EDGE program facilitates graduate studies globally

In Engineering Education, News by Emily Stanton

For William Huffman, engineering is more than his chosen career path. It’s the pursuit that has led him across the globe. He utilized his civil engineering degree by joining the Peace Corps, a calling that brought him to Kenya in 1976 designing and installing community water systems. Thirty-four years later, it brought Huffman and his wife, Ruth, to Mali and …

Art sparks creative aspects for engineering students

In Engineering Education, News by Sixtine Gurrey

Engineering is considered by some to be a rigid academic discipline, but problem-solving requires creativity. Enter Elif Akcali, an associate professor of industrial and systems engineering, who expanded the mindsets of her students this past semester with two major projects aimed at introducing them to the world of artistic expression. “Creativity and problem solving are defining characteristics that make us …

University of Florida establishes student chapter of ASEE

In Engineering Education, News by Emily Stanton

The American Society for Engineering Education now has a student chapter at the University of Florida. The nonprofit organization works nationally to promote and further engineering education. Student chapters focus on developing relationships between universities and local schools and on supporting careers in engineering education.  After attending the 119th ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition in 2012, material science and engineering …

Machen congratulates winning Gator Engineering robotics teams

In Engineering Education, News

  President Bernie Machen visited the College of Engineering’s Machine Intelligence Lab on Monday to congratulate the PropaGator and SubjuGator robotics teams on their recent wins. Members of the teams, along with the directors, were on hand to welcome Machen and show off their robotic projects. The PropaGator team won first place in their first year competing in the Association …

The Civil Gymnast

In Engineering Education, News by Jen Ambrose

For the first time in UF’s history, the women’s gymnastics team has won the NCAA title. Included on the title-holding team is Kiersten Wang, a sophomore civil engineering student. NCAA.com interviewed Wang about her interest in engineering, and how she chose her major.

Gator Engineer Selected as Winner of FICE/ACEC $5,000 Scholarship

In Engineering Education, Honors & Awards, News

Industrial and Systems Engineering undergraduate student, Michelle Gauthreaux, was selected as the winner of the $5,000 scholarship awarded by The Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers/American Council of Engineering Companies of Florida (FICE/ACEC of Florida). Since 2004, FICE/ACEC of Florida scholarships honor Florida college students expressing interest and commitment to the business and management of the engineering profession. To qualify, a …

UF Programming Team Heads to Russia for World Finals

In Engineering Education, News by Jen Ambrose

Imagine you’re locked in a room somewhere in Russia, with 360 programmers from six continents. You and your two best friends have five hours and one computer to solve the world’s greatest problem: Where is the nearest bathroom? Actually, you have to solve several problems, and finding the bathroom might not be one of them. But being asked to program …

Gator Engineering Students Win UF Presidential Service Awards

In Engineering Education, Honors & Awards, News

Congratulations to the two outstanding engineering students who won the Presidential Service Award: Akua Oppong-Anane, a PhD candidate in the department of Environmental Engineering Sciences, volunteered over 60 hours of her time to help library patrons strengthen their computer skills and literacy. As a science fair judge at a local middle school, she also mentored students on their research processes …

UF Tops in STEM Degrees in Florida

In Engineering Education, News by Clare Lennon

An accountability report released at Wednesday’s Board of Governors meeting in Gainesville shows the University of Florida leads the state when it comes to producing graduates in so-called STEM majors emphasized by state leaders. At the end of the 2011-2012 academic year, UF awarded STEM bachelor’s degrees to 31 percent of its students, six percentage points ahead of the second-highest …