Florida Institute of Technology

Last updated

Florida Institute of Technology
FIT Seal.svg
MottoAd Astra Per Scientiam
"To the stars through science."
Type Private research university
EstablishedSeptember 22, 1958;63 years ago (1958-09-22)
Academic affiliations
Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida
Endowment $110.9 million (2021) [1]
President Robert L. King
Provost Marco Carvalho
Academic staff
458 [2]
Students9,316 (2021) [2]

28°03′57″N80°37′28″W / 28.06583°N 80.62444°W / 28.06583; -80.62444 Coordinates: 28°03′57″N80°37′28″W / 28.06583°N 80.62444°W / 28.06583; -80.62444
CampusSmall city [2] , 174 acres (70 ha) [3]
Colors     Crimson and gray [4]
Nickname Panthers
Countdown College
Missileman U
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division II
Sunshine State Conference
MascotPete the Panther
Engineers (until 1983)
Website fit.edu
Florida Tech wordmark w tagline.png

The Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech or FIT) is a private research university in Melbourne, Florida. The university comprises four academic colleges: Engineering & Science, Aeronautics, Psychology & Liberal Arts, and Business. [5] Approximately half of FIT's students are enrolled in the College of Engineering & Science. [6] The university's 130-acre primary residential campus is near the Melbourne Orlando International Airport and the Florida Tech Research Park. [7]


The university was founded in 1958 as Brevard Engineering College to provide advanced education for professionals working in the space program at what is now the Kennedy Space Center. Florida Tech has been known by its present name since 1966. [8] In 2021, Florida Tech had an on-campus student body of 5,693 between its Melbourne Campus, Melbourne Sites, and Education Centers, as well as 3,623 students enrolled in their online programs, almost equally divided between graduate and undergraduate students with the majority focusing their studies on engineering and the sciences. [9] FIT is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity". [10] [11]


Miller Building FlTechMillerBldgCLOSE.jpg
Miller Building
One of the oldest buildings on campus: a schoolhouse built in 1883. School House at FIT.jpg
One of the oldest buildings on campus: a schoolhouse built in 1883.

Florida Institute of Technology was founded in 1958 as Brevard Engineering College to support NASA by Dr. Jerome P. Keuper, who became the first president. [8] The first concept for the school was developed under the name Brevard Engineering Institute. Classes were originally held at the Melbourne Municipal Airport in buildings formerly used by the Naval Air Station Melbourne. [12] In 1961, the university moved to its current location in Melbourne, Florida. [13] During the 1960s additional classroom and laboratory buildings, a library (formally dedicated on 23 January 1965), the Denius Student Center, Hedgecock Gymnasium, Gleason Auditorium and several dormitories were constructed. [13] [14] In 1961, the first graduate received an associate degree. The university was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1964 [15] and officially changed its name to Florida Institute of Technology in 1966. Also in 1966, Dr. Jack Morelock founded the Department of Oceanography. In 1967, the School of Aeronautics was created. Defense scientists and NASA would meet with students recruiting for the space program. In 1969, the Panther Battalion Army ROTC program was formed. [8] In 1970, the college merged with Aerospace Technical Institute to form the School of Aeronautics.

Historic sign from Florida Tech Alumni Association and Florida Department of State. Florida Tech F-610.jpg
Historic sign from Florida Tech Alumni Association and Florida Department of State.

In 1972, the university launched its first off-campus program at the request of the United States Navy. [14] [16]

The Evans Library was completed in early 1984. [17] The following year the original library was renovated and dedicated as the Jerome P. Keuper Administration Building. [14] In 1988, the Homer R. Denius Student Center was renovated, the student plaza completed, and the applied research laboratory building acquired. [13] The Claude Pepper Institute for Aging and Therapeutic Research and Skurla Hall, home of the School of Aeronautics, opened in 1990. In 1997, the university received a $50 million grant from the F. W. Olin Foundation. [18] An engineering building and life sciences building were opened in 1999 in result of the grant. [19] [20]

Seven new residence halls were completed in 2003. [14] Each resident hall was named after one of the seven fallen astronauts of the Shuttle Columbia disaster and dedicated to their memory. [14] In 2004, Florida Tech obtained National Science Foundation (NSF) funding to build a 24-inch telescope atop the newly completed F.W. Olin Physical Sciences Center. However, Melbourne Beach resident Jim Ortega, who had retired from the University of Virginia to Florida in 1998, stepped forward with the additional funds needed to secure a 32-inch telescope. In gratitude to this donation, the telescope was named the Ortega Telescope. In 2005, the F.W. Olin Physical Sciences Center opened. [14]

Construction on the Emil Buehler Center for Aviation Training and Research at Melbourne International Airport began in 2008. [21] The following year, the College of Business became the Nathan M. Bisk College of Business, and the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts, the Emil Buehler Center for Aviation Training and Research at the Melbourne International Airport, the Scott Center for Autism Treatment, the Harris Center for Science and Engineering and the Harris Institute for Information Assurance were opened. [14]

In 2009, the college began offering online degrees. November 20, 2015, marked the unveiling of the Harris Student Design Center, an 11,500 square foot building on the south side of campus. [22] This facility provides space for students completing design projects. In 2016, the Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Innovative Design (CAMID) and the Larsen Motorsports High Performance Vehicles & Research Development Center opened at the Research and Development Center on Palm Bay Road.

The university established its football program in 2010. [23] The Panther Aquatic Center was opened a year later. [14] In 2011, the university partnered with the Brevard Art Museum and established it as the Foosaner Art Museum. [24] [25]

In October 2020, the university broke ground at the Olin Quad for the new Health Sciences Research Center, a 61,000 square foot three story facility with 22,300 square feet for classrooms, training and labs.

College archives

The Harry P. Weber University Archives opened in 2014. It was named after professor emeritus Harry Weber, who first joined the college in 1966 and was instrumental in establishing the archives. The archive collection serves to preserve the history of the institution and it is located in the Evans Library. [26]

Jensen Beach Campus

Florida Institute of Technology's Jensen Beach Campus, also known as School of Marine and Environmental Technology or (SOMET), was a specialized branch campus located on the former campus of Saint Joseph College of Florida on the Indian River Lagoon in Jensen Beach, Florida, approximately 50 miles south of the university's main campus. [27] The campus attracted oceanography, underwater technology and other assorted marine biology students. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration had more officers that are graduates of FIT in Jensen Beach than from any other campus or college in the country. The SOMET was transferred to the main campus and became the Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences (DMES). The campus closed after the transition in 1986. In 2016, DMES was renamed Department of Ocean Engineering and Sciences (DOES) to communicate the department's focus. [28]


Florida Tech entrance signage Florida Tech entrance signage.jpg
Florida Tech entrance signage
Florida Tech Panther FlTechPanther.jpg
Florida Tech Panther

The university's 130-acre main campus is located in Melbourne, Florida, on what is known as the Space Coast region along the Atlantic Ocean. [6] The university offers many student services including tutoring, health services, health insurance, and campus safety. [6] Florida Tech has six residence halls and three apartment style accommodations for on-campus living. [29]

Off-campus sites

Florida Tech offers specialized graduate degree programs through sites in Huntsville, Alabama, Fort Eustis, Virginia, Fort Lee, Virginia, Alexandria, Virginia, Quantico, Virginia, Dover, New Jersey, Naval Air Engineering Station Lakehurst, Lexington Park, Maryland, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Kennedy Space Center, Rockledge, Florida, Melbourne, Florida and Orlando, Florida. [30]


Student demographics

In fall 2021, Florida Tech enrolled 4,453 students at the main campus; 1,240 at off-campus locations; and 3,623 online for a total of 9,316 students. [31] The male to female ratio in the student body was 69:31. [2] 82% of all students came from the United States, 38% of students were from Florida and 16% of all students came from other countries. In 2020, the average combined Critical Reading and Math SAT score of incoming freshmen at the undergraduate level of Florida Tech was 1232. [32]

Colleges and academic divisions

The university offers degrees in a variety of science and engineering disciplines and is one of the few universities to offer aviation degrees. The university is divided into four academic units: College of Aeronautics, College of Engineering and Science, Nathan Bisk College of Business, College of Psychology and Liberal Arts. [5]


Florida Institute of Technology is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). [15] The Engineering programs are also accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). [33] The Computer Science program is accredited by the Computer Science Accreditation Commission of the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board. Florida Tech's chemistry program is accredited by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society. Aeronautical Science and Aviation Management programs are accredited by the Council on Aviation Accreditation. The Clinical Psychology PsyD program is accredited by the American Psychological Association and the graduate Behavior Analysis programs by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI).


