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The Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering offers professional programs that are of great value to both national and international communities. The programs emphasize professional practices and address global issues, societal problems and their potential solutions. Consistent with the mission of Fairleigh Dickinson University, students are not only educated as highly qualified professionals but also as responsible global citizens working in an ever-changing global environment. The School prepares graduates for challenging careers in high-tech industry and for admission to selective graduate schools. Innovative curricula provide students with invaluable interdisciplinary perspectives, taking advantage of the resources, faculty expertise, and synergy that exist within the School.
The School offers five graduate programs, which include Master of Science degrees in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Commerce, and Management Information Systems. Moreover, the School offers nine undergraduate programs, which include Bachelor of Science degrees in Information Technology, Mathematics, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering Technology, Construction Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, and Mechanical Engineering Technology; and Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics. Various commissions of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology professionally accredit the undergraduate Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and the four Engineering Technology programs.
Fairleigh Dickinson’s B.S. in Electrical Engineering program is ranked among the top 50 undergraduate programs at colleges whose highest degree is either a bachelor’s or a master’s by U.S. News & World Report, America’s Best Colleges, 2004 Edition. In addition, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering are among a few programs that have a long accreditation standing in New Jersey. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science programs have been accredited since 1960 and 1987, respectively.
Students have received accolades from various student competitions, including the ASME Student Design Competition, the IEEE Student Presentation Contest, the ASCE Concrete Canoe Design Contest, the MCA Competition, and the ACM Regional Collegiate Programming Contest. Graduates of the programs have gone on to become successful and prominent leaders in academia, industry, and business. They have assumed various leadership roles such as university president, college dean, department chair, faculty, CEO, company president and vice-president, manager, entrepreneur, project supervisor, engineer, computer professional, and space explorer.
Faculty members are actively involved in research, curriculum development, program outcome assessment, outreach programs, and professional association activities. The International Journal of Management Information Systems and The International Journal of Electronic Commerce were founded and are edited by a distinguished faculty member in the School. These journals have been consistently ranked 3rd and 1st in their respective fields. Faculty members pride themselves on reaching out to local communities. The School has conducted the Technical Enrichment and Outreach Program for 30 high school students from neighboring communities on 12 Saturdays per semester for three semesters, encouraging underrepresented minorities and financially disadvantaged students to study science and engineering.
The School’s programs and initiatives have received wide recognition and support from state and federal agencies, including the National Science Foundation, and from industry, professional associations, and private citizens. Donors include Dr. Gregory Olsen, Allied Signal (now Honeywell), the Toyota USA Foundation, Motorola, GE Equipment Services, Bell Atlantic (now Verizon), PSE&G, BAE Systems, the Muscarelle Foundation, the Building Contractors Association, the Mechanical Contractors Association, and the John V. Machuga Foundation.
The naming of the School is made possible by Dr. Gregory Olsen with a generous gift of $5 million to FDU in honor of his two former Physics professors Lee Gildart and Oswald Haase and other professors at FDU. Dr. Olsen also speaks highly of his two former Electrical Engineering professors, the late William Schick and the late Ernest Wantuch. Dr. Olsen holds three degrees from FDU: B.S. in Electrical Engineering and B.S. and M.S. in Physics. He also earned a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Virginia. The entire University community is most grateful for his gift and generosity.