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Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering to play key role in groundbreaking Laser Interferometer Space Antenna mission

In Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, In the Headlines, NewsBy Simon Barke and Emily HindsStory originally published on UF News

Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, in partnership with NASA, is making a significant contribution to the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) mission. UF is the only academic institution in the United States to be awarded a contract to develop hardware that will fly on the LISA mission.

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UF-led group develops new tools to track illicit nuclear materials

In Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Featured, News, Nuclear Engineering Program, Research GrantsBy Joseph KaysStory originally published on Explore

The Consortium for Nuclear Forensics, a UF-led team of 32 scientists and engineers at 16 universities, has been awarded a five-year, $26.4 million grant from the DOE’s National Nuclear Security Agency to develop new nuclear forensic technologies and to train the next generation of nuclear sleuths to use them.

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DOE awards UF and Synhelion $2.7M to scale up solar hydrogen energy production

In Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, News, Research GrantsStory originally published on synhelion.com

A joint project between the University of Florida and Synhelion, a global pioneer in the field of carbon-neutral solar fuels, has been awarded $2.7M from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO). The project aims to accelerate the large-scale development and deployment of concentrating solar thermal power (CSP) technology to produce green hydrogen for industrial decarbonization and electric power generation and storage.

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UF engineers create viable artificial blood vessels by stretching the science of silicone 3D printing

In Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Featured, News, Research & InnovationBy Shawn Jenkins

Thomas Angelini, Ph.D., associate professor in MAE, and Senthilkumar Duraivel, a graduate from MSE working out of Angelini’s Soft Matter Lab, have collaborated on an approach to 3D print soft silicone structures like miniscule vascular bodies by turning the conventional process on its head.

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UF will spearhead DARPA mission to pioneer crucial biomanufacturing in space

In Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Featured, News, Research GrantsBy Shawn Jenkins

With the goal of creating a resilient supply chain for a sustained presence in space, researchers at the University of Florida (UF) are bioengineering microbes for experimentation on the International Space Station (ISS) they hope will reliably produce biopolymers, nutraceuticals, and antibiotics in variable gravity conditions.

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Nuclear sleuths: University of Florida to lead $25 million national consortium on nuclear forensics

In Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Featured, News, Research & InnovationStory originally published on UF News

The University of Florida will lead a $25 million, 16-university team of 31 scientists and engineers in the development of new techniques and the training of future specialists in nuclear forensics, which identifies and tracks nuclear materials to support global safety.​​ 

UF’s Tau Beta Pi Recognized as Best Chapter

In Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Engineering Education, News

The University of Florida chapter of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, “Florida Alpha,” was recognized as the R.C. Matthews Outstanding Chapter, an award which goes to the chapter determined to be the best out of over 250. Florida Alpha won the award because of its Gatortrax outreach program which educates young children about engineering.

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New HiPerGator Simulations “Solve Mother Nature” to Address Real-World Problems

In AI University, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, News

In one of the most intensive uses yet of the University of Florida’s HiPerGator supercomputer, UF engineers have faithfully reproduced the turbulence and complexity of hot air rising along a wall — a previously impossible simulation with applications in home fire safety and heating and cooling. Thanks to dedicated use of 90% of the HiPerGator’s AI cluster over several days, the research team led by UF engineering professor Sivaramakrishnan “Bala” Balachandar was able to track turbulent eddies of air twisting and swirling on the sub-millimeter level.