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Julia Sander HR Generalist II
(352) 294-6962

Education
Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, University of Florida
Master of Business Administration, University of Florida
Responsibilities
Human Resources related to Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Chemical Engineering
Awards

  • 2021 Years of Service at UF – 5
Dr. Bhavani V. Sankar Professor
(352) 392-6749

Professor Sankar received his Ph.D. in 1984 from Purdue University. His research interests lie in the field of mechanics of composite materials and structures, especially micro-mechanics and fracture mechanics.
Education
Ph.D., 1984, Purdue University
Professional Memberships and Fellowships
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Fellow 1996
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Fellow 1998
American Society for Composites, Fellow 2004
Society of Mechanical Engineers, Fellow 1998
Teaching Interests
Aerospace structures, Mechanics of composite materials and structures, Fracture mechanics, Finite element analysis.…

Dr. Malisa Sarntinoranont Professor and Associate Chair for Faculty Affairs
(352) 392-8404

Dr. Sarntinoranont grew up in Starke, Clermont and Gainesville, FL. Her degrees are in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in Bioengineering. Dr.S’s research is driven by a vision to develop engineering tools for patient-specific drug therapy. Her lab is developing image-based computational models that predict flows and transport within the brain, spinal cord, tumors and bioreactors.…

Milan Savic Manager, Administrative Services

For nearly 15 years, Milan has been employed at the University of Florida, contributing his expertise to various domains such as administration, academic advising, educational technology, and finance. Beyond his professional commitments, he exhibits a strong passion for soccer, with a particular interest in A.C. Milan and the Italian Serie A League.
Awards
2020 Superior Accomplishment Award
Education
2002 B.S.…

Dr. Shreya Saxena MAE Affiliate Faculty / Assistant Professor in Electrical & Computer Engineering
352-392-2651

Primary Research Area
Signals and Systems
Research Interests
Computational neuroscience, Sensorimotor control, Control theory, Data science, Machine learning
Honors & Awards

  • Rising Stars in Electrical Engineering, 2019
  • Rising Stars in Biomedical Engineering, 2018
  • Honoree of the Graduate Women of Excellence Award, MIT, 2017

Education

  • PhD, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • MS, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
  • BS, Department of Mechanical Engineering, EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne), Switzerland
Dr. Jonathan R. Scheffe Associate Professor
(352) 392-0839

Jonathan Scheffe is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida. Prof. Scheffe’s research is focused on the conversion and storage of solar energy in the form of renewable fuels/electricity through thermochemical routes. He is the former chair of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Solar Energy Division and has co-authored more than 35 peer received publications in the field of solar thermal energy conversion.…

Dr. John K. Schueller Professor
(352) 392-0822

Prof. John K. Schueller received his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1983. He is a generalist with some concentration in manufacturing and in off-highway vehicles and equipment. He is a Fellow of ASABE, IAABE, and SAE and holds Founder, Life, and/or Senior Member status in ASME, EurAgEng, IEEE, ISAE, and SME. Prof. Schueller is the Chair Editor-in-Chief of Computers and Electronics in Agriculture and serves on the Management Committee of the Club of Bologna.…

Dr. Kurt Schulze Adjunct Instructional Assistant Professor
(352) 392-9929

EducationPh.D., 2014, University of FloridaTeaching InterestsHVAC Systems, Energy Management

Dr. Thomas Schwarze Research Assistant Scientist
(352) 294-7089

Thomas Schwarze received his Master’s degree in physics in 2013 from the Leibniz University Hannover. In the same year, he worked as an FPGA engineer in Denmark and as a research visitor at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

He then conducted his Ph.D. research at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) in collaboration with the Leibniz University Hannover, focusing on the development of a laser-optical metrology system to characterize technology for the space-borne Gravitational Wave Observatory LISA (Laser Interferometer Space Antenna), and receiving his Ph.D.…

Louise Scott External Advisory Board Member

Louise Scott leads efforts to deliver world-class value to 4.2 million customers in four states served by utilities of Southern Company Gas. In this role, she has responsibility for customer care center operations, billing, payment, credit collections and remittance and supporting customer initiatives. Scott brings more than 30 years of experience to this role. Most recently, Scott served as the vice president of customer services for Southern Company’s Georgia Power subsidiary, where she was responsible for the company’s customer care center in Henry County, smart meters and eBusiness activities that supported 2.5 million customers.…

Dr. Corin Segal Professor
(352) 392-6132

Education
Ph.D., 1991, University of Virginia
Professional Memberships and Fellowships
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Member
Combustion Institute, Member
Research Interests
Combustion, fluid diagnostics, Fluid mechanics, aircraft design.

Chris Sells HR Assistant
(352) 294-7939

Awards

  • 2021 Years of Service at UF – 10

REsponsibilities

  • Human Resources related to Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Chemical Engineering

 

Dr. Pasquale M. Sforza Professor Emeritus (Department Time: 1998 – 2010)
(352) 392-0512

EducationPh.D., 1965, Polytechnic Institute of BrooklynResearch InterestsGas dynamics, propulsion, air and space vehicle design, turbulent flows, high energy laser interactions, heat transfer, vortex flows.

