Remembering the life and work of Kevin Powers

In In Memoriam, News by Jen Ambrose

Professor Kevin W. Powers passed away on January 15, 2015. He was 63. Dr. Powers was the site director of the National Science Foundation’s Center for Particulate and Surfactant Systems (CPaSS) at UF, and the associate director for the R&D facilities at UF’s Particle Engineering Research Center (PERC). He also taught particle technology, thermodynamics, and engineering design and was a …

Remembering Dr. Richard T. Schneider (July 29, 1927 – Dec. 31, 2014)

In In Memoriam, News by Jen Ambrose

You may have seen one of Dr. Schneider’s last inventions on store shelves – a playful alligator-shaped floating pool thermometer and chlorinator – but his life, his full body of work, revealed great depths under the surface. Born in Munich and drafted into the German army during WWII, Schneider survived eight months in American prisoner-of-war camps. Years later, after earning …

In Memory of Dr. Chenette, former chair and associate dean

In In Memoriam, News by Jen Ambrose

Dr. Eugene Richard Chenette passed away on December 7, 2014 at the age of 86. He had been living in Plano, Texas, where he retired to with Helen, his wife of 63 years. Chenette served as a former chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a former associate dean for external programs in the College of Engineering. …

UF’s longest-serving faculty member remembered

In In Memoriam, News by Jen Ambrose

Dr. Seymour S. Block passed away on August 11th, 2014 at the age of 96. A dynamic innovator, he was the university’s longest-serving faculty member. He will be dearly missed at the college and by his many former students and colleagues. Dr. Block came to the University of Florida in 1944 when – due to World War II – the enrollment …

Pioneer of renewable fuels remembered

In In Memoriam, News by Jen Ambrose

Dr. Alex Green passed away on March 12, 2014 at the age of 94. He was a decorated Air Force veteran who served in World War II, and a warmly regarded faculty member in the College of Engineering. Dr. Green came to the University of Florida as a graduate research professor in 1963. He worked in the departments of Mechanical …

Electrical engineering professor remembered

In In Memoriam, News

Dr. C. Vernon Shaffer passed away on January 17, 2014. He was 91. Senior faculty and alumni will remember him warmly, and the college and university are grateful for his contributions. Before retiring and becoming a professor emeritus in 1985, Dr. Shaffer spent 39 years as a professor of electrical engineering. He served as assistant dean of the UF Graduate …

Former Dean Remembered

In In Memoriam, News

Dr. Robert E. Uhrig passed away on June 12, 2013. Faculty, staff and students are saddened by this loss, but grateful for the many contributions he made during his years at the university. Dr. Uhrig served as dean for the College of Engineering from 1968 to 1973. During that time he was also the Director of the Engineering and Industrial …

Remembering Charles Poekel Sr.

In In Memoriam, News

On Wednesday, Nov. 7th, 2012, Charles Axel Poëkel Sr. of Essex Fells passed away peacefully surrounded by his family and in the presence of his loyal assistant Phil Catague at his home in Essex Fells, where he had resided for the past 48 years. He recently celebrated his 97th birthday In 1943, while working at the Propeller Division of Curtiss-Wright …

In Memoriam: Bob Gaither

In In Memoriam, News

On August 18, 2012, the Gator Engineering community lost a leader, a teacher, a colleague and a friend – Robert B. Gaither, professor and chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering from 1965-1992. Bob was a visionary.  At the time he was chairman at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, there was no PhD program. He kick-started it with the help …

In Memory of M. Jack Ohanian

In In Memoriam, News by Staff Report

Dear Colleagues, I am sad to report to you the passing of one of our long time colleagues, Dr. Jack Ohanian. Jack served many roles in the college and university over his 40 year career, including Associate Dean and Interim Dean in the college, as well as Interim Vice President of Research. He was always a passionate and tireless advocate …