Melbourne, United States
Region: North America
- International outlook61.5
- Industry income44.7
A message from the Florida Institute of Technology
Florida Institute of Technology is a regionally accredited, coeducational, privately supported, doctoral-granting research university providing a high-quality education in an international environment.
Florida Tech is unique in that it provides the resources of a national research institution as well as the robust, personalized learning experiences of a small college; a combination the university calls “High Tech with a Human Touch.”
Ranked a Tier One Best National University by U.S. News & World Report, it is also the only independent technological university in the Southeastern United States. As such, Florida Tech attracts high-achieving students and top quality professors from all 50 United States and more than 100 countries worldwide.
Times Higher Education recently named Florida Tech in the top 200 universities in the world in the World University Rankings 2013-2014.
Location, campus and climate
Florida Tech’s main campus spans 130 acres. It features a lush botanical garden and over $74 million in new facilities, which include a state-of-the-art dining hall and modern aquatic center.
The campus is located in Melbourne, just minutes from the Atlantic Ocean, one hour east of Orlando and a three-hour drive north of Miami. The area is home to the most concentrated high-tech economy in the state and the fourth-largest high-tech workforce in the nation.
Melbourne’s attractive business climate is matched only by its natural resources, including the Atlantic Ocean and Indian River Lagoon, which are ideal for scientific study and research.
Orlando tourist attractions and the Kennedy Space Center are within an hour's drive; Miami is only 3 hours south. The climate is generally sunny and temperate; the average daily temperature is 76°F/24°C and severe storms are infrequent.
Size and student body
The on-campus student population comprises more than 3,900 undergraduate and graduate students, of which 69% are male and 31% are female.
Florida Tech’s commitment to serving an international community is strong; approximately 30% of Melbourne campus undergraduates and 49% of campus graduate students come from countries outside of the U.S., including China, India, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, France, Jamaica, Japan, Nigeria, South Korea and Ireland.
Another benefit of studying at Florida Tech is the university’s low student-to-faculty ratio, which allows Florida Tech to keep its average class size low, around 20 students, and enables greater interaction and enhanced learning among students and professors.
95% of new Florida Tech alumni responding to a recent survey report being employed, enrolled in graduate school, serving in the military or pursuing other avenues.
Of those employed, 90% report that they are working in a job that directly relates to their academic field of study. 57% of respondents to the survey report earning starting salaries of more than $50,000 per year.
In 2012, Bloomberg Businessweek named Florida Tech the “Best College for Return on Investment: Florida.”
Safety and security
Florida Institute of Technology is committed to ensuring the safety, security and well being of its faculty, staff and students. As such, the 20+ officers that make up the university’s department of security and safety actively monitor the campus, respond to emergencies and serve the diverse needs of Florida Tech’s international community 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Other features that keep the Florida Tech community safe include:
- 50 easy-access emergency phones around campus
- Well-lit parking lots and walkways
- Electronic key card access residence halls
- A campus-wide safety alert system
- As-needed support from City of Melbourne emergency services
Campus incident statistics are available online at www.fit.edu/security.
Accreditation and memberships
Florida Tech is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, education specialist and doctoral degrees. The university is approved by the U.S. Department of Education.
Additionally, Florida Tech is a member of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida, the American Council on Education, the College Entrance Examination Board and the American Society for Engineering Education.
The Nathan M. Bisk College of Business’s undergraduate business degrees and its MBA are accredited by IACBE (International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education). IACBE is the leading outcomes-based, professional accreditation agency for business education at universities that have as a primary purpose excellence in teaching and learning.
Scholarships and grants
International students are eligible to receive academic scholarships, grants and assistantships.
Outstanding prospective undergraduate students may be offered merit scholarships at the time of admission; no additional application is required.
Outstanding prospective graduate students will be eligible for research and teaching assistantships.
For priority scholarship and assistantship consideration, prospective international undergraduate and graduate students must apply by 15 January of the year in which they wish to enroll.
College of Aeronautics
- Aeronautical Science, B.S.
- Aeronautical Science – Flight, B.S.
- Aviation Management, B.S.
- Aviation Management – Flight, B.S.
- Aviation Meteorology, B.S.
