Three Engineering Faculty Named UF Research Foundation Professors

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The University of Florida Research Foundation has named three faculty members from the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering to be UFRF Professors for 2017-2020.

“Faculty chosen for UFRF Professorships have a proven record of research and scholarship and the potential for even more success in the future,” said David Norton, UF’s vice president for research. “History has shown that by investing in these outstanding faculty, we can generate significant return in research discoveries, scholarship and technology transfer.”

These faculty will receive three-year awards that include salary supplements and grants, funded by the university’s royalty and licensing income on UF-generated products.

Read more about the UFRF awards here

Shigang Chen
Professor of Computer & Information Science & Engineering

Dr. Chen’s research interests include computer networks, Internet security, Internet of things, cyber-physical systems, and wireless communications. He received his B.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Science and Technology of China in 1993. He received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1996 and 1999, respectively. After graduation, he worked with Cisco Systems for three years before joining the University of Florida in 2002. He published more than 180 peer-reviewed journal/conference papers. He received IEEE Communications Society Best Tutorial Paper Award and NSF CAREER Award. He holds 12 US patents. He served as an associate editor for IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking and a number of other journals. He is a Fellow of IEEE and a Distinguished Scientist of ACM.


Jon Dobson
Professor of Biomedical and Materials Science Engineering

Dr. Dobson’s research focuses on biomedical applications of magnetic micro- and nanoparticles, the role of brain iron in neurodegenerative diseases, and biomedical device design. He graduated with a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Florida. He obtained his PhD in Natural Sciences in 1991 from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH-Zurich. He did his postdoctoral training in geophysics and biophysics at both the ETH-Zurich and The University of Western Australia, before taking a faculty position at Keele University in the United Kingdom. In 2011, he returned to the University of Florida as Professor of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, and founding director of the Institute for Cell and Tissue Science and Engineering (ICTSE) at UF. He is a Fellow of AAAS, AIMBE, The Royal Society of Biology, The Royal Society of Medicine, and a past Royal Society of London Wolfson Research Merit Fellow. In 2002, he was selected for the Wellcome Trust’s Sir Henry Wellcome Showcase Award, and in 2008 the UK Medical Research Council’s César Milstein Award. He is co-founder of three spin-off companies, and holds 10 patents, with 10 more pending.

Yuguang “Michael” Fang
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Fang’s research interests are in areas of cyber-physical systems and Internet of Things, including privacy and network security, wireless networks, mobile computing, smart health, smart grid, and online social networks. He holds an M.S. degree from Qufu Normal University, China, and Ph.D. degrees from Case Western Reserve University and Boston University. He joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Florida in 2000. Dr. Fang has received the National Science Foundation Career Award, the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, is a fellow of the IEEE and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  He holds a University of Florida Term Professorship, and was selected for the University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship in 2006, and again in 2017.