A University of Florida professor emeritus in materials science and engineering who developed an innovative computer chip manufacturing process, and an alumnus in electrical and computer engineering who is a leader at IBM in the application of artificial intelligence to aging issues, are among the 2021 inductees to the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame.
Christopher Pernicano (BSME ’89, ME Env. Eng. ’93, MBA ’93), an esteemed alumnus of the UF Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, was recently appointed to the North Florida Hospital District (Broward Health) Board of Commissioners by Governor Ron DeSantis.
UF alumni have created and guided some of the most innovative and profitable businesses in the nation and the world. Each year, the UF Alumni Association, in partnership with the UF Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center recognizes these amazing entrepreneurs with the Gator100 Awards. Congratulations to our talented Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering alumni who made the 2021 list for leading one of the world’s Fastest Growing Gator Companies!
Four Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering alumni have been recognized by the university in this year’s “40 under 40” awards, which honor outstanding young alumni whose achievements positively impact The Gator Nation as they go greater in their communities and professions.
Interview by Curtis Taylor, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Student Affairs In celebration of Black History Month, the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering is honored to recognize Charles M. Lovings, who broke barriers as the first African American to graduate with an engineering degree from the University of Florida (UF). He graduated in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering …
Rhonda Holt (BSCS ’86) is now senior vice president of information technology at the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), but before she started college, she assumed she would pursue aerospace as a profession. She shares the story of a summer job that changed the course of her life.
Edwin Marcial (BS, ECE ’92) captures drives and tech talks for his Techrides website. He has interviewed Dean Cammy Abernathy as well as leaders from Delta, Virgin Galactic, and Intercontinental Exchange, among other Fortune 500s, about what makes their companies successful.
Marianne Francois (Ph.D., AEMES ’02) was named the Division Leader of the Theoretical Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in May 2020. Achieving this position was the culmination of 18 years of increasingly more complex work and greater responsibility. Of her success, she said, “It is an honor and very humbling to be leading a large number of scientists across multiple disciplines.”
UF will house the fastest AI supercomputer in higher education.
As part of his commitment to the importance of leadership education, Gene Fraser (B.S., ChE ’76) has endowed two teaching professorships in the Engineering Leadership Institute at the UF Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering.