has high expectations and specific interests. Their concern for the earth and its humanity is driving the explosive growth in the study of sustainability and renewable energy sources. As educators it is our responsibility to tap this enthusiasm by offering educational experiences beyond the classroom – from the research lab to digging wells that provide clean water and improved sanitary conditions for an African village. Armed with hands-on research experiences integrated with an interdisciplinary education, our 21st century graduates enter the engineering profession better prepared to fulfill their career aspirations and make a profound impact on the world.
USF Academics and Research
The University of South Florida (USF) is recognized for its high quality faculty, staff, and students. Faculty incorporate cutting edge knowledge about engineering practice, their research, and local and global issues in the classroom. USF received over $380 million of research funding last year and is ranked high by the National Science Foundation in terms of research expenditures. And USF is rated as the nation's 63rd rated public research university and one of 39 community-engaged public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It is also one of Florida’s top three research universities and is ranked in the top 20 of US News and World Report list of “up and coming universities."
Our department graduates approximately 100 undergraduate engineers every year and has approximately 200 graduate students, about 80 who are working on a doctoral degree. You will find our faculty members energetic and working on cutting edge problems that they incorporate into the classroom. Two faculty recently received distinguished Career Awards from the National Science Foundation. Research Centers that our students are involved in include the Center for Modeling Hydrologic and Aquatic Systems, the Clean Energy Research Center, and the Center for Urban Transportation Research.
You will find that the campus has a nice open and green feel to it. We have a biodiesel powered shuttle bus system that takes students to a local commercial area and some off campus housing. Our first LEED certified green building is now under construction and will house the Patel Center for Global Solutions. USF just created an Office of Sustainability to assist our efforts to green the campus and meet university climate change agreements our President has signed, and a new School of Global Sustainability is leading new academic and research programs.
USF is a member of the Big East Conference. USF sporting events are free to students--including football, basketball, volleyball, and soccer. The football team plays at nearby Raymond James Stadium (home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers).
Other activities that are on campus include:
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In terms of weather, we cannot think of a better place to spend the year than South Florida. Several local beaches are ranked as top 10 beaches every year, including several that were rated the #1 beach in the U.S. (http://www.drbeach.org/). Everglades National Park has 1.5 million acres of Wilderness to explore. There is mountain biking just outside of Tampa. Lettuce Lake Park is next to campus and USF provides opportunities for students to rent canoes and kayaks at Riverfront Park (so they can explore the natural wonders of the Hillsborough River). Campus is also located approximately one mile from Busch Gardens. You can mountain bike at several nearby locations (http://www.swampclub.org/locations.htm#WildernessPark) and Florida’s State Park system provides many other recreational opportunities (http://www.floridastateparks.org/).
There is a strong arts presence on campus and students can also visit the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg or hang out at a street café in Ybor City or the SoHo area of South Howard Street. USF competes in the Big East Conference so there are opportunities to watch major college sports that include: football, soccer, volleyball, and basketball. For those who enjoy baseball, Spring Training brings around 6 major league baseball teams to our local area (http://www.floridaspringtraining.com/).
Theme Parks abound central Florida. Busch Gardens is less than 5 minutes away. Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World are all approximately a 1 hour and 15 minutes drive from campus.
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