- Aviation Meteorology – Flight, B.S.
Nathan M. Bisk College of Business
- Business Administration, B.S.
- Business Administration – Accounting, B.S.
- Business Administration – Entrepreneurship, B.S.
- Business Administration – Global Management and Finance, B.S.
- Business Administration – Information Technology Management, B.S.
- Business Administration – Leadership and Social Responsibility, B.S.
- Business Administration- Marketing, B.S.
- Business Administration – Sport Management, B.S.
- Business and Environmental Studies, B.S.
- Information Systems, B.S.
College of Engineering
- Aerospace Engineering, B.S.
- Biomedical Engineering, B.S.
- Chemical Engineering, B.S.
- Civil Engineering, B.S.
- Computer Engineering, B.S.
- Computer Science, B.S.
- Construction Management, B.S.
- Electrical Engineering, B.S.
- Environmental Science, B.S.
- General Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering, B.S.
- Meteorology, B.S.
- Ocean Engineering, B.S.
- Oceanography, B.S.
- Software Engineering, B.S.
College of Psychology and Liberal Arts
- Applied Behavior Analysis, B.S.
- Communication, B.S.
- Communication - Military Science, B.S.
- Forensic Psychology, B.A.
- General Studies
- Humanities, B.A.
- Humanities - Prelaw, B.A.
- Psychology, B.A.
- Psychology, B.S.
College of Science
- Biochemistry, B.S.
- Biological Sciences - Aquaculture, B.S.
- Biological Sciences - Conservation Biology & Ecology, B.S.
- Biological Sciences - General, B.S.
- Biological Sciences - Marine, B.S.
- Biological Sciences - Molecular, B.S.
- Biological Sciences - Premedical, B.S.
- Biomathematics, B.S.
- Chemistry - General, B.S.
- Chemistry - Premedical Chemistry, B.S.
- Chemistry - Research Chemistry, B.S.
- General Science
- Interdisciplinary Science - Aeronautics, B.S.
- Interdisciplinary Science - Military Science, B.S.
- Interdisciplinary Science, B.S.
- Mathematical Science - Applied Mathematics, B.S.
- Mathematical Sciences, B.S.
- Physics, B.S.
- Physics - Premedical, B.S.
- Planetary Science, B.S.
- Space Sciences - Astrobiology, B.S.
- Space Science - Astronomy & Astrophysics, B.S.
- STEM Education, B.S.
- Sustainability Studies, B.S.
- Athletics Coaching
- Aviation Environmental Science
- Aviation Management
- Aviation Safety
- Business Administration
- Computational Mathematics
- Computer Science
- Environmental Science
- Flight Technology
- Forensic Psychology
- Human Resources Management (online)
- Management Information Systems
- Unmanned Aerial Systems
College of Aeronautics
- Airport Development and Management, M.S.A.
- Applied Aviation Safety, M.S.A.
- Aviation Human Factors, M.S.
- Aviation Sciences, Ph.D.
- Human Factors in Aeronautics Online, M.S.
Nathan M. Bisk College of Business
- Business Administration, MBA
- Accounting Emphasis, MBA
- Healthcare Management, MBA
- Innovation and Entrepreneurship, M.S.
College of Engineering
- Aerospace Engineering, M.S., Ph.D.
- Biomedical Engineering, M.S., Ph.D.
- Chemical Engineering, M.S., Ph.D.
- Biochemical Engineering
- Computer-Aided Modeling, Processing and Control
- Environmental Engineering
- Materials Synthesis, Processing and Characterization
- Transportation and Separation Processes
- Civil Engineering, M.S., Ph.D.
- Construction Management
- Water Resources
- Computer Engineering, M.S., Ph.D.
- Computer Information Systems, M.S.
- Computer Science, M.S., Ph.D.
- Earth Remote Sensing, M.S.
- Electrical Engineering, M.S., Ph.D.
- Biomedical Engineering
- Systems and Information Processing
- Wireless Systems and Technology
- Engineering Management, M.S.
- Environmental Resource Management, M.S.
- Environmental Science, M.S., Ph.D.
- Flight Testing Engineering, M.S.
- Human-Centered Design, M.S., Ph.D.
