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. — Sarah Smith, the collections manager of Florida Institute of Technology’s Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts, has been named director of collections for university museums.
In this newly created position, Smith is responsible for the overall management, care and stewardship of the art collections of both the textile center and the university’s Foosaner Art Museum. She also schedules and oversees exhibition installation and participates in policy formation and strategic decision-making related to the exhibition calendar and art acquisitions.
“In her new position, Sarah will ensure the preservation of the collection and advance the professional standards of both museums,” said Carla Funk, Florida Tech’s director of university museums. “Her impressive knowledge of collections-care requirements and practices, combined with her enthusiasm for the growth of our university museums, will greatly benefit Florida Tech.”
The collections at both museums are expanding, necessitating personnel moves and additional staffing to care for the art and assist with exhibit installations, Funk said. The art museum currently houses over 5,000 objects and the textile center has acquired over 1,000 objects during its five-year existence.
Smith, who has been working for Florida Tech since 2012, has a master’s degree in museum studies from the University of Florida and more than seven years of museum experience. She reports to the director of university museums.
In a related personnel move, Madeline Sweeney has been named to the newly created position of assistant collections manager at the textile center. Sweeney is responsible for the organization and care of the Funk Center’s permanent textiles collection and loaned objects. In addition, she assists with exhibition design and installations.
Sweeney, who earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from Auburn University in 2013 with a concentration in painting and drawing, most recently worked part-time as a gallery assistant at the Foosaner Art Museum and an unpaid intern at the textile center.
“Madeline’s fine arts degree provided her with an excellent skill set for collections management,” Funk said. “She’s very creative and will be a great asset to the University Museums team.”
In her new position, Smith will supervise both Sweeney and Jose Marquez, collections manager at the art museum.
Florida Tech’s Artist in Residence, Members of His Quintet to Play at 7 p.m. Aug. 26
MELBOURNE, FLA. — Christian Tamburr and members of the Christian Tamburr Quintet will perform songs from their latest album, “Voyage,” in a concert starting at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 at Gleason Performing Arts Center on the campus of Florida Institute of Technology.
General admission tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for Florida Tech faculty and staff, and $5 for seniors 55 and older and children 12 and younger. Tickets are available for purchase at http://cpla.fit.edu/sac/music/ or by calling (321) 674-8082. A limited number of free tickets are available for Florida Tech students.
An internationally known vibraphonist and pianist, Tamburr was named Florida Tech’s Music Artist in Residence in January. The appointment reflects Florida Tech President and CEO Anthony J. Catanese’s efforts to continue strengthening the university’s role as a cultural and artistic leader in Brevard County and beyond.
In addition to performing, Tamburr’s residency has included teaching master classes and workshops with music students at Florida Tech and conducting local outreach at public schools throughout Brevard County. Residency sponsors are Jean T. Burgdorff, Barbara K. Keller and Cliff and Sarah Bragdon.
Tamburr and his quintet recorded “Voyage” in July at the new performance studio at Florida Tech’s radio station, 89.5 FM WFIT. It is his fifth album under his own name.
Beyond Florida Tech, Tamburr tours internationally and for the past year has held the musical directorship at Vegas Nocturne in the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas. Later this year, he will travel to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar as an ambassador and featured performer for New York City-based Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Two Florida Tech Professors Win Time on the Hubble Telescope
MELBOURNE, FLA. — Two members of the Department of Physics and Space Sciences in Florida Institute of Technology’s College of Science have been awarded time on one of America’s most powerful – and famous – research tools: the Hubble Space Telescope.
Professor Eric Perlman and Assistant Professor Véronique Petit will use their time to study different celestial features.
Perlman won time on the telescope for his proposal, “The Physics of the Jets of Powerful Radio Galaxies and Quasars." He is also co-investigator on three other proposals that received Hubble time, and one archival proposal.
Jets are high-energy flows of matter and radiation that emerge from the host galaxy’s nuclear regions at nearly the speed of light.
Petit will use Hubble to look at a massive magnetic star as part of her winning proposal, “Probing the extreme wind confinement of the most magnetic O star with COS spectroscopy." Such observations could not be done with a ground-based telescope.
The Hubble is in such demand that each moment of its time is highly sought after, according to the Space Telescope Science Institute, which operates the science program for the telescope. Every year, 1,200 or more proposals from around the world are submitted seeking observation time on the Hubble.
About one-fifth of those proposals end up being chosen.
Both Perlman and Petit expect to receive grants of up to $100,000 in association with their Hubble projects.
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