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Biomedical Engineering Grad Student, Mitchell Harrah, Named a TBBJ 25 Under 25  
While working on his PhD in BME, Mitchell created Baldr Medical in August 2020, during the height of the pandemic, dedicated to developing point of care devices at an affordable price point.

A Blossoming Partnership
USF Coverdell Fellows work with Greco Middle School technology teacher to build a rain
garden on campus.

José Zayas-Castro to lead the NSF Division of Engineering Education and Centers
José Zayas-Castro begins his term as National Science Foundation division director for NSF's Engineering Education and Centers on August 2, 2021.

USF Team Publishes Research Establishing the Ability of the Electronic “Bull Nose” to Detect COVID-19
The research team includes USF engineering Ph.D. alum Tiffany Miller, professor Sal Morgera, professor Stephen Saddow, associate professor Arash Takshi, Muma College of Business professor Matthew Mullarkey, and Matthew Palm of Valhall K-9 International.

Department of Electrical Engineering Professor Salvatore Morgera invited to be Asia-Pacific Artificial Intelligence Association (AAIA) fellow
This June, Department of Electrical Engineering Professor Salvatore Morgera was invited to be a fellow of the Asia-Pacific Artificial Intelligence Association (AAIA).

Florida High Tech Corridor Program Matches Emerging USF Talent, Startups & Industry
Students, postdocs and Ph.D. researchers who recently have been part of the program share their stories and reflect on their experience in the Florida High Tech Corridor Council's Matching Grants Research Program.

USF inventors post record patent numbers, ranking in the nation’s top 10 university producers
For the ninth consecutive year, University of South Florida inventors are among the most prolific producers of U.S. patents at universities worldwide, securing an institutional record 123 patents in 2020.

USF Engineering and the Peace Corps – An Unprecedented Year
Two Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering students share their experiences serving in the Peace Corps and being evacuated from their posts near the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

IEEE Students Lab Kit Sales Create a New Scholarship
A recent IEEE initiative led to the creation of the IEEE USF Student Branch Leadership Scholarship, providing much-needed classroom kits to undergrads.

USF College of Engineering to Offer an Undergraduate Degree in Environmental Engineering
The College of Engineering at the University of South Florida will initiate a new undergraduate program in environmental engineering for fall semester 2022. The Florida Board of Governors approved the new degree during the recent spring session.

New method to improve durability of nano-electronic components developed by USF mechanical engineering team
USF Mechanical Engineering assistant professor Michael Cai Wang’s group recently developed a novel approach to effectively mitigate electromigration, a phenomenon that has long posed challenges for the semiconductor and integrated circuits industry.

Norma Alcantar to be Inducted into the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame
She is one of seven Florida Inventors whose discoveries are saving lives, transforming the environment, and creating new technologies will be inducted as the 2021 Class of the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame.

NAE Grand Challenges Scholars Program
To properly prepare students to address global challenges, the GCSP identified five pillars that each student must achieve before graduation. These five competencies include the following: research, interdisciplinary studies, entrepreneurship, global outreach, and service learning.

USF AIChE Chapter Wins 2021 AIChE Southern Student Regional Conference Chem-E-Car Poster Competition
During the virtual 2021 Southern Student Regional Conference hosted by the University of Louisville in March, this year’s USF American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) student team placed 6th in the conference’s Chem-E-Car Competition and placed 1st in the competition’s poster presentation section.

Engineering for public health: COPH, COE partnership brings safer drinking water to Madagascar
Faculty members from the College of Engineering and the College of Public Health collaborate to replace lead water pump components with locally-manufactured iron parts for coastal communities in Madagascar.

CUTR is Part of Team Receiving $571M to Establish Transportation Technology Center
The Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida (USF) is part of a team of surface transportation research organizations led by ENSCO, Inc. (ENSCO) that was recently awarded a $571 million USD contract by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to provide research, testing, engineering, and training services at the Transportation Technology Center (TTC).

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering undergraduate programs certified as Global Pathways
This April, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s undergraduate programs were certified as Global Pathways by the university-wide initiative The Global Citizens Project.

Passing the Torch
Past student presidents of USF’s National Society for Black Engineers chapter reflect on the organization’s professional, academic and personal impact on themselves and their former classmates.

USF Department of Electrical Engineering Professor Wins NSF CAREER Award to Improve Wireless Networking and Security
Department of Electrical Engineering Professor Zhuo Lu won a CAREER award this March and said it will support his current research in improving the performance and security of wireless networks.

