MAE team participates in 2016 Florida Space Day at the Florida State Capitol

MAE department chair David Hahn along with MAE undergraduate students Cesar Santoyo (AIAA student chapter president) and Tanya Martin traveled to Tallahassee to participate in Florida Space Day. The event provides an opportunity to educate Florida legislators about the importance of the aerospace industry and its impact on the Florida economy. The UF team joined leaders from across the space and aerospace industry of Florida, helping to showcase the value of mechanical and aerospace engineering to the Florida aerospace sector.

Soft Matter Solutions

A dozen or so polymer jellyfish float in an aquarium in Tommy Angelini’s engineering lab, not alive but freaks of nature nonetheless, about to rock the world.

Just months ago, these jellyfish could not have existed; there was no way to make something so soft. That changed in 2014. Angelini was exploring ways to create fragile arrays of cells when he realized the contraption he had cobbled together not only did what he wanted it to do, but much, much, much more.

Dr. David Lambert receives the Department’s inaugural Distinguished Alumnus Lecturer award

Dr. David Lambert visited campus recently to receive the Department’s inaugural Distinguished Alumnus Lecturer award, MAE’s highest honor for technical excellence awarded to our alumni. Dr. Lambert received his PhD in 1998 under the direction of MAE Professor C. Allen Ross. Dr. Lambert joined the Munitions Directorate of Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin AFB, as a mechanical engineer in 1987, and has fulfilled a variety of technical positions. He was recently promoted to Chief Scientist, where he serves as the principal scientific and technical advisor to the lab director and the primary authority for technical content of the directorate’s science and technology portfolio.

Professor Warren Dixon Honored by IEEE

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology, has elevated Professor Warren E. Dixon to its most prestigious rank, IEEE Fellow. Each year, the IEEE Fellow Committee follows a rigorous evaluation procedure and recommends a select group of recipients for elevation to IEEE Fellow. Less than 0.1% of voting members are selected annually for this member grade elevation. Professor Dixon was cited for “for contributions to adaptive control of uncertain nonlinear systems”.