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Florida Tech (especially DMES) is a very hands-onEngineering Department
Florida Tech (especially DMES) is a very hands-on university with a lot of focus on applied research. The professors have real-world experience and the curriculum reflects the knowledge one needs in the professional life. The college policies and rules also give one the independence that is required to build maturity (they do not hold you hand) that is needed to succeed in life after college! Overall an excellent school! A+
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GRADUATION CLASS OF 1988Electrical Engineering
FIT was an excellent experience for me. I majored in electrical engineering and left with a bachelors degree. I became a residence assistant and also worked as a security dispatcher to help pay the bills. With this degree I started working for a large communications company in Georgia as a design engineer at a starting salary higher than all of my friends (small by today's standards). I felt like I was well prepared for this job. I was competing with engineers from Georgia Tech, Clemson and even MIT. Currently I have been with a medium sized semiconductor company and have progressed nicely up the ranks. Currently I have a small staff working for me including 2 engineers from Columbia and 1 from Cornell. Those three are all about my age.

FIT is like most universities. You get out of it what you put into it. I studied a great deal while there and feel like I had a very good career as a result. Among my accomplishments are 9 patents and 5 company awards for excellence in engineering. I have been the head architect for products that have generated over $10 Bil in revenue (wish I got a cut).In short, go there. Study a lot! Take advantage of all that there is offered. Stay away from the beach - too much sun isn't good for you! You'll be rewarded.

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Within Aerospace Engineering, the program is fantastic.Aerospace Engineering
Within Aerospace Engineering, the program is fantastic. The professors are personal, dedicated, and passionate for their field and their students. While they (almost) all participate in active research in their fields, they recognize the importance of their teaching and advising responsibilities. The curriculum is well-structured and coordinated among the professors and even between departments to ensure you are truly prepared for each course after completing its prerequisites. The program is not for the faint of heart - we design vehicles that transport hundreds of passengers at nearly the speed of sound; there is no room in this field for incompetence, slip-ups, etc., and the professors understand that and are not afraid to tell students that this field is not for them. Also note that as a young (60ish year old) university, we simply cannot be as selective in admissions as as more established universities. So rather than doing our "weeding out" at admissions, we do it during your coursework. Consequently the graduation rates appear low and our acceptance rates appear high, and that's actually a good thing despite that it negatively influences data-driven ranking websites.If you're an "A" H.S. student and looking for an exciting, young, mid-size university where you have direct access to industry professionals and the space coast, and a university administration in which you can be heard and have a say in the direction of the university, consider FIT. If you're a brilliant mind with a passion for engineering design and aircraft and spacecraft, but beyond-your-control life events caused you to not be the straight-A student in H.S. that you know you could be, FIT is also a great opportunity for a second shot.
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