We offer challenging degree programs at bachelors, Masters and PhD level that offer high quality teaching by outstanding and experienced faculty. Our programs prepare students for either continued graduate education or for careers in business, industry, or government. Further, our programs include a mix and balance of application oriented course work and study of the underlying theory and principles. Finally, our programs are designed to educate students whose technical knowledge and skills will not become rapidly outdated upon leaving the University. Towards those ends, all faculty in the School are involved in undergraduate education, including teaching beginning courses.


The School of Computing and Information Sciences was formed in 1987 from the former Department of Mathematical Sciences. The mission of the School has several dimensions, consistent with the overall mission of the University and consistent with its role as part of the College of Engineering and Computing.

  • High Quality Undergraduate Program
  • Graduate Degree Programs for MS and PhD
  • Basic and Applied Research in CS
  • Provide Course work & Support for Non-CS Students
  • Respond to needs of local & regional industry/govt.
  • Provide Technical expertise to entire University


Effective quality teaching is an essential part of the responsibilities of all faculty in the School, and special efforts are made to find ways of increasing that quality and effectiveness. Consistent with our status as part of the College of Engineering and Computing, the education of majors should not only include up-to-date technical material utilizing contemporary equipment but also should provide opportunity for students to take advantage of their educational opportunities to become broadly educated as citizens and individuals. Consistent with the mission of the University, the School of Computing and Information Sciences offers its programs to full and part-time degree seeking students and accommodates the special needs of mature students and lifelong learners.

Provide Course work & Support for Non-CS Students

IT-StudentTo provide course work and support for students in other fields who need and want to learn computer skills and to understand and utilize computers either in their chosen careers or for personal intellectual growth and stimulation. As computer knowledge and skills become an important part of higher education for students in all areas, providing appropriate courses and instruction has become an increasingly important part of the mission of the School of Computing and Information Sciences, just as courses and instruction for non-majors has historically been part of the missions mathematics and English department. Because of the importance of these skills and this knowledge to success in higher education, this aspect of our mission carries with it a special component of responsibility to minority and other educationally disadvantaged students.

Respond to needs of local & regional industry/govt.

chens-hurricaneConsistent with the mission of the University, to respond to the needs of local and regional industry and government. This includes cooperation with research and development efforts of local industry, sharing information through joint seminar participation, providing specific training and technical information to them. Cooperative research efforts with industry enhance the research mission of the School of Computing and Information Sciences and also help to promote economic development in our region. Similarly, joint activities with government agencies such as the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration in topics such as massively parallel computation provides opportunities for faculty and graduate student research as well as an opportunity for the School to provide a valuable service toward the solution of problems important to the entire world.

Provide Technical expertise to entire University

student-cis-fiuTo provide technical expertise to the entire University community so as to help with the integration of computers throughout all aspects of the University. The University of the future will have a distributed computer network at its center, linking and supporting a wide range of instructional, research and administrative activities. The School of Computing and Information Sciences, by virtue of having knowledge and expertise concerning both computer technology and also educational needs, has a special role to play in leading the development of such a University-wide integrated computer network and in deciding on how it is to be used. Working in cooperation with University Technology Services and with other academic units, the School of Computing and Information Sciences should help lead the University in utilizing this technology in all phases of its educational mission.

Meet the Director

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S. S. Iyengar

Sundaraja Sitharama Iyengar is the Director and Ryder Professor at Florida International University’s School of Computing and Information Sciences in Miami, FL. Previously, he was the Roy Paul Daniels Professor and Chairman of the Computer Science Department at Louisiana State University. During his tenure at LSU he lead the Wireless Sensor Networks Laboratory and the Robotics Research Laboratory. After receiving his Ph.D. degree in 1974 from Mississippi State University, Professor Iyengar has directed over 42 Ph.D. students and 100 Master’s students, many of whom are now either faculty at major universities worldwide or scientists and engineers at National Labs/Industries around the world.

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Mark Allen Weiss

Mark Allen Weiss is an Eminent Scholar Chaired Professor and Associate Director in the School of Computing and Information Sciences at Florida International University in Miami Florida and also serves as the Undergraduate Program Director.
He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from The Cooper Union in 1983, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Princeton University in 1987, working under Bob Sedgewick. He has been at FIU since 1987, and was promoted to Professor in 1996. His interests include data structures, algorithms, and education, and he is most well-known for his highly-acclaimed Data Structures textbooks, which have been used at hundreds of universities worldwide.