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MEDIA CONTACT: Marc Kozlin
561-297-1399, mkozlin1@fau.edu

FAU’s First Class of Geomatics Engineering Students Set to Graduate

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL (May 4, 2011) – The first class of students from Florida Atlantic University’s geomatics engineering program in the College of Engineering and Computer Science’s department of civil, environmental and geomatics engineering will graduate on Thursday, May 5 at 5 p.m. at FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road.
            Robert Loane, Thomas Walker, Eric Watts and Troy Wright are the first group  of students from the initial class of FAU’s geomatics engineering program, which is the first in the southeastern United States.
            “This is a very exciting time for the program and for FAU,” said Don Leone, Ph.D., interim director and visiting professor of
geomatics engineering. “We are proud of this first graduating class.”
            The program offers courses for those seeking a career as a land-surveyor professional and was originally created in response to the 2005 change in Florida statutes requiring that individuals seeking state licensure as professional land surveyors be trained at the baccalaureate level. Geomatics engineers design, develop and operate systems for collecting and analyzing spatial information about the land, oceans, natural resources and manmade features.
            Headquartered at FAU’s Treasure Coast campus in Port St. Lucie, this 120-credit, four-year bachelor of science degree in geomatics engineering (BSGE) provides students with the professional skills required for today’s geospatial specialist. The College’s focus on moving toward eLearning also is reinforced through this program, with upper-division courses offered online.
            For more information, contact Marc Kozlin at 561-297-1399 or
mkozlin1@fau.edu .


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Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today , the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges : the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit www.fau.edu .

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