Academic rankings
Forbes [34] 372
THE / WSJ [35] 245
U.S. News & World Report [36] 202
Washington Monthly [37] 322
ARWU [38] 601–700
THE [39] 800–1000
U.S. News & World Report [40] 454

Times Higher Education ranks Florida Tech as one of the top 1,000 universities in the world and 245th in the U.S. [41] FIT is also listed as a top 800 world university in the Shanghai rankings. [42] U.S. News & World Report ranks Florida Tech 202nd among national universities in the U.S. [3]

PayScale ranks Florida Tech 123rd in the U.S. based on return on investment (ROI). [43] In 2012, Bloomberg rated Florida Tech as the best Florida college in ROI, using their own methodology and data from PayScale. [44] The Brookings Institution ranked Florida Tech first in Florida and 94th nationally for alumni earnings in 2015, also using data from PayScale. [45] CollegeNET and PayScale ranked Florida Tech 902nd out of 1,363 colleges for enabling social mobility in 2017. [46]

In 2018, Niche ranked FIT 190th out of 1,647 colleges in America after surveying students and recent alumni about their experiences on and off campus. [47] The university received A's in the areas of academics, value, professors, diversity, campus food, and student life. [48]

Barron's ranks Florida Tech a "best buy" in college education. [49] Florida Tech is also listed as a top technical institution in the Fiske Guide to Colleges. [50] Florida Tech was named by Times Higher Education as one of the top universities in the United States for graduate employability in 2016. [51]


In 2018, Florida Tech was awarded $17.4 million in external research funding. [52] From 2009 to 2012, the number of Florida Tech faculty who serve as principal investigators increased by 100% including four recipients of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Awards. [53] During this time period, five new interdisciplinary research institutes were initiated that are the focal point for Florida Tech undergraduate and graduate research. These new research university institutes include:

Other research facilities include:

  • Plasma Spray Thermal Laboratory
  • High Heat Flux Laser Test Laboratory
  • Material Science Analysis Laboratory

In the college of engineering, some of the research laboratories and research groups include:

Faculty and students in the Physics/Space Science department conduct research in Astronomy and Astrophysics, Planetary Sciences, High Energy Physics (experimental particle physics), Lightning, Solid State and Condensed Matter Physics, and Space and Magnetospheric Physics.

The Florida Academy of Sciences is headquartered at Florida Tech. [64] The academy is the Florida affiliate of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The academy also sponsors the Florida Junior Academy of Science and publishes the Florida Scientist journal.

On April 23, 2019, Florida Tech was elected to the Universities Space Research Association.

Evans Library

The Evans Library at Florida Tech was opened in 1984. [65] Prior to the opening of the Evans Library, the university had a library in what is now the Keuper building. [66] One of the features of the Evans Library is its Applied Computing Center (ACC). The ACC has 70 computers for student use which have high speed internet connection and access to software programs including word-processing, statistical analysis, programming, and presentation development software. [67] The Special Collections Department at the Evans Library is home to the Radiation, Inc. Archives which houses documents such as manuals, photographs, correspondence, physical objects, and other memorabilia from Radiation, Inc. [68] [69] Radiation Inc., which later became Harris Corporation and then L3Harris Technologies, was an advanced radio communications company located in Melbourne, FL which had a large impact on the city as well as on Florida Tech. [68] Radiation Inc.'s cofounder Homer Denius helped to finance Florida Tech in its early years while cofounder George Shaw served as the first chairman of Florida Tech's board of trustees. [68] The Denius Student Center and Shaw Hall at Florida Tech are named in their honor. [68] The Evans Library Special Collections Department collaborated with retired Radiation, Inc. employees in collecting materials for the Radiation, Inc. Archives. [68] [69]


Florida Tech's athletic teams are known as the Panthers. [70] The school fields 20 sports, 10 each for men and women, at the NCAA Division II level and is a member of the Sunshine State Conference. [70] The sports include: baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's crew, men's and women's cross country, football, men's and women's golf, men's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's swimming & diving, men's and women's tennis, and women's volleyball. [71] The men's and women's swimming & diving teams were added in fall 2011 and men's lacrosse in Spring 2012. [72] In 2010, the university announced plans to create a football program with competition possibly beginning in 2013. [73] The football program had its inaugural season in 2013 and went on to win its first game, its first homecoming game, and its first bowl game. [74] The football team plays in the NCAA Division II Gulf South Conference as an affiliate member. [75] In 2015, Florida Tech Track joined the Peach Belt Conference as associate members.

Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield attended Florida Tech and set the home run record in 1987 as a first baseman. [76] [77] His number (3) was retired in 2006. [78]

Florida Tech won the NCAA Division II National Championship in Men's soccer in 1988 and 1991. [79]

Florida Tech's Daniela Iacobelli won the National NCAA Division II Woman's Golf Championship in 2007. [80]

Student life

On-campus housing

Florida Institute of Technology has six traditional residence halls, an eight-building Southgate Apartments complex, a seven-building Columbia Village set of suites and a three-building Harris Village set of suites.

Off-campus housing

Florida Tech runs apartment-style housing options located near campus at Mary Star of the Sea - Newman Hall and Panther Bay Apartments. [81]

Student organizations

Student Union Building FlTechSUB.jpg
Student Union Building
Inside of the Homer Denius Student Union Building (1st Floor) FlTechSUB1stFlInside.jpg
Inside of the Homer Denius Student Union Building (1st Floor)

Florida Institute of Technology has 132 active student organizations on campus. [82] The university-sponsored student organizations, such as Student Government Association, Campus Activities Board, the Homecoming Committee, FITV (CCTV Channel 99 on campus), and The Crimson (student-run university newspaper) operate in primary university funding. [82] Some organizations are run by membership dues, such as the many fraternities and sororities on campus, as well as certain professional organizations like American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), IEEE and AIAA. Other organizations are operated via Student Activities Funding Committee funding, overseen by the Student Government Association Treasurer. Organizations like Residence Hall Association, ACM, Anime Club, and others are operated by SAFC funding. Arts, media, and performance organizations include: Amateur Radio Club, Belletrist, College Players, Dance Association, Film Society, FITV, Florida Tech Pep Band, The Crimson and WFIT. [82]

Students at Florida Tech have the opportunity to participate in a number of club and intramural sports in addition to the varsity athletics programs. [83] The university offers intramural sports Flag Football, Ultimate Frisbee, martial arts, paintball, Disc Golf and Judo. [83] Sport clubs include ice hockey, soccer, table tennis, Collegiate wrestling and baseball. [82] The Florida Tech ice hockey program is a member of the American Collegiate Hockey Association, playing at that organization's Division 3 level. [84]

Greek life

Florida Tech has a number of Greek life opportunities for students. The university's fraternities include Alpha Tau Omega, Lambda Chi Alpha, Chi Phi, Delta Tau Delta, Lambda Chi Alpha, Pi Kappa Alpha, Pi Lambda Phi, Sigma Tau Gamma and Tau Kappa Epsilon. [85] Its sororities include Alpha Phi, Gamma Phi Beta and Phi Sigma Sigma. [85] Florida Tech also has a chapter of Alpha Phi Omega co-ed service fraternity. Squamish, a co-ed fraternal organization, also exists on campus, although it is not Greek life affiliated. [86]

Honor societies

The university offers a number of national and international Honor Societies including the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society, Chi Epsilon a Civil Engineering Students honor society, Delta Mu Delta business honor society, Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society for freshman class academic achievement, Phi Kappa Phi general academic honor society, Psi Chi honor society of psychology, Tau Beta Pi national engineering honor society and Upsilon Pi Epsilon computing and information systems honor society. [87]


The university publishes the Florida Tech Crimson, a student published newspaper. [88] The Crimson won a Society of Professional Journalists Regional Mark of Excellence Award in 2014 for best in-depth reporting at a small school (fewer than 9,999 students). [89] In 2016, the College of Aeronautics launched an on-line publication, the International Journal of Aviation Sciences. [90] The university also publishes the Florida Tech Magazine.