Dr. Mark Sheplak Professor
(352) 392-3983

Mark Sheplak is currently a Professor holding joint appointments in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Florida. Prior to joining UF in 1998, he was a postdoctoral associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Microsystems Technology Laboratories, Cambridge, MA from 1995-1998.…

Dr. S.A. Sherif MAE Excellence Term Professor
(352) 392-7821

Education
Ph.D., 1985, Iowa State University
Professional Memberships and Fellowships
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Associate Fellow 2002
American Society for Engineering Education, Member
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Fellow 2002
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Fellow 2000
Royal Aeronautical Society, Fellow 2017
American Society of Thermal and Fluids Engineers, Fellow 2023
International Association for Hydrogen Energy, Member
International Institute of Refrigeration, Member
International Solar Energy Society, Member
Research Interests
Heat and Mass Transfer, Thermodynamics, Thermal System Design and Optimization, Refrigeration and Cryogenics, HVAC, Solar and Hydrogen Energy
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Dr. Jingjing Shi Assistant Professor
(352) 294-1193

Dr. Jingjing Shi’s research focuses on understanding energy transport and conversion to solve thermal challenges in different systems, with an emphasis on wide and ultra-wide bandgap semiconductor devices for future power and radio-frequency applications. Her work utilizes multiscale modeling and experimental methods to understand effects of different mechanisms like atomistic structures and defects on energy transport in materials and at interfaces.…

Dr. Jane Jaejeong Shin Assistant Professor
352-392-3140

Jane Shin is an assistant professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Florida. She received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and the B.S. degree in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering from Seoul National University.
During her PhD, she closely collaborated with the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Panama City (NSWC PCD) on developing novel information-driven sensor path planning algorithms for underwater multi-target classification using side-scan sonar sensors.…

Tom Singer External Advisory Board Member

Tom Singer graduated with a B.S. from the newly merged Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in 2002, with an aerospace structures focus. Tom went on to work in the Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization and Advanced Composites labs while pursuing a master’s degree, but after accepting a job offer at United Space Alliance, he failed to complete his thesis, just as he was warned.…

Harold Snider Adjunct Associate Professor, (Department Time: August 23, 1988 – May 29, 2009)

Education
MSME, 1948, Ohio State University; Columbus, Ohio
Research Interests
MSME, the Ohio State University, research in liquid hydrogen pumps, Design of bistable controls; VP Engineering, Emerson Electric Subsidiary.

Matt Sobieski External Advisory Board Member

Matt Sobieski is an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, based in Atlanta, Georgia where he lives with his wife, Katie, and son Peter. Matt graduated cum laude from the University of Florida in 2009 with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. After joining Lockheed Martin, Matt held various manufacturing roles in aerospace before starting his MBA.…

Ericka Solano Research Administrator III
Dr. Youngsup Song Assistant Professor

Youngsup Song is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida. He obtained his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, where he investigated multiphase heat transfer. Following his graduate work, he trained as a postdoctoral researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory before joining the University of Florida.…

Linda Sorrels Fiscal Assistant  II
(352) 392-7290

Awards

  • 2018 Years of Service at UF – 5
Jack Sparks External Advisory Board Member

A UF Graduate: BME 65, MSE 67, Ph.D. 70 (Machine Design, Thermodynamics and Metallurgy) Professional Engineer in FL., AL., and MS., Registered Mechanical and General Contractor FL. In 1972, 15 months after graduation, Dr. Sparks with two investors formed Systems Engineering Research Facilities, dba as SERF as a Research Firm and has been President and Principal Engineer ever since.…

Dr. Douglas E. Spearot Newton C. Ebaugh Professor and Graduate Coordinator
(352) 392-6747

Professor Spearot received his Ph.D. in 2005 from the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research broadly includes the use of atomistic and mesoscale simulation techniques to study the mechanical and thermodynamic properties of materials, with particular focus on the behavior of interfaces. He was awarded the NSF CAREER Award in 2010 and was named 2020 Teacher of the Year in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering.…

D. Scott Stewart Adjunct Research Professor
(217) 333-7947
Donna Stilwell Associate Director,College and EBS-HR – Operations
352-294-7977
Dr. Ghatu Subhash Newton C. Ebaugh Professor
+ 1 352-727-8662

Professor Ghatu Subhash obtained his PhD from University of California San Diego in 1991 and conducted his post-doctoral research at California Institute of Technology. His research focusses on multiaxial behavior of advanced ceramics, metals, composites, gels and biological materials. He has developed novel experimental methods which have been patented and widely used. He has co-authored 205 peer reviewed journal articles (8400 citations in Google Scholar, h-index=48), 85 conference proceedings, 2-books, and 6 patents.…

John P. Sullivan External Advisory Board Member and Chair

John Sullivan began his aerospace career 37 years ago, graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. His first role was at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft in analytical aerodynamics for jet engine compression and fan systems. In the next 17 years he expanded his aerodynamics and heat transfer expertise to include turbine systems, exhaust systems, inlets, and acoustics.…

Christi Swiers Marketing and Communications Assistant