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A Look Back at Top Stories from 2019

In Alumni Spotlight, Featured, Honors & Awards, News, Research & Innovation, Transformation

Young faculty win top honors

UF engineering faculty received prestigious awards this year. Domenic Forte (ECE), Maitane Olabarrieta (ESSIE) and Aysegul Gunduz (BME) garnered Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) that include a trip to the White House. Three young investigators won awards for innovating security – Ryan Houim (MAE), Kyle Hartig (MSE), and Yier Jin (ECE). Six researchers received NSF Early Career Awards – Antarpreet Jutla (ESSIE), Kyla McMullen (CISE), Alexander Grenning (ChemE), Blanka Sharma (BME), Denise Simmons (ESSIE) and David Hibbitts (ChemE).


  • Olabarrieta Receives the PECASE Award

  • Gunduz receives Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

  • New UF Engineering Faculty Win Young Investigator Awards For Innovating U.S. Security

  • UF Engineer Uses 3D Audio Rendering and Perception to Aid Firefighters

  • UF Biomedical Engineer Pursues Understanding of Natural Killer Cells

  • Hibbitts Receives Prestigious NSF CAREER Award

In the spotlight this year

Engineering alumni gained acknowledgement and acclaim in 2019, including Linda Parker Hudson (ISE), who was elected to the National Academy of Engineers and NVIDIA founder Chris Malachowsky (ECE) who was inducted into the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame.

  • UF Alumna Linda Parker Hudson Elected to National Academy of Engineering

  • NVIDIA Founder Chris Malachowsky Inducted Into Florida Inventors Hall Of Fame

Engineering for better healthcare

From biomedical engineering to mechanical engineering, UF faculty completed ground-breaking research in the healthcare field this year.


  • UF Research Team Aims to Reduce Cost of Drug Development Using 3D-Printed Living Tissues

  • UF Engineer makes  Breakthrough in insulin regulation pathway

Safer, Smarter, Better – Innovations that transform the future

The use of AI is leading to innovations for safer roadways and intersections; coastal and environmental engineers are developing ways to create resilient coastal communities.

  • UF Engineer Leads Collaboration for Safer Roadways

  • iCoast- A Multidisciplinary Approach to Creating Resilient Coastal Communities

Engineering College Growth

The Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering added a new department in 2019 to study and enhance engineering education.

  • UF Adds Fully Dedicated Engineering Education Department to Engineering College

Students shine in design competitions

Teamwork among students and with experienced faculty brought many wins to UF this year, most notably the 2019 Engineering Deans’ Cup.

  • University of Florida wins 2019 Engineering Deans’ Cup

  • UF-SIT Team Takes First in Pwny Race at NYU’s CSAW Competition

  • Team GatorWings Takes First Place in DARPA SC2

To see more stories from 2019 about faculty, students and alumni, visit the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering web site news page “Powering the New Engineer”.