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 Table of Contents
 A letter from the dean
 Texting 101
 Engineering goes pop
 The coolest research you never...
 The savvy engineer
 Engineering Florida's economy
 Playing the budget game
 In search of the next big...
 Alumni updates
 Hip to be square
 A lost ball in high weeds
 Faculty updates
 Friends we'll miss
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    Front Matter
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    Table of Contents
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    A letter from the dean
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    Texting 101
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    Engineering goes pop
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    The coolest research you never knew existed
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    The savvy engineer
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    Engineering Florida's economy
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    Playing the budget game
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    In search of the next big thing
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    Alumni updates
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    Friends we'll miss
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It's all on the table: the College of Engineering's
rankings, curriculum and enrollment. It's a game with
incredibly high stakes and no 'Get Out of Jail Free'
cards. Will the $3.6 million budget cuts cause a domino
effect? More importantly, can the College possibly win?


Ben Franklin's magic trick isn't
so tricky, so says chemical
engineer and Franklin historian
Seymour Block. In Block's
new book he breaks down the
founding father's enchantment
with magic squares, the
colonial sister to Sudoku.


Hjalma Johnson would
have to survive his second
day of college before
he could be named
Distinguished Alumnus
Entrepreneur of the Year.


They're less conspicuous
than oranges, yet they're
influencing billions of dollars
in the Sunshine State's
economy. Gator Engineers
are Florida's lesser-known
natural resource.


The world's first laptop computer
was the brain child of Gator
Engineer Manny Fernandez, but
that's only one accomplishment
on a fairly long list that just keeps
getting longer.




Gators engineering the news.

Cool things happen when "the outsiders"
realize how exciting engineering really is.

Looking for your dream job? Six tips to
help you find your best fit.


08 TEXTING 101
Nowadays teens aren't the only ones expected to know what
"G2G" (got to go) means. We take a look at the new language
infiltrating the workplace.


Metal that heals itself and hats that can pinpoint epilepsy? You
won't believe what researchers are working on across campus.

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04 FF'OM 300 WElL HALL A sit-down with Dean Pramod Khargonekar

29/YOUR LIFE UP TO DATE IALUMNI Gator engineers share their lives

42/YOUR LIFE UP TO DATE / FACULTY Accolades and things that make us proud

43 FRIENDS WE'LL MISS A tribute to the Gator Engineers who are gone but not forgotten

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UF's student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers hosted the 17th
annual National Student Steel Bridge Competition at the O'Connell Center
May 23-24. The event drew 42 universities and a crowd of approximately 650,
said chapter president Jimmy Falls. Each university was judged on 1/10 scale steel
bridges. Each bridge had to withstand 2,500 pounds, and each team had to assemble
theirs as quickly as possible. They were also judged on factors such as lightness,
economy and display UF's team placed second overall, made the top 10 within five
of the six categories and were awarded $3,000. -M.W.G.

After two years at No. 26 in the U.S, News & World
Report graduate rankings, Gator Engineering moved
up two spots to a three-way tie for No. 24. In rankings
determined by department heads of other universities,
UF's materials science and engineering program
was ranked No. 8 in a tie with Georgia Tech. Pramod
Khargonekar, the college's dean, said he was particularly
pleased the college moved up to No. 14 among public
universities, up two slots from last year. -N.C.M.

Gator Engineering students
created noise-canceling
headphones that can be used
during an MRI. Part of the
IPPD program, this project
presented an extra challenge:
no metal could be used
because it interferes with
MRI equipment. -N.C.M.

As the search for alternative energy sources continues
at a feverish pace, Nuclear Energy is set for a comeback.
In January, the Tampa Tribune reported expanding
nuclear engineering departments across the country.
UF's Department of Nuclear & Radiological Engineering
has more than doubled its enrollment in the past decade.

Good Morning America's co-anchor Sam
Champion experienced hurricane-force winds first-
hand recently at the University of Florida, where
Gator Engineers simulate hurricanes to improve
construction practices.
The GMA crew came
to Gainesville June
3 and broadcast live
four times during
the two-hour show.
Civil and Coastal
Engineering assistant
professor Forrest
Masters simulated a .
Category 4 hurricane
with eight industrial
fans connectedtofour
marine diesel engines
and a 5,000-gallon
water tank. Assistant
professor David Prevatt demonstrated how
retrofits can help older homes better stand up to
strong storms. Several other media organizations
have come to visit Gator Engineering hurricane
researchers in recent weeks, including The
Weather Channel, FOX News, and several
area newspapers. -M.E.G.



William Lear sets the record straight
about diesel-guzzling vehicles, citing the
efficiency of diesel engines even though
the cost is usually higher. Lear, an associate
professor in the department of mechanical
& aerospace engineering, is an expert on
energy systems. -N.C.M.

UF's was awarded a Center for Automatic Computing, a
national research center, bythe National Science Foundation.
The area center helps industry by automating and engineering
IT systems, thus bringing about large savings in recurrent
personnel costs and preventing large economic losses due to
system crashes. -N.C.M.

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Japanese business mogul Sachio
Semmoto (Ph.D. EE '71) tells Forbes
magazine he owes much of his
success to his time at UF. Forbes
wasn't the only magazine to recognize
the entrepreneurial greatness of
this Gator Engineer, he was also
featured in the Economist in February.

Mechanical Aerospace Engineering associate professor
Subrata Roy invented a circular, spinning aircraft design
reminiscent of the spaceships seen in Hollywood films.
The wingless electromagnetic air vehicle," can be used for
surveillance and navigation. While possibly soaring through
other atmospheres, the aircraft is an ideal exploration vehicle
for Saturn's sixth moon. -N.C.M.

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist signed a bill in June that places UF
at the front of a statewide effort to develop biomass, solar and
other renewable energy technology, reported The Gainesville
Sun. The bill, which formed the Florida Energy Systems
Consortium, provides five state universities with funding and
asks them to bring togethertheir areas of expertise. UF, which
is heading the consortium, was given $15 million more than
any other university. -M.W.G.

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There used to be a time in corporate America when the biggest saboteur of
potential was the botched cover letter or pitch query
One simply can't count the number of rising stars who never landed in their
dream jobs at ESPN because they couldn't spell my name correctly. Brilliant
resumes came addressed to Marvell, Marvele, Marvelle, Marvle or, my personal
favorite, Marble. These packages were immediately deep-sixed to the garbage,
even if the candidate seemed to be the next Donald Trump, Steve Jobs or Rick
But now there appears to be a new issue within the battle of the generations
in the real world, and it is driving both sides crazy.
Funny? U got that rite. Problem? TTYL.
The lexicon of e-mail, instant messaging and text shorthand has been
descending on the job world during the past few years. Those hitting the work-
place for the first time out of college were likely born in the mid-1980s, so cell
phones, e-mail and text messaging are tools they have grown up with. Older
executives, managers and colleagues are playing catch-up, so it has become a
generational dilemma.
BFF might mean Best Friend Forever to the 21-year-old applying for a job
with Dow Chemical, but the 45-year-old VP with six advanced degrees reading
the e-mail just spent 45 minutes trying to figure out what the hell it means.
But instant messaging, texting and the art of SMS occasionally have also
found a place. IMing someone is a quick alternative to picking up the phone or
walking down the hall, which can be perceived as time-wasters. Need an imme-
diate answer, and the IM can be your BFF.
"IMing is a great tool in the workplace," says Gary Kurtz, CEO of Kurtz
Entertainment. "It can save your ass when you need something ASAP, but it can
also be a crutch. It's OK to sit in your office or cube all day getting stuff done.
But there's something to be said for person-to-person contact, too."
The key for the generations to succeed and co-exist is simple: use common
sense. If a colleague is using text-speak and it's nothing that's going to embarrass
the company or themselves, hey, who cares? It's 2008 and we just have to deal
with it.
But if SSDD or RBAY start to creep into important memos, reports or com-
munications to the CEO, well, it's time to have a talk about professionalism in
the workplace. QYB isn't a sign of the times, it's a reflection on the writer's abil-
ity to either get real or grow up.
"I sometimes have to catch myself while in business conversations so that I
don't slip in any of the Internet lingo I've grown so accustomed to," says Ryan
Wong, a recent UC-Santa Cruz graduate and a direct marketing specialist. "I
don't think 'I did it for the lulz' is something a manager or a VP would like to
Of course, chances are the executive wouldn't get the "lulz" reference. If they
did, it might be L8R for the offending party. Or the response might be LMAO.
Who knows? Someday it might simply be NBD.


Did you know?

The Super Soaker was invented by
mechanical engineer Lonnie Johnson by
accident. According to Johnson Research
and Developments Web site, "This wildly
successful toy was brought into being
in 1982 when Lonnie Johnson, founder
and president of Johnson Research, was
experimenting at home with another
invention, an environmentally friendly
heat pump. He attached a high-pressure
nozzle to the bathroom sink and when it
shot a powerful stream of water across the
bathroom into the tub, his first thought
was, "This would make a great water gun!"
Acting on that idea, he made a water gun
prototype for his daughter. It proved to
be a huge success with her neighborhood
friends, he began the search for a potential
manufacturer. After several false starts,
the Super Soaker was licensed in 1989 to
Larami Corp. In 1995, Larami sold Super
Soaker to Hasbro Corp. With the Super
Soaker", Hasbro remains the undisputed
dominator of the water gun market in the
world today. The competitive advantage
of this toy has been maintained worldwide
by an array of intellectual property rights
owned by Lonnie Johnson." -N.C.M.


Two of the country's most famous unofficial
engineers visited UF in April and wowed the
audience with tales of their exploits while giving
their thoughts on engineering.
The Benton Engineering Council and UF's
branch of the Institute of Electrical and Electron-
ics Engineers teamed up with ACCENT, UF's
student government speaker's bureau, to bring
Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, stars of the
Discovery Channel's hit TV show "MythBusters,"
to the Stephen C. O'Connell Center on April 14.
The performance nearly filled the O'Dome,
which holds 12,000. Audience members were
even sitting behind the myth-busting duo because
there were no more seats facing the stage.
At one point in the presentation, Hyneman
and Savage asked if there were any engineers in
the audience. They were greeted with a chorus of
cheers and hollers.
"I could tell by the audience reaction there
were a lot of engineers in the audience," said

Brian Sapp, past president of IEEE.
In the rest of their presentation, which was
moderated by a UF physics professor, Hyneman
and Savage shared what they've learned from the
550 myths they've tested, 2,000 distinct experi-
ments they've conducted and 2,200 explosions
they've witnessed since the show began.
-Deborah Swerdlow






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You can visit Second
China while play-
ing Second Life (an
/ Internet-based 3-D
virtual world where you can "live" as a virtual version of your-
self). Second China is a government-funded project helping
prepare travelers to visit China. Different scenarios like a
teahouse, office or taxi are set up to test language skills
and cultural know-how. A companion Web site helps you
navigate Second China by teaching these things. So when
you arrive for a virtual meeting, you'll know to respond when
Lu the receptionist says "Ni hao."

I Inspired by how metal "healed" itself in the Terminator movies,
researchers have developed a fully functioning, tin-based proto-
/ type that can "recover" when damaged. A high-strength metal
/ is reinforced with shape memory alloy wires a special type of
metal that can return to its original shape after becoming deformed. This process closes cracks
(Os in the metal, which is heated until liquid beads of sweat form at the crack's surface. The liquid
v covers the crack, which "heals" as it cools. The research could be applied to NASA vehicles,
RO which are used in remote locations where it is difficult to fix broken parts.

Anew technique that has been suc-
Scessful on rats creates a map of the
brain's activity by vibrating it with
_laser light, revealing the part of the
brain involved in an epileptic seizure. The technology,
which is being developed for humans, will function like
a hat making it particularly useful for children, who
pose a problem for MRI scans because they can't re-
main still for long periods of time.






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ILearn it all. There are aspects of
business, project management, people
management and leadership that you
don't know. Be a sponge.

IMeet the peers in your company "Get
out of your chair and build yourself
a network. Engineering is not an
individual sport."

I Under-promise and over-deliver

"Ten percent of the people do 90
percent of the work. Align yourself
with that 10 percent."

"Don't just hang out with engineers."
Instead, try having lunch once a
week with someone from business
development, marketing or operations.
You can learn a lot, especially from
people who are close to the customer.

Young engineers are often cubby-holed
into one component of a project, but
they should determine what impact
that component has on business. "If you
can understand what your boss' boss'
concerns are, you will be much more
valuable to your company"

D. Wayne Klotz is the president of the Texas-based engineering firm Klotz Associates Inc. and president-elect of ASCE.
Pramod Khargonekar is the Dean of the College of Engineering and an Eckis Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Cammy Abernathy is the associate dean for Academic Affairs and a professor of Materials Science and Engineering.
Erik Sander is the college's director of Industry Programs and teaches the graduate-level course "Entrepreneurship for Engineers."


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into place for a new Interstate 4-State WRoad 408

interchange in downtown Orlando, he marvels at

how magnificent a 6-foot-deep steel girder with 4-inch flanges looks

in reality vs. the way it appears drawn on construction designs.

