Engineering Top Stories of 2021

A Look Back at Top Stories from 2021

In Featured, ICYMI, News, Research & Innovation, Transformation

Take Off in a Flying Car With UF Engineers and Alumni

Adam Goldstein (UF BSBA ’01) and Brett Adcock (UF BSBA ’08), have been working with Peter Ifju, Ph.D., a professor and associate chair of Faculty Affairs in MAE, to prototype eVTOLs (electric vertical take-off-and-landing vehicles) to bring to market.

Brett Adcock (UF BSBA ’08) and Adam Goldstein (UF BSBA ’01), both of Archer Aviation; and Peter G. Ifju, Ph.D., Professor and Associate Chair of Faculty Affairs, MAE


Engineering Graduate Programs Ranked Top 20 Three Years in a Row

The Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering is ranked among the Top 25 public graduate engineering schools in the U.S. and the No. 1 engineering school in the State of Florida, according to the 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools ranking. 

2022 USNWR Graduate Ranking


UF Collaborates with Conservation Foundation on Coastal Solutions

The University of Florida’s newly established Center for Coastal Solutions (CCS) and Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) have entered into a strategic collaboration to address coastal water quality hazards in order to strengthen the resiliency and sustainability of this unique coastal area in Florida.

SCCF and CCS logos superimposed over a photograph of a Florida marsh


Researchers Seek to Build Confidence into AI for Healthcare Under NSF Grant

A team of researchers at the University of Florida will explore ways to increase trustworthiness and interpretability of artificial machine learning in healthcare under a new $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The team will also investigate ways to use AI to diagnose neurodegenerative diseases earlier. The UF research team is led by principal investigator My T. Thai, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering, and co-principal investigators Ruogu Fang, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering, and Adolfo Ramirez-Zamora, M.D., an associate professor in the Department of Neurology. UF is partnering with Carnegie Mellon University on the project.

My T. Thai, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering, and co-principal investigator Ruogu Fang, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering


University of Florida Unveils New Engineering Building Designed for Next Wave of Innovation

The University of Florida’s Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering celebrated the opening of its Laboratory for Engineering Excellence on Thursday, October 7, 2021. The new steel and glass building is meant to provide educational enrichment for engineering students, employing a nontraditional classroom style where lectures are watched online and classroom time is dedicated to hands-on work.

Photograph of the Herbert Wertheim Laboratory for Engineering Excellence on the University of Florida campus


Biomedical Engineer Studies Islet Cells to Uncover the Processes of Diabetes

Edward Phelps, Ph.D., assistant professor and J. Crayton Pruitt Family Term Fellow at the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering, has received a $1.8M R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to further his studies of the role of gamma Aminobutyric Acid (GABA) in the islet cells of the pancreas. In a recent interview, he answered questions about how his research has grown from solving a biological mystery to building a foundation for new studies in diabetes.

Ed Phelps, Ph.D., BME

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