The UF MAV team is on a roll 

  Biomedical Engineering department receives $10 million
  transformational gift

J. Crayton Pruitt Sr. and his children 

A name often associated with a device that has revolutionized 
stroke-prevention therapy will soon also be associated with the 
University of Florida's College of Engineering.

J. Crayton Pruitt Sr., a St. Petersburg surgeon, inventor and 
entrepreneur, and his family have together committed $10 million to UF 
for the BME department.

As a result, University officials announced they will name the 
department in the family's honor.

The Pruitts are long-time supporters of UF. Their interest in Biomedical 
Engineering began during a late-night helicopter ride to Gainesville 
more than 10 years ago. Full Story... 

  Subjugator wins top prize two years in a row

subjugator team 

The University of Florida's underwater robot, Subjugator, took first 
place in an annual competition sponsored by the Navy. It's the second 
year in a row that Gator Engineering has won the contest, once again 
beating teams from universities around the world, including Cornell, 
Duke, Georgia Tech, MIT and USC.

Facing an exodus of institutional brain power as baby-boomer scientists 
retire, the Navy is turning to a younger pool of talent for its 
underwater robotics program.

Full Story... 

      More College News...

  Armed with cannons, cranes and wind machines, engineers test houses

Shingles fly at the hurricane house 
wind roared against the house. Shingles and tar paper flew off the roof, 
exposing bare plywood. The front window buckled, then shattered, 
shooting glass shards into the living room.

The 1970s-style vacant ranch house was taking a beating, but not from a 
hurricane. Instead, engineers were simulating the effects of 
hurricane-force winds and wind-driven rain with a custom-built wind 
machine called the "Wall of Wind." Two caged airboat propellers, each 
driven by earsplitting Chevrolet V8 502 motors, blasted the house with 
120-mph gusts and sheets of water. Full Story... 

  For the future hydrogen economy, a tiny, self-powered sensor

A close-up of a tiny hydrogen sensor developed by University of Florida 
engineering researchers. 
has been called "the fuel of the future." But the gas is invisible, 
odorless and explosive at high concentrations, posing a safety problem 
for hydrogen-powered cars, filling stations and other aspects of the 
so-called hydrogen economy.

Now, a team of more than a dozen University of Florida engineering 
faculty and graduate students has found a way to jump that hurdle: a 
tiny, inexpensive sensor device that can detect hydrogen leaks and sound 
the alarm by wireless communication. Full Story... 

      More Research News...

  New book on women engineers spotlights four at UF

Despite progress in other fields, women represent less than 10 percent 
of the engineering workforce, and a new book aimed at increasing their 
numbers pays homage to four University of Florida faculty members.

"Changing Our World: True Stories of Women Engineers" includes profiles 
of UF Provost Janie Fouke and Wendy Graham, Dorota Haman and Carol 
Lehtola in UF's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

Full Story... 

      More Alumni, Faculty & Student News...


        September 2006

        In this issue...

Spring 2006 Commencement 
View pictures from our most recent commencement ceremony.

Robert Cohn, Distinguished Alumnus 

Thomas Hunter, Commencement Speaker 

In Memory of Dr. Giuseppe Basile, Stephen Varosi and Michael Varosi 
The College of Engineering is saddened by the recent loss of two Gator 
Engineers. The following tribute was written by Electrical & Computer 
Engineering staff member Angela Medyk.

E-Fair gets kids excited about engineering 
Instant ice cream, bridges, robots and bouncing raisins may be just what 
is needed to get kids interested in math and science. <>

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