FAU’s Geomatics Engineering Program Receives Accreditation
BOCA RATON, FL (September 12, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science announced that its Bachelor of Science in Geomatics Engineering (BSGE) program has received accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
“We are very pleased that our geomatics engineering program has been accredited,” said Mohammad Ilyas, Ph.D., interim dean of FAU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science. “This demonstrates our commitment to a quality program that will provide our graduates with a solid educational foundation that meets the standards of the profession.”
FAU is the sixth school in the United States to have an accredited geomatics engineering program, the other five being: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA; California State University, Fresno, CA; Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI; New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM;Pennsylvania State University, Wilkes-Barre, PA.
“All of our graduates are employed as geomatics engineers, with jobs ranging from locating and tracking oil rig drilling bits underground, to assisting the chief surveyor on the Port of Miami Tunnel Project,” said Don Leone, Ph.D., P.E., professor and interim director of FAU’s geomatics engineering program. “Others, while headquartered in Florida, have been sent on surveying and mapping projects in Alaska and Oregon. This indicates a strong demand for our graduates, and a wide variety of job opportunities.”
The College of Engineering and Computer Science launched the program in 2007 in response to the 2005 change in Florida Statutes requiring that individuals seeking state licensure as professional surveyors and mappers be trained at the baccalaureate level.
Geomatics is a term that incorporates “surveying and mapping” and other aspects of spatial data (information that has a location) management. Geomatics engineers are involved in a wide variety of information gathering activities and applications. They design, develop and operate systems for collecting and analyzing spatial information about the land, oceans, natural resources and manmade features.
The undergraduate program in geomatics engineering at FAU leads to a 120-credit, four-year bachelor of science degree in geomatics engineering (BSGE). This program provides students with the professional skills required for today’s geospatial specialist.
About FAU's College of Engineering and Computer Science:
Florida Atlantic University's College of Engineering and Computer Science is committed to providing accessible and responsive programs of education and research recognized nationally for their high quality. Course offerings are presented on-campus, off-campus, and through distance learning in bioengineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, geomatics engineering, mechanical engineering and ocean engineering. For more information about the college, please visit www.eng.fau.edu.
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and 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. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.