Notable people


In the Summer of 2022, Robert L. King assumed role as interim president. Previous presidents include:

See also

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Rose–Hulman Institute of Technology</span> Private university in Terre Haute, Indiana, US

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (RHIT) is a private university in Terre Haute, Indiana. Founded in 1874 in Terre Haute, Rose-Hulman is one of the United States' few undergraduate focused engineering and technology universities. Though it started with only 3 bachelor’s degree programs, Rose-Hulman has since grown to 12 academic departments with over 30 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science, engineering, technology, and engineering management, leading to bachelor's and master's degrees. Rose-Hulman's curriculum focuses on both career preparation and undergraduate-driven research in STEM-fields. It is classified among "Special Focus Four-Year: Engineering and Other Technology-Related Schools".

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Louisiana Tech University</span> University in Ruston, Louisiana, US

Louisiana Tech University is a public research university in Ruston, Louisiana. It is part of the University of Louisiana System and classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity".

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Illinois Institute of Technology</span> Private university in Chicago, Illinois

Illinois Institute of Technology is a private research university in Chicago, Illinois. Tracing its history to 1890, the present name was adopted upon the merger of the Armour Institute and Lewis Institute in 1940. The university has programs in architecture, business, communications, design, engineering, industrial technology, information technology, law, psychology, and science. It is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity".

The Technical University of Denmark, often simply referred to as DTU, is a polytechnic university and school of engineering. It was founded in 1829 at the initiative of Hans Christian Ørsted as Denmark's first polytechnic, and it is today ranked among Europe's leading engineering institutions. It is located in the town Kongens Lyngby, 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) north of central Copenhagen, Denmark.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Technion – Israel Institute of Technology</span> Israeli research university in Haifa

The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology is a public research university located in Haifa, Israel. Established in 1912 under the dominion of the Ottoman Empire, the Technion is the oldest university in the country. The Technion is ranked as the top university in both Israel and the Middle East, and in the top 100 universities in the world in the Academic Ranking of World Universities of 2019.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">University of Massachusetts Lowell</span> Public university in Massachusetts, United States

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is a public research university in Lowell, Massachusetts, with a satellite campus in Haverhill, Massachusetts. It is the northernmost member of the University of Massachusetts system and has been regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) since 1975. With 1,110 faculty members and over 18,000 students, it is the largest university in the Merrimack Valley and the second-largest public institution in the state. It is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity".

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Texas Tech University</span> Public university in Lubbock, Texas, United States

Texas Tech University is a public research university in Lubbock, Texas. Established on February 10, 1923, and called Texas Technological College until 1969, it is the main institution of the five-institution Texas Tech University System. The university's student enrollment is the seventh-largest in Texas as of the Fall 2018 semester. As of fall 2020, there were 40,322 students enrolled at Texas Tech. With over 25% of its undergraduate student population identifying as Hispanic, Texas Tech University is a designated Hispanic-serving institution (HSI).

Ontario Tech University University in Ontario, Canada

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology, corporately branded as Ontario Tech University or Ontario Tech, is a public research university located in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. Ontario Tech's main campus is located on approximately 400 acres (160 ha) of land in the northern part of Oshawa. It operates a secondary campus in the downtown area of Oshawa.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">University of Delaware</span> Public university in Delaware, U.S.

The University of Delaware is a public land-grant research university located in Newark, Delaware. UD is the largest university in Delaware. It offers three associate's programs, 148 bachelor's programs, 121 master's programs, and 55 doctoral programs across its eight colleges. The main campus is in Newark, with satellite campuses in Dover, Wilmington, Lewes, and Georgetown. It is considered a large institution with approximately 18,200 undergraduate and 4,200 graduate students. It is a privately governed university which receives public funding for being a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant state-supported research institution.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Tokyo Institute of Technology</span> National research university in Japan

Tokyo Institute of Technology is a national research university located in Greater Tokyo Area, Japan. Tokyo Tech is the largest institution for higher education in Japan dedicated to science and technology, one of first five Designated National University and selected as a Top Type university of Top Global University Project by the Japanese government. It is generally considered to be one of the most prestigious universities in Japan.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis</span> Public university in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.

Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis, commonly referred to as IUPUI, is a public research university in Indianapolis, Indiana. It is a collaboration between Indiana University and Purdue University that offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees from both universities. Administered primarily through Indiana University as a core campus and secondarily through Purdue University as a regional campus, it is Indiana's primary urban research and academic health sciences institution. IUPUI is located in downtown Indianapolis along the White River and Fall Creek.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">University of Colorado Colorado Springs</span> American university

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) is a public research university in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It is one of four campuses that make up the University of Colorado system. As of Fall 2017, UCCS had over 12,400 undergraduate and 1,822 graduate students, with 32% ethnic minority students. It is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity".

<span class="mw-page-title-main">New York Institute of Technology</span> Private university in New York

The New York Institute of Technology is a private research university founded in 1955. It has two main campuses in New York—one in Old Westbury, on Long Island, and one in Manhattan. Additionally, it has a cybersecurity research lab and a biosciences, bioengineering lab in Old Westbury, as well as campuses in Arkansas, United Arab Emirates, China, and Canada.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">University of Alabama in Huntsville</span> Public university in Huntsville, Alabama

The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) is a public research university in Huntsville, Alabama. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees, and comprises nine colleges: arts, humanities & social sciences; business; education; engineering; honors; nursing; professional & continuing studies; science; and graduate. The university's enrollment is approximately 10,000. It is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity".

<span class="mw-page-title-main">College of Engineering, Trivandrum</span> Government Engineering College in Trivandrum

The College of Engineering Trivandrum, commonly known as CET, is the first engineering college in Kerala, situated in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala. It was founded in 1939 during the reign of the Travancore King, Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Mindanao State University–Iligan Institute of Technology</span>

The Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology, commonly referred to as Iligan Tech or MSU-IIT, is a public coeducational institution of higher learning and research university located in Iligan City, Philippines, charted in 1968 by Republic Act 5363 and integrated as the first autonomous unit of the Mindanao State University System in 1975.

The National Taiwan University of Science and Technology abbreviated as NTUST or TaiwanTech (臺科大), is a public technological university located in Taipei, Taiwan. TaiwanTech was established in 1974 as the National Taiwan Institute of Technology (國立臺灣工業技術學院), as the first and the leading higher education institution of its kind within Taiwan's technical and vocational education system. TaiwanTech is one of Asia's 10th rank as the best institute in science and technology.

The FAMU-FSU College of Engineering is the joint college of engineering of Florida A&M University and Florida State University. The College of Engineering was established as a joint program serving two universities in Tallahassee, Florida: The Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, which received recognition from the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering in 2010 for ranking number one as the institution of origin for African Americans earning Doctorates in Natural Science and Engineering; and, Florida State University which has gained worldwide recognition for its extensive graduate and research programs. The college is located less than three miles from either university.

Virginia Tech College of Engineering

The Virginia Tech College of Engineering is the academic unit that manages engineering research and education at Virginia Tech. The College can trace its origins to 1872, and was formally established in 1903. Today, The College of Engineering is the largest academic unit of Virginia Tech and has 14 departments of study. Its undergraduate program was ranked 4th and its graduate program was ranked 30th among doctoral-granting universities by U.S. News & World Report in 2018. In 2014–15, the College of Engineering consisted of 10,059 students. The current dean is Dr. Julia Ross.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Vel Tech Rangarajan Dr. Sagunthala R&D Institute of Science and Technology</span> University in Chennai, India

Vel Tech Rangarajan Dr. Sagunthala R&D Institute of Science and Technology, formerly known as Vel Tech Dr. RR & Dr.SR University and commonly referred to as Vel Tech, is a private institute located in Avadi, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. It offers undergraduate, postgraduate and Doctoral programmes in engineering and technology, in addition to a Master of Business Administration and Polytechnic. It consists of four other campuses such as the Multi Tech, High Tech, VTRS, School of Media Technology & Communication And the Arts and Science.