But Tousignant, a 2005 University of Florida civil three-year construction program that includes a desalination
engineering graduate, sees much more than just a tremen- plant and a i5-billion-gallon reservoir. Even bigger, however,
dous hunk of structural steel; he sees the pulse of Florida's is its program and construction management for the South
economy. Florida Water Management District on an $8.9 billion resto-
"I look down the line and know that I helped tourists ration of the Florida Everglades.
have an easier drive," said Tousignant, who is the project's The engineering firm Kimley-Horn has more than a doz-
field engineer with PCL Civil Constructors ofTampa. en large projects ongoing at any moment in the state, said
"{I likely to know I had a role in people getting to down- Charles L. Geer, a UF alumnus and College advisory board
town easier so they can spend their money and prevent a memberwho is a senior vice president in the firm's West Palm
state income tax." The direct economic impact of the I-4 Beach office. One of the most high-profile of those projects
project: $126 million. The benefit to the parents of an antsy is the firm's work in designing and integrating the SunGuide
toddler stuck in traffic on the way back from Walt Disney Control Center in Miami-Date County, the "brain" of an
World, however, is incalculable, innovative traffic control monitoring plan called the Intel-
More than 18,ooo Gator Engineering graduates have ligent Transportation System, or ITS. In Miami-Dade alone,
Florida addresses, according to the University of Florida the full ITS cost $70 million but it came with bang for the
Foundation records. It is not known exactly how many of buck. In 2005, the Florida Department of Transportation
them are working in the field or the exact amount of eco- estimated that "the ITS program ... yielded $15 of benefits
nomic benefit they generate in myriad projects, programs for every $i spent on the program."
and policy initiatives. But this much is clear in anecdotal evi- Translation: Gator Engineering helped create in excess
dence: From NASA to the Everglades, from nuclear power of $ i billion worth of economic benefit.
plants to highway construction projects, from smart traffic Coincidentally, another Gator-related engineer works
to innovative software, the Sunshine State's economy runs on the ITS program for the entire state. At Post, Buckley
on the back of UF engineering. Schuh & Jernigan, 1984 UF civil engineering graduate Max
"It's literally hundreds of billions of dollars over the D. Crumit oversees the firm's transportation services divi-
course of a lifetime for a UF engineer for those things that sion, which accounts for nearly half of the company's $581
he and his colleagues have touched," estimated Jerry Paul, million in revenues, approximately $93 million of which
a nuclear engineering graduate and member of the College's comes in Southeastern states, including consulting for the
advisory board. "It's the secondary and tertiary benefits, the ITS program.
recurring job base for decades into the future, the recurring PBS&J projects in Florida include a planned connector
tax revenue for each of those projects for our governments." between Interstate 4 and the Selmon Crosstown Expressway
Paul's Tallahassee and Washington, D.C., consulting firm, in Tampa. It is a $548 million project that will remove heavy
Capitol EnergyLLC isworkingwith clients on more than $io tractor-trailers from the narrow, historic streets of Ybor
billion in projects and initiatives in the energy field. He's not City and speed them from the Port ofTampa to destinations
alone in touting the financial power of Gator Engineering. throughout the region.
"UF engineers form the backbone for the Florida infra- And those are just the hard dollars spent in Florida. One
structure market," said Ken Morefield of international giant Gator Engineer insists that the real value comes when com-
Jacobs Engineering Group's Tallahassee office. "They are in panies bring dollars from outside the state back home to
key technical and leadership positions throughout the state create jobs.
in virtually every aspect of our economy and in every aspect "We should be thinking about how many import dollars
of designing, constructing and operating our state's vital these companies generate," said Kurt Long, who grew his
infrastructure system." OpenNetwork firm into a global security software leader |
Morefield, a UF alumnus, and otherJacobs UF-educated before it was acquired by BMC in 2005. "We want businesses I
engineers, have worked on prominent public and private in other regions of the U.S. and world writing checks that go E
projects, including the Tampa Bay Water's $625 million to companies who have a Florida address." 1
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monopoly is a game of luck and strategy but it's not
the one we're referring to. We're talking budget cuts
massive ones $47 million for UF alone. The
College of Engineering has been dealt its share, too, and
now there's some serious strategizing to do if we don't
want to lose our national ranking, our professors and so
much more.


wo-door station wagons, vans filled
with back-seat mattresses and steel V-
S-powered muscle cars idled in mile-long
hI n. sometimes for hours, waiting for a few
1. ll!!.., t _.I i.-priced gas.
I 'r .. I. .. r Iimmy Carter pleaded with citizens to turn
. I.'.. I r lh. r rli. rmostats and use public transportation to
S.. r. i.. i.r li hle American industries saw profits disap-
-. r n I ,II I 1- rown businesses were forced to close.
.\. I r rli.. University of Michigan's College of En-
giuLruiLg in Ann Arbor, George Haddad, then chairman
of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Com-
puter Science, felt the impact of a battered and bleeding
economy firsthand. State funds were sparse, salary raises
were non-existant, and in Haddad's first seven years on
the job (1975-1982), the college hired just one faculty
"Those were very bad times," Haddad said. "The
morale was not very good."
Now, three decades later, the University of Florida
and its College of Engineering prepare for a similar chal-






lenge brought on by somewhat similar circumstances.
The Florida Legislature cut more from this year's
budget than the 2007 gross domestic products of Green-
land, Liberia and Saint Lucia combined. Of the economy-
spawned $4 billion laceration, about $1oo million came
from Florida's ii public universities. Almost half of that
- $47 million was excised from UF's budget.
"The cuts are the result ofweeks ofvery difficult dis-
cussions and decisions at the college and administrative
unit levels," President Bernie Machen wrote in a state-
ment about the new budget. "The criteria for deciding
budget reductions included protecting the university's
core missions of education, research and service, the
goals of the university and the needs of students and the
While all of UF's 16 colleges saw their budgets drop
by about 6 percent, the College of Engineering felt the
third harshest monetary blow with a $3.6 million reduc-
tion. Added to a $2.7 million September cut, the college's
budget fell from $61.3 million last year to $55 million this
"We are facing the most difficult circumstances
I've faced in my tenure as dean," said Dean Pramod
Khargonekar. "How do we keep this college
going up on this path of improvement after
the very severe budget cuts that we've endured?
That will be the highest level challenge I see."
In the U.S. News & World Report rankings, the Col-
lege's graduate school has climbed from 35th in 2001 to
24th in 2009 and reached I4th among public universities,
an important factor in attracting top-level students who
scour school rankings before making their college choice.
National rankings typically reflect the health of an insti-
tution, which depends on attributes like student-teacher
ratios, expenditures and peer assessments. Rankings are
also important to a college's success because they raise its
regional and national profile, attracting better professors
and often bringing in more funding.
Beyond rankings, the immediate impact for Gator
Engineering came in the form of eight fewer staff mem-
bers, although tenured and tenure-track faculty were not
affected by the layoffs.
The staff cuts, elimination of unfilled positions and
a drop in technical support in labs and classrooms will
leave faculty with more work and less time, said Cammy
Abernathy, associate dean of academic affairs. The Col-





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lege also offers fewer classes this summer, resulting
in more populated classrooms in the fall and spring,
presenting faculty an even greater challenge and per-
haps making it more difficult for the College to ward
off other universities from trying to pick off its best
"If the college cannot compete with quality facul-
ty and research in key technologies, then they will lose
the ground they've gained over the years," said Robert
Sierakowski, an adviser to the dean and former UF en-
gineering professor. "It's easier to lose ground than to
gain ground."
Budget cuts at public universities tend to result
in a domino effect. Take the University of Wisconsin-
Madison, which has experienced cuts for nearly a de-
cade. Tim Norris, director of the university's budget
office, said the losses eliminated classes, caused layoffs,
hindered the university from hiring top-tier professors,
made it harder to retain valued faculty and eventually
lessened the university's overall quality.
"It had a global impact on the campus," Nor-
ris said. "We have to rely more on lecturers and non-
tenured faculty instructors...that's a slippery slope in
terms of quality."
"If it looks like it's not temporary they should use
this to take some strategic approach rather than just
use a band-aid," Norris said of UF's take on the prob-
lems. "We didn't really do that."
In all, about 430 University of Florida positions
will cease to exist, which includes layoffs of about 20
faculty and 118 staff members.
UF will also reduce undergraduate enrollment by
4,000 over the next four years, and specifically within
the College of Engineering, about a third of the nor-
mal number of transfer students will now be accepted
per year.
For the last four months, Khargonekar and other
administrators have toiled over a plan intended to pre-
vent a major quality decline in the college, primarily
for the student education. Although the plan elimi-
nated existing positions, gave more responsibilities
to current faculty and will require alternative financial
support, funding for academic departments is only
dropping 4.23 percent.
"We could use all the help we can get," Khar-
gonekar said. "If people have ideas, resources, direc-

tions we can think about, I would love to hear from
them. We very much welcome support."
Christian Ramirez, engineering senior and presi-
dent of the Benton Engineering Council, said he knows
the dean is making efforts to minimize the impact on
students but also said he worries that the monetary
cramps and potential faculty loss will harm the value
of his degree.
"I may not feel the direct effect, but I feel for the
individuals who are coming after us," Ramirez said.
"It's scary"
Ramirez recommended the Legislature allow UF
room for more significant tuition hikes to help cover
the budget problems.
"I think the education would be taken more se-
riously by the students," he said. "I've heard very few
opposed to UF raising the tuition."
Richard Darabi, a 2003 civil engineering gradu-
ate, said he's witnessed the economic crunch in Talla-
hassee, where he now works for Clifford Lamb and As-
sociates, a land development company Because Darabi
said the problems reside in industries and universities
throughout the state, he doesn't think it will divert stu-
dents to other schools.
"Part of the reason I went to UF is that it's the
best school in Florida," he said. "I think that will still
hold true."
Haddad said he believes UF, like the Michigan 30
years ago, will weather the tough fiscal times.
"We really had to work very, very hard in the '8os
to recover," Haddad said. "Fortunately, things really
turned around."
UM's college of engineering went from one fac-
ulty hire in Haddad's first seven years as chair to go
in the next five. He said state lawmakers invested in
engineering, top-tier professors flocked to the school,
and the university constructed the first new building
for the college in 20 years.
Khargonekar said he knows UF faces a daunting
dilemma but also believes that with strong alumni sup-
port and an unbending commitment to maintain qual-
ity student educations, the College will survive and
"Our mission has not changed," he said. "We've got
to remind ourselves that Florida will come back. When
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the Gator engineer who helped change
how you and the rest of the world -
thinks, acts and communicates

o understand Fernandez's work at
the time, you need to first under-
stand what was happening around him.
During the late 1970S and early I980s,
when he arrived in Silicon Valley, a revolu-
tionwas brewing. It was a place of wonder
and chaos, populated by an army of engi-
neers and scientists, big-company suits
and shaggy nerds all trying to dream up the
future. There was no Apple, no Microsoft
yet. And the one portable computer that
had been built weighed 24 pounds.
The question floating in the air, Fer-
nandez recalls, was: Who would be the
first to develop a computer that appealed
to the masses? And so the frenzied race
was on, with Fernandez in the middle of
it. "We were right there," he says, "right
on the edge of technology with all the
big guys. We worked 24 hours a day seven
days a week, but I've never had more fun,
never made more breakthroughs."
Fernandez, like his competitors, knew
the future demanded two things. The
first was a computer language that could
be understood by regular people, not just
tech geeks. (IBM had recently introduced
the first personal computer, but it ran on
a clunky language called MS-DOS.) The
second was mobility. "I had this image of
a totally portable office," he says. "Any
business person could move anywhere
and be able to work."
With big ideas swirling around his
mind, Fernandez left his job at Zilog to
start his own company "My wife said,
'You're going to do what with our sav-
ings?'" he jokes. "Some people thought I
was crazy when I told them we're build-
ing a computer that's 8 12 by 2 inches, and
weighs three pounds."
But he wasn't, and in May of 1983 Fer-
nandez and his team debuted the Gavilan
at the National Computer Conference. A
New York Times reporter who wrote about
the event described the crowd gathered
at his booth as one "that would have done
I.B.M. proud." One booth over was none
other than a young Steve Jobs, presenting
his brand new desktop computer, called
Lisa, the direct predecessor to Apple. "It
was an amazing time," Fernandez recalls.
"But I'll be honest, I was just happy my

