Engineering at Florida Gulf Coast University was originally established as the School of Engineering in Fall 2005 and became the U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering (WCE) in August 2011. The WCE is located in Holmes Hall, a building that was specifically designed for student-centered teaching of engineering and computing courses in an active and collaborative learning environment. The College currently offers undergraduate engineering degree programs in Bioengineering, Civil engineering, Environmental engineering, and Software engineering. Fall 2017 the WCE welcomed its inaugural class in a Master of Engineering with emphasis areas in Renewable Energy and Environmental Engineering.
The U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering vision is simple and straightforward. The vision statement is “To provide the best value in high-quality engineering education”.
The KEEN mission of developing engineers with an entrepreneurial mindset has been a core value of the U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering (WCE) since its inception in 2005. The underlying motivation to include entrepreneurship in engineering education was to develop engineers capable of adding value to organizations and society. In addition, the university has recently added entrepreneurship as a pillar of the FGCU strategic plan, further emphasizing the emphasis on an entrepreneurial mindset at FGCU.
"Partnership in KEEN is an outstanding opportunity for our young and emerging college. Advancing the entrepreneurial mindset across our engineering programs will produce a new breed of engineering graduates at FGCU. Not only will they be technically sound, but they will have a mindset geared toward innovation, creativity, success, responsibility, and leadership within our society. "
- Richard A. Behr, Ph.D., P.E., Professor and Dean, U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering