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CONTENTS


SPRING 2009


TRUTH
BE TOLD
Diversity goes 2.o as a defense-industry
powerhouse, a barrier-breaking professor,
a soup company magnate, a digital-empire
czar, a corporate-ladder scaler, and a Big
Apple IT associate give us full access to
their engineering journeys.
ON THE COVER.
ECONOMIC
REHAB
As the government tries to resuscitate
the country's economic state, the Univer-
sity struggles to make sense out of crip-
pling budget cuts. But the condition at the
College of Engineering is stabilizing with
billions in government funding earmarked
for engineering research.

STRANGER
THAN FRICTION
The definition of tribology the friction,
lubrication and wear on objects can
cause a wink-wink, nudge-nudge sort of
chuckle from the unfamiliar. But the real-
ity of this research reaches from the cold
vacuum of space to a blinking eyelid.


I FROM 300 WEIL HALL
The Dean engages in some straight talk about issues facing the
I College and the field of engineering.
ENGAGE
I This section explores the College through research, students,
alumni and faculty with a splash of history, trivia and sass.
I ENGINEER UPDATE
Go ahead, check out what all your old buddies are up to.
You know you wanna look.
CAMPAIGN NEWS
UF's capital campaign, Florida Tomorrow, is half over.
See how it is helping the College.

I CLOSING TIME
Avideo game controller inspires the next generation of engineers.


p.20
TRUTHTELLING
Tarundeep S. Batra
(M.S. CISF'07) takes
us on a personal tour
ofwhat ifs like being an
international engineering
student trying to fit into
a fragile post 9/11 world
while keeping true to
his beliefs. This is the
first Gator Fngineering
face featured in "Truth
Be Told.'


GET ENGAGED Pig waste, Uncle Fester, an orangeand-lblue bus, land mines, drug trafficking, war zone iPods, Tim Te
vats of used frying oil and a $50,000 office ornament are just some of the things you'll learn about in the Fngagesectitwl































WAYNE GARCIA is a UF graduate and
an award-winning journalist, working in Florida newspapers
and campaigns for 25 years. He is political editor for the
Creative Loafing alternative-weekly newspaper in Tampa,
where he writes a column and blog, The Political Whore
(www.cltampa.com).


DOUG MclNNIS as an investigativee re
porter and part-time freelance writer before he left news
papers for a full-time freelance career in 1994. From his
mile-high home in Wyoming, hes written for The New
York Times and numerous magazines, including Popular
Science, Astronomy and New Scientist.


DEBORAH SWERDLOW ,s a unor
majoring in journalism and Middle Eastern languages and
cultures at UF She hopes to work for Teach for America or
the Peace Corps after graduation and then enter a career
in newspaper editing. Her interests include following politics,
traveling and singing.


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STEVE MILLER is a Motor City outla
and lifelong punk who left his band for a glamorous life
in journalism. Hes reported for the Dallas Morning News,
the Washington Times and U.S.News & World Report.
His latest book "A Slaying in the Suburbs," is available in
bookstores now.


THE FLORIDA




PUBLISHER
Pramod P. Khargonekar, Dean
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PUBLICATION ADVISER
Cammy R. Abernathy,
Associate Dean For Academic Affairs




DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
Megan E. Gales


EDITOR
Nicole Cisneros McKeen


ART DIRECTION
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ASSISTANT DESIGNER
John Dunne


ASSISTANT EDITOR
Marilee Griffin


ADVISORY BOARD
Jennifer Curtis, Mike Foley, Joseph Hartman,
Meg Hendryx, Aaron Hoover, Angela Lindner,
David Norton, Liesl O'Dell, Paul Pegher,
Mark Poulalion, Erik Sander, Ted Spiker

The Florida Engineer is published by the
University of Florida College of Engineering, keeping alumni,
students and friends of the College connected with
Gator Engineering by reporting on issues relevant and timely to
the field of engineering and the University


ADVERTISING
Nicole McKeen
352.392.0984


KIM W I LMATH,s ajournalsm senior at UF Most
of her collegiate career was spent within the wood-paneled
walls of the Independent Florida Alligator as a graphic design
er, writer and editor. Shes had five internships, including one
with the Pulitzer Pze-winning St. Petersburg Times.



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TED PETERSEN s a Ph.D. student in jour
nalism at UF He studies pop culture, documentary films,
and the way music works as journalism. He spends his free
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of ways to improve the Minnesota Twins starting lineup.


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Gainesville, FL 32611-6550
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The Florida Magazine Association and CASE,
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300

Weil Hall


B y many measures, our economy
is in the deepest recession since
the Great Depression. Glo-
balization and the increased
interconnectedness of the world
economy have led to the rapid spread of
the financial and economic problems
to the rest of the world and in turn are
affecting us. Global climate change
and environmental damage; energy;
water, food and natural resources; cost-
effective health care; equitable access to
high-quality education; terrorism and
homeland security; and transportation
and infrastructure are just some of the
most pressing problems we need to solve.
It will take truly extraordinary effort for
us to face these challenges and create a
bright future for our children.
More than ever, I firmly believe en-
gineers have a very important, indeed ab-
solutely critical, role in overcoming these
challenges. We have the knowledge
and the tools to provide leadership and
support for the various initiatives that
will surely be launched as we begin to
remake our world in the aftermath of the
worst economic crisis since the Great


Depression. All our technical disciplines
squarely address one or more of these
challenges. We can also collaborate with
people from other disciplines to form
multidisciplinary teams to create novel
and effective solutions. Our relevance is

"We have the knowledge

and the tools to provide

leadership and support for

the various initiatives that

will surely be launched as we

begin to remake our world

in the aftermath of the worst

economic crisis since the

Great Depression."

compelling and clear what remains to
be seen is how strongly we will engage
these challenges and shape the solutions.
As an immigrant citizen of our coun-
try, I am optimistic about our future.
Our entrepreneurial spirit, a world-class
education system, and our open attitude
toward new ideas are the great pillars
of strength of the American society.
President Obama, son of an immigrant,
is beginning to engage with the many
serious problems mentioned above.
Working together, we can certainly
conquer these challenges.
In this issue of The Florida Engi-
neer, you will read about the work be-
ing done by our faculty, students, staff
and alumni that shows the promise
and relevance of engineering to make
a better world. We depend on the
support of our friends readers like
you to continue to fulfill our mis-
sion and aspire to our vision of being
a world-class College of Engineering
deeply engaged in education, research
and outreach for the benefit of the
state of Florida, the nation
and the world.





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Hybrids before they were cool
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students traveled to Detroit in 1972 to compete in a gas
electric hybrid vehicle competition at GMs proving grounds.
The teams modified Datsun 510 won first place in the
international competition.

And on the front
During World War II, UF engineering faculty contributed
to the development of the VT radio proximity fuze for
mortars. The miniaturized fuze allowed the weapons to
detonate near their targets rather than upon contact.

Inflation 101
Tuition to attend UF in fall 1910, the year the engineering
college was founded, was $120 per year including
room and board. Tuition in fall 2008 was $3,790, with the
total cost including living expenses estimated at $15,740
annually But we're still a bargain; UF has the lowest
tuition in the nation among flagship institutions.








Where would we be without
those napkins?
John Vincent Atanasoff (B.S. EE '25) said he had a
brilliant idea en route to Ames, Iowa, where he was a pro
fessor at Iowa State College. He went to a bar, sketched
it out on a napkin, and soon invented the first electronic
digital computer, the Atanasoff Berry Computer.

Toward pristine playgrounds
Gator Engineers uncovered evidence that pressure
treated lumber used in playground equipment, porches
and other structures leaches the deadly poison arsenic
into the soil. As a result, the wood-preserving industry
has voluntarily phased out treating formulas that use
arsenic in all wood for residential construction.

Speeding the healing process
The FDA cleared a new wound dressing developed in
part by UF engineering professor Chris Batich. Unlike
current products, the dressing retains its microbe-fighting
properties without allowing bacteria or toxins to migrate
back into the wound. The result: nurses don't have to
change dressings as frequently, which allows wounds or
burns to heal more quickly.

The outlines of a tragedy
UF engineers were part of a team that made extremely
precise maps of the World Trade Center area following the
9/11 attacks. The team used airborne laser swath mapping, or
ALSM, which was new to the scene in 2001. UF, now home
to the National Science Foundation-supported National
Center for Airborne Laser Mapping, was the first university in
the nation to buy and operate an ALSM unit.

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INTHENEWS 12.08

GOING WIRELESS
If only the lovable, sociopathic Uncle Fester Addams
had this cool device, he never would have had to lip-lock
that light bulb. BY AARON HOOVER
With a seemingly simple but brilliantly innovative wireless
transmission, cell phones and other small electronic devices can
now be charged by merely resting on a pad, thanks to an invention
born at the College and just months away from the market.
The WiPower charge pad transmits power to devices placed
upon it, making the need for cords obsolete. The technology began as a senior
design project for Ryan Tseng, founder and CEO ofUF spinoffWiPower. Tseng
worked with UF Electrical & Computer Engineering professor Jenshan Lin on the
project. WiPower, established in 2006, later sponsored continued research in Lin's
lab to improve the technology, with the Florida HighTech Corridor contributing
matching funds. "Hopefully in the future we can create something like Wi-Fi," Lin
said, "except it becomes wireless power." WiPower, which has offices in Gainesville
and Altamonte Springs, made an impression at the 2009 Consumer Electronics
Show in Las Vegas and caught the eye of Paul Hochman, editor of Today Tech and
a contributor to Fast Company magazine. Ann Curry, Today news anchor, demon-
strated the WiPower pad live on Today, showing how adapter-equipped light bulbs
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THINGS YOU
DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT
UF ENGINEERING
STUDENTS
BY DEBORAH SWERDLOW




ONE


Frying Oil May Not
Be So Bad After All
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
senior Eric Layton starts every day in a
suit and tie and ends it working with
gallons of used frying oil.
As student volunteer coordinator for
UF's biodiesel fuel lab, Layton helps
oversee an operation that started with
him and one graduate student in May
and has grown into a 40-member lab
producing about 750 gallons of B-ioo
biodiesel fuel a week.
To do this, the volunteers collect
about 00oo gallons of used frying oil a
week from the Reitz Union, Gator Din-
ing and other on-campus restaurants.
The used oil finds its way back on
campus because the UF Physical Plant
Department fills almost half of its
trucks with a fuel mixture that con-
sists of 20 percent biodiesel fuel and 80
percent regular diesel. Layton said the
lab hopes to expand production to fuel
all of the University's diesel vehicles.
Layton's team of volunteers, who hail
from all engineering departments, the
business college, and other areas of the
University, are currently looking for off-


Wanted to do something that

would help change the world,

and felt that working on

alternative energy and fue ce s

would be a way to do that.


campus sources of used frying oil and
eventually hope to sell the biodiesel fuel
commercially something a university
has never done before, Layton said.


TWO
The Future Of Cars
It will probably be at least 15 years
before the economy is ready for a car
powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. But
when that time comes, UF Materials
Science & Engineering senior Matt
Barnett will be ready.
Barnett is working with professor


Eric Wachsman on building a 3-inch-
by-3-inch fuel cell that can run on
different types of renewable energy,
including hydrogen and natural gas.
This size fuel cell is an advancement
from the smaller "button cell," which
was about i inch in diameter, Barnett
said. The larger cell will be better
suited for testing and implementation.
Specifically, Barnett is trying to
figure out the best and most efficient
way to coat these larger fuel cells.
With the button cells, it was possible
to brush paint the LSCF lanthanumm
strontium copper ferrous oxide) coat-
ing, but now that the cell is larger,
that method is too time-consuming.


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Roger Liang, an electrical engineer-
ing senior who focuses on the software
component of the program, said he and
the rest of the team spent the summer
building io wireless temperature sen-
sors. The modules send a signal to the
main computer, which uses the soft-
ware he updated to synthesize all the
temperature readings. Liang said the
software can handle signals from up to
65,ooo different temperature sensors.
When the software was originally
developed, it could only process up to
256 sensors, he said.
To conserve battery life, the current
software can also function about ioo feet
away from the temperature sensor, but
Liang said it could eventually process a
signal from a distance of a mile and a half.


FOUR

There's No Place
Like Cambodia
When other students head back to
mom and dad's house at the end of
the spring semester, UF engineering
graduate student Jennifer Apell
and up to four other students will
set off for Cambodia to study, of
all things, pig waste.
Apell, a first-year environmental
engineering graduate student, is
leading a team of UF students on an
assessment trip to Cambodia as part
of a project with UF's chapter of
Engineers Without Borders, a nation-


In essence, he's looking for away
to "spray coat" the fuel cells. This
involves determining the optimal fir-
ing temperature and thickness of the
coating.
"I wanted to do something that would
help change the world," he said, "and I
felt that working on alternative energy
and fuel cells would be away to do that."


THREE

Is It Hot In Here,
Or Is It Just Me?
On the other side of the world, teams
of workers trek into the swamps of
Africa every 30 minutes to measure the
temperature around mosquito ponds.
It's cumbersome, but that's what it
takes to try to predict the hatching
of mosquito larvae, which can fore-
shadow a malaria outbreak.
Four Gator Engineering undergradu-
ates working under Computer Engineer-
ing professor William Eisenstadt are
determined to find an easier way to moni-
tor these ominous temperature changes.


In addition to using this research to
prevent devastating malaria outbreaks,
another practical application is monitor-
ing the temperature of food during ship-
ment to ensure safety and freshness.


al organization devoted to implement-
ing sustainable engineering projects
in developing countries.
To combat rampant deforestation in
Cambodia and health issues created
by using wood-burning stoves in close


SAVEATREE,
LISEAPIG
Gator Fngineering
students are working
with Cambodian A
cials to create a system
to turn pig waste into
hiogas to power stoves.
Wood-burning stoves
are currentlythe norm
in Cambodia, but that
kills a lot oftrees and
causes pollution.








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quarters, the UF team plans to convert
pig waste into usable biogas to power
stoves. UF's student team will also
look at new stove designs. It plans to
work with Sustainable Cambodia, a
Gainesville-based nonprofit organiza-
tion, on both initiatives.
The students will make their first of
several trips to Cambodia in late April
or early May to assess the materials
available on site and meet with vil-
lage leaders to tailor the engineering
projects to the country's needs. After
the engineering students tweak their
existing designs as needed, they will
visit the country again to implement
the new technology.



FIVE

Helping Tebow Throw
Even Superman needs help sometimes.
When Tim Tebow's shoulder
was hurting after the 2006 football
national championship, he worked
with UF orthopaedic surgeons and
engineers from the Biomechanics and
Motion Analysis Lab to figure out
what was causing the pain and how


to fix it. The lab is housed in the UF
Department of Orthopaedics and
Rehabilitation, and it brings together
physical therapists, UF engineers and
other professionals.
Bryan Conrad, a Ph.D. student in
the Pruitt Family Department of
Biomedical Engineering and a senior
engineer at the lab, placed about two
dozen round markers on key joints
ofTebow's body. Then he turned on
the 14 high-speed cameras around the
room, which picked up on the reflec-
tive tape covering the markers and cre-
ated a 3-D computer model of Tebow's
body for further analysis.
Each time Tebow threw the ball in
the lab, the computer recorded the
motion of his joints and calculated how
much force he was applying to his hips
and knees. The group used the informa-
tion to suggest ways Tebow could adjust
his throwing mechanics.
Judging by Tebow's record-setting
season in 2007, it looks like they're
on to something. They're hoping to
consolidate all of their results into the
"Florida quarterback model," which
could help all college football players
achieve ideal throwing mechanics.
"Never in a million years would I have
dreamed that going into engineering, I
would've gotten a chance to work with
football players," Conrad said. "But it's
funny how things work out."


SIX

Got Water?
UF civil engineering students Sabrina
Parra and Stacey Smich are working
on a solution to water crises all over
the world right here in Gainesville.
Parra and Smich were awarded
undergraduate research scholarships
to pursue the project with professor
Dave Bloomquist. Smich is conduct-
ing tests to determine the ideal desic-
cant to absorb water from the humid
Florida air. Parra is designing the
machine that will distill the water and
make it drinkable. To make things
more challenging, they've sworn off
electricity for the project.
"It'd be pretty easy to do it with
electricity," Parra said, "but we want to
keep it all environmentally friendly."


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Gator Engineering is making massive
data analysis the type measured in
weeks instead of minutes fast.
The trick is to take a high-tech
short cut. Rather than analyze all the
information in a database to get a very
precise answer. Alin Dobra, an assistant
professor of Computer & Information
Science & Engineering, writes software
allowing searchers to get a very good
approximation of the answer by going
through a representative sample.


"The main issue with data is that we're
very good at storing it, but not so good
at processing it to create meaningful
information," Dobra said.
The largest databases are measured
in petabytes (i million gigabytes) and
contain more information than any hu-
man could go through in a million years.
Even high-speed computers can't wade
through that much information quickly
A single data query could take days or
weeks to complete.
"My interest is in speeding up data
processing when large databases are
involved, such as all the information
that Wal-Mart needs to run its stores,


or all the information from the national
census," he said. "My job is to enable you
to process it as fast as possible once you
decide what you want."
That means getting the information is
seconds or minutes rather than weeks.
This is the same way polls work.
Polling firms don't have the money to
interview 200 million people, so they
interview a representative sample of
3,000, Dobra said. The key to mak-
ing this approach work is indicating
how good the approximation is. For
instance, a political poll may state it
is accurate within three percentage
points, plus or minus.