computer was working. It was so new we
weren't sure it would."
As destiny would have it, the Gavilan
wouldn't become a commercial success.
Fernandez and his two partners ran out
of money before they could address criti-
cal technical issues. Almost everything
worked well: the memory, the battery
that lasted eight hours and was recharge-
able in one, even the Gavilan language,
which was based on the point-and-click
iconography computers now rely on.
The problem was with the external
drive. The Gavilan had been designed
with a three-inch disk drive, but when the
company that manufactured the drives
for Gavilan went out of business, Fernan-
dez was left in an impossible spot. The
entire body of the Gavilan needed to be
redesigned to accommodate the 3 12 in
disks that had by then become industry
standard. But Fernandez was out of mon-
ey, and had no choice but to close shop.
"If we would have had just $3 million
more, our story might have ended differ-
ently," Fernandez says. "I always wonder,
what could we have become? Could we
have become Dell?"
And yet, Fernandez's concept was
downright revolutionary: his team was
the first to design a modern laptop, with
a screen that folds over a keyboard and a
touchpad mouse amazingly similar to the
ones today's portables feature. "If there
was ever any vision in my life," Fernandez
says, "that was it."
More than 25 years later, having
learned a hard business lesson about the
dangers of under-funding a project, Fer-
nandez muses about how close he was to
the movement that transformed how the
world thinks, moves and communicates.
He rises from the conference table he's
sitting at, walks to his desk and picks up a
plaque engraved with the following: "For
of all the sad words of tongue or pen, the
saddest are these: It might have been." It's
a quote by John Greenleaf Whittier, and
"I keep it on my desk so that I remember
what I learned from that experience: that
whatever you do, in business and in life,
you have to make sure you give yourself
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devastated to close down Gavilan,
Fernandez moved to Connecticut
and found work in another field that would
soon explode: technology research, the
business of prognosticating whether hard-
ware and software will stay or go, and how
enterprises can use them to grow. By 991,
Fernandez had been named president and
CEO of the Gartner Group, the field's most
influential player, which under him grew to
be worth more than $4 billion. It was also
during his tenure that the company coined
the term YzK, warning the world about the
danger of not preparing computer systems
for the millennium.
So where was he on the night of Dec. 31,
1999? "In Hawaii with the Gartner manage-
ment team. We were on our way to our an-
nual meeting, and while we were confident
nothing catastrophic would happen because
we had taken precautions and helped a lot of
*-I people do the same, at midnight we called
around just to see what was going on," he
says with a laugh.
While he had been CEO of two compa-
-i nies before arriving at Gartner, it was here
i that Fernandez came into his own as a lead-
er. Michael Fleischer, who worked with him
for more than a decade and who is now the
company's president, says it was Fernandez's
style as much as his acumen that made him
special. He began meetings by asking first
about an employee's family, second about
their numbers. When he walked into an el-
evator occupied by junior-level staffers, he
was knnwn tn turn tn them and say "Hi. my
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Fernandez' cafas diplapys the final to become a
scores of the '96.and '06'6otball and grandfather
Gator chalMionship ga"s encouraged him to
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boomputer uper he carries an IBM
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and he went out of his way to do so," Fleisch-
er says. "His attitude was, 'I'm just like you,
I just have a slightly different position at the
company, but we're all in this together."
Fernandez retired from Gartner in 2ooi,
at 55, and has since focused on investing in
new technology companies (through SI Ven-
tures, a venture capital fund run by Gartner)
sitting on corporate boards (including that
of Black & Decker) and helping causes close
to his heart, like UF, where he was named
chairman of its Board of Trustees in 2003.
Before stepping down in 2007, he launched
the university's $1.5 billion Florida Tomor-
row campaign and traveled across the state,
to five cities in three days, promoting The
Florida Opportunities Scholarship program,
aimed at helping first-generation college stu-
dents pay for school. "Manny believes in the
power of education because he's living proof
of how it can transform a life," says Jason
Rosenberg, a UF alumnus who was also part
of the scholarship tour. "He knows that if we
can help first-generation students get to col-
lege, we can change their future and every-
one else's, too. And, of course, the future is
what Manny's all about."
Yet his past, a deep sense of heritage and
history and pride, is what he carries with
him even now Every once in a while, his eyes
well when he talks about his dad, who kept
Fernandez's college degree hung framed
above his desk until he passed away in 2003.
He says it was his parents' struggle and sac-
rifice for his sake that provided the fuel for
all he's accomplished "I always knew that if
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Gator Engineering and the Techno Reuolution

John Vincent Atanasoff creates
the first electronic calculating ma- -- 1942
chine-or, in layman's terms, the
first computer. Atanasoff received
his B.S. in Electrical Engineering
from UF in 1925. He developed
the Atanasoff-Berry Computer 19 3
prototype while a professor at 19
Iowa State University With its
development, he pioneered four
significant operating principles:
the medium of electricity, the
usage of the binary system, regen-
erative data storage and computa-
tion by direct logical action.

Manny Fernandez and his
team debut the Gavilan,
the world's first laptop, at
the National Computer
. 1 Conference.

Mark Adler, who re-
ceived his M.S. in Elec-
trical Engineering from
UF in 1985, co-writes
zlib, a software library
used for data compres-
sion which is akin to a
zip file. Today thousands
of applications rely on it
directly and indirectly.
In the same year, Adler
helped develop the
image-file format PNG,
which is designed for im-
ages on the internet.
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MoBeam is released in the U.S. Mo-
Beam is a program that allows users to
store bar codes in their cell phones and
store things like movie tickets, coupons
and boarding passes without having
to print them out. Everyday checkout
scanners can interpret the barcodes.
MoBeam is the product of Ecrio Inc.,
a mobile phone company that's big in
Japan. Rao Gobburu, co-founder of
Ecrio, received his MS degree in Elec-
trical Engineering from UF.

"Linux Kernel De
published. The bo
engineer Robert

Philip Don Estridge leads
the team that develops
the first IBM Personal
-- 181 -- Computer. Estride, who
S- graduated from F with
a Bachelor's in Electri-
cal Engineering, built the
machine with readily avail-
able hardware and open
architecture a decision
that greatly contributed to
its popularity

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I NVIDIA, a multinational
corporation that manufactures
graphics-processor technology,
is co-founded by Chris Mafa-
chowsky, who received an E.E.
B.S. from UF NVIDIA, which
is a major supplier of integrated
circuits for personal computers, is
best known for GeForce a gam-
ing productive.

S2003 -1999
Sachio Semmoto founds
-- eAccess Ltd., a company
development" is that provides high-speed
ok, written by Gator -- broadband telecommunica-
4atthew Love, is h tion services to Taoan. In

about understanding and developing
code for Linux, a computer
operating system. Love,
who is the contributing
editor for LinuxJournal,
is also an open source
software developer. His
book is now in its sec-
ond edition and has
been published in
multiple languages.


2007, Semmoto who
received a degree in Electri-
cal Engineering from UF
launched the world's
fastest wireless data service,
Emobile. Emobile subscrib- -
ers get 7.2 megabits a second,
which is ioo times more
than Verizon.


In response to an
emerging trend on the
Web, Gator gradJesse
James Garrett coins the
term 'Ajax." Web sites
(such as Google Maps
and Facebook) started
combining XHTML,
CSS,JavaScript and
other technology to
create interactive Web
applications that don't
require the viewer to navi-
o a different page. Garrett, who
minded AdaptivePath, a successful
ology design ... ',. iii\. started
this techniqti. .\j ,. (Asynchro-
avaScript And XML) and it stuck.



James Allchin is appointed
co-president of the Platforms
-- & Services Division. Allchin
who graduated from UF with
a B.S. in Computer Science in
S 1973, was responsible for many
of Microsoft s platforms, in-
cluding Microsoft Windows,
Windows Server and products
such as SQL Server. Bill Gates
_-- called him "a brilliant tech-
- nologist" and a "visionary."

The "Gator Tech Smart
Home" has its grand
opening. Located in a
Gainesville retirement
community, the home
combines the latest
computer and sensor
technology in the hopes
of improving the lives
and safety of the
elderly. Computer engi-
neering professor Sumi
Helal is the project's
lead researcher. Among
other things, the home
includes is a bed that
monitors sleep pat-
terns, a floor that can
detect if someone falls,
a pantry that monitors
expiration dates, a mail-
ox that senses when
mail arrives, a micro-
wave that knows how
long to cook a meal and
a shower that regulates
water temperature.

Jog n "Jack" W. Peroff, BS. CHE
retired in 1983 and continues to live in Lexington, Mass. He worked for 28
years as New England sales rep for Synpol, Inc. (a division of Uniroyal). He
says he works on his laptop daily cruising the Internet and writing e-mails.
He also made a CD of his improvisations taped over many years at his
Yamaha grand piano.

Rene M R gersy Towerto

is enjoying his to years of retirement from Litton Electron Devices where
he served as a senior scientist working on advanced Klystron development
for the U.S. Airforce. He and his wife of 56 years are busywith classes in
history, literature and current events at the local senior center. He says
he would have preferred to study archaeology in college if he saw any
way to make a living at it. He explains his e-mail, ageseekeri, does NOT
refer to his age, 81, but rather his lifelong interest in flaked stone tools
and measuring the time elapsed since they were made. He also serve as
a consultant and sometimes contribute to the Southwest Museum of
Engineering and Computing.
Robert "tud" oe iras 11 csEor
was a member of a graduating class with 18 chemical engineers. Following
the Korean War, he worked as an engineer in the largest P205 plant in
the world at that time, which is located in Hillsborough County, Fla. He
says he had the privilege of starting the first DAP plant in the world in
1958. Hle ended up as a vice president with the Phillip Brothers Division of
Engelhard & Minerals Corp., traveling across Europe and South America.
He is still married to his wife of 54 years and has two daughters. He attends
home Gator football games and says the current teams are much better
than they were in the late 40s'.

oGlenn W-itcorn Bs. CHE M.s MSE 54
is married to a Mississippi beauty named Doris, and has three daughters
(one a chemical engineer from Texas A&M). Now fully retired, he builds
sets and acts in a local little theater, sings in the church choir, community
chorus and travels a little too. He also tutors first and second grade U .
students who are behind a grade level, helps Habitat for Humanity in
home construction and is an AARP TaxAide counselor. Last year he
was selected as one of five "Unsung Heroes" in Baytown for his volunteer
efforts. "One of fondest memories in engineering school at UF was moving
the ChE Unit Operations laboratory from Benton Hall to the old Hangar
Building in my junior year. The juniors and seniors actually disconnected
all the equipment, and connected the plumbing at the Hangar. That
practical experience has stayed with me all my life."

Lakre Gross Ray Jr.CCE
is the president and owner of Harbor-Ray Consultants inJacksonville, Fla.
He is a confederate Civil War re-enactor.

is inveol iusin iisr, I
is involved in ministry, primarily helping individuals followJesus Christ
as His disciples, he says. After severalyears of church ministry, his focus
began to center on becoming a disciple of Christ. This, he says, has
afforded him the greatest satisfaction in life that he could hope for. He says
he is grateful for his engineering degree, which enabled him to work and
travel around the world for several years.
retired in 1998 from Solvay Amert as regional sales manager
retired in i998 from Solvay America as regional sales manager.


Ja es B. CCE
is a member of the Grand Guard, and a dedicated follower of Gator
sports, particularly Florida football. After graduation, he worked for
Marion Engineering in Ocala as a design engineer. He is responsible
for the design of 31 miles of secondary highways, primarily the road
through the Ocala National Forest from Eurika to Salt Springs. The
following year he moved back to his hometown ofJacksonville, Fla., and
began a career with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers in the military

R E_ B.
is celebrating his 5oth anniversary as a graduate of the University of
Florida College of Engineering.
L. P.E.. B.EE
worked for Harris Corp. in Melbourne, Fla., and retired in 1997. He is
active in his homeowners association and sings in the Daytona Beach
Choral Society. He was honored in 1998 with the Citation of Honor, for
promoting professional ethics from the IEEE. Elden is a widower, but is
now engaged to Karen M. Volante, Ph.D., associate dean of the School
of Nursing at Bethune Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla.

worked for manyyears in NewJersey for RCA Laboratories. During
that time he spent two years in an army missile battalion, and earned an
M.S. ME from Drexel University. Eventually he retired from the David
Sarnoff Research Center as the director of the integrated technology
products laboratory long name, but very interesting work.
Ja es C B. EE
has worked more than 20 years for General Electric Co., becoming
a general manager before leaving and working for companies such as
Emerson and Siemens as president of divisions. Flynn owned a business
and consulted during his 45-year career. He's been married toJeannette
Saunders Flynn for nearly 5o years and has one daughter, Linda
ot C E
spent 28 years working for the U.S. N .. .'. .r..
D.C. designing surface warships. He retired from the Navy in 1993
as the director of amphibious and special ship design management
division. After retirement, he worked forJohnJ. McMullen Associates,
Naval Architects and Marine Engineers as a project manager until
retiring in 2004.

ona B.S EE, M.S. E66
retired from IBM after 38 years in 2004.
Jr., PE., CCE M.E. EES68
retired from Fla. Department of Environmental Protection after 33.8

r B.S. MAE
worked for 3M Co. in Minneapolis-St. Paul for 30 years. He retired and
enjoying life in the Southwest Coast of Florida.

retired and enjoys traveling, family-tree research and gardening. He
retired from Barney's Pumps Inc. headquartered in Lakeland, Fla.,
and was involved in selling heavy duty pumps to heavy industries. His
wife of 44 years also graduated from UF with an education degree and
retired after 35 years of teaching. They met at UF while singing in the
Glee Club.

B.S. ChE
retired in 2002 after working for Texaco Petroleum Refinery in Colon,
Republic of Panama for 35 years. Since retirement, he's worked as an
energy consultant in a power generating plant and in a sugar mill as a
consultant for a project to blend ethanol and motor gasoline to make
gasohol. He's been married to Gema for 40 years, has a son and two
daughters. He received a master degree in business administration
from the USMA University in Panama and his last publication appears
in Hydrocarbon Processing Magazine as referenced: Martin,G.R.,
Luque E., Rodriguez R. "Revamping Crude Unit increase Reliability
and Operability," Hydrocarbon Processing,June 2000 pp 45- 56.


is an air force veteran and lived in Flavet three. Honig built a multi-
division public company which he sold in 1972. He then went to law
school at George Washington University. He's a member of the D.C.
and Maryland Bars. While in law school he and his wife Diane built
four hotels in downtown Washington, which they operated. Honig
was the CEO of the hotel company while he practiced contract law. In
1982, the hotels were sold to the Taj Hotel Co. of India. The Honigs
moved to Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., where they now reside. They also
live part time in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Fred L. B A.
is looking forward to joining the grand guard next year. He retired
from United Technologies Research Center in 1994 and formed his own
consulting firm, KraftWorks Systems, Inc. He is also trying to find time
(and money) to finish restoring his Ferrari 25o GT as well as getting a
1978 March Formula 3 on the track for some vintage racing thisyear.
works for his private practice of Waitz & Moye, Inc. Consulting
Engineers. He has been in practice for 45 years. He recently completed
a design of a 4.5 MGD Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant for
Jacksonville Beach, Fla. He's been married for 55 years toJoan M. Waitz
and has three children: Linda Sue (Waitz) Bloom and Risa (Waitz)
Datz are both Gators, and Ira Waitz, VP Monroe. He also has three
granddaughters, all of whom are Gators too.

retired seven years ago from MITRE in Mass. with 19 years of service.
He worked for 20 years at Honeywell in the space program. He said one
of the most interesting programs was the Viking program that put the
first lander on Mars. All the worker's names now sit on the side of the
Lander on Mars.

retired from the U. S. Navy in 1984 after 20 years of active duty as a
surface warfare officer. He served on ships home ported in Mayport,
Fla; Pearl Harbor; San Diego; and Okinawa. In 1971, He received a
master of operations research degree from the U. S. Naval Postgraduate
School in Monterey, Calif. After his Navy retirement, he startedwork
for Logicon, Inc, which was acquired by Northrop Grumman a few
years ago. Today he works as a senior information assurance analyst for
Northrop Grumman Information Technology.
Cur E
retire. l t ...i I "..I\,r I. Cellular Communications in 2000 as director
of operations after working at Bell Telephone Labs, Southern Bell,
BellSouth Mobility, and Houston Cellular Tel Co. He is living in the
mountains near Cullowhee, NC.
Joe B.S ChE
took a career "sabbatical" in 2004 to volunteer for U.S. Peace Corps
and was rejected for health reasons. He joined AmeriCorps on the
rebound and served a one-year term on assignment with the local
Alachua Habitat for Humanity as a construction site supervisor and
earned college expenses. He utilized the college expenses stipend by
returning to UF in 2005 as a graduate student in the College of Design,
Construction and Planning and continues, now as a Ph.D. student. He
will have turned 70 when he graduates in 2010o. Wills wants to teach
construction management at the university level, possibly as a Gator
-.r B. ISE
retired from the research labs at Eastman Kodak, Rochester, NY, in
1991 where he worked as a photo systems engineer for 28 years.
is president of Lifetime Financial Services. He also received an MBA
from University of Tennessee. He has been selected as one of the top
too financial planning firms by Barron's.

Av,,rdji %ere g,, en to Pi.:k Sirnonin &
Ste. e Sablotsk., -Or their aCCoi'nFlihrnents
and contributions to both the College Of
Engineering and the engineering viorld


works as a systems engineer for Florida Power and Light Co.
E. o n, BS. ISE, 1969 M.E.
has worked in many operational areas of Hewlett Packard's medical
systems business, including R&D, marketing, manufacturing, engineering
management, field operations and general management. His career progressed
through executive levels and he became general manager of various divisions
within the medical products group of HP. He says he was very fortunate and
blessed to have known Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard. Goldman also received
an M.S. in engineering management from Northeastern University in Boston
and an executive MBA from Harvard Business School.


retired from Fluor Corp. in 199i after serving as the director ot manufacturing
engineering at their Greenvillle, S.C. office. He is enjoying retirement: fly
fishing, bird hunting and shooting sports (skeet, trap and sporting clays).
Lawrence B.S EE
retired from Alcoa, Inc. in 2005.
just retired from Hewlett-Packard/Agilent Technologies after 38 years. More
golf, charitable work and grandchildren are good things, he says. He has five
children and two grandchildren. He was the first child in his family to attend
UF and four of his siblings followed in his footsteps and graduated from UF.
They are all big Gator fans and attend games as much as possible.
works for the TPL Group in Cupertino, Calif. TPL recently acquired the
company he started, ChipScale, Inc., where Marcouxwas CEO and named
inventor of several of the company's patents. His interests include new
businesses, sea kayaking and watching his son play soccer for UC Davis.

C Co Mer, /.S. MAE
retired from The Boeing Co. in March 2oo8 after a 26 year career working on
projects in defense, space and commercial airplane groups. His wife, Edith F. Cohen,
1971, M.S. immunology, has chronic kidney disease which was diagnosed in May
2007 and began dialysis in Dec. 2007.

works for the Department of Housing and Urban D.. .. I. -..r .'. '"' ...'

works for Gilkey Organization, LLC specializing in development advising and
investments. He's the commissioner of The Century Commission for Sustainable
Florida and also served as president/ CEO of Bonita Bay Group for 9 years. Last year
he started his own company.

is a senior principal engineer for Aspen 1.... ....1.... A 1,.the soft-
ware industry for process design ot chemical plants.
erardo I B.S. EE
is a self-employed consultant with Fernandez Consulting Group working as a busi-
ness consultant for engineering and architectural firms. He also served as a Gov
Bush appointee to the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board
from 1999 to 2003. He has a new grandson, David Walter, and is also doing resort
development real estate in the Dominican Republic.
is an engineering manager for AMO Wavefront Sciences, LLC. He is in charge of
the research team developing optical instrumentation for use in ophthalmic correc-
tion application. In April, his team introduced the iDesign Ophthalmic Aberrom-
eter at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery in Chicago. Voss
retired from U.S. Air Force in 1997 as a lieutenant colonel and command pilot. He is
very proud of his two new grandsons, who are 17 months and 4 months old.

J. B.S. CCE 1975 M.E
works at RJ. Behar & Co., Inc. as a civil engineer. He won the Florida Engineering
Society Broward Branch 200oo8 Engineer of the Year.


is semi-retired and is senior adviser to Sheppard, Mullin,Richter &
Hampton LLP, an international law firm headquartered in California.
He worked as an electrical engineer for Northrop and Hughes after
graduating from UF. After graduating first in his class from Loyola of
Los Angeles School of Law, he joined Nossaman Waters as a lawyer.
He became a partner in I973 at McKenna Fitting & Finch. Along with
three friends, he founded Hill Wynne Troop & Meisinger in i975. He
says he and his wife are avid "adventure travelers," and have been to
Tibet, Patagonia, Bhutan, the Pyrenees, Indonesia, Micronesia, Fiji,
Cocos, Maldives and the Andaman Islands. They stay state-side for
about a month skiing, mostly in Aspen. They have three sons.

Farror, BS. MAE
retired in 2000 from civilian service with the Department of Army. His
last job was project manager of the Army's HELLFIRE Missile Project
Office in Huntsville, Ala. He also worked as an aircraft test engineer
with the Army, and before that was a aero engineer with the Navy,
having engineer cognizance over their fleet ofUH-i helicopters.
works for his private consulting practice of Waitz & Moye, Inc. He
has been in practice for 45 years. He recently completed design of a 4.5
MGD Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant forJacksonville Beach,
Florida. He's been married for 55 years toJoan M. Waitz and has 3 three
children: Linda Sue (Waitz) Bloom and Risa (Waitz) Datz are both
Gators, and Ira Waitz, VP Monroe. He also has three granddaughters
all of whom are Gators, too.

works at the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal
Transit Administration in the International Mass Transportation
Program. He encourages those involved in providing mass
transportation products, supplies or services to review the
opportunities for U.S. firms in the international transportation market.

Frederick J.' ison, P.E., B.S. CCE. M.E '72
spent most of his career employed by the consulting firm of Law
Engineering and was posted in Tampa, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Houston,
San Diego and Atlanta. He was senior vice president and director
of facility services for the corporation. He started a consulting
practice, Krishon Consulting Group, Inc., which provides engineering
consulting services in a variety of areas to public and private clients.
Some career highlights include five years in Saudi Arabia as director
of Saudi Operations and serving as concrete consultant during
construction of the University of Riyadh (King Saud University), as well
as the management of emergency response and recovery activities at
Cal State Northridge after the Northridge Earthquake and at Ground
Zero after the WTC disaster. I also was responsible for the design and
development of a cutting edge software application for facility asset
management that is currently being employed by the U.S. Navy. He
finds being a Gator on the west coast is fun, where it is unique to wear
orange and blue and of late, he says he gets nothing but respect.
is employed with Siemems Water Technologies and is business
manager and director of operations of the biological and clarification
segment. He is responsible for three locations which include almost
450 employees. His wife is a CPA in Florida and Georgia; his daughter,
Elizabeth A. Corley, has a B.S. CCE, M.S. CCE, M.S. EES and a Ph.D.
in environmental policy. She is an associate professor at Arizona State
P.E.. M.S. EES
started his career with City of Daytona Beach and has since worked
with three other consulting engineering firms before joining Boyle
Engineering Corp. in 2002. He has been very active in AWWA
(American Water Works Association), Fl water and Pollution Control
Operators Assoc. and Water Environment Federation. He chairs the
water resources committee for the Florida Institute of Consulting
Engineers, the private branch of the Florida Engineering Society.
In 2oo6, he was elected to the Seminole Soil & Water Conservation
District and is currently the chairman. He is married to Rene Brodeur
(UCF grad) and they have one son,Jason, who received his B.S. and
MBA from UF. Jason is married to UF grad, Wendy.



works at SI Group, Inc., a private chemical company in Newport, Tenn., as
the manager of environmental, health, safety and security. He and his wife
Anne still practice and teach Cuong Nhu martial arts, which they learned
while attending UF. Ponzio's oldest son, Tony, graduated from Tennessee
Technological University with a B.S. ChE. The Ponzios also have triplet
sons who are all starting their second year as engineering students. Two are
at TTU and one is at the University of Tennessee.

retired from Oak Ridge National Laboratory where he was a program
manager for the U.S. Department of Energy's RebuildAmerica program.
He plans on providing consulting engineering services for energy efficiency
in new and existing buildings.


is a minister in Lake Worth, Fla. and just completed a master's in philoso-
phy from New Covenant University He worked as a power plant engineer
for 20 years after graduating from UF From 1978 to 1984, he worked at
Duke Power Company Lee Steam Station. Then, from 1984 to 1998 he
worked at City of Lake Worth Utilities.
Jon /B.S. ISE
works for IBM as a sales executive in the server and technology group.
He's been with IBM for 25 years. He earned a master's degree in manufac-
turing systems at Georgia Tech in 1984. He met his wife at IBM (she's an
industrial engineer from Auburn).
LueE.. B.S. CCE
is president of M.E. Construction, Inc. in West Melbourne, Fla. The firm
is a commercial and industrial design build firm with 20 employees. He is a
senior member of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers, recognized
in federal, circuit and county courts as an expert in engineering, construc-
tion and estimating. Miorelli has been married 26 years toJan Liacopoulos
Miorelli, an FSU graduate a mixed marriage. They have two sons: Sam
A. Miorelli (a UF mechanical engineering senior) and Mitchell G. Miorelli
(a UCF freshman). Miorelli is also active in Rotary International he
was 2005-2006 Rotarian of the Year Eau Gallie Rotary Club.

is a medical physicist at Howard University Hospital in the Department
of Radiology

has worked with several contractors at the Air Force Eastern Range and
the Kennedy Space Center. This past year, he finally moved into AF Civil
Service as a systems engineer doing sustainment and modernization proj-
ects. The Eastern Range, the "Worlds Premier Gateway to Space," man-
ages all rocket launches, including the Space Shuttle, on the east coast of
Florida. Duties include radar and optics tracking, data capture and possible
range safety destruction of errant vehicles. Trump has a 17-year-old daugh-
ter considering a career in engineering. He also has two young children,
Matthew, 8, and Victoria, 5. Trump says he thinks Matthew is going to be
an engineer: "Every time I come home from work, he's taken something
else apart. The problem is, he can't seem to put them back together. He's
quick to tell his mom, "Don't worry Daddy can fix anything."

Crainr ISE
is the global supply chain manager foi I* *,. It... I I. Co.

has been a professional engineer in Florida since 1986. He is part of the
new leadership at Engenuity Group inWest Palm Beach.


retired as chairman and chief execu-
tive officer of IMNS Health. Before
joining IMS, lie was senior vice
president and group executive at IBM.
Thomas returned to I F in Februaryi
to share his experience and success
*with engineering students.


works for the Florida Department of Transportation as a program man-
ager in the project management office. He is the chair of the Tallahassee
section ofASME, the past president of Tallahassee Toastmasters Club and
a casual musician with Capital City Band of Tallahassee Community Col-
lege. He has been married for 30 years toAnjali, a dentist. Their son Rahul
is an engineer and their daughter, Sareeta, is an accountant.


is working at Lockheed Martin simulation, training and support in Or-
lando. He was promoted to marine systems test manager Oct. 2007.
I B.S, C_
works for Faller, Davis & Associates, Inc. in Tampa, Fla. as a senior engi-
neer. He's doing a little of everything from computers to construction
assistance and says their company has quite a Gator population. His
two children are both students at the University of Florida (one is in the
College of Agricultural & Life Sciences and the other is a civil engineering

r C B.S. ChE. 19s8 )
chairs the Intellectual Property Practice Group at Akerman Senterfitt.

is working for the Air Force Research Lab developing technology to sup-
port the global war on terrorism. Reshard says he and Alan George got the
Center for High Performance Reconfigurable Computing started year
and a half ago.

works at aEh Security in Bradenton, Fla. as a lead engineer in the global
component engineering department working with other GE divisions in
the U.S., Spain and Ireland. His daughter is presently going to Manatee
Community College, where she is majoring in business and is on the dean's
list. He says he doesn't think she'll become a Gator, but he loves her just
the same.

SB.S. C hE
works at Panasonic Battery Corp., where she is director of technical
engineering. She recently celebrated her 25th wedding anniversary and has
three sons and a daughter-in-law

is founder and chiet software architect of Analytical Graphics, Inc. Reyn-
olds, along with his partner Paul Graziani, was winner of the 2005 Ernst &
Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for Greater Philadelphia & Central

It B.S.
works in Silicon Valley for the AutoFarm division of Novariant Inc. and
designs GPS automated steering systems for agricultural vehicles such as
tractors, sprayers and harvesters.
Cardl )Carlson, B.S. MAE
is working and living in Colorado and is training for the Steamboat Springs
half marathon.
ea Eo B.S.
works for ,I i r. I as a mechanical forensic engineer investigating me-
chanical failures.

started with the Panama Canal Commission in 1988 (then a U.S. Govern-
ment agency). In 2000, the Autoridad del Canal de Panama became an
agency of the Panamanian government. He is currently a mechanical engi-
neer with the power branch, where they generate power for the operation
of the Panama Canal by running three plants (one thermoelectric and two
hydroelectric). He is married and has two children: Ana Cristina, 19, who is
taking an intensive english course at FSU to get ready for college; andJose
Aurelio, 16, who is still in high school in Panama. He likes physics, so he'll
probably be an engineer too... though Lara says it's not his fault.

works as a project manager for Tropicana
Products (a division of Pepsico, Inc.) at the
Bradenton, Fla., facility He has managed
juice blending, pasteurization and aseptic
storage systems installations. He is mar-
ried, has two sons one is a recent B.S.
MAE graduate, and the other will be a UF
freshman in the fall (he also interested in an
engineering degree).

focused her degree in medical physics. She
married Ray G. Thomas in November 1982
and they have one daughter, Sarah, who is
going to graduate from the IB program at
EastsideHigh School inJune. Sarah plans
to attend Emory University as a biology
major and hopes to apply to medical school.
Thomas has worked at the VA Medical
Center in Gainesville, Fla. since she gradu-
ated; first as the nuclear medicine physicist
and recently as the hospital radiation safety
officer. She has also been the information
manager in the radiology service for the past
19 years.
D.B.A.. B.S. EE
works at the Kennedy Space Center for
NASAas the director of engineering. He is
working to esure the safety of shuttle flights,
the space station and expendable rockets -
all while designing and building the launch
systems for the new Constellation Program
to go back to the Moon and on to Mars.

is the owner and president of a small civil
engineering firm named Gator Engineer-
ing Consultants, PA. This year theywill
celebrate their 20th year in business. Bobo-
Jackson is married and has five children: four
girls and one boy

B.5. CISl
became a CISSP in 2005. Before that she
worked for UF, but left in 2006 and moved
to an island in Arkansas where she and her
husband bought a property management
business. She started working for Wal-Mart
in the information systems division in the
security compliance department in Benton-
ville, Ark.

works for NASA at the Kennedy Space
Center in the mission integration branch of
the launch services program. Engineers in
his branch manage the integration of a mis-
sion's spacecraft to its assigned expendable
launch vehicle. Per mission, this task lasts
on average about four years; from mission
inception through spacecraft separation,
post launch. They typically work on at
least two missions at a time. In the past,
they worked on the Mars Rover missions
(Spirit and Opportunity), the Mars Phoenix
Lander and Pluto New Horizons. Previously,
Fineburg worked for Boeing as an engi-
neer on the space shuttle main propulsion
system. In this role, the group represented
the design center during all missionphases
from powered flight through landing -
and during vehicle checkout on the ground.
But Fineburg says the best news of all is that
his son was accepted into the Gator Nation.
He started this summer. He'll be the fourth
Fineberg to attend UF. However, Fineburg
wonders if his son will have to pay for his old
outstanding parking tickets?

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is the director of quality assurance for complaint handling at Cordis, a
Johnson &Johnson Company
RE.. BS. MAE. M.E. MAE'91. ).'95
is the director of the UF IPPD program. He says he has the best job on
campus and loves helping our outstanding students make the transition
from student to professional. He assists our industry partners in getting
important design projects completed for reasonable costs. He is also the
adviser for the UF Soccer Club and plays on an over 4os' soccer team here
in Gainesville.
works for the Florida Department of Transportation in Marianna, Fla. and
a is registered professional engineer. He is married to Beth Cowart, who is
also a Gator, and they have three children.
PE.., B.S.. CCE, 1986 M.E.
is a geotechnical engineer with MACTEC Engineering and Consulting,
Inc. inJacksonville, Fla., and the manager of the geotechnical department.
He has worked there since graduating from UF and is the president of the
Northeast Florida Chapter of the Florida Engineering Society and will be
the chapter's state director next year. Woodward is also a past chairman of
the Geotechnical and Materials Engineers Council of the Florida Institute
of Consulting Engineers. He is married to the former Lizette Borrero,
who graduated from UF with a degree in Agriculture in 1987. They have
two sons,John,i6, andJim,ii, who would both like to attend UF. He and
Lizette are involved with their Boy Scout troop as committee members
and merit badge counselors.
Leson B.S. EE
has worked for Harris Corp., a government communications systems in
Palm Bay, Fla., for more than ii years. He is a project engineer for a series
of programs including operations and maintenance support for existing
communications systems and the development of new generation units for
the same communications systems. He has been married for 30 years to
his high school sweetheart and has two children.

Carl B.S. MAE
started with flight testing MD-8o's and 90's for M I .. i ..... I )ouglas Air-
craft from Long Beach, Calif. He was lead engineer on the first C-17 and
then the flight test department manager of the "loads" aircraft Pi (which
was the first production vehicle off the assembly line). He helped redesign
the fuselage to be "assembly lean", was the 54th person to join the Delta
IV team, oversaw project management for the booster testing at Stennis
Space Center and then stayed working for Boeing. Now he is the owner
and leader of Team Global-E, competing in the new Automotive X-Prize to
build and race a ioo mpg vehicle with today's emission standards.
is a project manager with Hewitt Associates. He earned his MBA from
LeTourneu University in 2000 and his PMP certification in 2005.
Frauran, B.S SE
is engineering manager for Pylon Manufacturing Corp., a windshield wiper
manufacturer. He is married to Debra and has three boys: Stephen,Jason
andAndrew He has also played ultimate frisbee for more than 25 years.

just received her Ph. D. in civil engineering with a major in structural en-
gineering from Florida State University in April 2008. She is also president
and CEO of B. Robinson Corp., an engineering and construction firm
headquartered in Tallahassee, Fla. Robinson is professional engineer in
Florida, Georgia and Illinois. She is a State of Florida Certified General

r 3B.S .
joined the Nebraska Public Power District as the emergency preparedness
manager for the Cooper Nuclear Station in Brownville, Neb., in Feb 2008.
has worked as a software engineer, systems engineer and database adminis-
trator for 15 years. He now is a commercial property appraiser.


is president .. I .... I.-..... ..I .. Corp., in Chelmsford, M ass.
Jon BE .S. CCE
owns and runs three companies: Legacy Engineering, Inc., Old South
Drilling Co., and Ellis Engineering, Inc. He married Rhonda while attend-
ing UF. The Ellis' have six children, which all are home-schooled.
works for Harris Corp., in Melbourne, Fla., as a senior software engineer
who writes programs for ground communication with satellites. He has
been married since 1993, has a 12-year-old boy and two nine-year-old twin
girls. Sieck met his wife at Gator Growl in 1990 while visiting his sister, a
student at UF. His wife was visiting her brother, also a student. You could
say the Gators andJeff Foxworthy brought them together.

C. B" .S.
is a senior research associate and instructor at Virginia Tech Department
of Materials Science and Engineering.
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spent two years immediately after 911 fighting the war on terrorism.
He was assigned to the United States Central Command's Engineering
Directorate, which supported the missions in Afghanistan and Iraq. Now
he works for Smith Equities Real Estate Investment Advisers as a multi-
family commercial real estate broker. He retired in 2007 from the U.S.
Navy as a Commander in the Civil Engineer Corps. He is also an assistant
high school football coach and serves on many volunteer boards. He has
i5-year-old son and a 13-year-old daughter.
founded Monster Tower in 2003, a wakeboard tower company, and sold it
to Marine Accessories Corp., in 2oo6. The product received utility and
design patents as well as brand trademarks. He continued leading the
company and product development until April 2007. He has two other
companies: Discount Awnings, which provides do-it-yourself canvas
awning kits for windows and doors, and Fishmaster, which began selling
universal folding Ttop for center-console boats in 2006. His patent appli-
cation for the T-top was approved. This is the third patent for Bierbower
and he says he is concentrating on creating products utilizing his UF
engineering background. Bierbower says he enjoys traveling with his wife
Jamie, B.S.BA'84, of 17 years and their three sons. He recently became
a BullGator and is excited about traveling to Gainesville more often for
football games.

Louis BS. SE 1969 M.E
works for Lockheed Martin as a staff manufacturing engineer, supporting
the build of turreted target systems for the U.S.Military
is the quality assurance manager for MicroLumen, Inc., a leading manu-
facturer of high performance medical tubing. She lives in Tampa with her
husband and two daughters.


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Lonnie PE B.S. MAE
opened his own business, Day Consulting, Inc., in Pensacola, Fla. and
provides HVAC, plumbing and other mechanical design services for large
commercial, institutional, government and industrial facilities throughout
the southeastern U.S.
To~r C M.S. ISE
is a senior manufacturing engineer at Lutron Electronics in Coopersburg,
Pa. He and his wife Nancy reside in Allentown. His daughterJessica is a
senior at the University of Pittsburgh, his daughter Amber is a sophomore
at Pennsylvania State University and his sonJeff is a senior at Parkland
High School.
C. "Lee" Lewis, E, BS. CCE
is regional manager and principal with AVCON, INC., an engineering and
planning firm specializing in airports and transportation facilities through-
out Florida. He has served as the regional manager of the Northwest
Florida office in Niceville for more than to years.


works for Analex, a NASA contractor, on NASAs Launch Services Pro-
gram. This program launches unmanned NASA missions like the MARS
rovers or DAWN mission to the asteroids, etc. He's been married since
1994 to his college sweetheart and they have three children ages 6, 7 and 9.
ce) I B.S. ChE
after 12 years of corporate life, she changed gears and is now a math
teacher at Neenah High School in Neenah, WI. The kids love to hear
about how she actually used math in a "real"job.

is a senior engineer with Boyle Engineering Corp.,Palm City, Fla. Porter
was nominated by Gov Crist to attend the 2oo8 Business and Professional
Women's Leadership Summit inWashington D.C., and was named chair of
the Florida Engineering Society's K-I2 Committee. The committee facili-
tates getting engineers into classrooms to introduce students to engineer-
ing. This allows students with a proficiency in math and science to learn
engineering is a challenging and rewarding career with a variety of different
disciplines. The K-I2 committee has developed a database of engineer
volunteers throughout the state who are excited about making presenta-
tions to classes or participating in other career-related events. Teachers can
access this database and contact engineers in their area.
owns several businesses: KWEST Communications, a retailer and whole-
saler of cellular products and services, and TAX TIME, which provides
instant tax services and refunds to the public. He is getting married this
is avice-president of consulting d. I.- ..; 1.. .. r.. Heandhis
wife recently welcomed their first baby, Nathren Srinivasen.
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received his PE. in Texas. He is senior project manager for CH2M Hill in
San Antonio, Texas.

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has worked in Florida and Virginia on a number of bridge projects. He says
he is married to a lovely French lady and has two children, Santiago and
Nohelia. He also spent two years in France learning how French engineers
deal with geotechnical issues. Now in Pennsylvania, he is president of Geo-
technical Consultants and Services, where he provides consulting services
for design and construction of foundations.
works in the IT field in I... i1.. ar.. r ii years inJacksonville. He is mar-
ried to Tammy and recently welcomed their daughter Sarah into the world.

works at the University of Minnesota as an assistant professor in the
Department of Radiation Oncology since 2001. He was just promoted to
associate professor.
Teresa ) B.S. MS. CISE
works for Interoptek, Inc as the lead software engineer and primarily
works on autonomous behaviors for unmanned systems. Nieten welcomed
a future Gator in February 2oo6.
To n, M.S CCE
has accepted a position as director of engineering for Palm Beach County
Water Utilities.

owns a Forensic Consulting Firm based in Gainesville, Fla., and says he
loves working on such an interesting mix of cases from bullet trajectory
to train accidents. He's married to Andrea E. Williams Stokes, a fellow
is stationed in Korea as a navy captain (promoted inJuly 2007) and over-
sees Navy Shore Installation and Engineering programs. His wife and three
kids are enjoying this tour and have had a lot of opportunities for travel.
says his first job out of graduate school was a GIS technician. He is work-
ing as GIS Manager for The Nature Conservancy in Virginia which he
says is the perfect job. He and his wife just had their first baby Jonas.
-B.S.ISE. M.S.I'9
is a product marketing manager at Intel Corp., in Santa Clara, Ca-
lif, where his team drives marketing activities leading up to the intro-
duction of new microprocessors and chipset products for notebook
computers. The products are featured under the Intel Centrino Processor
Technology brand and can be found in more than 80 percent of notebook
computers worldwide. Fernandes earned his MBA from UC Berkeley and
recently welcomed his first child,Joshua.
worked at Energizer for four years and then at Dell for four years before
becoming a stay-at-home dad. His wife, Beckie (Pugh) Lehlbach, (B.S. BA,
'07), still works at Dell. They have two children, Piper and Lawson, and
love to come back to UF.

works at Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division as a
project engineer on U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps projects. He's been
married for 23 years and has two children one ofwhom is attending UF

endaz, ME. EES
is an assistant professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas,
in the School of Engineering, in the Department of Environmental and
Civil Engineering. He teaches and researches the control of air pollutants
and protection of the atmosphere.


took a position as manager of communications for a subsidiary of Saint-
Gobain Corp. She leads a team responsible for internal and external public
relations, as well as marketing communications for the company

works for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission performing safety
reviews on the designs and operating plans for new nuclear power plants.



was promoted to Virginia Water Protection Program Manager for the
Piedmont Region with the Virginia Dept of Environmental Quality in Aug.
2007. Chamberlain also retired from the U.S. Navy Reserve in May 2007.
worked as a technical sales and marketing 1. h.. -. Instru-
ments in Dallas and then for the Yankee Group in San Mateo, Calif. She
married Michael Chaput, an electrical and computer engineer from
Michigan State. Heather is a stay-at-home mother to two boys, ages 4 and
13 months.

works at Maxtena where he is the CTO, CFU and co-founder. He earned
his M.S. EE from Georgia Tech in 1999 and his MBA from UF in 2003.
1ir B.S. MAE
is working for Honeywell in Phoenix, Ariz. on the new Boeing 787 flight
controls. He is involved in the development of the flight crew simulator
for that aircraft. He earned an MBA from ASU in 2004 and a private pilot's

works forJDSU, a telecommunications equipment manufacturer. After
receiving an MBA from UF in 2005, he started an environmental services
company, EnivroFlux, in Gainesville. Theywork with UF's Office of Tech-
nology Licensing to license technology for measuring groundwater con-

works for the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps as an officer in charge of
construction for a $iio million construction program. He was awarded the
Young Member of the year for 2007 by the Society of American Military
Engineers, San Diego Post. He also received the Navy Commendation
Medal for superior performance as officer in charge of construction from
April 2006 to April 2008. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant
Commander on Aug. i, 2007. Bernal says he and his wife were blessed with
a third child April 6, 2008. Sebastian weighed 7 pounds and 13 ounces
and was 19 inches long. The Navy has afforded Bernal the opportunity to
attend graduate school, and he is attending the UF Warrington College of
Business as an option A MBA candidate (class of 2oo9).

started Hub-Zone, a small I-n .... rlH.... years ago in Seattle. He recently
presented a session on applications of LiDAR to land development at the
ACSM National Conference in Spokane, Wash. His company was featured
in the May issue of "Point of Beginning" in an article about terrestrial laser
scanning of a historic schooner in Seattle, WA.
arBsewicz, .S. MAE
works for an investment banking and business valuation firm in Winter
Park, Fla., and also received an MBA from Rollins College. Jarosiewicz
earned both the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and the Ac-
credited Senior Appraiser (Business Valuations) credential. He is on the
board of directors of the CFA Society of Orlando, and is co-chair of the
planning committee for the 2009 CFA Institute annual conference (to be
held in 2009 in Orlando from April 26 to April 29). He says he keeps tabs
onASME and SAE, of which he was a student member and participated in
the SAE Mini Baja challenge in 1997-1998. He married a fellow Gator, and
now they have a little boy Jarosiewicz knows that, with his last name, his
2-years-old son will be the starting kicker for the 2024-2027 football team!


%works for Texas Instru-
miients as an analog design
engineer. G\ ie Iust cele-
brated her io e-ear anllmer-
sary at TI iid \r;is mliarried
Miv (. 2000. She recently
had a little girl, Eliana. on
.ail. 25, 2008.

says he has landed a dream job. He is senior avionics systems design engi-
neer with ATK Launch Systems in Promontory, Utah. His responsibilities
range from internal database design to launch tower umbilical layout to
rocket assembly, electrical mate and stack. He leads working groups from
ATK, NASA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and several subcontractors. The
work is interesting and challenging but he says nothing will compare to the
day they finally have hardware to launch. Outside the office, he founded
and runs the Salt Lake Valley Gator Club. They have more than 70 mem-
bers and are making a difference in the land that gave the Gators Coach
Jaso PE. BS. MAE
works ar ... '. '.... .. I Industries' Pensacola Ceilings Plant, where
he is the engineering manager and a member ofTau Beta Pi's Executive
Council, where he serves with fellow Gators Solange C. Dao, B.S. CCE '95,
andJonathan F.K. Earle PE. He enjoys his family and fishing on my boat
the "Intimi-Gator".
Leon B.S. SE
works for Capgemini as a senior consultant in the Oracle-CRM practice.
He married Blythe Greenberg and has a daughter, Peyton Grace.
works for the Tennessee Valley Authority in the Financial Services organi-
zation in Chattanooga, Tenn. He is responsible for budgeting, planning,
:.. .... r;.., benchmarking and financial systems. He is married to Colene, a
ly,, Li graduate, and they have two boys; Ryan, 7, and Kyle, 5. The family
is looking forward to catching the Gators in action in Knoxville.

1 B.S. ChE
works for Eaton Corp., as a technical sales engineer. In 2003, he earned an
MBA with a concentration in operations, marketing and finance from the
University of New Mexico. In 2007, he received a promotion to area sales
manager in Las Vegas and received a sales award for record breaking sales
in the area.
works as a project manager for CPH Engineers. He has become a company
shareholder and is getting married on Oct. 4, 2008.

works forJEA as a sewer planner. He was previously working in the engi-
neering consulting field. Porter has been married for seven years and he
and his wife are expecting their first child this summer.
I I P.E.. B.S. EE
lives in Sanford, Fl., and is married to Heather McKenney He is president
of Power Grid Engineering, LLC. He left the electric utility company after
8 and a half years to start his own engineering firm, which designs protec-
tion and control systems for high voltage power systems across the U.S.
Wright also earned an MBA from Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., in
J. ablet, .S. CCE
works for an engineering consulting firm in California called Psomas. His
emphasis is transportation design and he recently won the "Eagle" award
on a project he worked on for Caltrans. Life since college part of which
was spent as a soldier and officer in the Army has had him everywhere
from Germany to California. He says skiing, mountain biking, hiking and
climbing mountains take up much of his free time.

B.S. ChE
lives and works in Roanoke, Va. and has been there for more than two
years. He works for Optical Cable Corp. as a cable process engineer. He
says he has a lovely wife and two amazing kids; Sofia, 3, and Miles, i. In
addition to attending UF, he grew up in Gainesville and will forever be a
Florida Gator. In fact, his license plate reads 'ALIG8R."

works at Volpe and Koenig, PC. in Philadelphia. He is a patent attorney
working on patent prosecution, licensing, and due dilligence. His father is
a professor in the UF Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering.
Caeb B.S. EE
works for Farmland Foods (subsidiary of Smithfield Foods) in Kansas City
as their corporate environmental engineering manager. He and his wife,
Erin (B.S. E.E. '96), have a 2-year-old girl and 7-year-old son.
Sirecorr of enc and, BS. EES
is director of science and engineering and co-founder of Climate Options


works in the National Reconnaissance Office as the the executive officer
for the director of advanced systems and technologies and is responsible
for developing technology that will advance both current and future over-
head satellite reconnaissance systems necessary to meet the needs of the
intelligence community and of the Department of Defense. He is married
to Kathy Sweeney, (B.A. BA'oi), their first baby Gator is due any day now
and yes, they say the first Gator baby shirt has been purchased.

is a design engineer for Volvo CE-Road Machinery
1t J. BS
works for NOAA Fisheries Service as a fisheries biologist. The Interna-
tional Council for the Exploration of the Sea and the Northwest Atlantic
Fisheries organization approved Brock to the chair of the ICES-NAFO
joint working group on deepwater ecology


is part of the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in
the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He was pro-
moted to associate professor with tenure and is raising two children with
his wife Elizabeth, (M.A. MC '98).

works for Pfizer in their global research & development department in
Cambridge, England where he does materials testing and development for
plastics and flexible barrier packaging. Mellman says it's great to apply his
skills as a materials scientist, and it's great to be a Florida Gator.
works at Enerdyne Engineering, a consulting firm, as a project engineer in
charge of overseeing all aspects of the design process for mechanical, elec-
trical, plumbing and fire protection systems in commercial buildings. Last
year, Ross became a registered Professional Engineer in the state of New
Jersey and has a green building certification from the U.S. Green Building
Council. He has been married to his high school sweetheart for three and
a half years. Ross also says he spent $15 in quarters on a claw machine in
Atlantic City just to get a Gator mini-basketball. It now proudly stands on
his office window. When he saw it, he says he had to have it.


changed his name from Alejandro to Alexander and he works for Haas
Automation as a sales engineer, where customers include companies like
Raytheon, BOSE, Boston Scientific, Textron and many small machine
shop owners. His customers show him what and how they make their
products, and then ask for recommendations for a better, more efficient
system. Then he provides a CNC solution. "Every day I walk into a factory,
it's like being in an episode of the Science Channel's "How It's Made." I
get to see the manufacturing process for very neat things related to all
kinds of industries: aerospace, medical, automotive, you name it."
works for Amazon.com as a software developer on a service called the
"Elastic Compute Cloud." Amazon EC2 is the rapidly growing industry of
Cloud Computing (AKA Utility Computing or Compute-on-Demand). He
was awarded an 'Amazon Inventor Award" for a patent of which he was a
co-inventor. He says he is able to apply the skills he learned at UF across a
broad range of topics at Amazon.

works at Freedom Scientific in St. Petersburg, Fla. as a software developer.

works at Blackboard Inc. as a senior consultant. He says Blackboard was a
perfect match coming out of school. Not only do they use the same tech-
nology stack (Web Application, Java Servlets, Relational Database backed),
but the company was a great pick personality-wise. Blackboard has a very
relaxed atmosphere, yet is very aggressive and competitive in the eLearn-
ing market. He had the opportunity to go through an IPO and a large
merger (both on the good side) in his first two years with the company. He
lives and works in Washington and bought his first home in May of 2007.
~artr a B.S. ISE, M.S. ISE
works as an industrial engineer for Northrop Grumman Corp. in St.
Augustine, Fla., and was recently appointed as the lead IE for broad area
maritime surveillance. He set up a program working with UF industrial
engineering students to perform student projects at Northrop Grumman
and has hosted more than io student teams. Hartmann married his wife
Lindsay in 2005. They met at UF and she majored in finance.

Group. The group was started by Gorman and three other Gators. The
company provides regulatory services for the Global Emission Market.

has worked as a structural engineer with HNTB sinceJan. 2001 and lives
in Tampa, Fla. His wife, Susan (B.A. Psychology 'oo), gave birth to their
second daughter, Theresa, on Nov. i, 2007. Their older daughter, Celeste,
turned 3 in April.

works for N. I.. .. N- ...., r.. i... as a geotechnical engineer in their
West Palm Beach office. He is active in church and has participated in nu-
merous volunteering activities for the Palm Beach Branch of the American
Society of Civil Engineers, as well as the Palm Beach County Gator Club.
He is also active with Toastmasters.
Jessica E. CCE
works for Moffat & \.. .1.I -.. designing urban waterfronts and
marinas. In 2005, she became a U.S. delegate for the Young Professional
Commission of PIANC-AIPCN (International Navigation Association)
where she now serves as secretary of the commission and the Young Pro-
fessional Observer on the Recreational Navigation Commission. She and
her husband David have two children Keenan, 3, and Scott, I.

works for E. I. Hatch Nuclear Power Generating Plant as the senior
reactor engineer. He navigates the reactor by determining the acceptable
power level, control rod pattern, core flow and fuel thermal limits. Fuqua
also works to be a good husband and father, as he is married with two chil-
dren. He teaches senior high Sunday school and plays bass in the church
praise band.
Lars E. B.S. MAE
is the lead safety engineer in tl. .. .. ... .. _..,,. .,r development
department of The New Chrysler LLC., for interior and exterior impact


works f .. .. ... I.
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works for United Space Alliance at the Kennedy Space Center as a project
engineer working on the avionics for the first stage of the newAres launch
vehicle. He is leading the integrated product team for the data acquisi-
tion and recording unit which will be used to acquire all of the first stage's
operational flight instrumentation and record it to solid state memory His
wife, Christina Riley Doerrfeld, (B.A. BA'o3), is the assistant city clerk of
Cocoa Beach.
John *s -E S.
works for Lenovo in ThinkPad as a product engineer, which is to say
technical field support. ThinkPads are (and always have been) developed in
Japan, so he interacts with the developers on a daily basis. His specialty is
in software, and he supports BIOS, drivers, and general operating system
issues. After graduating in 2002, he moved to Raleigh to attend North Car-
olina State University graduate school (though he says he still bleeds orange
and blue). He received an M.S. in computer engineering. Afterwards, he
landed a job at IBM ThinkCentre Product Engineering (this time working
with desktops) and continued to attend NCSU part-time while working
on his Ph.D. He plans on graduating next May He married his high school
sweetie 2.5 years ago and they are expecting their first child.


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students in grades 6 12 with opportunities
mathematics with hands-on activities.

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Gator grads Bud and Dr. Kimberly
Deffebach (who received her B.S.
from UF in I988/CLAS), established
a $6oo,ooo endowment. Half of the
fund will support energy research.
The remainder will be split evenly
between GatorTRAX and STEPUP-
Gator Engineering programs that
encourage high schoolers to study
engineering and support incoming
minority freshmen.