Tenex Software Establishes the Matthew Moreno Scholarship to Honor his Memory
When USF computer science alum Matt Moreno (’14) passed away in January, his co-workers at Tenex Software Solutions in Tampa decided to create a scholarship to honor their friend and colleague so that his legacy can live on through future students.

USF's Sloan University Center of Exemplary Mentoring
At its core, the heart and soul of this graduate inclusive excellence initiative (Sloan UCEM and FGLSAMP BD) has been the success in recognizing and nurturing unrealized potential in students and changing the trajectory of their lives. Read the stories of seven current and former Sloan UCEM students.

Local Civil Engineering Firm Gifts Endowed Scholarship to USF Students
Patel, Greene and Associates, a civil engineering company founded by USF alumni, provided a generous gift of $30,000 to establish one such endowed scholarship that will be highly sought after by engineering students.

Engineering Faculty Members, PhD Candidate Discuss Technology-focused Research at 2021 USF Institute on Black Life Conference
All three research projects presented are part of the 23 that make up the USF Research Task Force on Understanding and Addressing Blackness and Anti-Black Racism in our Local, National and International Communities.

USF Engineering Expo Goes Virtual for its 49th Year
Amid an unprecedented pandemic, the students of this year’s Expo planning committee pivoted Expo’s experiments and experiences online to continue the tradition of College of Engineering’s longest running event.

Satellites Engineered by IAE Students, Faculty Launch on World Record Mission
Three of the 143 satellites aboard spaceflight company SpaceX’s first dedicated rideshare mission — named Transporter-1 — were engineered by students and faculty at the USF Institute of Applied Engineering (IAE).

USF E-Council Awarded Best Professional Development at NAESC Southeast Regional Conference
The award is presented to a participating student engineering council that has experienced considerable organizational growth or made strides to redevelop how it serves its institution’s engineering students.

Relationship Between USF and UVI Expands Access to Engineering Education for Diverse Students and Develops Inclusive STEM Workforce
This articulation agreement between UVI, a Historically Black College and University (HBCU), and USF enables UVI students in the Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics program to pursue their engineering dreams at USF’s College of Engineering.

USF Environmental Engineering PhD Candidate Awarded Roy W. Likins Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded annually by the Florida section of the American Water Works Association (FLAWWA) to students pursuing a degree relating to the drinking water industry, and students are evaluated on a variety of criteria.

Flit-Path Improves Pathways to Student Success for Computing Majors at USF, UCF, and FIU
The S-STEM Flit-Path program continues to support academically successful IT students across colleges in the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Universities despite distance learning challenges posed by the Spring 2020 semester.

USF Computer Science and Engineering Receives Grant to Attract and Retain More Women Computer Scientist
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering received a three-year, $579,737 grant from the Center for Inclusive Computing at Northeastern University for funding evidence-based approaches to attract and retain more women computer science, information technology, and cybersecurity students.

Yogi Goswami and Molekule Awarded BioFlorida’s Inaugural COVID-19 Innovation Award
The COVID-19 Innovation Award recognizes a Florida company that has made significant advances in the fight against COVID-19, and its first winner is Distinguished University Professor Yogi Goswami and air purifier company Molekule.

USF Engineering Graduates at Two-Year Colleges are Leading Efforts to Address National Workforce Need
USF engineering doctoral graduates Brian Bell and Gulnur Sanden are leading biomedical engineering technology and biomanufacturing education at St. Petersburg College and Solano Community College, respectively.

Online Learning Ventures into a Lab Setting
The College of Engineering’s Foundations of Engineering Lab, which students must pass to be admitted to one of the college’s programs, is making a transition online.

Mauricio Arias Awarded McKnight Junior Faculty Fellowship
The fellowship is designed to encourage excellence in teaching and research by freeing junior faculty from their regular duties so they can pursue research in special areas of interest.

Department of Medical Engineering Professor Receives National Institute of General Medical Sciences Grant to Investigate Optic Nerve Restoration
The project — Systems Pharmacology for Overcoming Cell Variability — has the goal of restoring functional connectivity between the eye and brain after optic nerve injury.

Sriram Chellappan is Using AI and Drone Mapping Technology to Pinpoint Mosquito Breeding Habitats
To combat the spread of malaria in developing regions such as sub-Saharan Africa, Sriram Chellappan, a USF professor of computer science and engineering, played an important part in developing drone mapping technology to locate habitats of malaria spreading mosquitoes.

Helping Community College Students Take the Road to a Four-Year Degree
A five-year project beginning in Spring 2021 — Transfer Undergraduate Rural/Nontraditional Student Pathways through Identity, Knowledge & Engagement (TURNPIKE) — will provide 50 students with scholarships to fully cover the cost of their undergraduate education.

The Balter Family is Bullish on Supporting Engineering Student Success
Working with the College’s development staff, Balter and other family members established an endowment to fund the Balter Family Scholarship that financially supports full-time junior and senior undergraduates who are majoring in Civil and Environmental Engineering, in perpetuity.

A Collaborative Approach to Harmful Algal Blooms in Florida’s Largest Freshwater Lake
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded a team of engineers and geoscientists at USF a $1 million grant to research new methods for preventing and controlling harmful algal blooms (HABs) in Lake Okeechobee.

Collaborating at the crossroads of COVID-19 for a healthy, just and equitable society
35 professors and experts, mainly from environmental engineering and science fields presented on six different topics related to COVID-19 from October 16 to November 20 as part of a virtual, intercollegiate conference “Converging COVID-19, environment, health, and equity.”

Engineering students collaborate on COVID-19 dashboard
What started as a small project between two engineering friends to gain experience within their field became a source for the USF community to stay informed about the latest COVID-19 cases across the campuses.

A Patent for Humanity
Created by a team of USF engineers led by Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Daniel Yeh, human wastewater converter NEWgenerator was recognized as a winner of the 2020 Patents for Humanity award by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

2019-20 College of Engineering Outstanding Teaching Awardees Announced
The award recognizes faculty who demonstrate significant scholarly contributions to teaching and learning within the College of Engineering.

Air Purifier Technology Created by Distinguished University Professor Yogi Goswami Gets FDA Approval
The Molekule Air Pro RX was cleared by the Food and Drug Administration as a Class II Medical Device, and this commercial-sized version of the consumer Molekule air purification system was created to filter air in areas at high risk of COVID-19 spread.

Engineering Faculty Leading USF’s COVID-19 Response Efforts
Nine projects led by engineering faculty make up almost a third of the 28 projects funded so far in the first two rounds of the USF COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants program created by the USF Pandemic Response Research Network.

Spring 2020 Outstanding Graduates
USF computer science and engineering students Willie McClinton and Zima Patel won the King O'Neal Scholar Award, while computer science and engineering student Meera Patel won the USF Global Citizen Award.

Improving Instruction with Coevolutionary Algorithms
Led by USF computer science and engineering Associate Professor Alessio Gaspar, this three-year, $377,012 National Science Foundation project aims to create evolutionary algorithms capable of developing software that will generate improved multiple choice questions.

NIH Grant Funds New Optical Biosensor Technology
The interdisciplinary, two-year National Institutes of Health project researches how near-infrared light propagation and optical analysis can be used to measure blood flow in the brain.

New Grant Uses AI to Enhance Remote Instruction
USF mechanical engineering Professor Autar Kaw received a $599,770 National Science Foundation grant to examine the effect of adaptive learning on flipped classrooms, where there is a mix of in-person and online instruction. 

USF Awarded $7.5 Million to Establish New National University Transportation Research Initiative
Selected from more than 50 applicants worldwide, the U.S. Department of Transportation selected USF to establish the National Institute for Congestion Reduction (NICR) within the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR).

Sudeep Sarkar Receives William R. Jones Outstanding Mentor Award
Department of Computer Science and Engineering Chair and Professor Sudeep Sarkar was honored with a 2017 William R. Jones Outstanding Mentor Award by the Florida Education Fund's McKnight Doctoral Fellowship Program.

Two USF Engineering Professors Named 2020 NAI Senior Members
Five University of South Florida faculty members whose innovative work spans neurosciences to clean energy to engineering and pharmaceutical chemistry have been named by the National Academy of Inventors to its new class of Senior Members.

Engineers Defy a Stereotype with Music
The connection between engineering and music may surprise a lot of people, but it is a valuable piece of insight to those who perceive it.

Five Women in Engineering Win 2020 USF Golden Bull Awards
USF Golden Bull Awards is the highest honors and is given to 20 undergraduate and graduate students who exemplify exceptional leadership and service to USF. Five of this year's awardees are women of all degree levels in the College of Engineering.

Computer Science and Engineering New Faculty: John Murray-Bruce
Imperial College London grad and Boston University postdoc researcher John Murray-Bruce, Ph.D., is bringing his expertise in computational imaging to a faculty position, a new course and a new lab in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at USF.

