Black History Month 2020

Celebrating Black History Month with UF Engineers

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As we celebrate Black History Month, the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering celebrates our black faculty who perform outstanding research, mentor our students and serve as role models for the rising engineers of tomorrow.

We would like to recognize these faculty:

Department of Chemical Engineering:

Carl Denard, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor
  • Research areas include protein therapeutics, synthetic biology, biocatalysis, and bioengineering.

Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering:

Christina Gardner-McCune, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor
  • Research areas include computer science education, educational technologies, and human-centered computing.

Juan E. Gilbert, Ph.D.

  • The Andrew Banks Family Preeminence Endowed Professor and CISE Department Chair
  • Research areas include human-centered computing, user experience and accessibility, electronic voting systems, culturally relevant computing, brain-computer interaction, and broadening participation in computing.

Kyla McMullen, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor
  • Research areas include human-centered computing focused on 3D audio utilizing signal processing, sonifying information and environments using 3D audio, and augmentation of assistive technology for persons with visual impairments using 3D audio.

Sanethia Thomas, Ph.D.

  • Lecturer
  • Research areas include educational technologies, human-centered computing and sports management.

Corey Toler-Franklin, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor
  • Research areas include computer vision and related topics in computer graphics; 3D acquisition and appearance modeling; multispectral imaging; imaging spectroscopy; machine learning and matching; and non-photorealistic rendering.

Byron Williams, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor
  • Research areas include information security, application security, security analytics & metrics, and secure software development.

Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering:

Damon Woodard, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor
  • Research areas include biometrics, applied machine learning, pattern recognition, image analysis, computer vision, and data science.

Janise McNair, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor
  • Research areas include wireless and mobile networking, next generation wireless systems, and medium access control protocols.

Christophe Bobda, Ph.D.

  • Professor
  • Research areas include embedded vision, embedded systems, reconfigurable computing, computer architecture, cybersecurity, and system-level design.

Department of Materials Science & Engineering:

Josephine Allen, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor and Genzyme Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Research areas include stem cell engineering, directed stem cell differentiation, cell materials interactions, tissue engineering, and regenerative medicine.

Erika Moore, Ph.D.

  • Holder of the Rhines Rising Star Larry Hench Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Research areas include biomaterials, cell-material interactions, immune engineering, tissue engineering, and regenerative medicine.

Michele Manuel, Ph.D.

  • Professor and Department Chair, Rolf E. Hummel Professor of Electronic Materials
  • Research areas include thermodynamics, kinetics, materials design, metallurgy mechanical behavior, composites, metallic biomaterials, and nuclear materials.

Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering:

Curtis R. Taylor, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Student Affairs
  • Research areas include nanomechanics, nanotechnology, solid mechanics, and engineering education.

Norman G. Fitz-Coy, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor
  • Research areas include dynamics and control of multibody systems, game theory, orbital dynamics, and flight mechanics.

Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure & Environment:

Jean-Claude Bonzongo, Ph.D.

  • Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences
  • Associate Professor
  • Research areas include water systems and environmental nanotechnology.

David Mazyck, Ph.D.

  • Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences
  • Professor
  • Research areas include water systems, air resources, engineering education and environmental nanotechnology.

David Prevatt, Ph.D.

  • Department of Civil & Coastal Engineering
  • Associate Professor
  • Research areas include structural engineering, wind engineering, structural load paths and natural hazards.

Denise Simmons, Ph.D.​

  • Department of Civil & Coastal Engineering
  • Associate Professor 
  • Research area includes workforce development in sustainable construction engineering.

J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering:

Lakiesha Williams, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor
  • Research areas include traumatic brain injury, soft tissue mechanics, bio-inspired design and materials characterization.

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