Points of Pride

Awards and Accomplishments
SCIS awarded most Computer Science degrees in the U.S.
Computing professionals graduating each year
Surpassing funding for the 8th straight year



The School of Computing and Information Sciences (SCIS) had another successful year in 2015-2016. SCIS is one of the largest computing programs in the country, and enrollments have grown tremendously over the last seven years. Our students, faculty, and alumni had significant accomplishments in the last year. The School continued the very high level of external funding that was achieved in the previous seven years, surpassing $4M of funding from contracts, grants, donations, and auxiliary/miscellaneous revenue for the 8th straight year. According to the 2014 edition of American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Profiles of Engineering & Engineering Technology Colleges, the School awarded the seventh most Computer Science Degrees (inside Colleges of Engineering) in the United States. In the Florida State University System (SUS), we are the only university that offers both a BS and MS in both CS and IT. We continue to lead the nation in training Hispanic Ph.D. students. We continued a collaboration with UCF and USF via a $4.9M Targeted Educational Attainment (TEAm) grant awarded by the Florida Board of Governors.  The School also continued to make significant progress in increasing community engagement, entrepreneurship, and technology transfer activities.

Faculty Highlights

Shu Ching Chen Portrait

Shu-Ching Chen, IEEE International Conference Best paper Award, on Information Reuse and Integration



Geoffrey Smith Portrait

Geoffrey Smith earned the National Security Agency’s Best Cybersecurity Paper Award



S .S. Iyengar PortraitS. S. Iyengar

Awarded Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

Awarded the NRI Mahatma Gandhi Pradvasi Medal at the House of Lords in London


Mark Allen Weiss PortraitMark Allen Weiss

AAAS Fellow

ACM SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education



Student Highlights

Miami Maker Faire-3

  • FIU’s Upsilon Pi Epsilon Undergraduate Chapter, as they recently were recognized and received the Outstanding Chapter Award nationally from over 100 other chapters. They were given a cash award of $500.00.
  • Jose Maldonado, a student at the Discovery Lab, received a $6,000 award from Google to engage Sweetwater Elementary students in project-based learning activities with Arduino boards.
  • SCIS Alumni Charles Kamhoua was awarded the 2016 FIU Charles E. Perry Young Alumni Visionary Award.



Research and Funding

SCIS continues to make excellent progress in its research activities maintaining its funding at a very high level. The School’s external research funding (Direct Awards) have reached $3.5M as of mid-May. Our income from Foundation and Auxiliary accounts has reached $472K for a total of $4M external funding in addition to the State’s ongoing $1.53M Targeted Educational Attainment (TEAm) award. Foundation gifts include donations from Microsoft, Kaseya, Ultimate Software, and NetApp. Faculty publication activities remained at high levels in both quantity and quality; SCIS research publications included 8 books, 13 book chapters, 55 journal papers, and 96 conference proceeding papers in top venues.


NSF CRII award to SCIS Assistant Professor Ruogu Fang: The National Science Foundation made a Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII) award to Dr. Ruogu Fang.


Our School partnered with Departments and Centers across FIU to win a $5M NSF Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) grant. The CREST Center for Aquatic Chemistry & the Environment (CAChE) at FIU will transform the institution by integrating discrete campus-wide programs across 10 departments and 4 colleges in fields from environmental chemistry through computer-intensive data analysis and visualization, in order to tackle one of the region’s most complex challenges: environmental contamination.


Our School is leading the effort to create the Informed Traveler Program and Applications, part of the US DOT’s $11.4M TIGER award to FIU. The Informed Traveler Program and Applications (ITPA) is an advanced consumer-oriented, predictive, and multimodal transportation management software and technology systems to be developed by Florida International University’s High Performance Database Research Center (HPDRC) and partners under the umbrella of National Science Foundation’s Industry-University Cooperative Research Center for Advanced Knowledge Enablement at FIU (NSF I/UCRC CAKE, http://CAKE.FIU.edu).


Our School partnered with the University of Central Florida and the University of South Florida to win a $4.9M Targeted Educational Attainment (TEAm) grant, funded by the Florida Legislature and approved by Gov. Rick Scott during the last legislative session.