Dean’s Message

Dean’s Message

Dean Cammy AbernathyCongratulations to the graduates of the Class of 2022! Your hard work has paid off and you are finally ready to graduate — stepping out of the classroom and immersing yourselves in a world where technology and innovation are critical to almost every human endeavor. You are not just entering the workforce. You are stepping up into a leadership role, where you will be responsible for developing the 21st-century economy and taking on the greatest challenges
facing our world.

You are what we call the New Engineers.

For the past few years while you have been working on your degrees, focusing on your specific majors and your classwork, you have been exposed to a wider culture of diversity and inclusion, of entrepreneurship, of innovation, and of creative approaches to problem solving that reach across disciplines — and across differences — to work towards what we call the Gator Good. You have grown to be part of a rich community that, we hope, will guide you for years to come. Thank you for sharing your talents and enthusiasm with us these past few years. We are excited to see the impact you will make on the world. Visit us often, and Go Gators!


Cammy R. Abernathy, Ph.D.
Dean, Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering

Dean of the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering

Dr. Cammy R. Abernathy received her B.S. degree in materials science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980, and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in materials science and engineering from Stanford University in 1982 and 1985 respectively. She joined the University of Florida’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering as a professor in 1993. In 2004 she became the College’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and in July 2009 was appointed Dean of the College of Engineering. Dr. Abernathy’s research interests are in synthesis of thin-film electronic materials and devices using metal organic chemical vapor deposition and molecular beam epitaxy. She is the author of over 500 journal publications, over 430 conference papers, one co-authored book, 7 edited books, 8 book chapters, and 7 patents. Dr. Abernathy is a fellow of the MRS, AAAS, AVS, APS and of the Electrochemical Society. She is also the Vice Chair of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), Engineering Deans Council and Council Delegate for the Industrial Science and Technology Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).