New breakthrough shows promise for affordable plastic solar energy cells

In News by Donna Hesterman, 352-846-2573

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers report they have achieved a new record in efficiency with a prototype solar cell that could be manufactured using a roll-to-roll process. “Imagine making solar panels by a process that looks like printing newspaper roll to roll,” said Franky So, a UF professor in the department of materials science and engineering. Industry has …

Robots may soon be part of our lives

In News, Research & Innovation by Nathan Crabbe

UF’s first robotics fair recently showcased a robot car developed for a Defense Department-sponsored competition and robot submarines that have won international awards. There also were robots that are able to mow lawns, bring a barbecue and cooler for tailgating and ensure heavy sleepers are awoken from their slumber.

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 …

In Memory of J. Crayton Pruitt Sr.

In In Memoriam, News by Staff Report

It is with great sadness that we report the passing on Oct. 8 of Dr. J. Crayton Pruitt, Sr., major benefactor of the College of Engineering, whose gifts along with those from his family established the Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering. “Dr. Pruitt was a magnanimous man whose effect on biomedical engineering will be forever felt,” said Cammy Abernathy, …

TV-20 Features the Subjugator

In News by David Snyder

Captain Nemo would be jealous. As incredible as the “Nautilus” was in “20-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea,” there is an amazing submarine constantly in development here in North Central Florida. Its a robotic submarine that not only explores the depths but helps train future engineers. In the Technology Spotlight, Eric Schwartz, Ph.D., Associate Director of the Machine Intelligence Lab at …

Texas A&M Selects Gator Engineering Alumna to Lead College

In News by Vimal Patel

The head of Purdue University’s civil engineering school was picked Friday as dean of Texas A&M’s engineering college and overseer of all of the A&M System’s engineering programs. M. Katherine Banks was selected by the A&M System Board of Regents as dean of the Dwight Look College of Engineering and vice chancellor for engineering. Banks will be the first woman …

UF creates Engineering Innovation Institute, names first director

In News by Anna Quintana

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The inaugural director has been selected for the newly created Engineering Innovation Institute at the University of Florida. Erik Sander, whose previous position was director of industry programs at the College of Engineering, has been appointed the director of the college’s Innovation Institute, which is dedicated to developing essential innovation skills in the next generation of engineering …

Creating Adaptable Computers R&D could change way people do science

In News by Marlene Cimons, National Science Foundation

Throughout the 50 or more years of the modern computing era, virtually all machines ranging from laptops to smart phones have had one feature in common: a fixed, conventional “one size fits all” processor.  This means that software developers must craft applications to match the inflexible design of the processor, rather than the other way around. Within the next 10 …

Manufacturing method paves way for commercially viable quantum dot-based LEDs

In News by John Dunn

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers may help resolve the public debate over America’s future light source of choice: Edison’s incandescent bulb or the more energy efficient compact fluorescent lamp. It could be neither. Instead, America’s future lighting needs may be supplied by a new breed of light emitting diode, or LED, that conjures light from the invisible world of quantum …