Student Opportunities at Fairleigh Dickinson University Range From National Competitions to Industrial PartnershipsThe Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering (GHSCSE) at Farleigh Dickinson University (FDU) offers a number of ways for students to expand their learning outside the classroom through special projects and competitions. Whether designing and building an off-road vehicle for the annual Baja competition, taking on research projects to create an electric car, or engineering a rice-carrying robot for the ASME Student Design competition, students at GHSCSE are constantly involved in projects that put their knowledge to use.Because one of the best ways to put knowledge to use is to apply it in the corporate world, FDU has formed a number of industrial partnerships with local companies seeking to hire FDU graduates. For example, PSEG (Public Service Enterprise Group) sends human resource representatives to visit FDU and sit down with select FDU engineering students for one on one interview sessions. FDU also has a partnership with IBM, where students research topics ranging from advanced database solutions and knowledge management technologies to security and speech technologies. Researchers do fundamental research in cryptography, computational biology and learning theory, focusing on applying them to transforming business in a wide range of industries. Such interactions often result in industry jobs with big name companies that provide valuable career opportunities.FDU also provides a number of outreach programs to help local high school students become more involved with the world of engineering. One program, the Technical Enrichment and Outreach Program, allows these students to participate in hands-on grassroots-level engineering projects, where they can use their creativity to solve tasks and earn a certificate of completion. FDU has other outreach programs that introduce students to mechanical engineering, offer summer programs, and even help students build a self-navigating autonomous jeep.
FDU Offers Masters Degrees in Electrical Engineering, Electric Commerce, Management Information Systems, and MoreThe FDU School of Computer Sciences and Engineering offers masters degrees in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, electronic commerce, and management information systems. The Master of Science program in electrical engineering (MSEE) prepares students for a career in one of the most wanted sectors in engineering, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). There are six computer labs with 200 computers available to students, as well as a VLSI Design Laboratory that features circuit design and verification tools. Many industries employ electrical engineers in some capacity, creating a rich market of employment opportunities for MSEE graduates. Graduates of the electrical engineering program generally find work with starting salaries above $65,000 per year.In recent years electronic commerce has been growing in popularity. Since this field is still evolving, the Master of Science program in E-commerce offers graduates a solid knowledge base as well as the tools for continual learning in the dynamic field. The courses include a rich menu of managerial and technical information ranging from economic analysis to artificial intelligence. After studying all types of subjects relating to electronic commerce, graduates are well-equipped to become high-performing e-commerce professionals.For the more managerially minded, a master's degree is available in management information systems. Classes are scheduled in the late afternoon and evening, making this program an option for students who work during the day. This program is designed to increase the managerial effectiveness of present and future managers by offering them the tools to apply information system technology and operational efficiency to gain a corporate strategic advantage. Classes range from file management structure to international business principles.
FDU's Distinguished Faculty Members and Many Research Facilities Keep Fairleigh Dickenson University Highly RankedFDU's electrical engineering and computer science programs have been accredited since 1960 and 1987, respectively. These respected programs have succeeded and excelled largely due to the quality of the faculty members and the opportunities for student research.Faculty members at FDU have tremendous experience in their fields. Some are former employees of large radio stations or national computer companies, while others have been widely published in respected national physics journals. Faculty members not only teach courses, but are actively involved in curriculum development, program outcome assessment, outreach programs, and more. The "International Journal of Management Information Systems" and the "International Journal of Electronic Commerce" were both founded (and are presently edited) by a distinguished faculty member of the school. These journals consistently have been ranked third and first in their fields, respectively. The valuable faculty members are also available to assist students with research projects.FDU's research facilities are state-of-the-art. Two main computer labs are equipped with IBM workstations loaded with AutoCAD, Risa, PSpice, and other useful programs. FDU's facilities extend far beyond typical computer labs, however. The two electronics labs offer numerous oscilloscopes, an HP spectrum analyzer, a digital trainer kit, and various other tools critical to hands-on research. The Machine Lab facilities include lathes, grinders, and even a 10-ton hydraulic press. The Fluid Flow and HVAC Lab offers two HVAC trainers, unavailable at most colleges. And the Construction and Material Testing Lab houses many material-, soil-, and construction-testing kits, creating a facility where students are actively engaged in their research. With such facilities at their fingertips, students' opportunities are limitless.
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