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Scientific Leaders from B-CU and Partnering Corporations Held Industry Advisory Board Meeting To Address Student Career Development Opportunities


Dr. Morrison Obeng, Department Chairperson of Computer Science and Engineering at B-CU conducted the College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics (CSEM) Industry Advisory Board meeting with local corporations to discuss the scientific industry and bring awareness to student internships and job placement in the STEM fields.  The meeting began with greetings from President Edison O. Jackson and updates from Dr. Herbert Thompson, Dean of CSEM. “Thank you to each of you for joining us today. These meetings have been invaluable as more of our programs are becoming accredited,” Dean Thompson said.  “Your enthusiasm and feedback are preparing our students for competitive careers in the STEM field.”

Industry leaders from NASA, AgerPoint, Home Depot, Harris Corporation, KR3Tech, Inc., Spartan Corporation, City of Orlando, Florida Virtual School and Innovative Global Security Solutions spent the day hearing from students and engaging in a roundtable discussion.  During the discussion, advisory board members reviewed and examined the department’s research areas, programs, curriculum, challenges, software and equipment and major achievements the department has accomplished over the course of the board collaboration. During the visit, a local partner corporation of the College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics donated a generous contribution of equipment to the department for student research.

To date, students and faculty from the College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics have made great progress in developing research opportunity and presentations for the department. Currently, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering has five (5) research areas: Robotics; Embedded Systems; Wireless Sensor Networks; Databases and Applications; and Mobile Computing. In 2015, the Computer Engineering program received accreditation from the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) and faculty participated in ABET trainings in 2016. Dean Thompson and Dr. Obeng are enthusiastic about the continued grant awards and student presentations that are taking place throughout the academic year. 

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Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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