  1. As of June 30, 2021. U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2020 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY20 to FY21 (Report). National Association of College and University Business Officers and TIAA. February 18, 2022. Retrieved February 21, 2022.
  2. 1 2 3 4 "College Navigator". U.S. Department of Education. Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 21, 2022.
  3. 1 2 "Florida Institute of Technology - Profile, Rankings and Data". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved February 22, 2021.
  4. "Graphic Identity Manual". Florida Institute of Technology. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
  5. 1 2 "Academics Overview". Florida Institute of Technology. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  6. 1 2 3 "Florida Institute of Technology". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  7. "Florida Tech Research Park". Florida Institute of Technology. Retrieved November 5, 2012.
  8. 1 2 3 Patterson, Gordon (Fall 1998). "Countdown to College: Launching Florida Institute of Technology". The Florida Historical Quarterly. Florida Historical Society. 77 (2): 163–180. JSTOR   30152246.
  9. "Fall 2021 Official Count Report - Enrollment Headcount" (PDF). Florida Institute of Technology. September 27, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. "Carnegie Classifications Institution Lookup". carnegieclassifications.iu.edu. Center for Postsecondary Education. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  11. "Basic Classification Description". carnegieclassifications.iu.edu. Center for Postsecondary Education. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
  12. Stone, Elaine Murray. Brevard County: From Cape of the Canes to Space Coast, 1st ed. (United States: Windsor Publications, Inc., 1988), p. 51.
  13. 1 2 3 "Florida Tech History". March 12, 2013. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  14. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 "Florida Tech History". Archived from the original on December 3, 2014. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  15. 1 2 "Commission on Colleges". Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  16. "Florida Institute of Technology at Melbourne, Florida" . Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  17. "History of the Evans Library (1984 - 2009)". Archived from the original on September 6, 2015. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  18. William H. Honan (June 6, 1997). "Largest Gift Ever Endows a New College" . Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  19. Lynne Bumpus-Hoope (October 15, 1999). "Florida Tech Gets Ready To Show Off 2 New High-tech Buildings" . Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  20. Lynne Bumpus-Hooper (June 4, 1997). "$50 Million Gift Is Big Vote On Future Of Florida Tech" . Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  21. David Kearns (March 5, 2009). "FIT's Emil Buehler Center for Aviation Training now open" . Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  22. Price, Wayne T. (November 20, 2015). "Harris Design Center opening". Florida Today. Retrieved April 17, 2016.
  23. "GSC Adds Florida Tech To Its Football Membership" . Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  24. "Foosaner Art Museum History" . Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  25. Brevard Business News. Florida Tech announces $1 million gift, renames Brevard Art Museum the Foosaner Art Museum (Melbourne, Florida: Brevard Business News, August 8, 2011), page 15.
  26. Florida Institute of Technology website. "Harry P. Weber University Archives", 2015. Accessed 9 December 2018.
  27. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Endowment Market Value and Change* in Endowment Market Value from FY19 to FY20" (PDF). 2020 NACUBO-TIAA Study of Endowments (NTSE) Results. National Association of College and University Business Officers and TIAA. February 19, 2021. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  28. "Ocean Engineering and Sciences". Florida Institute of Technology. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  29. "Campus Life" . Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  30. "Florida Institute of Technology University College Site Locations". Uc.fit.edu. Retrieved April 18, 2012.
  31. "Fall 2021 Official Count Report" (PDF). Florida Institute of Technology. Retrieved February 21, 2022.
  32. "Florida Institute of Technology". Peterson's. Retrieved February 22, 2022.
  33. "Find an ABET-Accredited Program". ABET. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  34. "America's Top Colleges 2021". Forbes . Retrieved September 9, 2021.
  35. "Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings 2022". The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education . Retrieved July 26, 2022.
  36. "2022 Best National University Rankings". U.S. News & World Report . Retrieved July 26, 2022.
  37. "2021 National University Rankings". Washington Monthly . Retrieved July 26, 2022.
  38. "ShanghaiRanking's Academic Ranking of World Universities". Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. Retrieved July 26, 2022.
  39. "World University Rankings 2022". Times Higher Education . Retrieved July 26, 2022.
  40. "2022 Best Global Universities Rankings". U.S. News & World Report . Retrieved July 26, 2022.
  41. "Florida Institute of Technology World University Rankings". Times Higher Education. Retrieved November 19, 2019.
