This has been a very remarkable year for all of us in the School of Computing and Information Sciences in terms of making an impact on Florida International University (FIU) and the College of Engineering and Computing. We attracted outstanding new faculty who are helping us produce graduates highly sought by industry today and future leaders contributing to new developments in computing and information sciences well into the future. Our award-winning and WorldsAhead students are accepting positions and leading technology firms such as Google, Microsoft, Facebook, as well as JPMorgan Chase, Farelogix, Ultimate Software, and Royal Caribbean International. We are ranked 13th by Best Online Colleges for Bachelor Degrees in Information Technology and 4th for Bachelor Degrees in Computer Science. Along with advances in teaching, our new faculty are helping us bring in additional funding for our cutting-edge research.
This past year our distinguished faculty continued to be recognized worldwide, as Professor Mark Weiss was awarded the rank of Distinguished University Professor, Professor Shu-Ching Chen received the IEEE Technical Committee on Multimedia Computing Service Award (2019), Assistant Professor Mark Finlayson received the IBM Faculty Award and was appointed Edison Research Fellow for Artificial Intelligence by the US Patent and Trademark Office, and Dr. S.S. Iyengar, Distinguished University Professor, Ryder Professor, and Director, was honored by the IEEE Cybermatics Congress receiving the “Test of Time Award” for creating the Brooks-Iyengar Algorithm.
Over the past year, we had 5 SCIS students recognized as WorldsAhead Graduates—a top honor for FIU students and many more recognized for their academic and service achievements. We are pushing the role of women and minorities in computer science with Girls Who Code, Big Sister/Little Sisters, Women in Computer Science, and our newest organization, Women in Cybersecurity. This past year we sponsored 26 students to attend the 2019 Grace Hopper conference in Orlando. In addition, we hosted ShellHacks with more than 700 students from around the world participating and more than 600 people participating in our 1st annual FIU Robotics Open.
Over the past year or faculty and students received the 9 patents, have 7 patents that have been submitted and are still in the process of acceptance and publication, and 13 new disclosures during the FY 18-19 year.
We are doing great things, impacting the world and people around us, while taking care of those contributing to our success. We look ahead to a new year with even more significant achievements as we strive to be the top computer science school in the nation!