Strategic Research Areas

When the University of Florida adopted the Preeminence Plan, we committed ourselves to becoming one of the top public research universities in the country. The plan is in action. It’s backed by our legislature and private donors and has attracted expert faculty from around the world. It identifies 26 strategic research areas where we have the greatest ability to address the toughest challenges facing our world. The Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering plays – or will play – a key role in these areas:

Advanced Manufacturing

Autonomous Systems

We’re tracking hurricanes, docking subs, surveying wildlife, and driving without driving.

Big Data

Data sets should serve our society, not overwhelm it.

Biomedical Informatics

It’s using Big Data, with your body in mind, and UF’s approach to it is revolutionary.


Intrusions and attacks can compromise everything. We’re a resource for responsive action.

Food Security, Safety & Distribution Systems

Human Centered Computing

We’re designing everything from our core values: diversity and inclusion.

Materials Innovation

Neuroscience & The Brain

UF is a major player in the national brain research initiative, and Engineering has a vital role.

Online Learning

Renewable Energy & Storage

We’re ratcheting up our efforts to bottle sunlight – revolutionizing ways to concentrate it into fuel.

Smart Polymer Nanomedicine