Strategic Thrusts

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The College of Engineering has developed a set of Strategic Initiatives to pursue in the upcoming years. We are moving forward with a boldly ambitious plan for our future that holds the promise of significant impact in the region, nation, globe—and with an outreach to space. We will accomplish this through a confluence of industry partnership, specialized research, and a thriving South Florida entrepreneurial ecosystem. We will educate the next generation of engineers to solve existing and as-yet-unimagined problems.

These thrusts will be developed collaboratively with faculty from other schools and colleges, as well as with corporate partners.

The following chart illustrates how individual Departments and their clusters support the College-wide Thrusts:

Through the Strategic Initiatives, some of the “big” questions that we will answer include:

  • Engineer better health, through research into and development of cutting-edge materials, devices, systems, and data analytics to support advances in medicine and public health.
  • Reverse and mitigate, and adapt to the effects of climate change aided by technological innovations, through research and discovery that leads to workable solutions for air and water quality, sea level rise, and more resilient and sustainable environments.
  • Unlock the potential of outer space to improve our condition on Earth, through research focused on aerodynamics, astrodynamics, propulsion, advanced materials and environmental technologies, satellite imaging, and related areas. Develop sustainable habitats in extraterrestrial environments to sustain life
  • Cyberphysical “smart” systems that will use our knowledge and innovations to integrate sensing, computation, control and networking into the natural and engineered environment to obtain and operate smart systems

The College of Engineering is working on the following strategic thrusts consisting of advanced research areas and cross cutting initiatives: