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Nova Southeastern University, College of Computing and Engineering

Nova Southeastern University, College of Computing and Engineering

Nova Southeastern University, College of Computing and Engineering


NSU's College of Computing and Engineering supports niche specializations and enjoys a stellar national reputation


Welcome to the College of Computing and Engineering (CCE) at Nova Southeastern University. Since the industrial revolution, engineers and scientists have been at the forefront of innovation and change in the world. Today, we face a dynamic, challenging world that calls for urgent solutions to balance both human needs and natural concerns. The demand for problem-solving leaders with engineering and computational proficiencies has never been greater. A major force of educational innovation, the College of Computing and Engineering provides educational programs of distinction to prepare students for leadership roles in information technology. The college's strengths include a distinguished faculty, a cutting-edge curriculum, and flexible online and campus-based formats for its bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs.

At the CCE, we are educating today’s engineers and computing professionals to be tomorrow’s problem-solving leaders through innovative curricula and research activities. Our distinguished faculty engage students in a unique, interactive learning environment that facilitates academic excellence and prepares our students for their future careers while they earn a B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. degree. All programs enable working professionals to earn the M.S., or Ph.D. without interrupting their careers. Companies seeking new sources of talent are looking at our college because of our commitment to our students and quality programs.

NSU Campus

Our History

In 1964 the Nova University of Advanced Technology was chartered as a graduate institution in the physical and social sciences. Nova Southeastern University sits on land that was formerly Foreman Field, a training field for naval aviators during WWII located in Davie, Florida. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy designated what is now the 300-acre campus for educational use only.

Beginning in 1975 with the creation of a graduate computer science program under the direction of Dr. Edward Simco, the school has been a pioneer in computing research and education. With its first general-purpose computer, a VAX 11/780, the school began offering online programs in 1983 and created the first electronic classroom in 1985.

In 1981 Drs. John Scigliano and Abraham Fischler brainstormed on the prospect of starting a Doctorate in Information Science to information library science professionals using telecommunications as the major delivery medium.

The Center for Computer-Based Learning (CBL) was formed in 1983 to build a new delivery mechanism for learning computer-mediated communications for "online" learning. The Doctorate in Information Science (DAIS) starts.

The school creates the first electronic classroom (ECR) in 1985 with the Master of Science in Computer-Based Learning online program. This program had eight common core courses and seven specializations of study, including training and learning (MSTL), information resource management (MIRM), and information systems (MIS).

In 1989 the Center for Computer-Based Learning (CBL) and Center for Computer Science (CCS) merge to form The Center for Computer and Information Sciences (CCIS). The new school now supported areas of specializations in computer science, computer information systems, information systems, information science, and computing technology in education. Dr. Edward Lieblein, dean of the school from 1993 - 2009.

Fast facts

  1. The College of Computing and Engineering prepares leaders for the challenges of the 21st century.
  2. Working professionals appreciate flexible formats to complete degree programs without career interruption.
  3. NSU serves the nation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance & Cyber Defense Education.NSU offers the first Engineering bachelor's degree in Florida.
  4. Since 1975, NSU has been a regional pioneer of computing research and education.
  5. Distinguished faculty research and teach a range of systems and emerging technologies.
  6. Updated curricula make our undergraduate and graduate programs truly current.
  7. The College was online in 1983 and created the first electronic classroom in 1985.
  8. Concentrations in our graduate programs cover fields of urgent needs, such as cybersecurity, software engineering, and data science.
  9. Alumni work at Fortune 500 organizations, various federal and government agencies, and universities around the globe.


Over 4,500 students have graduated from the College of Computing and Engineering. Alumni are a very special part of the College of Computing and Engineering community and we are proud of all of them; our graduates have achieved success in the industry, higher education, and government.

Our graduates work at major organizations such as Boeing, IBM, Apple, Microsoft, Google, and various United States government agencies, as well as at colleges and universities around the globe in faculty and administrative positions.

The NSU Alumni Association and the College of Computing and Engineering offer a wide variety of alumni events throughout the year in South Florida and across the country. Join former classmates to reconnect, network, socialize, learn, and have fun. We encourage you to frequently check your mailbox, e-mail, and the Alumni Association Web site to learn about upcoming events in your area.


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