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

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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 …

Engineering Students Invited to Participate in ‘Leadership and the Morrill Act’ Event

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In celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Morrill Act, the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the College of Engineering and the Military Sciences have come together to present: Leadership and the Morrill Act: A 19th Century Initiative with 21st Century Implications. Gator Engineering students are invited to participate in a unique academic event that explores how agriculture, engineering …

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UF SAE Team Races on with Elite Porsche Sponsorship

In Engineering Education, News by Alex Klausner

It’s pronounced “Porsh-uh.” It’s the name that represents the unattainable, the finest things in life. When you say it, you say it with reverence. Porsche. It’s the name that rolls off the tongue when you draw comparisons to what you want but you can’t have. The car you dream of owning. For SAE teams, it also represented what could only …

“Just shut up and let me drive!” UF engineering student’s robot creation is a viral sensation

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Electrical and Computer Engineering master student, Andrew Gray and his pet parrot Pepper made headlines everywhere with their beak-driven “Bird Buggy”. Gray’s YouTube video demonstrating the buggy and Pepper’s driving skills has gone viral with over 538,000 hits and been featured on NBC’s Today Show and ABC’s Good Morning America. The buggy has also been featured on NBC News, CNET, …

University of Florida engineering students demonstrate robot creations

In Engineering Education, News by Alexys Martinez

The University of Florida’s College of Engineering showed the public what robots can do on Wednesday. Eric Schwartz, associate director of the Machine Intelligence Laboratory, said UF students’ past robots have won world championships in the past, and this semester’s creations are equally captivating. Schwartz said he is always impressed with the great work produced by students like Andrew Gray …

Students to show off robotic innovations at demo day

In Engineering Education, News by Chabeli Herrera

Despite his clipped wings, Pepper the parrot is now mobile and a little quieter thanks to robotics. Pepper now cruises around in the Bird Buggy, a robot created by Andrew Gray, a 29-year-old electrical and computer engineering graduate student, for the intelligent machines design laboratory course. Hosted by the course instructors, The Bird Buggy, and 12 other robots created by …

UF students place second in international robotic submarine competition

In Engineering Education, Honors & Awards, News by Claudia Adrien

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida engineering students have garnered a second-place finish at the International RoboSub Competition in San Diego, where they tested their skills with a small robotic submarine autonomously maneuvering through a series of obstacles on a military base. The competition, sponsored by Associated for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International and the U.S. Office of Naval Research, is …