverse group of engineers and problem-solvers to tackle global challenges. By providing our students with hands-on experience in real-world situations, a cutting-edge education, and significant research opportunities all driven by community partnerships, we are cultivating the next generation of engineers and fostering innovative solutions that will positively impact lives. The Department of Computer Science and Engineering launched a new bachelor of science in cybersecurity to prepare students for careers in one of the country’s fastest-growing industries.

Each day we work harder to shape our understanding of mathematics and science for the greater good. We’re proving again and again that engineers have the willpower and capacity to directly and positively impact the world around us. Our commitment to partnering with industry is unyielding. We continually seek to promote the influential nature of our achievements through effective partnerships.

Our success is a reflection of both the quality of education we offer and the rate by which we balance change with adherence to our foundational ideals and values. Our evolving vision to foster a global approach to engineering by capitalizing on the international perspectives and diversity of students and faculty is driving value in the community.

With our engineering enrollment skyrocketing to over 7,000 students in recent years, it is evident that the best and brightest minds are choosing USF to pursue an engineering education. Providing students with the opportunity to engage in real-world research, study abroad, innovate and collaborate across disciplines and present their research at scientific conferences, it’s no surprise that our student retention rate from first to second year is over 92 percent. We are producing a world-class talent pool for the emerging Tampa Bay high-tech community, especially critical to attracting top-notch startups and established companies looking for a highly creative environment.


Students in the Robot Perception and Action Lab work to bring intelligent robots into daily life as well as medical robots, unmanned aerial vehicles and neurorobotics.

The College of Engineering is partnered with U.S. Special Operations Command and the Doolittle Institute at SOFWERX to craft a highly innovative environment that includes student interns, faculty fellows and emerging research in small satellite, unmanned aerial systems, cybersecurity, resilient communications and other key areas that support the SOCOM mission. Our partnership is characterized by speed and agility — key attributes of a robust solutions-focused initiative with energetic creativity and innovation.

We are pushing the boundaries in innovation at the leading edge of biomedical engineering, environmental engineering, audiology, transportation, rehabilitation robotics, design and prototyping, wireless and microwave technologies, materials, clean energy, nanotechnology and entrepreneurship. Our new Department of Medical Engineering offers a unique experience for students with faculty comprised of both engineers and physicians. The Global Center for Hearing and Speech Research is the number one research center in the world for age-related hearing loss. Our Center for Urban Transportation Research is an internationally-recognized resource for policymakers, transportation professionals and the public. Our environmental engineering program is an internationally recognized provider of water and wastewater solutions. The Center for Assistive Rehabilitation and Robotics Technologies engages in life-changing prosthetic research, increasing independence and community reintegration of individuals with reduced functional capabilities.

The center works with patients throughout Florida and locally at the Haley Veterans Hospital. The Mini-Circuits Design for X Laboratory is a unique, collaborative maker space for students to pursue meaningful multidisciplinary engineering projects that move ideas from design to prototype. The Institute of Applied Engineering is partnering with government organizations to perform research in autonomous systems, human performance enhancement, cybersecurity, electromagnetic spectrum security, transportation and energy infrastructure and large scale data analytics and operations research.

The USF College of Engineering is uniquely positioned as a key member of a vibrant preeminent research university to provide both engineering solutions and well-educated engineers and innovators to the Tampa Bay area.

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