Innovation is our passion

USF College of Engineering




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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.

After more than 55 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.

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 nearly 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 the 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 start-ups and established companies looking for a highly creative environment.

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 Institute of Applied Engineering was awarded a contract worth $85 million from U.S. Special Operations Command that paves the way for researchers and students to collaborate with SOCOM to help solve significant challenges facing the nation.


These partnerships are characterized by speed and agility — key attributes of a robust solutions focused initiative with energetic creativity and innovation.

The USF Institute for Artificial Intelligence+X is at the forefront of producing new forms of AI and new applications to solve real world problems. The Institute is led by two engineering professors and comprises more than 100 researchers, inventors, educators and industry leaders working to advance AI and develop today’s students as the AI innovators of tomorrow.

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering has one of the few Bachelor of Science in cybersecurity degrees available in the United States to prepare students for careers in one of the country’s fastest-growing industries.

We are pushing the boundaries in innovation at the leading edge of artificial intelligence, biomedical engineering, environmental engineering, audiology, transportation, rehabilitation robotics, design and prototyping, wireless and microwave technologies, materials, clean energy, nanotechnology, and entrepreneurship. Our 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 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 in the Tampa Bay area.

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