UF College of Engineering: September 2006 eLinks
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.

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

Shingles fly at the hurricane houseThe 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.Hydrogen 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.

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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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