Florida International University is a vibrant, student-centered public research university, ideally located in Miami, that is worlds ahead in its commitment to learning, research, entrepreneurship, innovation, and creativity so that our graduates are prepared to succeed in a global market. The School of Computing and Information Sciences was formed in 1987 from the former Department of Mathematical Sciences. The mission of the School has several dimensions, consistent with the overall mission of the University and consistent with its role as part of the College of Engineering and Computing. ● High Quality Undergraduate Program ● Graduate Degree Programs for MS and PhD ● Basic and Applied Research in CS ● Provide Course work & Support for Non-CS Students ● Respond to needs of local & regional industry/govt. ● Provide Technical expertise to entire University
The Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Program at FIU unites undergraduate education and faculty research in a team-based context. Undergraduate VIP students earn academic credits, while faculty and graduate students benefit from the design/discovery efforts of their teams. VIP extends the academic design experience beyond a single semester, with students participating for up to three years. It provides the time and context to learn and practice professional skills, to make substantial contributions, and experience different roles on large multidisciplinary design/discovery teams. The long-term nature of VIP creates an environment of mentorship, with faculty and graduate students mentoring teams, experienced students mentoring new members, and students moving into leadership roles as others graduate. We have been developing a number of VIP Tools and have already adopted some other tools to manage and track our VIP projects. Specifically, for managing the VIP projects, we have developed the VIP Project Management Web Site that helps students with their applications to join our existing VIP teams and our instructors with their proposals for new VIP projects. This tool can also help the VIP program coordinator to review the applications and project proposals, notify the applicants and proposers with the outcome of the review process, and facilitate the project assignments based on the interest of the students, their skillset and qualification to work in different teams, and the history of their involvements with the other VIP projects, if any. For managing the development of our VIP projects, we have adopted Mingle from ThoughWorks as our scrum/agile project management tool and GitHub as our version control tool.