"We met at UF and we both had great years
there. We both have a great love for the
University, and we care about seeing it grow
and succeed."
B&ud Deffebach

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is an attorney in Brandon, Florida. He says he ii. 1.I I.....I. 1 .
civil engineer working on product liability cases in a five-lawyer firm. The
attorneys at his firm include a former biomechanical engineer, a former
electrical engineer, and a former medical doctor. Raines is married with a
7-year-old daughter.

works for PSS World Medical, aJacksonville based pharmaceutical and
medical supplies distributor, as a liason between upper management and
just received an MBA from the University of Minnesota and plans to
return to Greece and resume a professional career there and become a suc-
cessful entrepreneur.

got married this year and is living a peaceful life, but is missing UF and
Gator football games.
is in the U.S. Navy's Civil Engineer Corps and was deployed to Iraq where
he's the officer in charge of 55-person team performing contingency
construction in support if Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was recently pro-
moted to Lieutenant Commander. Hermanson has been a licensed profes-
sional engineer since 2004 and a certified project management professional
since 2oo6. He is married with three kids and lives in Chesapeake, Va. He
is planning to visit UF this summer as part of a family vacation.
Toledo arriso, B.S. CCE
works as a project engineer at HNTB a transportation firm that designs
roads in Orlando. She is married to Neil Harrison,(B.S. MSE '02, M.S.
MSE '05). Neil's dad, grandfather, sister and brother also attended UF, as
did her brother. So, when they had their first child inJanuary, he was pro-
vided with an awful lot of Gator paraphernalia.

works at Keith & Schnars, PA. in Lakeland, Fla. as a transportation
designer. He received the 'American Society of Civil Engineers" and the
"Young Engineer of the Year" award. He and his wife of eight years Tati-
ana have two children. Brian, 6, and Kurt, 2 1/2.
works as as a patent agent for a law firm and is pursuing a Ph.D in electri-
cal and computer engineering.

-unt, B.S ChE
married another Gator engineer, Daniel Nelson Hunt, B.S. ISE, and they
have a 19-month-old daughter Hailey Dian. Curcic-Hunt works for
Florida's Natural (the orange juice company) in Lake Wales, Fla., as a food

is a Ph.D. candidate in chemical engineering at the University of South
Carolina, working on hydrogen storage for fuel-cell vehicles. She was
elected president of the chemical engineering graduate student organiza-
tion at USC. She says she found a passion for baking and has taken up coed
dodge ball.
Jacob EB.S. MAE
works at DRS Technologies, Fort Walton Beach, Fla. as a mechanical engi-
neer He says he is the youngest engineer at the local branch. Several of his
designs have been featured on NN (SBInet and driver vision enhance-
ment programs).
Joe B.S. ISE.,M.E '69
works for Lockheed Martin as a systems engineer for an airborne intel-
ligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platform. He received a Special
Recognition Award for an early delivery of artifacts critical to hitting the
deadline for critical design review.
Lau .s. MAE M.S. 07
started her first job post-college i,. l* i.. t Smith & Nephew Ortho-
paedics in Memphis, Tenn., where she is product development engineer for
the Hip Development Group.

works at MEMC Electronic Materials Inc., a .. i N -. otist. Essaya-
nur had a son inJuly 2007 and can't wait to tell him about Gator football.

is a U.S. Air Force pilot flying Ci3 ....I .11 ble stationed at YokotaAB,
Japan come September. He says his experiences at UF prepared him for

works as an assistant professor for the Russ College of Engineering and
Technology at Ohio University and received the White Research Award,
which recognizes continued and sustained achievements in research,
scholarship and the creation of new knowledge in each department of the

works foi i '! I I i I in Burlington, Mass., as a senior software engi-
neer. Her group produces software that controls manned and unmanned
aerial vehicles. She was elected as section representative for the Society
of Women Engineers Boston section for the second year in a row, and was
promoted to senior software engineer.

works part-time from home in consulting for Innovative Waste Consulting
Services in Gainesville and a full-time mommy to iu-month-old Leandro
married Sl ,....-..... i ... ,, ,1I N '02). He also earned his Ph.D. in artificial
intelligence and machine learning at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
He works as a senior member of the technical staff at Sandia National

lives i i i ... r...., I.. .. I works with Air Products, where she was
promoted to an account manager selling to energy and petrochemical cus-
tomers in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. She is married toJason Smith, a
chemical engineering graduate of Georgia Tech.
B.S. Arts & Sciences
received an MFA in design with a focus in computer animation from Ohio
State and landed her dream job as a character technical director at Dream-
works Animation in Redwood City, Calif. She's been there for about a year-
and-a-half now, and will have her first credit in this November's theatrical
release of "Madagascar 2." She was married last summer to fellow Gator
and longtime friend Neil Malek.
is a project manager for Frederick Derr & Company Inc. in Sarasota, Fla.
Sart an, }B.S. CSE
is an applications engineer working for Freescale Semiconductor in Austin,
Texas, where she supports customers and field engineers on the i.MX
applications processors. She says her biggest customer is Microsoft -
their chip is in their Zune media player.Hartman said she decided to get
her MBA and will be attending Darden at the University of Virginia. Of
course, she chose Virginia mainly so she wouldn't have to change her colors
from orange and blue.
is an assistant professor at Texas Tech University
as B .S. ISE
is the manager of sales analytics in sales planning and business analysis for
a pharmaceutical company Though it wasn't until after a summer intern-
ship at Lockheed Martin (where he created an arena simulation model
for the supply chain logistics on spare parts for helicopters) and after he
earned his master's of engineering in operations research at Cornell, that
he was led to an operations research position at a sales and marketing
consulting firm. The firm is working for the pharmaceutical industry and
has a whole track dedicated to operations research and optimization of
sales forces and marketing.
Jessica B.S. CCE .E. CCE '05
was selected to fill one of eight positions in the U.S. as a transportation
consultant for the National Park Service. For seven months she worked
with the Devils Postpile National Monument, an 8oo-acre unit of the Na-
tional Park Service near the town of Mammoth Lakes in the mountainous
Eastern Sierra region of California. There she assessed the financial and
operational feasibility of the Devils Postpile/Reds Meadow shuttle system,
in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation's Volpe Cen-
ter. At the close of the seven-month position, she was able to continue
in the mountains as an assistant planner in the Community Development
Department of the town of Mammoth Lakes.
os B.S
works for Medtronic ENT inJacksonville, Fla. He designs powered tissue
removal tools for use in sinus surgery and was promoted to advanced R&D
engineer. Rubin is engaged to a Gator and is getting marriedJune i4th in
Las Vegas.



the rigors of this career field. He was promoted to ist Lt.

works for Analog Devices in Greensboro, N.C., and just got married to
Tomr Cowarr, /MAE
is working at Northrop Grumman Space Technology in Redondo Beach,
Calif, in the mechanical engineering department. He's worked on the
Space Interferometer Mission and the James Webb Space Telescope.


works for RS&H Aerospace and Defense Depart.......r i i' .. ....I Plumb-
ing design for defense projects including a facility to house satellites during
a Category 5 hurricane. HVAC designs projects for NASA, including the
new Mobile Launcher for the Ares I rocket. Comegys also received an E.I.
from the State of Florida and is a LEED AP
is a ist Leiutenant and civil engineer in the U.S. Air Force, stationed
at Hurlburt Field, Fla., and works in the ist Special Operations Civil
Engineering Squadron as the readiness and emergency management flight
commander, managing all emergency response and disaster preparedness
for the installation, as well as all squadron deployable equipment valued at
approximately $3 million. He says his most memorable experience since
graduating was the i37th day of deployment in support of Operation Iraqi
Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom fall 2007. He can't discuss too
much, but says it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
B.S. CCE. M.E. CCE 08
is fielding offers and hoping he chooses wisely
Lonnrrrie iouck< E.S. MAE
started his career with Alstom Power in Palm Beach Gardens, though
the company is headquartered in Paris, France. He received his master's
through UF EDGE. At 25 years old, he has already been promoted to
senior engineer. The U.S. office employed 25 people when he started and
Houckwas the only Gator. Since then, through his works and lobbying,
management has decided to make UF their primary recruitment target
while expanding to 40 people, even though Houck's boss hails from MIT
with a Pratt and Whitney/ NASA background.
I I T.11 B ISE
has been working at Intel Corp., in California andArizona since gradu-
ation, and was named manufacturing engineer in Intel's state-of-the-art
Fab32 production facility in Chandler, Ariz.

is working for the Maryland Departmen- -t !h. ..' ... r .r..., transpor-
tation engineer.
J. .S.EE
works for Florida Power and Light Co., as a protection and control
engineer. He took and passed the fundamentals of engineering exam. He
says nothing tops getting to road trip it out to Arizona for the National
Championship game and he also went to Atlanta, Ga. to see that second
basketball National Championship as well.

landed a job with Boeing on the constellation and space station programs.
Cric/ton, .S.
works for Berg Steel Pipe Co. in Panama City, Fla., as a staff metallur-
gist. He can still see the orange and blue on Saturdays in the Swamp with
friends who are working on their Ph.D.s'.
B.S. ChE
works at Vistakon as a technical coordinator and facilitates the flow of
R&D projects, analyzes data from R&D projects and writes technical
reports. He was married this spring and had a magnificent honeymoon in

works as a space communications security engineer at the Cryptologic
Systems Group, Lackland AFB, Texas. He was promoted to the rank of ist
Lieutenant. In 2007, he was selected for a rapid prototyping competition
for the Air Force Research Laboratory, designing a tactical unmanned aer-
ial vehicle. Incidentally, he says his senior design project was an unmanned
aerial vehicle. He was excited to use his undergraduate UAV experience in
a real world application. His team's design for AFRLwon, and should be
deployed next year.
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works in the oil fields off Borneo for Schlumberger. He was first off-
shore in Brunei, now in Malaysia. Fort says there's a surprising number of
encounters with members of the Gator Nation. However, being in the
oilfield, he is confronted daily with LSU Tigers, and in spite of their recent
national-championship success, he must remind them where it will all end
this year when they visit the Swamp.

landed her dream job in Houston, where she works at the Johnson Space
Center, and and is living out her childhood dream of being a flight control-
ler in mission control. She works for the environmental control and life
support systems console and is in charge of keeping the crew alive on board
the International Space Station.
works for NAVAIR I1SC Cherry Point, N.C., in support and research for
the flight and depot. He recently won a good performance engineer award.
Nazer is married to a doctor from Bangladesh and has beautiful baby girl.
He finished his master's degree from FIT
B.S. ChE
is in graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin in the Department
of Chemical Engineering. Her research is centered on dispersions, emul-
sions and foams with super-critical carbon dioxide. She's published two
manuscripts and is working on final publications for her thesis.

is a graduate student at Georgia Institute of Technology in the mechanical
engineering department. He recentlywon the National Society of Black
Engineers Distinguished Member of the Year the highest honor to be
achieved by a member of the society

is a CPU design engineer at Intel Corp..
J Cr e, rM ".S. CCE
works for the U.S. Navy as a staff civil engineer for naval special warfare.
He recently had a son, James "Jack" D. Croke.
Josha rM.s. MAE
works at Elbit Systems ofAmerica as a senior systems engineer in charge
of algorithmic quality control for a satellite management program. He was
promoted to team leader in charge of maintaining the designed system. He
also maintains several online businesses he started at UF
is a grad student in the MAE department at UF and is working on getting
funding for nuclear research. However, he found that he can be an astro-
naut. NASA is taking applications for 2009.
ar EB.S. CE
works for Accenture as a consultant and plans to return to UF graduate
school in the fall.
uter B .S.EES
works for Coastal EngineeringAssociates, Inc. in Brooksville, Fla. doing
civil and site engineering.

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is a student at UC Berkeley in a doctoral program, studying electrical

is a graduate student in theJ. Crayton Pruitt Department of Biomedi-
cal Engineering. She is also the graduate adviser for UF's chapter of the
Society of Women Engineers and was responsible for creating GrOWE,
the Graduate Organization of Women Engineers which won a national
SWE award. It has attracted new graduate members and led to a series of
workshops and events for graduate students and undergraduates interested
in pursuing a graduate education.

r B.S.ChE
works at Mosaic Co. as an engineer.
Carlos Tores Jr+, B.S. EE
is attending a research internship at the National Institute of Standards
and Technology via the NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
program and will be using MATLAB to investigate and simulate electron
transport in graphene specifically, the electron interference due to
single atom impurities. After his internship he'll start his research on spin-
tronics and quantum computing at UCLAwhere he'll pursue his graduate
degree in electrical engineering.
r B.S. CCE
graduated and would like to pursue graduate studo, c[ L 1. He also said
the faculty is first rate, and feels privileged to have met some really great
people at UF

was hired by General Electric and startsJuly i4th in their Edison Engi-
neering Development Program.
is continuing his education at UF, going for a master's in electrical engi-
neering. He says he plans to continue doing research throughout his grad
experience that is, assuming he can get some funding!
Gabriel J.S. CCE
is working with the Corradino Group in i .. I I I r. ..isportation
planner and is working on some smart growth presentations as well as a
new land use plan for a local community Lopez-Bernal will be attending
Tufts University, beginning to work towards a masters in urban and envi-
ronmental policy and planning.

is starting at internship at the Vineyards of Naples and will be attending
Columbia University this fall to pursue a M.S. in engineering management
systems specializing in revenue and risk management.
ne B.S. EES
works at CH2M Hill as a staff engineer.

is working in the lab forJacob Jones, in U F's materials science and
engineering department. McBriartywill be attending graduate school at
Northwestern University and pursuing a Ph.D. in materials science and
engineering. His research will focus on the development of energy materi-
als like thermoelectrics or fuel cell components.
focused his graduate school work on operations research and he is awaiting
admission to a Ph.D. program.
Jr., B.S CCE
works for CommunityAsphalt Corp., as a project manager managing two
FDOT projects estimated at $20 million. He coordinates all the necessary
work as well as estimates future projects.

