Engineering dean and professor named Fellows of AAAS

In Honors & Awards, News, Research & Innovation by Jen Ambrose

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The dean of the UF College of Engineering and an engineering faculty member have been inducted as Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. This is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers based on their distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

Congratulations to:

  • Cammy Abernathy, PhD, dean of the College of Engineering; for distinguished contributions to the fields of materials, industrial science and engineering through professional efforts in research, teaching and administration in industry and academia.
  • Wolfgang Sigmund, PhD, materials science professor in the College of Engineering; for distinguished contributions to synthesis and processing techniques of nanomaterials, particularly demonstrating that ceramic nanofibers can be made via electrospinning.

This year, 401 Fellows were honored by AAAS, the world’s largest general scientific society. AAAS is also the publisher of the journal Science, as well as Science Translational Medicine, and Science Signaling. The nonprofit organization was founded in 1848, and includes 261 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world, with an estimated total readership of 1 million.

For more information, visit