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Innovative Injectable Enzyme Crafted by UF Biomed Engineers Shows Promise for Liver Transplants
From left: Ben Keselowsky, Ph.D., professor, J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering; and Greg Hudalla, Ph.D., associate professor, J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering
Ben Keselowsky Ph.D., professor, and Greg Hudalla, Ph.D., associate professor, both in the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering, are collaborating with UF College of Medicine researchers on a three-year, $2.6M R01 project funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) that will further develop a novel enzyme-based therapeutic that has shown early promise in the treatment of liver ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI).
Engineering Faculty Score High Among Record Number of UF Faculty to Earn NSF Career Awards
Navid Asadi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, ECE; Jie Fu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, ECE; Amanda Krause, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, MSE; Ryan Need, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, MSE; Kathe Todd-Brown, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, ESSIE
The National Science Foundation has recognized a record nine University of Florida faculty members, including five Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering faculty members, with 2022 Early Career Development Awards, one of its most prestigious honors.
AI Expert Damon Woodard Assumes Directorship of New National Security Institute at UF
Damon Woodard, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has agreed to serve as director of the Florida Institute for National Security (FINS). As part of a new vision, FINS will particularly focus on leveraging the UF AI Initiative to position the state’s flagship university as the nationally recognized premier provider of AI talent for the national security and defense industry, and as an innovation leader in AI-enabled national security.
Damon Woodard, Ph.D.
Nichols and UF Researchers Awarded $2.2M to Advance Study of the Thumb
Jennifer Nichols, Ph.D.
Jennifer Nichols, Ph.D., assistant professor in the J. Crayton Pruitt Department of Biomedical Engineering, and collaborators have been awarded a $2.2 million R01 grant from the NIH National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) for her project titled “Carpometacarpal Osteoarthritis: Understanding the Intersection of Muscle Mechanics, Joint Instability, and Pain.”
UF Eckhoff Steel Bridge Named Back-to-Back Champions
The University of Florida’s Eckhoff Steel Bridge team
The University of Florida’s Eckhoff Steel Bridge team placed first in the American Institute of Steel Construction’s (AISC) Student Steel Bridge National Competition for the second year in a row. The competition was hosted by Virginia Tech on May 27 and 28, 2022, with more than 140 participating schools internationally.
Confounding Pirates and Trojan Horses: AI Gatekeepers at UF Provide Innovative Tool for Industries Looking to Shut Down Bad Actors
From left: Domenic Forte, Ph.D., Steven A. Yatauro Fellow and associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Damon Woodard, Ph.D., director of the Florida Institute for National Security and associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Ronald Wilson, Ph.D., post-doctoral researcher in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Damon Woodard, Ph.D., director of the Florida Institute for National Security and professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), is leading a $1.2M research effort to use AI for the purpose of hardware security. He is working with co-PI Domenic Forte, Ph.D., the Steven A. Yatauro Fellow and associate professor in ECE, and Ronald Wilson, Ph.D., post-doctoral researcher in ECE.
Ruzycki Leads UF’s Push to Prepare Florida’s Students and Teachers for the Future of AI
Nancy Ruzycki, Ph.D., instructional associate professor in the Department of Materials Science &Engineering, is leading multiple K-12 engineering education initiatives to develop the teachers and the students to help fill prospective job openings in AI related fields.
Nancy Ruzycki, Ph.D.
Emphasizing Empathy, Treatment and Support During Mental Health Awareness Month
Benjamin Lok, Ph.D.
A recent grant from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will allow Benjamin Lok, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering, to train healthcare students and practitioners on how to express empathy when interacting with patients who have suicidal ideation. The project is titled “Virtual Interaction Training in Emotional Self-Awareness for Working with Suicidal Patients.”