works at Micro Systems Inc., in Fort Wr. I, I I as a radio
frequency engineer. He designs and tests radar transponders, telemetry
receiver transmitters and associated test equipment.
_r BS. Chl
just started a new career as a shift coordinator at Buckeye Inc. and re-
cently moved to Perry, Fla. with his son.

works foropicana in Bradenton, Fla
works for Tropicana in Bradenton, Fla.

is working :.. i 'i i i ......;ers, Inc., in Sanford, Fla. He designs and in-
spects storm water systems, grading and drainage, utilities, and roadwork.
Morton is marrying a Gator and moving to their new house. He credits
the University of Florida, because without that experience he would have

is a graduate student at Colorodo School of Mines.

works for the University of Florida's Entomology and Nematology Depart-
ment as a videographer.
nardo, EB.S
is a materials, processes and physics engineer in the non-metallics and
composites group in the integrated defense systems division of the Boeing
Co., in Mesa, Ariz. This is the primary site for production and develop-
ment of the Apache AH-64D attack helicopter. They also provide support

work for the F/A-i8 Superhornet and the up-and-coming 787 Dreamliner.
Laurerr .S.ISS
works for GE Healthcare in the operations management leadership pro-
gram. She says "moving to Milwaukee in the middle of winter was a rude
awakening for this Gator."
is interning with Corning Inc., in New York and will be attending the
University of Michigan in the fall to pursue a Ph.D. in mechanical engi-
neering with an emphasis on orthopedic bio-mechanics. He was awarded
a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. as well as a
National GEM Consortium Fellowship to work with Corning Inc.

works for Northrop Grumman in Melbourne, Fla., as an electro-me-
chanical design engineer. He is involved in playing basketball for different
leagues in the Melbourne and Palm Bay area.

works at Andromeda Systems, Inc. in Orange Park, Fla., as a systems engi-
neer and is expecting his first baby a boy
"e Tr B.S. BEE
is pursuing a master's degree in electrical engineering at the University of
r EB.S. CE
works for Walt Disney World as an analyst with the guest and organization
database team. He will be getting married on Nov. 29th this year to a fellow
Gator alum and computer engineer -- his college sweetie Alicia Cosenza.

works in a particle characterization and strategic marketing group, Beck-
man Coulter Inc, in Miami. He is working on developing new applications
for an instrument that measures particle size and zeta potential.

is working for the U.S. Congress.
Edwin l B.S. CCE
joined Marlin Engineering in November 2006 as transportation depart-
ment design manager. Edwin was recently appointed assistant vice presi-
dent of production. He is responsible for transportation design, municipal
services and field survey.


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Chemical engineering professor Seymour B ock
has spent a lifetime getting to know Ben Franklin

b or his 9oth birthday, Seymour Block treat-
ed himself to one of his favorite pastimes:
S talking about Benjamin Franklin.
"There's so much there!" Block, a small
man, nearly shakes with the sound of his own voice.
"Why, I wrote down o5 topics o5 things I could
write about Benjamin Franklin alone."
So far, he's made a dent in the list. Instead of taking a day
off for his birthday, he worked in his campus office on his
third Franklin book, which comes out this fall. It's as ripped-
from-the-headlines as you can get when you're writing about
a guy who's been dead for 208 years. Turns out Franklin was
a whiz with an ancestor of Sudoku, one of the most popular
games in today's world.
As Block worked on his third Franklin book, he realized
that the founding father's ability to master magic squares,
the parlor preoccupation of his time, was very much like the
popular "new" game of Sudoku. He changed his approach on
a work-in-progress and Oxford University Press saw a new

audience for a Franklin book: the millions of Sudoku ob-
sessives. "I decided I would try to make the book one that
would sell," Block says, drily.
"Recreational mathematics" is a tough sell with the
popular audience, but Block hopes that he can lure the hip,
young Sudoku players into his book so they can learn the
game's history and also come to respect once again the ge-
nius of his hero, Benjamin Franklin.
With his colleague Santiago Tavares, Block produced a
manuscript about these games of logic that have lasted for
centuries. (It's believed this kind of game dates back 4,000
years, to China.) In Sudoku, a nine-block grid has two to five
numbers in each block and the remaining squares need to
be filled with numbers between one and nine. But there are
conditions: players can use each number only once horizon-
tally, once vertically and once within each of the blocks.
That Franklin was on to this in the i8th Century is more
evidence of his greatness. Block has been obsessed with
Franklin since childhood.



"I started off reading Tom Swift books," he recalls. "Then
I read Edgar Rice Burroughs ... Tarzan Moon Maid. It was
all just .. fantastic. But then I read The Autobiography ofBen
Franklin and it was real stuff, real stuff I could get excited
That sense of excitement led him to Penn State and a ca-
reer in chemical engineering. During the Second World War,
he went to work for Seagram's, on a project to help produce
synthetic rubber. As part of a Seagram's professional-devel-
opment program, a writing professor from the University of
Louisville spoke to employees about improving their commu-
nication skills. It was the catalyst for Block's writing career.
Popular-magazine publications followed, and Block found
he loved explaining complex subjects to a mass audience.
Writing about bacteria in athletic facilities, he coined the
term "germnasium." He followed a scholarly path but was also
firmly vested in the mass media. "I did have a little writing ca-
reer," he says.
But then be joined the University of Florida faculty in
1944, and DeanJoseph Weil frowned on the pop publications.
"He didn't take to that," Block says. "He wanted me to put all
of my efforts into scholarly publications, and that was good
advice." Block published more than a hundred articles in jour-
nals, but still harbored hopes to writing again for general read-
ers. "Eventually, I revived my writing career."
He published the definitive work in his field (Disinfection,
now in its fifth edition), but after what was supposed to be his
retirement in 1985, he amped up his writing. He had published
Benjamin Franklin: Wit, Wisdom and Women while still teach-
ing full-time, and published Benjamin Franklin: Genius of Kites,
Flights and Voting Rights a decade ago. His new book, Sudoku
and Magic Squares (with Tavares) started as another Franklin-
centric book, but was expanded because Block wanted to

reach that game-playing audience, enticing them into the tent
with games and holding their interest while he extolled Frank-
lin's genius.
"Benjamin Franklin was such a wide-ranging guy and he
covered so many different areas," Block says. Like Thomas
Jefferson and George Washington, Franklin also affected the
field of engineering. "We were very fortunate to have founding
fathers of such ability and intellect."
Block's expertise is so widely respected that he's done time
as a talking head on the Discovery Channel, in a program de-
voted to Franklin.
Block's writing career has flourished since that supposed
retirement. Until he was 88, he rode his bicycle to campus ev-
ery day and labored on his project du jour. He'd still be riding
his bike, but his physician insisted that after hip-replacement
surgery, he needed to take it easy. Instead, he rides a bus part
way to campus, then walks the last half mile.
Gertrude, his wife of 66 years, has the same work ethic.
Though retired from the law school, she works at her campus
office nearly as much as her husband. "He's too interested in
what he's doing to stop," she says. "I called him this afternoon
when my bridge game was over. I was out, so I thought I'd call
and see if he wanted me to come by and pick him up. 'But it's
only 4 o'clock,' he said."
Four surgeries in the last few years haven't slowed him. "I
feel great," he barks. "I'm ready to go for another decade."
A couple of days after his 9oth birthday, Block was sched-
uled for oral surgery. He had to have a molar removed.
Could I have your home number? Id like to check in on you the
next day.
Block's brow furrows. "I'll give you the number," he says,
"but I won't be home." He stabs his desk with his index finger.
"I'll be here." f;

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Hjalma Johnson seemed to be 1h unilly
student in the Mechanical Engineering
Drawing class without a clue as how to solve
the problem on the board. As they worked,
he sat doing nothing dreading the moment
the professor would reach him and look over
his shoulder.
Johnson already stood out from the oth-
er students, who wore expensive clothes and
carried briefcases. But to make it worse, they
had understood the professor's instructions:
"bring your instruments."
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When the professor finally reached his
desk, Johnson was atalmost ready to give
up his ill-fated college experiment and go
home. All it would have taken was one ques-
tion: "Where are your instruments?"
Johnson hadn't even been planning to
go to college. The seventh of eight children,
he'd assumed he'd be working in the little
hardware store his father opened after the
mill closed in Greenville, Fla.
But Lucile Combs,
his high school teacher,
insisted he try Johnson
was the top of his gradu-
ating class-granted,
out of 17 people-but
what was more, he had
the highest standardized
testing scores in Madi-
son County Combs was
adamant he apply for
a scholarship, and she
drove him to Tallahassee

Hjaima Johnson shows off his Gator
national championship rings, which
he got to commemorate the wins
for the UF basketball and football
teams in '06 and '07. Johnson loves
sharing the rings he's made a
hobby of getting fellow Gators take
pictures with them on.

to take the exam.
Johnson won a schol-
arship and was soon on
his way to the Universi-
ty of Florida the first
college anyone in his
family had attended.
He was uncertain of
everything except for
his major.
"I wanted to be
an engineer because
that was my daddy's
dream," he said, his
voice strained with emotion. To pay the
bills, his father had start working when he
was only 14 years old.
But after Johnson's first Monday, that
dream seemed distant. It was overwhelming
to be at such a big school, and he wasn't as
prepared as his classmates.
So by the time professor Neff stopped at
his desk, Johnson was braced for the worst.
Instead, the professor lowered his voice
and told Johnson about a nearby bookstore
where he could buy a "perfectly good" used
set of instruments.
Professor Neff asked if Johnson could
afford that if not, he could help.Johnson
said he could, and Neff excused him from
class to buy the set. For the next few weeks,
the professor gave Johnson one-on-one help
and he ended up with a B in the class.
Not only did Johnson graduate from
UF, so did his son and soon, both of his
Johnson, who is president of Invest-
ment Advisors Inc. and Triple J Ranch
Inc., received the Distinguished Alum-
nus Entrepreneur of the Year for Lifetime
Achievement award in 2007.
"Part of what I've learned is that every-
thing good that happens to you, if you're
honest, you can look back and see you
didn't do it by yourself," Johnson said. "My
life would have been very different without
Lucile Combs and professor Neff."
In April, Johnson donated $5o,ooo
for a laboratory to be named after pro-
fessor Neff in the proposed mechanical
sciences building. i




Anderson, Associate Dean for Research and Gradu-
ate Programs and professor of Chemical Engineering,
received AIChE's Warren K. Lewis Award for scholarly
contributions to engineering education research and
innovation, dedication to career development of new
engineering faculty and stewardship of chemical engi-
neering education.

Goldberg, Genzyme Professor of Materials Science
& Engineering, was elected a Fellow of Biomaterials
Science and Engineering by the International Union
of Societies for Biomaterials. He is being honored for
his pioneering work on Intraocular Lenses and Novel
Surgical treatments.

Jermaine, Assistant Professor of Computer & Informa-
tion Science & Engineering, was selected to receive an
Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship the first time a
College faculty member has won this prestigious award.

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Balachandar, Powers Professor and Chair of Mechanical
& Aerospace Engineering, was selected a Fellow of the
American Society of Mechanical Engineers for his 23 years
of experience in large-scale simulations of transitional and
turbulent flows. He has made fundamental contributions
to understanding of thermal convection, structure of bluff
body wakes, wall turbulence, modeling and simulation of
two-phase flows.


Hintenlang, Professor of Nuclear & Radiological Engi-
neering, was elected as a Fellow of American College
of medical physics for his distinguished contributions to
the field of Medical Physics.


Ian. Pr.:.f::.:.r .:.f BE.:.m e.:r.:l Ern.gneering, was elect-
ed t.:. bt- .::.m, Fll:..:.. I:f rI ~an international society
.d anr.:.n.q ,an nr.tjri:.:i.linar., ~.pro:ach to the science
a~nd a.plI.:ar:.n .:. lF I ht He re.:i. .d this fellowship for
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En.qin.er. n t.: re.:e., th. :hi::':. Charles Stark Draper
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s the budget mess unfolds and the state's economy gasps for air, I think about my grandfather. He was the
third of five sons born in-country to leathery Italian immigrants. Edward Toppino was in eighth grade when
he went to work. The five sons were charged with working for my great-grandfather and his one bulldozer.
The six of them worked the roads and bridges of Overseas Highway until the six-man team became a main
supplier of demolition and road work in the Florida Keys over the last o5 years.
Whenever we complained as kids (or as adults, for that matter) about cleaning, homework, or something
we didn't want to do, Papa would melodically say, "I could hang by my thumbs for a week if I had to." Maybe
he cou don't actually hang by his thumbs for a week, but we understood. With determination, some tenacity and a splash of passion, you can
deal with anything. Because, well, it could always be worse, right? I call up that handy phrase frequently. I use it in the office (usually more
than once a day around The Florida Engineer deadline), my four children know it well though I don't think they've bought into it and
yes, it is even on my Facebook page. It usually adds a bit of hope for a choice of seemingly dire
But even with the University and College's slashed budgets, faculty being courted with lucra-
tive job offers from other universities, and the outlook, though a bit dreary, this is not anything
UF and the College hasn't faced before. We've had WWII drain the student population, budget
cuts, a mass murderer threaten the safety of our community, and yet still we managed to pro-
duce engineers like Manny Fernandez, HjalmaJohnson and loads of others who have achieved
so much in the name of Gator Engineering. We've also provided a legacy for generations of
Florida Gators.
So as doom and gloom hovers, the wounded university struggles, but does what only an -
institution of our caliber can do begins to heal and moves forward. z

NICOLE CISNEROS MCKEEN, EDITOR / nmckeen@eng.ufl.edu






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