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The single, most important piece of news that we are proud to share at this time is that University of South Florida (USF) is now a Preeminent State Research University in Florida – a recognition of the institution’s high performance and national excellence. USF, which started in 1956, joins Florida’s only two other veteran preeminent research universities, University of Florida and Florida State University. With more than $568 million in annual expenditures, as one of the nation’s top 30 public universities for research, and as America’s fifth-leading public university in generating new United States utility patents, we are proud to have earned our place.
 
We in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, housed in the College of Engineering at the University of South Florida are not without our own accomplishments. Back in 2010, our Department was ranked in the top one-third of all Computer Science programs by the NRC Research Quality metric in the data-based assessment of research-doctorate programs.  In 2018, we have forged ahead.
 
•     USF CSE is in the top sixth (rank 31) of Computer Science departments at US public university, according to most recent Academic Analytics data based on Scholarly Research Index using default weights for grants, articles, conferences, awards, and citations.
•     The most recent US News & World Report ranked our Computer Engineering program in the top-50 among public universities.
•     The graduate Masters of Science in Information Technology program was ranked 23rd for online IT programs by the 2018 US News & World Report.
 
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “seven out of the ten largest STEM occupations were computer related. With employment of nearly 750,000, applications software developers were the largest STEM occupation. Computer user support specialists and computer systems analysts each accounted for over a half a million job.” We prepare students for these professions. Our graduates are in top companies in the region and nationwide, such as CAE, JP Morgan, Raytheon, GM, Google, IBM, Intel, and Raymond James, to name a few.
 
We offer degrees in four different majors- the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Technology, and Cybersecurity, the Master's in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Information Technology, and the PhD in Computer Science and Engineering. In Academic Year 2017 - 2018 the Department awarded 295 BS degrees, 67 MS degrees, and 12 PhD degrees. Total undergraduate enrollment, including pre-majors, is currently approximately 2000 students, or about 1/3 of the total population of undergraduate students in the College of Engineering.
 
The Department has a strong focus on Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) for under-represented minorities. In Academic Year 2017 - 2018, 8.3% of BS degrees awarded went to Black students, and 19.2% went to Hispanic students, this is more than double the national average for these two groups for computer science. In the same year, 13.5% of BS degrees awarded went to women students; this is below the national average of 19.2%. The Department has seen a growth in degrees awarded to women students (from 10.1% in Academic Year 2011-2012). The Department has a strong emphasis on increasing the number of women students and has a very active Women in Computer Science and Engineering (WICSE) student organization.
 
Great faculty members make for great departments. Our Department has 28 tenure-stream faculty and 11 full-time instructors. Our faculty includes IEEE, AAAS, IAPR, and AIMBE Fellows, 12 NSF CAREER award recipients, and two Distinguished University Professors. Our faculty values research, teaching, and service. Multiple faculty members have been awarded Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching awards from the University. Our faculty members are very involved with service to professional societies (such as IEEE-CS and ACM) and the community.
 
Faculty members are currently executing $9.6 million in active external research grants, each spanning 3 to 5 years, of which $5.6 million are from NSF, $2.3 million are from the Department of Defense, and the rest from NIH, NIST, industry, and state sources.  The research clusters in the department include:
 
•     AI and Cognitive Computing (Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Robotics, Human-Computer Interfaces, and Affective Computing)
•     Cybersecurity (Trustworthy Computing, Network Security, Smart Bio-devices, Hardware security, and Biometrics)
•     Big-Data Science Algorithms (Biomedical Imaging, Machine Learning, Databases, Visualization, Social Networks, and Efficient Computing Platforms)
•     Computer Architecture (VLSI, Ubiquitous Sensing Networks, Distributed Computing, Parallel Processing, and Biomedical Devices)
 
We have teaching and research assistantships available for all PhD students that include a stipend and tuition waiver. For undergraduates, we offer a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, undergraduate teaching assistantships, many scholarships, connections for internship opportunities with companies in the Tampa Bay area, and the opportunity to do meaningful capstone design projects in conjunction with local companies. Our students have access to many state of the art computing facilities, including Mini-Circuits Design-for-X Lab, computer engineering and cybersecurity labs, and a more than 100 node GPU cluster for Deep learning. We are located in the beautiful Tampa Bay area, which has several of the top-ranked beaches in the world, a sunny climate, and many opportunities for recreation as well as cultural activities.
 
We look forward to welcoming you on campus sometime soon.
 
Sincerely,
 
Sudeep Sarkar
Professor and Chair