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innovations enabling the team to replace
special radiation-protected parts with the
latest off-the-shelf technology faster
and cheaper.
Led by Electrical & Computer Engineering
professor Alan George, in collaboration with
Honeywell, the team designed a novel, adap-
tive systemwith both redundancy and compu-
tational power. The space-based system's array
of parallel computing resources largely focus
on crunching data, but could quickly switch to
provide redundant data streams when bouts of
cosmic radiation are likely Conventional space
computers have radiation-resistant parts, and
are loaded with redundant features so if one
set of data is corrupted, another set is created
to take its place. But this static redundancy
gobbles computer power and the special parts
gobble space that could be used for bigger
processors. Funding came from NASA and
the Florida HighTech Corridor Council.
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computing capacity in space," George
said. "The agency has wanted to put a
supercomputer in space for many years, but
this is the first time anyone has achieved
a technology that could be deployed. The
previous attempts all failed."


A Moth's-Eye Mew

Engineers are incorporating nature's genius into commercially-available
solar panels to produce more efficient solar cells by duplicating the light-
absorbing landscape of a motB eyeball.
When light hits a solar panel, some of it is reflected. Currently, at cer-
tain wavelengths, more than io percent of the solar energy is lost. Peng
Jiang, an assistant professor of Chemical Engineering, says the moth-eye
inspired cells lose less than i percent of the solar energy striking them.
Working with graduate students and Binjiang, a mathematician
at Portland State University, Pengjiang discovered a second natural
masterpiece that can help eliminate the glass layer, cutting, manufactur-
ing, installation, and operating costs for commercial solar panels. The
glass-encased panels protect silicon solar cells from dirt and rain, but
laboratory models show the cells can be made to mimic the self-cleaning
cicada wings. Such breakthroughs could help make solar energy more
cost-competitive with fossil fuels, andjiang is talking with solar panel
manufacturers about commercializing these processes. If he is successful,
improved solar collectors would be another forward step in the effort
to cut the man-made greenhouse gas emissions many scientists say is a
central cause of global warming.
Evolution has created the properties found in the moth's eye and the
cicada wings over millions of years, Jiang said. "I tell my students -
look at nature first. Nature has evolved systems that are better than
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Determination, know-how, drive,
commitment and creativity are just some
of the tricks David Norton will be using
as he eads Gator Engineering research
initiatives. BY DEBORAH SWERDLOW

R recently appointed Associate Dean for Research &
Graduate Programs David Norton has a broad vision
for the College's research portfolio.
"One of the things that I hope to do is to
aggressively encourage faculty to put together multi-
investigative or multi-disciplinary-type proposals not only to
the state but also to federal agencies," Norton said. These types
of proposals would involve faculty members across the College
and University.
He said he is also looking forward to opening the Biomedical
Sciences Building. It and the new Nanoscale Research Facility will
both foster interdisciplinary research.
Norton said he will continue collaborating with industry lead-
ers and move forward with ongoing energy research, especially
with his predecessor, Tim Anderson, leading the Florida Energy
Systems Consortium.
"Particularly when you do that in a period of economic
difficulty, in fact, you can be part of the engine that drives the
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A new technology closes the cultural gap in war zones,
giving troops the ability to communicate with civilians by using
iPods thanks to a Gator Engineer. BY MARILEE GRIFFIN


T during a recent deployment,
a colonel told an Iraqi
Civilian to lie down on the
ground, but the man did
not understand. The colo-
nel spent many unsuccessful minutes
trying to explain before having to
physically lie down himself to get the
point across.
After being sent back to Iraq with
Vcommunicator Mobile on his iPod,
wam wthe colonel was able to read the words
s c phonetically in Arabic to civilians, as
Swell as see culturally-specific hand
gestures demonstrated by a virtual hu-
wrttnw man being.
This technology, developed by
Vcom3D Inc., is primarily being used
by the U.S. Army in Iraq, Sudan and Af-


ghanistan to help soldiers communicate
more effectively.
"Many times, higher-level officers will
have interpreters, but many soldiers
walk the streets without anyway to
communicate," said Vcom3D CEO
Carol Wideman (M.S. ISE '79). "This
gives them the ability to communicate
their intent and start to build a rela-
tionship."
Wideman explained how the Univer-
sity influenced her: "I think the most
important thing was we really learned
the concepts behind something. It
wasn't just surface-level so you could
pass a test you really learned how to
think things through."
Originally, Vcom3D created 3-D
characters to lip-synch and perform


hand gestures as away to teachAmeri-
can Sign Language. The program was
adapted for iPod (and now iPod touch)
and attached to an armband.
A soldier saw this and suggested the
product be adapted for the military;
within a month, there was a prototype.
The finished result: a cultural learning
tool that teaches soldiers how and what
to say during missions, whether it's a
vehicle checkpoint or a raid. Soldiers
are able to see phrases like "Can I see
your I.D.?" in Arabic, phonetically and,
finally, as video so they can see the
accompanying hand gestures.
About 800 Vcommunicator Mobile de-
vices are currently being used overseas.


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THE SAVVY ENGINEER
While the economy is faltering and the unemployment
rate climbs each month, the Savvy Engineer stays hopeful.
Human resources experts offer advice for navigating
the market. BY TED PETERSEN


to more than 8 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor
Web site. Even Microsoft, one of the nation's strongest companies,
announced plans to cut 5,000 jobs. Some workers have resigned them-
selves to large pay cuts just to get back into the work force.
Engineers aren't immune. Google is closing its three engineering offices, though
they hope to retain their employees, the Los Angeles Times reports. United Tech-
nologies Corp. recently announce nearly 12,000 job cuts. As the manufacturing
industry contracts, so too might engineering jobs, CNNMoneycom reports. The
Engineering Society of Detroit is even held an event to give engineers information
on alternative careers.
But there is hope for the Savvy Engineer. Here are seven things engineering
graduates or engineers between jobs should remember about navigating the unfa-
vorable job market.


FINDiNGTHAT
SILVER LINING
'After working
two years with a
sizable engineering
firm, I was laid off.
That was about six
months ago. After
a few months of
searching, I found
a job. I'm currently
working ?;0 hours
a week for a civil
engineer who went
out on his own a few
years ago. I'm learn-
ing more than I did
at the larger firm, I
have flexible hours,
and a great work/
life balance."
- MICHELLE
LIGHTBOURNE
RAMSAY, B.S. CCE'06


KEEP YOURSELF EMPLOYABLE
Cindy Kane, director of corporate
relations at Harris Corp. in Melbourne,
Fla., said engineers should continue to
learn by taking advantage of extra train-
ing and courses.

BROADEN YOUR HORIZONS
See how your skill set might work in
a different industry, said Erik Sander,
director of industry programs in UF's
College of Engineering.

BE WILLING TO RELOCATE
Kane said this will open more options.
You can probably find work, but maybe
not in your hometown.

APPROACH THE JOB SEARCH
LIKE AN ENGINEER
David Loucks (B.S. MAE '75), vice
president for human resources with
Procter & Gamble, said analytical
thinking and problem solving are key
skills for engineers. Use the job search
to show evidence of those skills. The
job search is just one more problem
that needs solving.

NETWORK, NETWORK,
NETWORK
Sander said Gator Engineers
shouldn't underestimate the power
of the Gator Nation.

BE A LEADER
Loucks said employers are looking for
evidence of hard work (read: GPA)
and evidence of leadership. Gain that
leadership experience to demonstrate
to employers your ability

BE PATIENT
The industry will survive the eco-
nomic downturn, and companies want
to be in a strong position when the
economy turns around. Companies
are always looking ahead, Sander said.
The Baltimore Sun reported that with
the Obama administration's focus on
infrastructure, engineering jobs will
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OLD SCHOOL
This photograph was taken around 1910,
during the construction of the Panama
Canal. The men in it are famous among
civil engineers as the brains behind
the canal. Professor Ralph D. Ellis kept
the photograph as a souvenir from his
research on the Panama Canal from 1975
to 1985. "This is actually one of the great
engineering achievements in the I I. I
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the Panama Canal," Ellis said.


LET IT SLIDE
This Carl Barth original slide rule, dated 1926, once
determined the best speed and feed settings for
drilling steel -but it has been replaced with new
technology. Years ago, civil engineering lab manager
Chuck Broward rescued it from being trashed, and it
now holds a place of honor in the lab's "Museum of
Oddities and Broken Things."


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school to donate time and computer programs to.
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at an early age," said member Tatiana Pimentel. The
Popsicle bridge competition is part of their introduce
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This is the heart of 350 laptop computers. This 300 mm Silicon wafer, when fully
processed, is the equivalent of 350 Pentium chips, making it worth around $50,000. It
takes about a month to finish all the processing for a wafer this size, and semiconducting
manufacturing companies like Intel are working to double the number of transistors on
each chip every 18 months. There are significant problems involved in processing these
wafers, so these companies call upon the Materials Science & Engineering department.
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water, environmental restoration and flood control). But even
that spending will require engineering innovation.
"You don't build bridges the same way you did before," Phil-
lips said, "and the challenge of building those new bridges pro-
vides for new research."

