The School of Engineering at the University of Bridgeport (UB) is home to the largest graduate engineering program in the State of Connecticut. The graduate program at UB is also the second largest program in New England in terms of both the number of enrolled students and graduates. Among doctoral research universities in the United States, UB has consistently ranked among the top five international universities according to the U.S. News & World Report annual rankings, in addition to ranking near the top within the areas of diversity and small class sizes. Furthermore, the online program offered by the SOE was ranked the top in the nation. The School of Engineering at UB is home to the fastest growing graduate Biomedical Engineering program and Ph.D. program in Computer Science and Engineering in New England, and over the last several years, the SOE has exhibited the highest growth rate at the graduate level among all engineering schools in the nation. Fields of engineering study at UB include: Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology Management. The School of Engineering at UB is internationally renowned for interdisciplinary programming and also offers many research and graduate concentrations, certificates, and dual-degree opportunities within several multidisciplinary fields of study, including: Bio-Technology Management; CAD/CAM; Computer and Information Security; Computer Communications and Networking; Entrepreneurship; Environmental and Energy Management and Engineering; Intellectual Property Management; Manufacturing Management; Microelectronics and Computer Architecture; Robotics and Automation; Service Management and Engineering; Signal and Image Processing; Software Engineering; Supply Chain Management; Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI); and Wireless and Mobile Communications. Sponsored research funding at the School of Engineering has quadrupled in the last four years. The SOE houses several research centers and laboratories that are internationally renowned within the following areas: Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics; Sustainable Energy and Environment; Cloud Computing; CNC Milling; Robotics, Intelligent Sensing and Control; Multi-Media Information Systems; Nanomaterials & Nanobiomaterials Engineering; PLC Controls & IC; Renewable Energy; Signal Processing and Wireless and Mobile Communications. SOE students were awarded most of the prizes for the graduate engineering research project competition in May 2015 at the regional American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) annual conference, held at Northeastern University in Boston. Not only is this unprecedented, but it speaks volumes about the innovation, quality and dedication of the SOE students and their supervising faculty. With a very strong Industry Advisory Board, a high-tech business incubator on campus (CTech IncUBator) and significant collaborative relationships with more than 700 companies and industries in the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions, the School of Engineering has, and continues to place, thousands of engineering undergraduate and graduate students in co-ops and internship positions while they are still in the academic programs, in addition to maintaining a stellar record of full-time job placement upon student graduation. I hope you enjoy reading our annual report. We all look forward to yet another stellar year for engineering students and faculty at the University of Bridgeport.
Tarek M. Sobh, Ph.D., P.E.
Senior Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research Dean, School of Engineering