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Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering

The Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering was established in 1910 with undergraduate programs in civil, electrical and mechanical engineering. Graduate programs were added in 1928. Founding Dean John R. Benton served until 1930.

 

Beginning in 1937, Dean Joseph Weil guided the college through two and a half decades of tremendous change – including a postwar surge in enrollment and the creation of the Engineering & Industrial Experiment Station, which laid the foundation for the college’s current commitment to research. Dean Weil served until 1963.

 

Wayne H. Chen, who became dean in 1973, tripled enrollment and dramatically increased research funding during his 15-year tenure. Beginning in 1988, Dean Winfred Phillips led the College into a new era of expanded research programs and top-quality engineering education.

 

Pramod Khargonekar served as dean from 2001 until 2009. Under his leadership, the College created and subsequently named the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering, established numerous research collaborations resulting in the creation of centers and institutes, and overhauled its distance-education programs with the launch of UF EDGE.

 

Led by Dean Cammy Abernathy since 2009, Gator Engineering is an interdisciplinary, collaborative research powerhouse committed to training the next generation of engineering leaders. Curricula are designed to produce highly skilled engineers and provide each student with a broad range of degree and career choices.

Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

Florida International University College of Medicine, South Florida’s only public medical school, is transforming the future of public health and educational opportunity in the region. Created in 2006 amid pressing community health concerns and a projected critical shortage of physicians nationally, the College of Medicine is developing a curriculum that reflects an innovative, 21st century approach to health care and medical education.

 

The medical school will provide quality, affordable medical education and educate physicians who are culturally sensitive to South Florida’s diverse demographics. It will help advance South Florida’s health care dynamic by facilitating improved access to first-ratemedical care among our medically underserved populations and lead an economic impact that will eventually reach more than $1 billion each year.

 

Distinguishing characteristic: Only public medical school in South Florida
Authorization by the State Board of Governors: March 2006
Opening of the FIU College of Medicine: Fall 2009
Number of students in inaugural class: 40
Number of students at full capacity: 480
Annual tuition cost: For cost of attendance – click here
Expected annual economic impact: More than $1 billion to the state’s economy
Contribution to the state tax base: As much as $62 million
New jobs to be created in South Florida: More than 8,300
Distinguishing characteristic: Only public medical school in South Florida
Authorization by the State Board of Governors: March 2006
Opening of the FIU College of Medicine: Fall 2009
Number of students in inaugural class: 40
Number of students at full capacity: 480
Annual tuition cost: For cost of attendance – click here
Expected annual economic impact: More than $1 billion to the state’s economy
Contribution to the state tax base: As much as $62 million
New jobs to be created in South Florida: More than 8,300
Affiliated Hospitals: Baptist Health System, Broward Health System, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Jackson North Medical Center, Leon Medical Centers, Memorial Health Care System (Hollywood), Mercy Hospital, Miami Children’s Hospital, Mt. Sinai Medical Center.Baptist Health System, Broward Health System, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Jackson North Medical Center, Leon Medical Centers, Memorial Health Care System (Hollywood), Mercy Hospital, Miami Children’s Hospital, Mt. Sinai Medical Center.

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Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences

MISSION: To prepare diverse healthcare professionals who are providers and leaders in the delivery of high quality, accessible, culturally-competent, and compassionate care within in a highly technological and global environment. To teach, conduct research and practice in service to the community through inter-professional collaboration. To create, promote, expand and validate scientific knowledge and evidence-based practice through interdisciplinary research.

 

VISION: The vision of the NWCNHS is to be globally recognized as the higher education destination organization that is innovative, inquiry-driven and technologically advanced; drawing diverse top-class faculty, students, staff and others for positive transformation of society with a focus on the health care needs of underserved populations.

 

“We are fueled by intellect; driven by innovation and caring.”

Student Programs

The Executive MBA at FIU The Dr. Herbert A. Wertheim Lecture Series in Business Leadership Through this lecture series, EMBA participants have the opportunity to interact with distinguished business leaders. A special feature of the lecture series is a presentation each year by a recent nationally-recognized “Entrepreneur of the Year” award winner. Business leaders who have recently participated in this lecture series include the following.

Robert Basham – President
Outback Steakhouse
1994 Inc. Entrepreneur of the Year

 

Don Hubble – President and CEO
National Service Industries.

 

Scott Brinker – President and CEO
Galacticomm, Inc.

David Dorff – Chief Financial Officer
Triarc Restaurant Group

 

Dr. Stephen Dresnick – President and CEO
Sterling Healthcare Group, Inc.

 

Dr. Herbert A. Wertheim – President
Brain Power, Inc.

David Parker – Chairman
ProSource Distribution Service

 

Marcy Syms – President and CEO
Syms Corporation

 

JoAnn Lau – CEO
Lau Technologies

Ron Shapiro & Mark Jankowski
Co-Founders
Shapiro Negotiations Institute

 

Dennis Malamatinas – CEO
Burger King

 

Allen Breed – CEO & Founder
Breed Technologies

Ted Fernandez – CEO
AnswerThink Consulting Group

 

Bob Bell – CEO
Sea & Ski Corporation

Addie Johnson – Senior Director of Global Diversity Management for Gap, Inc.

 

Susan Kronick – Chairman and CEO Burdines

Dianne Stokely – President of Fedex

 

Claudio Osorio – CEO Chairman, and President of CHS Electronics