CHARGING THE ECONOMY'S BATTERIES
Shirley Meng speaks with both joy and dismay when she talks
about the nation's move to more energy-efficient cars. Joy at
the prospect of an increased market for high-performance bat-
teries, her area of expertise as director for the Laboratory for
Energy Storage and Conservation in the UF College of En-
gineering. Dismay at the fact that innovations aren't coming
as fast the nation needs, and carmakers are turning to other
countries to buy batteries for new hybrid auto products.
"In the short term, if the plan is to increase energy efficiency,
there are a lot of new technologies that need to be deployed,"
said Meng, an assistant professor in the College's Department
of Materials Science & Engineering. As an example, she men-
tions that GM has chosen to use an LG Chem battery for its
new electro-hybrids, a product whose core is manufactured in


South Korea. The ailing automaker chose the product, in part,
because its development was heavily subsidized and supported
by the Korean government, giving the manufacturer stability
and longevity (The other major innovator and manufacturer in
the auto-battery market is Japan.)
Meng is working to double the energy density of lithium-ion
batteries (like those found in laptops or cell phones) to make
them safe and powerful enough to run cars by developing new
battery-cell materials, through experimentation and computer
modeling. She hopes that U.S. innovations in battery-storage
capability not only result in job creation here but also lower
pollution and save money for daily commuters.
"The idea is basically that 90 percent of the U.S. population
commutes less than 30 miles every day, so if a car could drive
only on electricity, can we develop a battery that will work for
that?" she said. "Even ifwe get electricity from the grid, on the
wall, it is still going to be more energy-efficient and give out
far less CO2 [than petroleum-based engines use]."
The economic stimulus plan calls for $2 billion in spend-
ing in the Advanced Battery Loan Guarantee and Grants
Program, supporting "U.S. manufacturers of advanced


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vehicle batteries and battery systems becausel America
should lead the world in transforming the way automobiles
are powered." It also gives families a tax credit of up to
$7,500 for purchasing a plug-in hybrid vehicle, hoping to
boost the market for hybrids and "spur the next generation
of American cars."
Economics o10: Stronger markets for goods = more jobs to
design and manufacture those goods.
"I tell my students," Meng said, "they are getting ready to
catch the wave when the economy recovers."

ENGINEERING NEW POWER
UF engineers are also poised to play a role in another part of
the stimulus plan: President Obama's desire to create a new
power grid, one that can not only better handle existing energy
producers but accommodate and encourage emerging tech-
nologies and renewable resources.
The College is already at the forefront of alternative energy,
as leader of the $50 million Florida Energy Systems Consor-
tium, a research project of all ii state universities led by Timo-
thy Anderson, a UF chemical engineering professor and for-
mer associate dean for research and graduate programs. That
effort is doing for the state of Florida what the stimulus plan
wants to do for all of the nation: figure out away to incorporate
new power technologies into a grid that is today only set up
for oil, coal and nuclear-produced electricity. In Florida, that
means solar and biomass.
"It is a perfect marriage with Obama's vision for energy in
the future," said Erik Sander, the College of Engineering's
director of industry programs and the industrial arm of the
consortium.
On top of the $120 billion being spent on infrastructure
and science, the stimulus legislation appropriates another $37.5
billion for energy research and infrastructure, the largest part
going to create a renewable-energy-friendly "Smart Grid" for
the nation's electrical distribution. That money breaks down
this way:
$ i billion for a "reliable, efficient electricity grid" created
through research and development, pilot projects, and federal
matching funds for the Smart Grid Investment Program.
$6 billion for renewable energy power projects.
$4.5 billion to increase energy efficiency and conservation
in federal buildings.
$6.3 billion in local government grants for energy-efficient
projects that reduce carbon emissions.
$4 billion for green-retrofitting HUD-sponsored low-
income housing.
$2.5 billion for "energy efficiency and renewable energy re-
search, development, demonstration, and deployment activi-
ties to foster energy independence, reduce carbon emissions,
and cut utility bills. Funds are awarded on a competitive basis
to universities, companies, and national laboratories."
"We have tremendous opportunities not only for research in
those areas but implementation," Sander said. "We have twice
the solar insolation as Germany, which is the No. i photovol-
taic country in the world. We are perfectly set up not only to
find new renewable energy systems but to set them up." Some
campuses in the consortium, for instance, are already testing
an off-grid, zero-emissions home.
Spending money on this kind of research shows a depth
of economic stimulus not always found in government job-
creation plans.
"The impetus of the stimulus package is to start some
more economic activity [with immediate construction proj-
ects]; engaging the researchers and the technology is a long-
term approach," said Mark Jamison, a University of Florida
economist and director of the UF Public Utility Research
Center. "The fact that it is pointed toward [renewable en-


ergy projects] shows that the president is trying to address
some short-term problems while making improvements for
the long term as well."

SHOVEL-READY
For civil, industrial and environmental engineers, the stimulus
plan has plenty to offer, too.
'Anything that an engineer creates from some kind of raw
piece of ground is a way to create jobs," said Ray Bradick, the
chairman and CEO of Bowyer Singleton & Associates Inc., an
Orlando-based civil engineering firm. "When we're not work-
ing, a lot of people are out ofwork. We're generally the first to
see it [decline], and we're the first to feel it when the recovery
starts. We've been slow for a year and a half."
The focus of the economic plan reflects the stimulus value
of quick spending on civil projects. For every dollar spent on
public infrastructure, the nation's gross domestic product is
boosted by $1.59, according to an analysis by Moody's chief
economist Mark Zandi. "...And there is little doubt that the
nation has underinvested in infrastructure for some time,"
Zandi added, "to the increasing detriment of the nation's long-
term growth prospects."


The use of engineering and techno ogy

to solve g obaT problems will become

the focus for the coming decade.

By aWhite House analysis, the largest number of jobs cre-
ated by the stimulus plan would be in the energy and infra-
structure-related industries: 836,000 new employees by the
end of 2010.
UF College of Engineering researchers are already involved in
almost every aspect of those industries. In 2008, the UF College
of Engineering did $58 million worth of research for the federal
government, part of $106 million in total research expenditures
that includes funding from state and industry sources, as well.
And the plan's split between traditional infrastructure
spending and nontraditional technology improvements echoes
the College of Engineering's scope and mission.
"We have ii departments and cover everything from nuclear
to info technology," said David Norton, the College's associ-
ate dean for research and graduate programs and a Materials
Science & Engineering professor. "Each of those areas is going
to be impacted by what is being put forward in science and
technology. It's good for the country, because that is where
the economic growth should be directed."
Engineers, however, should leverage this opportunity for
growth and innovation in the United States into the larger,
global view, the College's dean reminds us.
"I regard the stimulus as a short-term investment of money,"
Khargonekar said. "It is focused on some of the right things.
To that extent, of course, engineering does have a significant
role.
"In the long-term, [however,} stimulus money disappears
after a few years," he added. "We must use this economic
debacle to focus what engineering and technology can do to
allow our children to live in a sustainable world. Each region
of the world is going to have its own challenges over the next
few years: Europe its own, China, India and so forth. Com-
petition will be global. The use of engineering and technol-
ogy to solve global problems will become the focus for the
coming decade."
For engineers to achieve that world-changing goal, the U.S.
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solid lubricants attempting to lessen
friction's wear and tear.
David Norton, associate dean for research and graduate programs, said, of engines. The solid lubricants are called "composite polymers," and are
"Greg is one of the most enthusiastic, interesting persons in the College created when a known solid lubricant, like Teflon, is mixed with another
of Engineering faculty. You should ask him about the Mohawk." substance to make it stronger.
Sawyer's lab brings in more than a million dollars each year in grants for One of the composites, created by former UF grad student David
specific projects or basic research. Most of the money comes from the Burris, was patented last year. Though some companies have expressed
government, about 70 percent, and the rest comes from private companies interest in his polymer, he doesn't think it's being widely used yet. It'll
who want UF researchers to develop some specific solid lubricant or refine take some time, Burris said, and UF's current students continue to test
one of their machines. Many projects take several years to complete. and tinker with it.
UF provides the space and electricity to run the lab, but as far as The UF lab isn't the only one like it in the country, but not all academic
paying for machines, materials or software, "We have to fund our own labs are so aggressively sought after by both government sources and
addictions," Sawyer said. private industries, Sawyer said.
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cants developed by the engineers that are now used inside different types (tribology)," he said. "There's a synergy between us chasing our own crazy


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ideas and a national lab recruiting us to chase some
of its crazy ideas."
Sawyer, a man who admittedly hates being inter-
viewed, diverts all praise to the students who work
for him. He says it's their imagination that fuels
the lab's success (they all cite Sawyer as the energy
behind the place).
"The students pull us along. I don't think we
need to push them," Sawyer said. "I let them just
go with it."
And do they ever.
Right now, there are about 20 tribology ventures
in progress about eight of them considered "ma-
jor projects," said Dan Dickrell, a post-doctoral staff
scientist who's worked with Sawyer for almost a de-
cade. The projects range from big to microscopic,
earthly to cosmic. They're commissioned by federal
agencies or born of plain curiosity Some examples
include: the study ofwear on electrical mechanisms,
friction on biological materials, testing high-temper-
ature vapor lubrications, creation of new solid lubri-
cants and studying solid lubricants in space.
Sawyer said the team won't be able to take on
much else for awhile, but nobody minds.
"We're very good at what we do. You're afforded
opportunities by being good, and that's what hap-
pened to us a little bit," he said. "We're just ad-
dicted to the science."
Downstairs in the lab, tiny bristles stroke a
copper wheel, zinging with electricity while Nick
Argibay, a third-year mechanical engineering
graduate student, keeps watch. He's working on
research for the U.S. Navy, trying to ease friction
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other year or two. The goal is to pinpoint the best
lens solution for reducing eye irritation. For each
of about 25 formulas, he carefully rubs a solution-
treated contact against a layer of human eye cells
grown by UF's Pruitt Family Department of Bio-
medical Engineering.
To replicate a contact's light touch, Dickrell must
use surgical precision and a tiny lens sample. If the
sample is too big, it could throw off the accuracy
Too much friction, and cells in the path will die.
These days, Dickrell hardly kills anything. It's
good because it means the solid lubricants and his
carefulness are improving. But death paints a pretty
clear picture, and Dickrell must now look much
closer to find and reduce cell injury
"There's a story in there to be told in there. We
just have to figure out what it is," Dickrell said.
With as much time as Sawyer and the students
have spent watching friction wear materials, they
began to wonder, "why?"
They wanted to know what happens when stuff
rubs against other stuff at the atomic level. With
that question answered, maybe friction wear could
be prevented. Maybe some things engines and
replacement knees and all the rest of it would
never break down.
Sawyer recruited first-year graduate student Ira
Hill to check it out. Hill built a complex tribom-
eter, named "The Death Rig," to examine the wear
on individual atoms.
The team hasn't gotten any grants for the work
yet, but Hill said Sawyer's hoping nonprofit organi-
zations or private companies will take notice once


submarines or other vessels.
Argibay's not quite sure what he can or can't say i
about some of the projects. The top-secret-ness of l
it all hangs omniscient.
But what he can say is work's been under way for a couple years thanks
to half-a-million dollars in equipment that Argibay assembled into his
own tribometer, a friction-testing device.
"It doesn't get better than this,"Argibay said.
Brandon Krick, a second-year grad student, has been working with the
U.S. Air Force and NASA to send another tribometer into space. He's
testing four different lubricants for satellites, planet rovers or anything
else with moving parts in the harsh outer-worldly environment.
Krick is part of a project in the lab that was given about $2.5 million
dollars from the government over the past couple years. The value of
using NASA equipment and the launch itself isn't quantifiable, Sawyer
said. "I don't know how you put a price on that."
"This is something they [U.S. Air Force developers] really need," he
said. 'And we're the group that's been entrusted to deliver on that."
Much closer to earth life is the work of Dickrell, the staff scientist. His
research focuses on biotribology friction on human cells. Dickrell's study
of contact lens solid lubricants caught the attention ofAlcon Laboratories,
an eye-care pharmaceutical company that's now financing the project.
Dickrell said Alcon has already given him a couple hundred thousand


the research begins.
'A lot of people would love to do this, but as a
company, it's not practical," Hill said. 'As an aca-
demic institution, we just want to get answers."
It's not cheap. Hill built his machine from scratch so he doesn't know
exactly how much it's worth. But to give an idea, one tiny part likely
the most expensive one cost $5o,ooo000.
Sawyer said he mostly expects Hill's research to just scratch the surface.
"It's really puzzling, what the origins of friction are, and the more you
learn, the more puzzled you get," Sawyer said.
But it won't stop the group from wondering, testing and going back for
more. And the students say they couldn't ask for a better teacher.
Said Argibay, "Greg has a tendency to take students, show them why
something's important and give them a sandbox to play in."
Added Hill, "He gives you your own responsibility to make your own
decisions and make mistakes."
And from Dickrell, "We've busted our tails."
In an underground lab below screeching bike wheels and hovering satel-
lites, Argibay will fiddle with copper filaments, Krick will wait for blast
off, Dickrell will caress tiny lenses and Hill will ponder the unseen.
And there, tapping a sharp yellow pencil, cooing at Isabel and brainstorm-
ing, will be Sawyer. He says he'll stick to tribology the rest of his life.
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EN INEER UPDATE


MIKE HARDIN
As a Gator Engineer who actually lays the foundation for the
Gator Nation, he works even harder to ensure the cornerstone
of his world isn't compromised. BY MARILEE GRIFFIN

Those 300 people make his company, Harcon Inc., a leading structural
concrete formwork company that makes structural frames for hospitals,
hotels, condominiums, parking decks, schools and stadiums across
multiple states.
The 300 represent what Hardin, and thus Harcon, values most: safety From
monthly inspections, weekly OSHA training sessions and mandatory fall arrest
systems that tie off all employees in high-risk situations, Harcon goes far beyond
Occupational Safety & Health Administration requirements. As a result, Harcon
has received awards for safety since 2002.
And Hardin says it all started for the wrong reasons.
It began as a quest for lower insurance premiums. But when they resolved to go an


entire year without any accidents, the
atmosphere changed for the better.
"When you really care about people,
they realize it," Hardin said.
Today, the company's mindset is:
what if this employee couldn't go home to his
wife and kids tonight because ofan accident?
"It also falls in line with my religious
beliefs about caring for your neighbor,"
Hardin said. "My closest neighbors at
work are my employees."
Hardin is a fifth-generation engineer
and a Gainesville native. His high school
created a drafting class for him. He was
the only student enrolled in it. When he
graduated from UF with a civil degree in
1981, he received ii job offers.
"There are not many schools in the
Southeast that have the same reputa-
tion as Florida," he said. "I've always
been proud to say I'm a graduate."
When he founded Harcon Inc. in 1989,
Hardin worked out of his house and
had two employees. The Atlanta-based
company grew by 55 percent for the first
eight years and has employed more than
575 people.As the company grew, so did
its scope from supplying labor and
materials for small projects to becoming a
specialized subcontractor in cast-in-place
concrete buildings. Essentially, Harcon
makes reusable molds to form structural
skeletons of concrete buildings, from hi-
rise offices to churches.
Harcon has contributed to several
Gainesville landmarks, such as the But-
terfly Rainforest, the 34th Street Hilton,
the Cancer Genetics towers, and the
near-complete Cancer Research Center.
"I love coming back to check on the
work we have going on in Gainesville,"
Hardin said. "I get to eat at Leonardo's,
see my dad and buy some memorabilia
at the bookstore."
Harcon has evolved into a company
that embraces safety and ingenuity
Hardin inspires a culture of productiv-
ity by rewarding any employee who
finds away to do something better,
faster or cheaper. Each great idea is
worth $5o and a place in the "Pro-
ductivity Manual." The manual is a
compilation of noteworthy ideas from
employees and contains a weekly letter
about productivity from Hardin.
One employee found away to remove
one worker from every crew literally
saving the company hundreds of thou-
sands of dollars.
"I told the guy,'I'm embarrassed to
give you $5o,'" said Hardin, who instead
gave him $i,ooo and week's paid
vacation.
"Some people come up with the
most amazing ideas," Hardin said. "I
just wanted to show everybody how
valuable their ideas can be, even if they
don't think they're valuable."


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ALUMNI BY YEAR


Millard "Mel" Reed Everhart, B.S. ECE
lived in Flavet with his wife and two children while
at UF After working in the aerospace industry for
about 10 years, they purchased Key Packaging
Co., in Sarasota, Fla. The business thermoformed
custom-designed plastic containers for the
medical and electronic industries. Companies
included Motorola, Procter & Gamble, Johnson
& Johnson, etc. He and his wife also lived on
their sailboat for several years. He is a member of
Tau Beta Pi, works with Habitat for Humanity in
Orlando and enjoys construction mission trips to
foreign countries. He and his wife, Sue, are active
in the church and plan to spend the next few
years helping build a community for trauma and
abuse survivors.



Roger DeVore, B.S. CCE
is still working full time at 72 as a senior project
manager for Janssen & Spaans in Columbus,
Ind. His health is good, he has four grandkids and
one great grandkid. He and his wife have been
married for 50 years. "Its GREAT to be a Florida
Gator."



Karl Wiedamann, B.S. MAE
retired from Procter & Gamble in 1994. He
keeps busy with competitive swimming. He was
a member of the UF swim team from '56 to '60.
This past year, he trained for the FINA World
Masters Championships held in Perth, Australia,
in April 2008. The training paid off, he won the
50,100 and 200 meter breaststroke in the 70-74
age group. He set world records in each event.



Rufus J. Frazier Jr., B.S. MAE
was married July 20,1968, and has two children,
both UF graduates: Rufus Frazier III, computer
engineering, and Theresa Frazier, business admin-
istration. He entered the U.S. Air Force Pilot
Training in November 1968, in the same class
as George W. Bush. George H. W. Bush gave
the graduation address in November 1969. He
served 22 years in the Air Force as an instructor
pilot, fighter pilot and engineer. As an engineer,
he worked on several new aircraft and weapon
systems, including Air Force One and the second
generation stealth fighter. He retired as lieutenant
colonel in 1990. He moved to Key West to fish
and got a job with Monroe County Public Works.
He worked and/or managed special projects in
safety, engineering, fleet management, roads,
bridges and emergency management. He retired
for good in March 2004 and built a retirement
home in Melbourne, Fla.
"I couldn't find an entertainment center with
a door that closed (wife's requirement) for my
73-inch HDTV, so I built one," he said. "I wasn't
previously interested in woodworking, but I am
now. My entertainment center was my first piece
of furniture (It cost $15,000 but $10,000 was for
tools, which I still have). It's 16 feet wide and 7
feet high, weighs 1,300 pounds, is one piece on
19 casters and has a remote-controlled tambour
door." Frazier's woodworking hobby has also led


him to build two ceiling-high bookshelves, a train
play table for his grandson and diploma frames.
He also builds computers in his spare time.



Jose M. Otero, B.S. SE
retired in July 2008 after 32 years at IBM. He
celebrated his 39th wedding anniversary in
December. His son, daughter and their respec-
tive spouses all received bachelor and graduate
degrees from UF He has five grandchildren.



Bob Timberlake, B.S. ECE
was part of Florida Power Corp. co-op program
and worked in a variety of departments, gaining
broad exposure to company operations. He
began his company in 1979, which developed
and marketed software for utility-rate design and
analysis. In the early 1980s, this morphed into a
company that developing software for a variety
of businesses in the Tampa Bay area, including
hospitals, medical clinics, manufacturers, fire
departments, police departments, ambulance
services, etc. In 1987, with the addition of two
partners who were previously fire chiefs, EAI
Systems Inc. became the number two provider of
public safety emergency dispatch software in the
country. The company was sold to Bell Atlantic
in 1992. One of his previous partners started the
PODS portable moving and storage business
in Clearwater in 1988, and needed some good
software to build the business after beginning to
franchise nationwide. Timberlake helped him out
parttime until 2002, when Timberlake became
his CIO. He worked fulltime as the business
expanded nationwide, then into Canada and
Australia. Recently, the business sold to a private
equity group, and he began his second retirement
in March 2008.



Burton L. Streicher, PE., M.E CCE
works as a research analyst for the Center for
Naval Analyses in Alexandria, Va., conducting
research in support of the U.S. Navy and Marine
Corps for infrastructure and readiness. He and his


family have lived in the Washington, D.C., area
since 1991, after returning from Yokosuka, Japan,
when he retired as a U.S. Navy captain.



G.W. "Casey" Jones, PE., B.S CCE
works with Florida Department of Children as a
project manager for construction of new mental
health facilities and repair/upgrade projects on
existing facilities. He also monitors the operation
and maintenance of privatized mental health
facility and physical plants. In 2002, he retired as a
Commander from the U.S. Navy Reserves, Civil
Engineer Corps. He received a Davis Productivity
Award as part of a twomember team resolving is-
sues involving two unique "finance-design-build"
contracts, saving the Department of Children and
Families $64,343,060 in project funding. Though,
he still manages to play softball in Tallahassee's
senior league (55 and older) and goes boating
with his wife, Jolie, on his 1983 Regal cabin cruiser,
"LocoMotive."



Antonio Beltran, M.E. CCE
has served as dean of the College of Engineering,
where he founded the graduate division, and
was interim Provost of the Catholic University of
Guayaquil. As dean, he brought several groups
of students to UF lectured on soil mechanics
and ethics in civil engineering and was honored
with a UF Distinguished Service Award. He is
founder and president of PuntOmega Consulting
Group, supervising $50 million civil engineering
projects and providing innovative academic and
professional training overseas including two
seminars partnered with CISE. Since 1997, he has
been an interviewer on a national TV program
focusing on development issues. He has also
served as acting congressman (nonpartisan) in
the Ecuadorian Congress, Guayaquil Chamber of
Construction CEO, and acting vice president and
secretary general of the Ecuadorian Federation of
Construction Chambers.

Julius Ward Hunter Jr., B.S. ABE
works at Parsons Brinckerhoff in construction
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projects. He was elected secretary of the Big
Bend Chapter of the Florida Engineering Society
His daughter graduated from UF with a degree
in agricultural and biological engineering and
moved to Atlanta with her fiance, who is a UF
electrical engineering graduate. His son received
his electrical engineering degree from UF in
December 2008.



Mark Pedersen, B.S. EES
is area environ manager for Republic Services Inc.

Benjamin B. Price, B.S. ECE
is a facilities engineer at GE Global Research in
Niskayuna, NY.



Daniel N. Hlaing, B.S. EES, E. EES 96
works for an environmental engineering
consulting firm assisting clients with air quality
permitting and compliance, including disper-
sion modeling studies and data management.
He is married and says someday they may
adopt a child.

Karen Neukamm, B.S. MAE
changed her career from mechanical engineering
to teaching middle school pre-algebra, algebra 1
standard, and algebra 1 honors. She is also teach-
ing geometry for gifted students. She was named
"Teacher of the Week" in November/December
2007 by the Orlando Sentinel. All three of her
children are attending UF: one is an architect, one
is a ceramics major and one is studying pediatric
physical therapy.

Frank Mauricio Travassos, B.S. MAE
is the Director of Program Integration for United
Space Alliance at the Kennedy Space Center. As
a member of the Space Program for more than
23 years, hes worked in design, development
and testing of cryogenic propulsion systems. In
addition, he has significant experience in system
engineering and integration operation on the
Space Shuttle Program. Hes been married to his
wife Doris, also a UF alumnus, for28 years. As
the first member of his family to graduate from
college, his greatest achievement is seeing his
children graduate from UF: Rebecca,'04 B.A.
Sociology, and Greg,'08 B.S. EE.



Jose R Diaz, B.S. C SE
is working on his third startup company tech-
nology and computers applied to advertising.
He first sold Apple-based systems to ad
agencies, newspapers, magazines, etc. He then
started large-format digital printing services for
billboards. In 2005, he started a digital signage
company with his wife, Karina, who is a creative
designer. He takes care of the technical and
sales side of the business and Karina does all
the creative work. They won the 2006 DIGI
Award for the best digital signage installation
in retail. Their 14-year-old son, Stefano, is
a two handicap in golf and was selected by


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Computer Associates (CA) and the First Tee
Program to be a oncourse reporter during the
Calif Championships in Doral.



Eric Gies, B.S. SE
works for Neuberger Berman, a wealth manage-
ment business. He lives in Rye, NY, and com-
mutes into the city by train (a first for this Florida
boy). Hes been married for more than 18 years
to K.C. and has four children: Sarah, 11, Katie, 8,
Stephen, 6, and Tommy, 3.

Jack Matthews, M.E. CCE
is a senior engineer at Carlton Engineering, Inc in
Shingle Springs, Calif.



Brian J. DuChene, PE., B.S.
recently celebrated his 20th anniversary with the
same firm since graduating from the MSE depart-
ment. He was named senior principal engineer,
which is the highest technical position one can
achieve in his firm. He runs the facilities consult-
ing group in the Orlando office, which includes
building science, indoor environmental quality
and roofing/waterproofing consulting services.



Betty J. Greene, B.S. MAE
is a senior engineer at Dynetics Inc. in Huntsville,
Ala., and is very active in the Rocket City Gator
Club.

Martin Johnson, B.S ECE
is a senior staff systems engineer at Lockheed
Martin Aeronautics in Marietta, Ga. and is work-
ing on modernization and flight test for the F22
fighter program. He retired from the Air Force
reserves after 30 years of service. His sons attend
Georgia Tech and N. Metro Tech.



Hillary Wasserberg Harter, B.S
works for Carestream Health, Inc. (the former
Kodak Health Imaging Division) as an imaging
consultant providing technical support to mam-
mography customers with regard to image quality
and quality control. She has returned to school to
get her registered nurse degree. Harter was mar-
ried in 1996 and has two daughters, ages 7 and 10.



Valeri (Alexander) Bishop, BS. SE
works for Motorola.

Michael Collins, B.S MAE
was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force the day
prior to graduation, so anyjob directly associated
with engineering was put on hold. However, the
engineering skills learned at UF have helped him
throughout his career. He graduated at the top of
his class from Undergraduate Navigator Training at
Mather AFB in Sacramento, Calif and was a crew
member on the KC135 ever since with active


1966
Thomas Furman Jr. Retires
as CEO of CDM
:-:E'66.M.E 1 1;

APRIL 1951 Thomas D. 1987 He is promoted to
Furman Sr. joins UF as an executive vice president
assistant professor of civil and named to the Board
engineering and assistant of Directors.
research professor.
1991 Furman becomes
1966 Furman Sr. is one of president of CDM.
the founding faculty mem-
bers of the Department of 1998 Furman becomes
Environmental Engineer- chief executive officer.
ing Sciences at UE His Revenues were at $395
son, Thomas D. Furman million; now, they are
Jr., earns his bachelor's more than $i billion.
degree in civil engineering
from UE 1999 Furman becomes
chairman of the board.
1967 Furman Jr. earns a
master's degree in civil MARCH 27,2008
engineering from UE Furman Sr. passes
away at his home in Table
1973 After military service Rock, S.C.
and three years with
Smith Davis &Associates, APRIL 8, 2008 Furmanjr.
he joins Ross, Saarinen, announces he will retire at
Bolton and Wilder as a the end 420o8.
vice president.
DEC. 6,2008 CDM
1974 The firm merges with establishes The Thomas
CDM, a consulting, engi- D. Furmanjr. Excellence
nearing, construction and Fund in Environmental
operations firm headquar- Engineering to honor his
tered in Cambridge, Mass. retirement. The $50,000
CDM currently has 4,00 o endowment is unrestricted,
employees in more than meaning it can support a
ioo offices worldwide. variety of needs in the de-
partment from research
1977 Furman is named projects to lab equipment.
Young Engineer of the
Year by the Florida Engi- APRIL23,2009
nearing Society. Furman will also be pre-
sented with the American
1980 Furman Sr. retires Society of Civil Engineers'
from UF as Professor 2009 Outstanding Proj-
Emeritus. ects and Leaders Lifetime
Achievement Award in
1986 Furman completes management.
the Harvard Advanced
Management Program.









duty for seven years and the past nine with the Utah
Air National Guard. The greatest skill he says he
learned at UF was problem-solving: "..engineers, we
solve everything". He, his wife and four boys live in
Ogden, Utah where he is the air refueling subject
matter expert for the USAF The job has little to do
with aerospace engineering, but everything to do,
once again, with problem solving. His Air National
Guard unit deployed this summer, which he said
helps him appreciate his comfortable life at home as
he read from Alligator.org at work or catches up on
the latest Gator Spring practice news.



F. Craig Loper, B.S
works for J&J Vision Care 3GT Advanced
Technologies as a technical leadership engineer
for new product qualifications, ramp-up, process
and quality improvements. He also became the
product increased output lead and is included
in Ireland ramp-ups. He recently received a
Leadership Award for two multimillion dollar cost
deferment projects with product re-qualifications
and technology advancements.

Andrew Ziffer, B.S. ECE
Z Real Estate LLC was chosen as the 2008 Na-
tional Apartment Association PARAGON Award
Winner for 2008 in the Independent Rental Owner
Category for the ownership and operation of his
Atlanta apartment community, Chestnut Hill. This
award is the highest honor an apartment owner/
operator can receive in the industry



Deborah V. Beebe
DiFrancesco, B.S. MAE
works for 3D SYSTEMS in Rock Hill, SC as the
director for material programs and engineering
services. She is married and has three children:
Lanie, 10, Sophie, 7, and David, 4.

Martin J. Lobik, PE., .S. EES
is a project engineer with the Springfield Water and
Sewer Commission in Springfield, Mass., where
he oversees domestic and raw water installation
projects servicing 250,000 people. He is married to
Kathleen and has two children, Liam and Erin.



Wm. Mark Jennings, M.S. EES
teaches biology at Taylor County High School.
He was recognized as one of the top 25 percent
of secondary teachers in the state. His only child,
Amanda, is a senior at TCHS and will pursue an
advertising art degree at the Savannah College of
Art and Design.



Danny Garcia, B.S. CCE
works for Ranger Construction, a company of
the Vecellio Group- a major South Florida road
building, site work, asphalt and excavation con-
tractor operating from West Palm Beach through
the Florida Keys. He was promoted to lead the
newly acquired Miami branch and is charge of a
team of more than 120 employees, including field
and office personnel. He is married to Marisol
Martinex-Garcia and has three children: Daniel,
7, Kelly, 4, and Gabriella, 1, to whom he dedicates
his efforts, sacrifices and life.


Becky (Fierle)
Hachenburg, B.S. EES, M.S. SE
works for MWH, an international environmental
consulting firm headquartered in Broomfield, Co.
She is finishing a 4-year assignment as technical
manager with the SFWM D's Everglades Restora-
tion program and has accepted a position as
office manager of the Palm Beach office.



Tina (Brown) Farmer, B.S. ABE
is the child nutrition director for Cabarrus County
Schools in North Carolina.

Angel Luis Torres, B.S ECE
is managing partner at White Knight Adviser
LLC.



Susan M. Carstenn, Ph.D. EES
is an assistant professor of environmental science
at Hawaii Pacific University on the island of
Oahu. She is teaching her first graduate class on
oceanographic influences on marine mammals
in the Hawaiian Islands using GIS and remote
sensing. She was also was appointed program


coordinator for the environmental science and
environmental studies programs at Hawaii Pacific
University and is working on a book project with
a colleague at the South Florida Water Manage-
ment District.



Corneliu I. Chetan, M.S. CSE
works at Microsoft in the system center virtual
machine manager group. He married his UF
classmate right after classes on Nov. 25, in India.
He says he really thanks his professors for con-
ducting the exams early enough (by Nov 22nd),
and managed to reach India 15 hours before his
marriage.



Christopher Daniel Fries, B.S.
works at Florida Power and Light in Juno Beach,
as a production assurance engineer.

Emmanuel Oman, M.S. MAE
is a lecturer at the mechanical engineering de-
partment, Accra Polytechnic, PMB, Accra where
he teaches control systems, computer control of
machines and processes.
















Domenico Anthony
Ruggiero, B.S. MAE
is a senior consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton.
He did some undergraduate research with
Dr Haftka and also was highly involved with
the Flight Test Engineering program with Dr.
Walsh. Following graduation, he began full-time
employment at the NASA Kennedy Space Cen-
ter Some of his duties included working with the
Orbiter Structures Engineering department of
United Space Alliance. In addition to participating
in the Orbiter Major Modification of OV103
Discovery, his experience in the group was utilized
during the STS107 Columbia Reconstruction
Effort in a hangar at the Kennedy Space Center
following the unfortunate loss of Columbia's crew
on February 1, 2003. He is married to Sonia, and
has two sons, Michael and Gabriel.

Elia Twigg,PE., B.S. CCE
works for the City of Palm Bay as the Public
Works Division Manager. She manages 75 staff
members in maintenance and construction, traf-
fic operations and customer service. Her depart-
ment went through the accreditation process


with American Public Works Association and will
be recommended for full accreditation. They will
be the 51st agency to achieve full accreditation
with APWA.



Robert Pittard, B.S. SE
works for Florida Power and Light in northwest
Palm Beach County He says he is very happy
with his job, wife and three children.

Kate Sablotsky, B.S. ABE, M.E.
works for in Ventiv Health as a pharmaceutical
representative. She married a chemical engineering
grad from UF, Shane Sablotsky, whom she met
in calculus their sophomore year. He is a Lieuten-
ant JG in the U.S. Navy and works as a nuclear
engineer on the George H. W Bush. They just had
their first baby, Samuel, in October 2007.



Ivan Mutis, M.S. CCE
is an assistant professor at the University of
Southern Mississippi and was named a Rinker
Scholar.


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Jorge L. Weir,B.S. ,E
works in the nuclear industry on and off in
Venezuela, Spain, and South Africa. He never
thought it was possible to travel around the world
while being able to do a nuclear engineering job,
and says he owes this opportunity to obtaining
a degree from one of the top university of the
world: UF "I have been able to develop as a
professional engineer, always representing my
university around the globe."



Tim Walters, B.S.
works in Huntsville, Ala., for the Marshall Space
Flight Center as a materials and processes
engineer for The Boeing Co., working on the de-
velopment of the Ares I Upper Stage, which is a
part of the flight vehicle set to replace the Space
Shuttle as NASAs space flight vehicle.



Dante Buckley, B.S. MAE
is an engineering graduate student, and last year
he won the Florida University Satellite Design
Competition.

James Van Pelt III,
B.S. MAE 05, M.S. MAE
is a composites materials engineer for Lock-
heed Martin Space Systems Co. working on the








Orion program. Orion is the vehicle that will
carry the crew on Ares I to the Space Station,
Moon and Mars. He lives in New Orleans and
works at the Michoud Assembly facility the
NASA facility that makes the external tank for
the Space Shuttle.

Marissa Shoshanah Schein, B.S. SE
is Operations LDP at Lockheed Martin.


Andrew May, B.S. ECE, M.S. ECE
works as an electrical engineering associate for
RS&H in Jacksonville. He says his job provides
plenty of opportunity for growth, challenge and
fun and that there are mentors and trainers that
take part in his work-life daily. They advise and
teach on the job and in a class setting. He says
when work gets busy and he is pressured to
complete a project within the given deadline, all
the resources UF gave him come in handy

Edwin F. Mojena, B.S. CCE
joined Marlin Engineering in November 2006
as transportation department design manager.
He was appointed assistant vice president of
production responsible for transportation design,
municipal services and field survey

Vibhuti Pandey, Ph.D. ABE
works in the West Palm Beach doing water
resource management.

Samuel Smith, B.S. CCE, M.E. CCE
is a structural engineer for the company RK&K.
He has worked on a variety of different structural
engineering tasks, including the designs of water
treatment facilities and bridges. He has also
inspected some of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge,
which incorporates several types of structural sys-
tems, including deck truss, through truss, and suspen-
sion type spans. He and his fiancee live in Owings
Mills, just outside of Baltimore. They enjoy staying
active in the community and keep busy seeing some
of the many historical sites in the area.


Kerri Lynn Marsh, B.S. SE, B.A. French
is a consulting analyst at Accenture in Atlanta.

Gbadebo Senu Odutola, B.S. MAE
is attending graduate school at UF and is working
toward a masters degree in aerospace engineer-
ing. He hopes to graduate in May2010.

Anthony Ominski, B.S. EES
works for Gainesville Regional Utilities supervis-
ing a water plant at the Deerhaven Generating
Station.

Robert Pedicone, B.S.
works with Siemens Power Generation with its
engineering development program.

Alina Zare, Ph.D CSE
is working on a postdoc at UF while searching
for a tenure-track faculty position. Her broad
area of research is machine learning. Specifically,
she is researching methods for hyperspectral
image analysis with application to land mine and
explosive object detection.


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Gator Engineering professors are nationally recognized by their peers
for outstanding research and commitment to engineering.


Ravi Ahujawas Fan Ren jk Dapen
elected as a Fellow was elected to be- 01 Oliverk
lip P
of the Institute for come a Fellow of the received an AFOSR
Operations Research PW American Physical, Y I P Award to fund
and Management Society for contrilb A : his proposal entitled
Science for making significant contribu- tions to the development of device 'Joint Information Theoretic and Differ-
tions to the advancement of operations processing technologies for compound mental Geometrical Approach to Robust
research and management science. semiconductor devices based on Automated Target Recognition.
GaAs, InP, ZnO and GaN.
it Mingzhou Ding
was named a fellow
of the American
Institute for Medical NSFCAREERAWARDS
and Biological Engi- The Faculty Early Career Development Program offers the
nearing for his contributions to the de-
velopment of advanced computational National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in
methods for the analysis of functional support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-
brain networks. scholars. Gator Engineering averages three CAREER
Awards a year. In 2007, we won seven awards, ranking
0 Martin us among the top 2 percent nationwide. Three assistant
,4 o Glicksman, professors received CAREER awards in 2008, and four have
a member of the won them so far in 2009:
NAE, was selected
to receive an ASM
International Honorary Membership 2008
for advancing fundamental knowledge
of materials science and engineering,
leading to deeper understanding
and more accurate prediction of cast
alloy structures, and the evolution of
polycrystalline networks.

Raphael A-,& Peng Jiang Jacob Jones
Haftka
received the AIAA
ASC James Starnes
Award for his pio-
neering work on optimization techini es
for composite structures, his men n9nu
of countless undergraduate and gradu- Prablhat Mishra
ate students, and his exemplary service
to the profession.
2009
Ranga
Narayanan
received an Invita-
A tional Fello hip
A for Senior scsientists
from the Japan Society for the Promo- Jing Guo Tamer Kahveci
tion of Science for his outstanding
research in interracial fluid mechanics.

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was elected as a Fel-
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Physical Society 0 1& Michele Manuel Liuqing Yang
for sustained con-
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ment now to see the payoffs in the
future. But, given the recent financial
crisis, choosing your investments will
require new ways of thinking and will
require new opportunities to see substantial
payoff. At the UF College of Engineering,
there has never been a better time to invest
and arguably never a better group to invest
in. The College is competitively poised to
take current technologies and make them
better, create new innovations and make
Florida a better place to work, play and
thrive personally and financially In keep-
ing with President Obama's leadership in
creating an economic stimulus package for
infrastructure and innovation, investing in
UF and engineering will create new products
and know-how to change the world. Not
many investments can tout that concept.
Take for example, the recent philanthropic
investment from Gary and Suzy Miller. The
Miller's gift will support facilities and thus
name the Orthopaedic Biomechanics Lab in
the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace
Engineering. The lab will ultimately support
the work of faculty members like Scott Banks
and BJ. Freglywho are dedicated to develop-


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ing human musculoskeletal biomechanics,
multibody dynamics, and mechanism design
optimization (see page io to learn more about
Banks' research).
"I have known Dr. Fregly and Dr. Banks
for many years, and respect all that they have
done tin the area of applied orthopaedic
biomechanics research]. As one of the first
participants in the UF ME Biomechanics
program, when I heard recently that the
Department was building a new building, and
that there would be space dedicated to a new
biomechanics laboratory to help perpetuate
this ongoing program, I saw it as a unique op-
portunity to give back to the University and
the Department in a really meaningful way
for me that will endure," Miller said.
"I hope that this investment in the Depart-
ment will encourage others to do the same so
that it will continue to be world class in these
challenging times for academic research."
UF's Florida Tomorrow Campaign is
designed to galvanize the efforts of faculty
and students working to solve today's most
critical issues like energy, the environment,
health care and countless others. With the
help of Dr. Miller and many others, we are
well on our way.


$80,000,000 TOTAL RAISED: $43,173,279

$80 MILLION DOLLARS RAISED WILL BENEFIT
THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
$60MILLION Faculty and Student Support,
College-wide Programs & Research,
and Campus Enhancements.
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Robert Hecksher B.S. EE FT. MYERS, FLA., NOV. 4, 1999 EdwardJ. Kosinszki B.S. CHE OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA., MARCH 29, 2000 Patt E. Ed-
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CLOSING TIME


ENGINEERING FIX-ATION
Engineering helps one mom navigate
the trickiness of parenthood.
N o one can ever accuse me of not practicing what
I preach, particularly when it comes to preaching
about the marvelous, fabulous, spectacular field
of engineering. Rolling your eyes yet? Well, my
children are, constantly.
Whenever the opportunity arises I turn into a live-action Ga-
tor Engineering infomercial. I don't do this to purposely annoy
the 12-year-old, the 6-year-old, the 5-year-old or even the 3-year-
old. I do it because I genuinely think engineers are amazing.
The funny thing is, even with all the eye rolling that ensues
after an infomercial special, they actually listen. My 6-year-
old,Jackson, is a case in point.
It happened like this.Jackson strides into the kitchen
and hands me his PlayStation 2 controller, the most coveted
Christmas present received in the McKeen household.
"The boys, Mom," he said with all-knowing confidence.
"They jumped on me while I was playing and the wires
popped out. I think it's broken."
I stop and turn, fully-attentive and surprised at his calm.
He is 6, after all, the age when the wrong drinking cup can
turn into a Naomi Campbell-worthy meltdown. But Jackson
is calm, collected, even rational.


"Yeah, buddy," I say "We can't get a new one right now.
They're pretty expensive. Maybe for your birthday."
He looks at me as if I am wearing a dunce cap.
"The engineers, Mom. Can't you just take it to work and
they can fix it? You said the engineers can do anything."
Damn! I was played by a 6-year-old and he just beat me at
my own game.
But the fact of the matter is, he's right.
As we look around our lives and see friends, family, neigh-
bors, colleagues, even our alma mater trying to stay afloat
during these economically challenged days, promise and pos-
sibilities abound especially for engineering.
In "Economic Rehab," there's a $179 billion show of faith in
engineering as an economic savior. "Stranger than Friction,"
"It's Complicated," and "Getting Centered" all show the
College's commitment to and strength in research. In "Truth
be Told" we see an industry more broadly than ever open to
creative problem solving.
But the most telling example in the strength and promise
in the future of engineering comes exactly where it should,
from the confident words of a 6-year-old boy '"engineers
can do anything."
Sincerely,




Nicole Cisneros McKeen
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