Professor Nilza Smith
Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Computing
With the advent of globalization we are now experiencing a shift from a knowledge-based economy to one that uses knowledge to drive innovation. To succeed in the global market place, companies must continually generate new products, systems, technologies and services. The experts purport that the health of modern day economies, especially in developing nations, is dependent on entrepreneurship and the creation of micro, small and medium sized enterprises; innovation being the driving force behind entrepreneurship.
The Faculty of Engineering and Computing therefore is charged with the responsibility of preparing individuals who are not only work ready, but are able to adapt to working in a global environment and engage in new ideas and new thinking. We have met these challenges headlong through the implementation of a number of strategies:
- The delivery of programmes accredited both nationally and internationally, that have been designed to meet both international academic and professional standards
- The active participation of students in international competitions (IEEE- Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, ASME- American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ACHE - Association of Chemical Engineers, ACM- Association for Computing Machinery) where they must exhibit their solutions to specified problems
- The launching of the Inventors Club
- The establishment of Computing Cells
- Engagement in Service Learning
- Engagement in student internships
- The completion of Capstone Problems that address national/industrial problems
- Professional Development Day
- Faculty Week
- A range of research activities
We are always engaged in the process of reviewing our programmes, the needs of students and industry and are constantly exploring more ways of improving our products and services. It is our delight to serve our students and nation and we are fully committed to the national goal of Jamaica for achieving Developed Nation Status by the year 2030.