Updates from the University of Florida College of Engineering

Dear Alumni & Friends,

Thus far this is proving to be a very good year for the college. The university is dedicated to establishing itself as one of the nation's best public research universities. The plan, known as the UF Preeminence Initiative, has been endorsed by the governor and President Machen. The college has been given up to $4.5M to recruit new faculty. I am happy to report that we have already filled 15 of these positions, and are currently negotiating with several more candidates. On top of an aggressive hiring effort, the university and the college are also engaged in a series of marketing and fundraising campaigns aimed at helping to spread a buzz among our peers and other stakeholders. Amidst this all-around positive energy comes our program rankings in U.S. News & World Report. Not only are we in the top 25 publics overall, three of our programs are ranked in the top 10 publics (ABE, ISE, MSE). Additionally, eight of our programs improved either by moving from unranked to ranked, or advancing as many as eight notches. It is always good to see the excellence of our faculty and students being recognized. As always, thank you for your continuous support and we look forward to bringing you more good news from the college.


Cammy R. Abernathy
Dean, UF College of Engineering

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Save the date - October 18 - Gator Engineering Tailgate Reunion

Join us for a fun and festive tailgate party and reconnect with other alumni. The 2014 Gator Engineering Tailgate Reunion has been scheduled for the Homecoming game, UF vs. Missouri on October 18. Full story »

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Paracosm founder receives Outstanding Young Alumnus award

Every year the University of Florida Alumni Association recognizes alumni who are 35 years of age or younger and have distinguished themselves in their profession and community. This April, about two-dozen alumni - who studied all around campus, and now live all around the world - gathered for the 2014 Outstanding Young Alumnus Awards. Among them was Gator Engineering serial entrepreneur, Amir Rubin. Full story »

Experts on human-centered computing are coming to UF

Four faculty members, recruited from the same department at Clemson University, will join the Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). Their team's "cluster" hire fits into strategies at the college and university levels to expand research into key areas over the next year. Read more »

Dean Abernathy recognized for her innovative approach to engineering education

The Marketing & Communications team is happy to report a busy season of keeping up with the accomplishments of Dean Abernathy. She was featured in the MIT Technology Review for her innovative approach to engineering education; Mindtree appointed her an Honorary Ambassador; and the NSF-funded EPICENTER, housed at Stanford University, invited her to join their National Advisory Board.  
 MIT Technology Review spotlight Mindtree Honorary Ambassador |  EPICENTER National Advisory Board


UF researchers say lobster's sense of smell could help detect explosives

NBC News reported that by studying a lobster's sense of smell, UF researchers say they may be able to develop technology that can protect soldiers from landmines and other explosives. The olfactory neuron in lobsters "emits bursts of electrical pulses, much like radar systems use pulses of radio energy," says José Príncipe in the Journal of NeuroscienceFull story »

'Star Trek' for animals: A wireless medical monitor for your pet

Jenshan Lin, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, has developed a device that monitors heart rate and respiration wirelessly using radio waves, eliminating the need for leads to be attached to the animal's body. Full story »

Gator Engineering's startups shine in innovation showcase

On March 13th, the Office of Technology Licensing held its 8th annual Celebration of Innovation. Half of the startup companies featured in this year's event have their origins in the College of Engineering. Full story »


Governor announces Gator Engineering startup Optym to expand in Gainesville

Governor Rick Scott announced that Optym, formerly Innovative Scheduling (IS), a leading developer of planning and scheduling software for the transportation and logistics industry, will expand its operations in Gainesville. The expansion will add 100 jobs and a capital investment of nearly $4.8 million in Alachua County. Full story »


UF's Engineering Innovation Institute goes global

Students at Centro Paula Souza (CPS) in Sao Paulo, Brazil will soon study curriculum developed jointly by the University of Florida's Engineering Innovation Institute and Inova Paula Souza, the CPS innovation agency. An initial course will focus on technology-based entrepreneurship using a combination of the Engineering Innovation Institute's coursework and the Business Model Canvas approach to entrepreneurship education.  Full story »

Gator Engineering among nation's leaders in graduate degrees and diversity

The University of Florida continues to lead the nation as one of the top 10 colleges awarding graduate degrees in engineering.  Full story »

Biomedical engineering graduates its first undergraduate class

This May the College of Engineering graduated its first class of undergraduate students from the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering.  Full story »


Gators win first place in hands-on engineering competition

The student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers won first place at the 2014 ASCE Southeast Regional Conference. Gator teams took home the trophy for first place overall, in addition to earning first place in both the Steel Bridge and Concrete Canoe competitions. Full story »

Materials engineering student group wins first place in competition

The University of Florida's student chapter of Materials Advantage - a program for materials science and engineering majors - placed first in the TMS Materials Bowl on Feb. 16. Full story »
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