  42. "ARWU World Top 500 Candidates". ShanghaiRanking Consultancy. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  43. "Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech) Salary". PayScale. 2018. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  44. "Best Colleges for Return on Investment". Bloomberg Businessweek. 2012. Retrieved August 15, 2015.
  45. "Beyond college rankings: A value-added approach to assessing two- and four-year schools". Brookings Institution. 2015. Retrieved August 15, 2015.
  46. "Social Mobility Index 2017". CollegeNET and PayScale. 2017. Retrieved November 23, 2017.
  47. "2019 Best Colleges in America". Niche. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  48. "Overall Niche Grade". Niche. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  49. Solorzano, Lucia (2010). Best Buys in College Education (11th ed.). Barron's Educational Series. pp. 67–70.
  50. Fiske, Edward (2016). Fiske Guide to Colleges 2017 (33rd ed.). Sourcebooks. p. xxxiv.
  51. Minsky, Carly (November 16, 2016). "Graduate Employability: Top Universities in the United States Ranked by Employers". Times Higher Education. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  52. "Table 20". Higher Education Research and Development Survey Fiscal Year 2018. U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). 2019. Retrieved November 25, 2019.
  53. "Florida Tech Research" . Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  54. "Robotics and Spatial Systems Lab" . Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  55. "Laser, Optics, and Instrumentation Laboratory" . Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  56. "Wind and Hurricane Impact Research Laboratory" . Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  57. "Wireless Center of Excellence" . Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  58. "Information Characterization and Exploitation (ICE) Laboratory". Archived from the original on January 9, 2013. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  59. "BioComplex Laboratory". Archived from the original on September 5, 2012. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  60. "Computer Vision Group" . Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  61. "Laboratory for Learning Research" . Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  62. "Software Evolution Lab" . Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  63. "Center for Software Testing Research". Archived from the original on December 29, 2012. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  64. "Florida Academy of Sciences" . Retrieved November 25, 2019.
  65. "History of the Evans Library (1984 - 2009)". Archived from the original on September 6, 2015. Retrieved November 30, 2020.
  66. "History of the Evans Library (1984 - 2009)". Archived from the original on September 6, 2015. Retrieved November 30, 2020.
  67. "Applied Computing Center". Florida Institute of Technology Office of Information Technology. Retrieved November 30, 2020.
  68. 1 2 3 4 5 Sonnenberg, Maria (June 2, 2017). "Radiation Inc. holds final reunion". Florida Today. Retrieved November 30, 2020.
  69. 1 2 "Radiation Inc. Archives". John H. Evans Digital Library Collections. Florida Institute of Technology. Retrieved November 30, 2020.
  70. 1 2 "Florida Tech" . Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  71. "Florida Tech Athletics Grows with Addition of Six Teams". August 19, 2010.
  72. "Florida Tech Adding Men's Lacrosse for 2011–2012". LaxPower.com. August 3, 2010. Retrieved June 24, 2011.
  73. "Touchdown Florida Tech: Football Approved". Florida Institute of Technology. May 3, 2010. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  74. "Florida Tech Football 2014 Season Tickets Now On Sale". March 20, 2014. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  75. DeCotis, M. (June 16, 2011). "Englehart Florida Tech Panthers' first football coach". Florida Today . Retrieved June 24, 2011.
  76. "Florida Institute of Technology Baseball Players Who Made it to the Major Leagues" . Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  77. Matthew Pouliot (February 17, 2012). "Tim Wakefield ranks with Red Sox legends" . Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  78. "Fenway's Best Players" . Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  79. "Championship history" . Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  80. Parsons, Mike (May 13, 2007). Iacobelli's eagles land NCAA title. Florida Today.
  81. "Housing". Florida Institute of Technology. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  82. 1 2 3 4 "Student Activities" . Retrieved June 24, 2011.
  83. 1 2 "Student organizations" . Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  84. "Hockey sticks with Florida Tech". January 31, 2013. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  85. 1 2 "Chapters at Florida Tech". Archived from the original on November 27, 2014. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  86. "Student Organizations" . Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  87. "Honors Societies". Florida Institute of Technology. Retrieved June 24, 2011.
  88. "Florida Tech Crimson". Florida Institute of Technology. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  89. "Region 3 Mark of Excellence Awards winners announced". Society of Professional Journalists. March 31, 2014. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  90. "About Us". International Journal of Aviation Sciences. Retrieved April 29, 2017.

Further reading