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University of Florida College of Engineering
Gator Engineering Newsletter • Summer 2015
We are Powering the New Engineer
Dear Alumni & Friends,

Dean Cammy AbernathyIt has been an exciting spring semester here at the College of Engineering. We recently graduated over 1,000 new Gator Engineers across five separate commencement ceremonies. Our new president, Dr. Kent Fuchs—an engineer himself—attended some of our undergraduate ceremonies. He spoke to the importance of an engineering education and of the programs and institutes we have in place here at the college that help prepare our students for the workplace and the world. Gator Engineering has recently garnered national attention from the White House, the National Science Foundation, the United Nations, national investors and more—as you'll read below. These accolades demonstrate our commitment to becoming one of the best engineering schools in the country, alongside the university's efforts to secure a spot amongst the nation's top 10 public institutions.

We wish you a wonderful and relaxing summer and hope to see you back on campus for our reunion this fall. It will be held on November 7th, during Homecoming weekend—details to follow in the weeks ahead.

Warm regards,

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Cammy R. Abernathy
Dean, UF College of Engineering

Featured Stories
College one of 10 named in White House STEM initiative UF Engineering 1 of 10 colleges named in White House STEM initiative »
The Brain Computer Interface group in CISE gets media attention CISE’s Brain Computer Interface group controls drones with brain waves »
Technology & Innovation

Dr. Kevin ButlerCybersecurity experts develop “lie detector” for computers, help make UF a National Center of Excellence
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Gator Engineer students and BME donor's startup develop innovative device for capturing rare cellsBME students partner with Morphogenesis to create new startup to help capture rare cells
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Programs & Curriculum

Leading Biotech firm invests $1M into BME's focus on regenerative medicineBiotech firm BioD invests $1M into BME with focus on regenerative medicine
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Newly refurbished UF Training Reactor comes back online after 8 yearsNewly refurbished UF Training Reactor is back online, ready for research
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CPaSS receives NSF award for innovative nanoparticle researchCPaSS receives NSF award for innovative nanoparticle research
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Juan Gilbert, Ph.D.Human Centered Computing expert Juan Gilbert announced as new chair of CISE
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Jim Allchin and Henry Upjohn recognized with UF Distinguished Alumni AwardsDistinguished Alumnus and Achievement awardees address the class of 2015
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Dr. Wesley BolchRadiation Expert and Associate Dean appointed to U.S. delegation to the United Nations
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Jose C. Principe, Distinguished Professor in the UF College of EngineeringEngineering professor Jose Principe awarded UF’s highest honor
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Fla. Representative Lake RayRepresentative Lake Ray (BSCE '81) honored with engineering public service award
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Student Engagement

Verigo secures fundingUF Engineering Innovation Institute student Adam Kinsey's startup “Verigo” secures funding
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ISE student Sheldon BarrettISE student Sheldon Barrett's “Cocovana” startup wins GAIN’s FastPitch Competition
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In Memoriam

Dr. Gene W. HempGene Hemp
(Dec. 6, 1938–Apr. 27, 2015)

“He served the college, the university and the Florida university system in so many capacities, always with selfless distinction.”
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Dr. Robert RameyRobert “Bob” Ramey
(Dec. 14, 1918–Mar 7, 2015)

He was an associate dean of UF College of Engineering, the founding chairman of the CISE department, and associate director of the Engineering & Industrial Experiment Station. Read more »

Dr. Robert G. DeanRobert Dean
(Nov. 1, 1930–Feb. 28, 2015)

Known around the world for his coastal engineering research and beach nourishment techniques, Dean became chair of the Department of Coastal & Oceanographic Engineering in 1992. Read more »

Dr. Kevin PowersKevin Powers
(Dec. 7, 1951–Jan. 15, 2015)

Besides his numerous scientific and technological achievements—he was the site director of CPaSS—Kevin's caring attitude, especially toward students, was unparalleled. Read more »

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