Gator Engineers Honored in 2022 Gator100
Century Tower with the Gator100 logo
Ron Antevy, CEO of Trimble Buildings Organization (BS CE ’91) and his brother, Jon Antevy, the company’s founder and fellow UF alumnus, were honored with the Clark Butler Pinnacle Award, the highest distinction given in the annual Gator 100, a ranking of the fastest-growing businesses created and guided by University of Florida alumni. Congratulations to the Antevy brothers and our talented Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering alumni who made the 2022 list for leading one of the world’s Fastest Growing Gator Companies!
Gator Engineering Alumnus Rodney Rogers Speaks at Class of 2022 Spring Recognition Ceremony
Rodney Rogers (BS ISE ’87) was recognized this spring with a UF Distinguished Alumnus Award. With more than 30 years in the technology services industry, Rogers is a successful serial entrepreneur and expert technologist, known for his leadership contributions in the realization of two back-to-back “unicorns” — startups that achieve billion-dollar valuations.
Rodney Rogers (BS ISE ’87)
Vobile Locates New Center in Gainesville Innovation District, Solidifying Collaboration with the University of Florida
Yangbin Wang (MSEE, ’93), CEO of Vobile, speaking virtually at the announcement of the opening of a new R&D and Operations Center in Gainesville
Vobile, the worldwide leading software-as-a-service provider in digital content protection and monetization, is opening a new R&D and Operations Center in Gainesville. This is the first step in Vobile’s plan to create hundreds of jobs in Gainesville. Engineering alumnus Yangbin Wang (MSEE ’93) is CEO of Vobile.
32 Faculty Awarded Term Professorships
The University Term Professorship was established in 2016 and is presented to 250 eligible faculty members annually. Selection of the professorships is based on an assessment of academic accomplishment by either a faculty advisory committee and/or the department chair and approved by the dean of the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering.
Vehicles Equipped with On-Board Technology Increase Driver Awareness and Safety
A University of Florida Transportation Institute study funded by the Florida Department of Transportation found that advanced communication technologies and vehicle on-board units are effective in increasing driver awareness. These technologies provide information to drivers regarding their surroundings, such as the presence of pedestrians and traffic signal information.
The Gainesville Autonomous Shuttle by the UF Fine Arts building
UF Engineering Undergrads Advocate for Alzheimer’s Research in National Competition
University of Florida Engineering undergraduates Marion Hagstrom and Parker Kotlarz (BSBME ’22) were selected to present their research on AI in early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease at the Annual “Posters on the Hill” competition in April, hosted by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). The two-day Posters on the Hill event is an advocacy outreach to promote federal legislative support of groundbreaking undergraduate research.
The New Big Dig: UF Researchers Deliver Sustainable Solutions by Helping Government Engineers Cooperate with Nature
Christine Angelini, Ph.D.
With $3 million in government funding through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a team of UF researchers led by Christine Angelini, Ph.D., director of the Center for Coastal Solutions at the Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure & Environment, is giving the Corps a sustainable framework for water resources engineering projects on Florida's First Coast. The multidisciplinary team hopes to provide these ecosystems the protection necessary to withstand and even thrive under unpredictable climatic conditions and the burden of their many uses — commercial, residential, recreational and tourism.
Gator Motorsports Designs Race Car, Places Third at Annual Formula SAE Michigan Event
Gator Motorsports, the University of Florida's Formula SAE team, raced to the podium for the first time in seven years at the annual Formula SAE Michigan, held May 18-21 in Brooklyn, Michigan. Gator Motorsports competed against more than 90 teams and placed third overall in the international competition where students design, manufacture, assemble, test and race a small Formula 1-style race car.
UF Electrical Engineering Students Win Big During Regional Competitions
The University of Florida team won first place in the ethics, community service, and website competitions at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ Southeast Convention. They competed among 31 schools in the region.
UF Researchers Help Develop Highly Accurate, 30-Second Coronavirus Test
Researchers at the University of Florida, including Fan Ren, Ph.D., a distinguished professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, have helped develop a COVID-19 testing device that can detect coronavirus infection in as little as 30 seconds as sensitively and accurately as a PCR.
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