Jeffrey Cunningham awarded AEESP Award for Outstanding Contribution to Environmental Engineering and Science Education
USF Civil and Environmental Engineering professor Jeffrey Cunningham, Ph.D., has been awarded the 2020 AEESP. This award is given annually to recognize excellence in teaching scholarship and/or professional society educational initiatives.

Fashioning Wearable Technology by Spinning Nanofibers
USF Electical Engineering professors Sylvia Thomas and Arash Takshi were recently awarded an NSF Advanced Materials program award to advance their research in improving wearable technology.

Research of USF Civil and Environmental Engineering professor in Sustainability Nature
Mauricio Arias, Ph.D., has spent the last decade conducting research into the effects of dams built on some of the most biodiverse rivers in the world, and his latest paper could help guide hydropower development in the Amazon.

Bullish Impacts at the Sub-Nanoscale
USF Mechanical Engineering assistant professor Michael Cai Wang was recently awarded an NSF CAREER Award and plans to use it to support his work in advancing nanoscale manufacturing.

Environmental Engineering Award for On-Site Wastewater Project
USF Civil and Environmental Engineering students and faculty are part of an EPA-funded, $2.5 million pilot wastewater treatment project that recently won an award from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES). 

Electrical Engineering Professor Receives BEYA Educational Leadership Award
Sylvia Thomas, Ph.D., was presented the award during February's Black Engineer of the Year Awards conference for her work in forging new paths for students underrepresented in STEM.

Astronaut Gives Tips for Living on Earth or in Space
Retired astronaut Franklin "Story" Musgrave, Ph.D., visited USF after day one of the 2020 Engineering Expo to give a talk on his life and career, including becoming the only astronaut to fly aboard all five NASA space shuttles.

Scholarship Honors a Mother's Legacy
USF computer engineering alumna Lakecia Gunter recently created the Barbara Griffin Memorial Family Scholarship to increase students' access to STEM education opportunities, which she founded in her mother's name.

Lancor Donation Supports Medical Engineering Students
One of the first USF College of Engineering alumni to support the recently established USF Medical Engineering Department, Barbara Lancor (ME, '79) donated $25,000 in support of the success of today's medical engineering students at USF.

Doing Research in the Harshest Place on Earth: Antarctica
When it comes to learning how tiny sea creatures move through water, there is no place on Earth that USF mechanical engineering professor David Murphy won’t travel to, including the National Science Foundation's Palmer Station on Antarctica's Anvers Island.

USF Receives $1 Million NSF Grant to Support Underrepresented STEM Students
Through a five-year scholarship and research cohort program, an interdisciplinary team of USF faculty aims to improve the retention and academic experiences of STEM master’s students at USF and across the U.S.

USF Hosts International Internet of Things Conference
The two-day International Federation of Information Processing conference at USF gave IoT researchers an opportuntity to meet and share their work with fellow experts in the field from around the world.

Connecting the Future of Driverless Vehicles
Funded by a recent three-year NSF grant, USF Civil and Environmental Engineering professor Xiaopeng (Shaw) Li and his CATS lab research team are helping engineer the future of driverless cars for the masses and roadways that can support the tech.

Alum Uses Engineering to Create Public Art
Whether on display as a flaming spire constructed of rescue ladders in Clearwater or a wave made of used canoes in Lewiston, Idaho, Christopher Fennell’s creativity combines engineering skills and artistic talent to create assembled sculptures that are on public display in communities across the country.

Celebrating Women in Tech at the 2019 Grace Hopper Celebration
USF Computer Science and Engineering students and faculty share their experiences from this year's Grace Hopper Celebration and what makes the event so important to women in tech around the world.

Saving Lives by Floating with Hydrogen
Led by USF Biomedical Engineering professors Aydin Sunol and Chris Passaglia, USF engineering students in a senior capstone class recently patented a new personal flotation technology that deploys automatically and doesn't encumber the user.

USF and Jabil Announce $1 Partnership to Establish Jabil Innovation Institute
Located at USF Research Park, the institute will provide USF students and researchers with opportunities to work with Jabil engineers to solve current industry problems.

Seizing Engineering Opportunities
Having completed a summer internship with Intel, USF Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. student Ossie Douglas talks about his path to doctoral research and what it takes to succeed in engineering.

USF Joins National Effort to Develop a More Inclusive and Diverse STEM Faculty
College of Engineering Associate Dean José Zayas-Castro plays a leading role in several university-wide facets of the initiative that focus on recruiting and retaining diverse faculty, as well as helping recent USF Ph.D. graduates obtain academic positions.

