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Top Engineering School 2008 No.6: University of Florida College of Engineering

Sept. 4, 2008
Top Engineering School 2008 No.6: University of Florida College of Engineering

No.6: University of Florida College of Engineering
PO Box 116550
Gainesville, FL 32611
(352) 392-0943
Fax: (352) 392-9673

Total engineering school enrollment 1,010
Hispanic engineering school enrollment 102
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment 10.1%
Total postgraduate degrees earned 407
Postgraduate degrees earned to Hispanics 33
Percent of postgraduate degrees earned to Hispanics 8.1%
Full-time Engineering school faculty 338
Full-time Engineering school Hispanic Faculty 12
Percent Hispanic faculty in Engineering School 3.6%

From the moment they learn the Gator chomp to the day they enter the workforce, UF's Hispanic engineering students are getting the tools to build the future. Many incoming Hispanic students flourish in the College's STEPUP, a program designed to promote success among minority freshman entering the college. STEPUP, which is entering its 15th year, is a six-week residential summer program, providing personalized tutoring and mentoring throughout the freshman year helping to ensure a successful and rewarding college experience. UF awards more Ph.D.'s to Hispanic students than any other university in the country. But besides working with world-renowned researchers during the graduate program, engineering students are encouraged to build professional skills by participating in multicultural roundtables, explore opportunities in teaching and seek out cross-college networking and research-sharing. After graduating, our Hispanic engineers do great things — like 22-year-old Taili Thula, a biomedical engineering researcher from Venezuela who's developing artificial bones to be implanted in bone cancer patients, and Cuban-born Manny Fernandez, who's celebrating the 25th anniversary of his brainchild— the laptop computer.

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