A Look Back at Top Stories from 2022

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Engineering's top stories of 2022

UF Engineering Graduate Programs Take Significant Leap in U.S. News & World Report Rankings and Rate High Among Industry Recruiters

Building on an already strong reputation as one of the top public universities in America, the UF Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering is now ranked No. 23 overall among public universities by U.S. News & World Report (USNWR), moving up one spot since the magazine’s assessment of “Best Graduate Schools” last year, and has earned high marks from industry leaders looking for top-shelf engineering talent.

Six Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering graduate programs ranked in the top 15 by U.S. News & World Report

$1 Billion in Research = Boundless Possibilities

As the University of Florida celebrates an ambitious landmark achievement of surpassing $1 billion in research expenditures, the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering would like to share how our eminent faculty and researchers—working side-by-side with our students—have helped contribute more than $131 million to that tally over the past year.

$1 Billion in Research = Boundless Possibilities

The Fall and Rise of Damon Woodard, ECE Associate Professor

How Damon Woodard, Ph.D., rose from being a high school dropout to become the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in computer engineering from Notre Dame is a testament to the people who believed in him — and to the inner fire that refused to go out.

Damon L. Woodard, Ph.D.

Gator Engineering Students Earn 2nd Place in Fifth Annual Lockheed Martin National Engineering Ethics Competition

UF industrial engineering seniors Lia Frumenti and Haley Scites secured a second-place finish among 31 collegiate teams from across the nation in the annual Lockheed Martin Ethics in Engineering Case Competition, which required a two-day task to present the most ethical engineering solutions to a complex scenario proposed by the tournament officials.

From left: ISE department chair David Kaber, Ph.D.; Bill McElroy, P.E., team faculty coach and associate director of the Engineering Leadership Institute; UF engineering seniors Haley Scites and Lia Frumenti; college dean Cammy Abernathy, Ph.D.

UF Eckhoff Steel Bridge Named Back-to-Back Champions

The University of Florida’s Eckhoff Steel Bridge team placed first in the American Institute of Steel Construction’s (AISC) Student Steel Bridge National Competition for the second year in a row. The competition was hosted by Virginia Tech on May 27 and 28, 2022, with more than 140 participating schools internationally.

The University of Florida’s Eckhoff Steel Bridge team