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Matthew A. Palmer External Advisory Board Member

Matt is a co-founder and the Chief Technology Officer of Syntheon; a medical device invention, design and development firm. He has thirty-four years of experience working in product development and R&D in the medical device industry. His primary focus has been the development of disposable, minimally invasive surgical and vascular devices. Matt has worked in large corporations such as Cordis and Boston Scientific and held positions from Advanced Research and Development Engineer to Director of Research and Development; guiding a large engineering group responsible for multiple projects.…

Dr. Jing Pan Assistant Professor
(352) 294-6869

Jing Pan received his PhD from Purdue University in 2017. His research focuses on developing nanoscale machineries for biotechnology applications. He conducted his postdoctoral research at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he demonstrated translational impact of his work in novel biosensors and molecular diagnostics.

Postdoc, 2019 Stanford University
Ph.D, 2017 Purdue University
B.S, 2011 Xi’an Jiaotong University

Teaching Interests
Heat and Mass Transfer; Classical and Statistical Thermodynamics; Modern Optics and Imaging System Engineering; Biodesign

Research Interests
Macromolecular Machines; Directed Evolution; Self-assembly and self-organization; Bio-nanotechnology; Synthetic Biology; Medical Technology.

Dr. Emmanuel Partheniades Professor Emeritus, (Department Time: September 13, 1975 – May 6, 1999)

EducationPh.D., 1962, University of CaliforniaResearch InterestsTidal hydrodynamics, stratified flow, salinity intrusion, erosion and sedimentation dynamics of turbulent flows.

Dr. Umesh Persad Instructional Associate Professor

Dr. Umesh Persad obtained his Ph.D. in Engineering Design from The University of Cambridge (Cambridge Engineering Design Centre), with a special focus on Inclusive and Healthcare Design. His areas of interest include Engineering Design and Product Development, Applied Artificial Intelligence, Educational Innovation and Technology, and Academic Strategy and Leadership. Dr. Persad previously held the position of Associate Professor and Head of Department of the Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing and Entrepreneurship (MME) Department at The University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT), West Indies.…

Dr. Alicia Petersen Assistant Professor
(352) 392-3496

Alicia Petersen is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) at the University of Florida. Through data analysis, instrumentation and modeling, Dr. Petersen researches the kinetic physics, magnetism and dynamics at play during the transit and interaction of space weather phenomena in the inner solar system, their impacts on spacecraft, and strategies for mitigating the impacts of space weather.…

Dr. Christopher “Chrispy” Petersen Assistant Professor
(352) 273-2004

Dr. Christopher “Chrispy” Petersen is an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) Department at the University of Florida. His research interests lie in anything related to space guidance, navigation, control, and autonomy, with particular focus of making techniques real-time implementable and usable for operators. While all of space interests him, his research mostly is concerned with Rendezvous, Proximity Operations, and Docking (RPOD) and any satellite in the eXtra Geostationary (XGEO) regime (above geostationary orbit, to the Moon, and beyond).…

Dr. Jill E. Peterson Associate Professor Emeritus (Department Time: 1990 – 2008)
(352) 392-7164

EducationPh.D., 1991, Rice UniversityResearch InterestsConvective heat and mass transfer issues in semi-conductor processing and hydrogen leak detection. Laser based diagnostics.

Dr. Winfred M. Phillips Professor
(352) 392-6620

D.Sc., 1968, University of Virginia

Professional Memberships and Fellowships
American Astronautical Society, Fellow 1993
American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow 1982
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Fellow 1999
American Institute for Medical and Biomedical Engineering, Fellow 1992
American Physical Society, Member
American Society of Engineering Education, Fellow 1987
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Fellow 1984
Biomedical Engineering Society, Fellow 2005
Society of Automotive Engineers, Member
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Fellow 1993
American Society for Artificial Internal Organs, Member
Association of Technology Managers, Member
Licensing Executives Society Inc., Member
New York Academy of Sciences, Fellow 1995
Royal Society for Arts, Fellow 1987

Research Interests
Fluid mechanics, gas dynamics, biomedical engineering.

Crystal Porchiazzo Accounting Specialist
Ronnie Potts Academic Advisor II (Undergraduate)
Daniel M. Preston Facilities Operations Specialist
(352) 392-3101

Daniel is from Gainesville, Florida. He started as a UF staff member in 2004 working mainly in facilities, IT, experiment field support, and logistics as an Engineering Technician and Engineer. He joined MAE in 2019 as a Facilities Operations Specialist. 
General Sciences and Engineering Associate of Arts, 2004 Santa Fe College 

  • Coordinate repairs and renovations with Facilities Services and HWCoE Facilities 
  • Staff safety contact for MAE 
  • Safety and maintenance of MAE Student Design Center 
  • Departmental Emergency Planning 
  • Student Design Teams logistical support 
  • Inventory of attractive and capital assets 
  • Keypad and key card maintenance and programming 
  • Vehicle fleet maintenance 
  • Space auditing 
  • Backup for mail receiving and delivery 
  • Backup for equipment and space moves 


  • 2021 Division 3 Superior Accomplishment Award 
  • 2020 Years of Service at UF – 15 
  • 2018 Division 4 Superior Accomplishment Award 
  • 2011 Division 4 Superior Accomplishment Award