Turning Trash into Cash and Landfill Waste to Renewable Energy
A bioenergy startup founded by USF Chemical Engineering professors Babu Joseph and John Kuhn was awarded a $2.3 million Department of Energy grant to continue research into creating synthetic diesel from agricultural waste and trash at landfills.

Using Visualization to Gauge Uncertainty
Computer Science and Engineering Department professor Paul Rosen, Ph.D., was recently awarded an NSF CAREER Award and works with data visualization to help improve decision-making processes.

New Institute of Applied Engineering Signs RDAs Worth $1.18M
USF's new Institute of Applied Engineering secured two research and development agreements with U.S. defense research organization DefenseWERX.

CARRT Community Partnership Gives Local Students Tech Career Experience
An internship program between the USF Center for Assistive, Rehabilitation and Robotics Technologies and Hands On Education provides students with a foray into engineering.

Hydrogels Research Featured in NANOscientific 
Responsive hydrogel coatings are extracted from pectin polysaccharides extracted from orange peels and cacti have many uses.

Bulls-EYE Mentoring Puts Tampa Middle Schoolers on Path to Engineering
Bulls-EYE Mentoring continues to help local students explore engineering fields and is positioned to expand as a long-term pipeline for future USF engineers.

Turning Coastal Communities Into Clean Water Converters
A team of USF Civil and Envrionmental Engineering researchers received a U.S. Bureau of Reclamation grant to carry out a project that could change how coastal communities source clean water.

USF Engineering Students Spend Summer at Intel, Twitter, Cummins
Three engineering students from different majors discuss how their summer internships with industry leaders have improved their experience in their fields.

Norma Alcantar's Cactus Research Could be Used for Oil Spill Clean up  
According to chemical engineer Norma Alcantar from the University of South Florida, the gluey centre of prickly pear cacti might be the answer. She told MJ that it was just an offbeat idea at first but when the extract was shaken in a test tube with a sample of crude oil, “within 15 to 20 seconds, the oil had disappeared entirely.”

Medical Engineering Researchers Receive New Drug Patent 
Robert Frisina, PhD, chair of the USF Medical Engineering Department and director of the USF Global Center for Hearing and Speech Research, and his team were awarded a U.S. patent for his theory that you can slow hearing loss by combining supplements for the hormone aldosterone with anti-inflammatory medications, such as aspirin or ibuprofen.

Making Microbes that Transform Greenhouse Gases  
Researchers at the University of South Florida are harnessing the power of human physiology to transform greenhouse gases into usable chemical compounds – a method that could help lessen industrial dependence on petroleum and reduce our carbon footprint.

NEWGenerator Will Have Global Impact  
Professor Daniel Yeh's poop-powered generator converts human waste into power.

Professors Thomas and Frisina Named Senior Members by the National Academy of Inventors  
Five University of South Florida faculty members whose innovative work spans neurosciences to clean energy to engineering and pharmaceutical chemistry have been named by the National Academy of Inventors to its new class of Senior Members.

Preserving Biodiversity Through Mathematical Optimization with NSF Award
Industrial engineering professor Hadi Charkhgard received a National Science Foundation Computer Research Initiation Initiative award to help the U.S. Geological Survey preserve biodiversity around the country through versatile algorithms.

Kyle Reed Receives Fulbright to Lead "East Meets West in Rehabilitation Sciences" Research
Mechanical engineering professor Kyle Reed will spend the next academic year as a Fulbright scholar helping students at Hong Kong Polytechnic University position their capstone rehabilitation sciences projects for commercialization.

USF Receives its 8th NSF Bridge to Doctorate Award
Led by the College of Engineering and the Office of Graduate Studies, the University of South Florida was awarded a two-year National Science Foundation (NSF) Florida-Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (FGLSAMP) Bridge to the Doctorate grant to support underrepresented students in pursuit of science, engineering and mathematics Ph.D. degrees.

USF College of Engineering Receives ASEE Bronze Award for Inclusivity
The award recognizes the college as a national leader in supporting diversity and inclusion in its programs, community outreach efforts and initiatives, and the award is the highest given this review cycle. 

Ysela Llort is 2019 Florida Transportation Hall of Fame Inductee
Center for Urban Transportation Research Chair Ysela Llort has more than three decades of transportation leadership experience in Florida and Washington D.C. and will be the first woman to be a Florida Transportation Hall of Fame inductee.