Gators’ first 2015 enrollee will be a Gator Engineer

In Engineering Education, News

The first enrollee for the 2015 Florida Gators football team will also be a Gator Engineer. Daniel Imatorbhebhe (pronounced “EE-mat-tor-beh-beh”) is planning to study Industrial & Systems Engineering, in addition to being a tight end under the direction of new head coach Jim McElwain. In a recent interview with a Scout Recruiting reporter, Imatorbhebhe – who had several offers to …

Engineers’ Week: Celebrating our contributions to society

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Engineers’ Week (eWeek) at the University of Florida is an annual two-week celebration, hosted by the Benton Engineering Council, that celebrates the contributions engineers make to society. It coincides with the national eWeek event, started by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1951. A series of events and festivities will highlight what engineers do – including the Engineering & …

Intelligent Machines Design Lab hosts “Robot Day”

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“The projects get more impressive every year. They’re using more integrated systems, and there’s all these new developments in technology, in what’s called the maker movement, using 3-D printers in making parts.” – William Patterson current doctoral student and 2010 winner of the robot competition, speaking at the 2014 Robot Day Read about and see photos of this year’s dozen …

UF helps teach 1,000 Eastside High School students to code 

In Community Engagement and Outreach, Engineering Education, News

UF Computer & Information Science & Engineering professor Christina Gardner-McCune, who was recently hired under the UF Preeminence Plan to work on Human Centered Computing, collaborated with the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce and CommunityCode to challenge approximately 1,000 students at Eastside High School to embark on their first computer programming experience – an “Hour of Code.” A degree in computer science currently …

Gator Engineering Student Organizations Win National Chapter Awards

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The UF chapters of the national organizations Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and Engineers Without Borders (EWB) both received awards for their outstanding performance this year. SWE’s mission is to be the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. SWE-UF won three chapter awards this year: the 2014 Outstanding Collegiate Section Award, Silver Level; …

SubjuGator and PropaGator teams place 2nd in international competitions

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Two teams from UF’s Machine Intelligence Lab have each won $5,000 and taken second place in their respective international competitions this month. SubjuGator, UF’s autonomous submarine, and PropaGator, UF’s autonomous surface boat, traveled cross-country with faculty and students in tow for annual competitions hosted by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). The 17th International RoboSub Competition was held …

Engineering students create art as part of “Moving Water” project

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Roughly 100 students from the art and engineering departments at UF met Wednesday to participate in a ritualistic performance dedicating the newly installed art piece “Moving Water.” Gathering on the Plaza of the Americas, nearly every participant grasped a vessel filled with water. Each individual had collected the water from a location of personal significance. Jesenia Lopez, a 21-year-old UF …

Guess which college has the most Brazilian exchange students?

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As Brazil hosts the World Cup, Florida and its flagship university maintain long established and strong ties to South America’s largest country. Brazil is now the largest export trading partner the state has ever had, and UF is the primary destination for Brazilian students who want to keep it that way. To globalize its workforce, the Brazilian government created the …

Gator Engineering grad students build unmanned aircraft to survey wildlife

In Engineering Education, News, Research & Innovation

Working across disciplines with wildlife biologists at UF, graduate students in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering have developed a 14-pound aircraft with a high-resolution digital camera that can photograph and help document nests without disturbing bird populations. Read more about this and other specialty projects that the MAE department faculty and students have collaborated on in the Gainesville …