- Information Assurance and Cybersecurity, M.S.
- Mechanical Engineering, M.S., Ph.D.
- Automotive Engineering
- Biomedical Engineering
- Dynamic Systems
- Robotics & Controls
- Structures, Solid Mechanics & Materials
- Thermal-Fluid Sciences
- Meteorology, M.S.
- Ocean Engineering, M.S., Ph.D.
- Aquaculture Engineering
- Coast Engineering & Processes
- Hydrographic Engineering
- Materials & Structures
- Naval Architecture
- Ocean Energy
- Ocean Instrumentation
- Ocean Systems/Underwater Technology
- Oceanography, M.S., Ph.D.
- Biological Oceanography
- Chemical Oceanography
- Coastal Zone Management
- Geological Oceanography
- Physical Oceanography
- Software Engineering, M.S.
- Software Testing
- Systems Engineering, M.S., Ph.D.
- Spacecraft Systems
College of Psychology and Liberal Arts
- Applied Behavior Analysis, M.S.
- Applied Behavior Analysis and Organizational Behavior Management, M.S.
- Behavior Analysis, Ph.D.
- Clinical Psychology, Psy.D.
- Global Strategic Communication, M.S.
- Industrial/Organizational Psychology, M.S., Ph.D.
- Organizational Behavior Management, M.S.
- Professional Behavior Analysis, M.A.
College of Science
- Applied Mathematics, M.S., Ph.D.
- Biochemistry, M.S.
- Biological Sciences, M.S., Ph.D.
- Cellular & Molecular
- Marine Biology
- Chemistry, M.S., Ph.D.
- Computer Education, M.S.
- Conservation Technology, M.S.
- Education, M.Ed.
- Elementary Science Education, M.Ed.
- Environmental Education, M.S.
- Informal Science Education, M.S.
- Interdisciplinary Science, M.S.
- Mathematics Education, M.S., Ed.S., Ph.D.
- Physics, M.S., Ph.D.
- Operations Research, M.S., Ph.D.
- Science Education, M.S., Ed.S., Ph.D.
- Space Sciences, M.S., Ph.D.
- Teaching, M.A.
- Marketing Communication
MELBOURNE, FLA. — Florida Institute of Technology’s Foosaner Art Museum has been selected to participate in the Museum Assessment Program (MAP).
Participation in MAP, through guided self-study and on-site consultation with a museum professional, will empower the museum to better serve the citizens of Brevard County by helping it to meet and exceed the highest professional standards of the museum field.
Already the museum has undergone important and successful changes since its merger with Florida Tech three years ago. Over that time, the Foosaner has undergone staff changes and an upgrade of the facilities and began offering increased educational programming. The exhibition schedule is also more ambitious, providing historically grounded and nationally significant art exhibitions.
To those improvements, noted Carla Funk, director of university museums, MAP “will provide a critical assessment of the museum’s operations and improve staff awareness of museum standards and best practices. In addition, the assessment will establish a firm groundwork for future growth.”
MAP, funded by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, advances best practices and fosters improvement in museums. It is a self-motivated program; application to and participation in MAP are initiated by each local institution, and those accepted invest considerable human and institutional resources into the assessment.
MAP is a confidential process of self-study, peer review and implementation. Museums use the assessment process to strengthen operations, build capacity, and enhance communication throughout the organization and in response to community needs. The Foosaner will take part in the organizational assessment process which focuses on strategic planning.
“Choosing to be part of the MAP program is indicative of the commitment to civic involvement, public service and overall excellence on the part of the Foosaner Art Museum,” said Ford W. Bell, president of the American Alliance of Museums, which administers MAP. “Studies have shown America’s museums to be among the country’s most trusted and valued institutions. MAP is designed to make them even better.”
Since its creation in 1981, the MAP program has served over 4,300 museums. For more information, including a complete list of museums participating in MAP, please visit www.aam-us.org/map, call 202/289-9118 or e-mail email@example.com.
The Foosaner Art Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (the museum stays open until 7 p.m. Thursday); and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for seniors, children and students with I.D. Museum members and Florida Tech faculty, staff and students are free with I.D. Thursdays offer free admission all day. Phone number is (321) 674-8916 or visit foosanerartmuseum.org for more information.
Football Great, Philanthropist Joins University
MELBOURNE, FLA. — Florida Institute of Technology today announced that Doug Flutie has been named to the university’s Board of Trustees.
“Doug is a tremendous community leader and philanthropist,” said Florida Tech President and CEO Anthony J. Catanese. “His perspective will be very valuable to our university. We deeply appreciate his service.”
Raised in nearby Melbourne Beach, Flutie played 12 seasons in the National Football League, eight seasons in the Canadian Football League and one season in the United States Football League. He was a six-time CFL Most Outstanding Player Award recipient, a six-time CFL All-Star, named NFL Comeback Player of the Year and played in the 1999 Pro Bowl.
He won three Grey Cup Championships in the CFL and was selected MVP in each of the championship games. In 2006, he was voted the best CFL player of all time by The Sports Network (TSN). He is a member of the Canadian Football, Canada’s Sports and College Football halls of fame.
Flutie is famously known for his Hail Mary pass that led Boston College to a 47-45 victory over the defending national champions, the University Miami, in 1984. He received several awards for his performance that season, including the Heisman Trophy, the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award and the Maxwell Award. He went on to graduate from Boston College with degrees in communications and computer science.
Following his playing career, he has served as a color analyst and in-studio analyst for ABC, ESPN College Football and NBC. Most recently, he serves as an analyst for NBC Sports.
Flutie remains active in the community with the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism named after his son, who was diagnosed with autism at three years old. Its primary objective is to provide families with a place to turn when they are in need of support and autism resources.
Doug and his wife Laurie started raising funds for autism in 1998 and established the foundation in 2000. Since 1998, they have helped raise over $15 million for autism. The Foundation, in partnership with Hewlett Packard, has also donated hundreds of computers to underprivileged families of children with autism and their school districts in New England and New York.
MELBOURNE, FLA. — The Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at Florida Institute of Technology recently partnered with Brevard Public Schools’ Art Explorers Program to present a two-part outreach event with guest artist Marina Dempster.
The project, titled “Super Heroes and the Power of Imagination,” focused on the transformative power of wearable art and the embellishment of “super hero” capes. The September program included a behind-the-scenes tour of the Center’s current exhibit, “Embellished: A Celebration of Wearable Art.” Dempster gave fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade students an exclusive tour of her work on display, and students were given the opportunity to talk about the fantastical qualities of art and the inspirations for the capes they would complete later that month during a workshop at University Park Elementary School.
“The super hero cape has the unique ability to inspire an empowered state of mind,” Dempster said. “My intention in creating this collaborative project with University Park and the Ruth Funk Center was to promote self-confidence and belief that anything is possible. It was such a gift to see the students as a collective embrace this project with such voracious enthusiasm and curiosity, learning in practice about the transformative power of art.”
Dempster also designed the specialized workshop, which was presented by local artist and quilter Dij Pacarro. The students worked in teams to produce their capes using found and donated materials, and older students sewed some of the capes. Some capes had themes, including peace, the ocean and the school’s panda mascot.
“I enjoyed seeing their big smiles and enthusiasm as they worked together to create their masterpieces,” Pacarro said.
Todd Forschino, program development coordinator for Brevard Public Schools, said it was a great collaboration between all involved.
“We were able to bring an amazing enrichment to the children at University Park’s Afterschool program. With real-life applications being applied during this project, the children experienced creation of art on a unique level,” he said. “Having children exposed to multiple avenues of creation through projects like the Super Heroes and the Power of Imagination, allows for them to expand their critical thinking skills and to embrace different ways of expression and learning.”
Supported by the Florida Department of Education Bureau of Family and Community Outreach, Art Explorers is a 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant which supports after school learning experiences for several Title I schools in Brevard County. The Funk Center, through a sponsorship from R.B. Case Consulting, launched its fall 2014 partnership with Art Explorers as a platform for the expansion of youth-focused community programs.
Regular hours for the Ruth Funk Center are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The center is next to Evans Library on the Florida Tech campus, 150 W. University Blvd. in Melbourne. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://textiles.fit.edu or call (321) 674-8313.
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