UMBC’s College of Engineering and Information Technology (COEIT), established in 1985, has over 3,050 undergraduate students and 1,020 graduate students. The College is the home to 93 full time faculty (77 are tenure/tenure track) and 37 professional and technical staff members. Together this team offers six bachelor’s degree programs (four accredited by ABET), eleven master’s degree programs (4 are particularly tailored for working professionals), and eight PhD programs that reside in four departments: Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering; Mechanical Engineering, and Information Systems. In addition, the Center for Women in Technology (CWIT), which is dedicated to increasing the representation of women in the creation of technology in the engineering and information technology fields, is an integral part of the College. Annually, the College awards over 440 bachelors, 230 masters and 30 doctoral degrees. The College and most departments have active external Advisory Boards that advise and support the educational, research and innovation, and service and engagement aspects of the mission of the college.
Our faculty members (20% are fellows of at least one professional society, 20% are recipients of NSF Career Awards, and 25% of the tenured and tenure track faculty are female) are active researchers who mentor both undergraduates and graduates in their labs. They address important global challenges ranging from clean water and air, Alzheimer’s, biomaterials and bioengineering, cyber security, photonics and lasers for communications and health, to the broad spectrum of knowledge and innovation that provides people with access to information technology. The College’s net external research expenditures in FY 13 were $13M, with funding from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, as well as from business and industry. Approximately 45% of this funding is through multidisciplinary centers that are led by COEIT faculty members such as an NSF I/UCRC on Hybrid Multicore Productivity Research, UMBC is a site for the NSF ERC on Mid-Infrared Radiation for Health and Environment (MIRTHE) managed through the Center for the Advanced Studies in Photonics Research (CASPR). These centers are in addition to the Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education (CUERE), Center for Advanced Sensor Technology (CAST), and the recently established Center for Cybersecuity.
Indicators of the quality and productivity of COEIT faculty, staff and students over the past few years include: Senior Fulbright’s to faculty and graduate recipients of Fulbright’s to study in other countries; COEIT graduates awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships, as well as recipients of NSF GRFs coming to study with COEIT faculty; COEIT faculty members invited to attend the NAE’s Frontiers in Engineering Education Forum; COEIT faculty appointed to National Research Council study committees; the Chronicle of Higher Education reported on an Academic Analytics study that ranked UMBC’s Department of Information Systems 8th in the nation for scholarly productivity in IT/IS: and, US Department of Education and National Science Foundation data consistently ranks UMBC among America’s top research universities in undergraduate IT degrees awarded.