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MAY 2023

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See how our college is creating societal values in the far future and dissolving walls between the university and industry research and development in the latest college video.


Academy of Golden Gators honors former dean Cammy Abernathy for philanthropic leadership

Cammy Abernathy, Ph.D., former dean of Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering
and professor in MSE
Congratulations to former Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering dean Cammy Abernathy, who is the recipient of the UF Alumni Association's Golden Gators Philanthropic Leadership Award.

Alumna Erin Jackson gives university-wide commencement speech

Erin Jackson (MSE '15) gave the university-wide commencement speech at the ceremony on Friday, May 5. Jackson is an Olympic gold medalist, a history maker and a Gator. She won the women’s 500-meter race in speed skating in the 2022 Olympics in Beijing, becoming the first American to win that race since 1994 and the first Black American woman in history to win a Winter Olympic gold medal in an individual sport. Additionally, she graduated UF cum laude in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering.

Gator engineers honored in 2023 Gator100

Alumni from the University of Florida have created and guided some of the most innovative and profitable businesses in the nation and the world. The Alumni Association is proud to recognize these amazing business owners and entrepreneurs through the Gator100.

Gator Engineering alumni address graduating students, new engineers

Jenn Gustetic, BSAE ‘05
Tara Battle, BSME ‘10
Two Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering alumni spoke to graduating seniors from the college at this spring's commencement and Order of the Engineer induction ceremonies. Tara Battle, BSME '10, spoke at the Order of the Engineer induction ceremony on May 4, and Jenn Gustetic, BSAE '05, addressed students at the bachelors recognition ceremony on May 5.

Six UF Engineering graduate programs reach higher in U.S. News & World Report rankings

Six of the UF engineering college’s disciplines — agricultural engineering, biomedical engineering, computer engineering, industrial engineering, materials engineering and nuclear engineering — are listed among the Top 15 public programs. Overall, the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, which saw its research expenditure grow by more than 10%, ranked #26 among all public institutions.


UF engineers create viable artificial blood vessels by stretching the science of silicone 3D printing

Thomas E. Angelini, Ph.D., associate professor in MAE
Thomas Angelini, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE), and Senthilkumar Duraivel, a graduate from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) working out of Angelini’s Soft Matter Lab, have collaborated on an approach to 3D print soft silicone structures like miniscule vascular bodies by turning the conventional process on its head. Their paper for this breakthrough was published in the journal Science on March 23.

Engineering Education receives gift to fund professorships

L-R: Amie Baisley, Ph.D., instructional assistant professor in EED, and Jeremy A.M. Waisome, Ph.D., assistant professor in EED
L-R: Amie Baisley, Ph.D., instructional assistant professor in EED, and Jeremy A.M. Waisome, Ph.D., assistant professor in EED
Thomas O. Hunter, Ph.D. (BS ME ’66) recently made an investment in the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering’s Department of Engineering Education by establishing the Thomas O. Hunter Professorship, with Jeremy A. M. Waisome, Ph.D. and Amie Baisley, Ph.D. as recipients.

UF will spearhead DARPA mission to pioneer crucial biomanufacturing in space

L-R: Amor Menezes, Ph.D., assistant professor, MAE, and Sean Niemi, Ph.D.,
Instructional assistant professor, MAE
With the goal of creating a resilient supply chain for a sustained presence in space, researchers at the University of Florida (UF) are bioengineering microbes for experimentation on the International Space Station (ISS) they hope will reliably produce biopolymers, nutraceuticals, and antibiotics in variable gravity conditions.


UF partners on NSF-funded National Artificial Intelligence Research Institute focused on STEM learning

Kristy Elizabeth Boyer, Ph.D., professor in CISE and managing director of the AI Institute for Inclusive Intelligent Technologies for Education (INVITE)
The National Science Foundation announced today that it has selected a team of scientists from the University of Florida and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to lead a $20 million institute to advance artificial intelligence to promote STEM education.


New ‘invisible finger’ technology poses potential phone-hacking threats, researchers say

Shuo Wang, PhD standing in the doorway to his office.
When a team of researchers from the University of Florida unveiled new technology that allows someone to hack into a nearby touchscreen-enabled device using what they call an “invisible finger,” those in the field of cybersecurity took notice.

Outsmarting shoplifters: Gator Engineer harnesses tech to keep one step ahead

Read Hayes, PhD

Engineering Research Scientist Read Hayes runs the UF SaferPlaces Lab, which serves Florida communities by combining psychology and technology to implement ways that AI can protect them from theft, fraud, and violence. Through living lab research his team combines cutting-edge AI, IoT, VR, and a deeper understanding of human pathology and psychology to develop surveillance, tracking, and communication systems to protect vulnerable people. Drone footage, body cameras, surveillance videos, and AI software that can track and alert people in real time about individual erratic behavior can be combined in an effort to respond to, or even stop theft and violence before they happen.


Engineering alumni honored in 2023 “40 Under 40” awards

Three Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering alumni have been recognized by the university in this year’s “40 under 40” awards. These outstanding young alumni are rising leaders in their professions, positively representing The Gator Nation through their excellence, impact, and contribution in our community and on a global scale.

Dr. Christine E. Schmidt Recognized with American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering Pierre Galletti Award

Dr. Christine Schmidt
The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering has awarded its highest honor to Dr. Christine E. Schmidt, Professor, J. Crayton Pruitt Family Chair & Department Chair in the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Renowned engineering, architecture and construction tool company Autodesk invests in two UF colleges to drive student success and innovative integration

L-R: Sean Niemi, Ph.D., instructional assistant professor in MAE; Derrick Smith (Autodesk); Amy Marks (Autodesk, UF BSPR ’92), Chimay Anumba, Ph.D., dean of the UF College of Design, Construction and Planning; Steve Blum (Autodesk Executive VP and COO, UF BSEE ’87), Forrest Masters, Ph.D., P.E., interim dean of Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering; John Herridge (Autodesk); Katie Basinger-Ellis, Ph.D., instructional assistant professor in ISE

On April 5, the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering and the College of Design, Construction and Planning (DCP) received a $300,000 gift from Autodesk Inc., an American multinational corporation based in San Francisco that provides software products and services for the architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing, media, education and entertainment industries.


AAAS honors 19 UF, 5 college faculty as lifetime fellows

Lily Elefteriadou, Ph.D., Professor, ESSIE; Gerrit Hoogenboom, Ph.D., professor, ABE; Prabhat Mishra, Ph.D., Professor, CISE; Cheryl Palm, Ph.D., professor emerita, ABE; Carlos M. Rinaldi-Ramos, Ph.D., Chair, CHE
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the Science family of journals, has elected 19 faculty from the University of Florida, including 5 from Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, to its newest class, breaking previous records for the number of faculty awarded in a single year.

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