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UF researcher: Floridians must “rise to the occasion” to fortify against impact of storms

In Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering, ICYMI, In the Headlines, NewsBy Mary Ellen KlasStory originally published on Tampa Bay Times

David O. Prevatt, Ph.D., professor of Civil & Coastal Engineering, studied the damage caused by Hurricane Ian and said Floridians continue to be slow to make the changes needed to fortify themselves against the costly impacts of storms. “When we rise to the occasion, we learn from our failures,” he said. “I contend that our learning from failure in a context of wind hazards is too slow and the growth of housing — being built in very vulnerable areas — far exceeds our ability to do something about it.”

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

In Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, ICYMI, In the Headlines, News, Research & InnovationBy Karen DooleyStory originally published on UF News

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.

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The Endowment of Experience

In Alumni Spotlight, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, ICYMIBy Shawn Jenkins

by Shawn Jenkins – Ben Botic’s long road to freedom and opportunity yields an indestructible legacy for future generations of UF engineers. Along with Hella, his wife of 54 years, son, Bryan (UF BS Building Construction ’93) and daughter, Michelle Botic Hughes (UF BS Business Administration ’92), he established the Botic Family Scholars Professional Pathways Fund to provide experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE).