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Unlocking the mysteries of the solar eclipse

Few celestial events capture the imagination quite like a total solar eclipse, and the one on April 8 promises to be particularly remarkable. Alicia K. Petersen, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida, is shedding light on the significance of this upcoming cosmic phenomenon.  “During a…

Making advances in space engineering

UF engineers collaborate to develop the next generation of space exploration It was 1969, and space was simple. Only a handful of countries had managed to launch satellites into orbit. Just two, the Soviet Union and the United States, were vying for supremacy. And the lunar surface belonged to America alone. Half a century later, dozens…

Dr. Xin Tang earns trio of federal grants

MAE professor Xin Tang won three significant awards selected nationwide this past year, receiving grant money from the National Institute of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). The NIH granted Tang a prestigious Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA R35), which essentially has the goal of increasing…

A Personalized Approach to Mentoring: Dr. Douglas Spearot Earns The 2023-2024 Herbert Wertheim Doctoral Dissertation Advisor/Mentoring Award 

In the academic realm, mentorship plays a pivotal role in shaping the next generation of researchers. Dr. Spearot, who has been an academic advisor for over 19 years, will receive the honored Herbert Wertheim Doctoral Dissertation Advisor/Mentoring Award for the 2023-2024 academic year. Dr. Spearot practices a very personalized approach to mentoring, deviating from conventional group…

Together UF’s Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and Animal Sciences Departments are Creating a New Ruminant Digestion Simulation Apparatus for Cow Feedstuff Evaluation

ME Capstone students are collaborating with Dr. Antonio Faciola, an associate professor of animal sciences at UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), to redesign legacy cow digestion simulators pivotal for ruminant nutrition research. This interdisciplinary partnership leverages the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department’s EML4502 course, taught by senior lecturer Dr. Matthew J. Traum. In…

Dr. Jing Pan earns National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award and grant

Dr. Jing Pan, a UF MAE professor, won a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation last month. This honor is the most prestigious award granted by the NSF, and comes with a federal research grant. Pan’s winning proposal was about developing a biosensing technology for monitoring chemicals and biomolecules in bodily fluids, such as blood,…

The competition has begun! Help MAE continue excellence in Engineering!

It’s UF’s Gator Nation Giving Day! A time for friendly competition between UF departments to raise funds to support our respective divisions. At the forefront of our hearts in this competition is MAE, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, vying against other departments to secure the highest number of contributions. These contributions directly support students in…

Celebrating Black Engineer Legacies

This month we celebrate Black engineers of UF MAE and the legacies they are creating for future students and engineers of color. Follow along as we spotlight MAE engineers, their work, and their experiences.