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USF Awarded $7.5 Million to Establish New National University Transportation Research Initiative
USF will receive a $7.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to establish a national university transportation center aimed at advancing research and education programs that address the nation’s critical transportation challenges.

Electrical Engineering Student Receives Fulbright Grant
William Serrano-Garcia, an EE doctoral student, received a U.S. Student Fulbright Program award to travel to the National University of Singapore and continue his dissertation research in organic, conducting and semiconducting polymers for nanoscale fiber-based electronic devices.

Willie McClinton Becomes One of USF’s 11 Goldwater Scholars
USF Computer Science and Engineering junior Willie McClinton is one of two USF students this year to earn a Goldwater scholarship — the most prestigious undergraduate award in natural sciences, engineering and mathematics.

USF E-Council Gains Membership in the National Association of Engineering Student Councils
The council represents each student organization within the College of Engineering and recently joined student engineering councils from around the country in becoming a member of the National Association of Engineering Student Councils.

USF Electrical Engineering Professors Fan and Miao Awarded $1.2M from DOE  
A research team led by Lingling Fan and Zhixin Miao, Associate
Professors at the Electrical Engineering Department at USF, was selected to receive a $1.2 million award
from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to advance photovoltaics
(PV) research and development

USF Electrical Engineering Professor Ferekides Awarded $750K by DOE SETO   
Chris Ferekides, Professor and Interim Chair for the Electrical
Engineering Department at USF, was selected to receive a $750,000 award from the U.S. Department of
Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to advance photovoltaics (PV) research and
development. The project will explore a new cell design which starts with n-type CdTe instead of p-type
CdTe commercially used today.

Wainella Isaacs Awarded Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowship
USF Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering Ph.D. student Wainella Isaacs was one of just 38 awardees out of 500 applicants selected to receive a Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowship for Women in STEM. The fellowship aims to help generate conditions that result in more women pursuing scientific careers.

Turning a Lottery Windfall into Opportunities for Others
USF Electrical Engineering alumnus Krishna Barri is sharing his multi-million-dollar lottery winnings with the College of Engineering to create three fellowships for Ph.D. students in the college’s Department of Electrical Engineering where he earned his master’s degree.

Daniel Yeh and NEWgenerator Appear on The Daily Show
An extensive effort to help solve global sanitation concerns is catapulting a team of USF engineers onto the world stage. They designed and built a solar-powered machine that generates nutrients, energy and water by safely recovering them from human wastewater. Read About NEWgenerator.

Neuro-Machine Interaction Lab featured on Fox News 13  
A state-of-the-art competition at the University of South Florida is bridging the gap between mind and machine. The 2019 USF Brain-Drone Race, scheduled for Feb. 9 at the Yuengling Center, will feature teams from around the world as they race drones using brain-power.  Mind & Machine: Flying Drones with Your Brain

Sarina Ergas NSF Funded Project Published in Science Trends  
With increasing pressure on natural resources and the need for clean water and sustainable and energy efficient technologies, wastewater treatment plants are pushed towards integration of resource and energy recovery. The most commonly used approach is the addition of anaerobic digestion of waste organic matter.

Bob Hartnett Inducted into Transportation Hall of Fame     
Celebrating the career of a transportation industry advocate and recognizing the achievements of USF students were on the agenda of the 16th annual Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) Transportation Achievement Awards, Nov. 1.

USF Autonomous Shuttle Study   
Self-driving shuttles are one step closer to hitting the streets of the USF campus. University researchers have been conducting a study into the new technology and how it would be implemented on campus.

Jim Mihelcic Receives 2018 Charles R. O'Melia Distinguished Educator Award from AEESP
Professor James Mihelcic, PhD, BCEEM, the Samuel L. and Julia M. Flom Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering at the University of South Florida, recently received the 2018 Charles R. O'Melia Distinguished Educator Award from the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP).

CSIT TEAm project concludes with 80% degree production increase in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering
In March 2014, UCF, USF, and FIU were awarded $4,858,413 of legislatively appropriated funds by the Board of Governors to address the gap in the demand and supply of workers in the state of Florida in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Technology, and Management Information Systems.

Interdisciplinary Team Gets DARPA Grant to Study Online Environments
News travels fast on the Internet and a $1.7 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will fund researchers from USF's College of Engineering and Department of Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences to examine how fast and in what ways different kinds of information travel through online environments, including social media.

Roboticon 2017
Dozens of state, national and international teams competed during this year's Robotic 2017 at the USF Sun Dome. 

USF International Development Engineering Program Receives Water Charities Grant
University of South Florida (USF) Civil & Environmental Engineering professors James Mihelcic, Maya Trotz, and Jeff Cunningham are recipients of a $24,500 grant to improve health in Madagascar. The goal of their project is to improve health and community well-being by reducing Lead (Pb) concentrations below World Health Organization guidelines in water supplied by locally-manufactured hand pumps in Madagascar.

Tracking the Movements of Sea Butterflies and Oil Spills
David Murphy studies how sea butterflies "fly" through water so miniature robots capable of traveling through air as well as underwater can be developed.

Faculty Receive NSF Grant to Detect Cyberbullying
A research team at the University of South Florida received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to explore a different approach to detecting cyberbullying in the digital communications of young adolescents.

Cell Phone Users to Help Protect Water Supply
USF engineers will use data and information posted to social media to help municipal planners take a more comprehensive approach in addressing challenges to our water supply.

Robert Frisina Named 2017 BMES Fellow
The Biomedical Engineering Society is proud to announce its 2017 Class of Fellows. This year's class includes 20 members who were nominated by their peers.

David Murphy Awarded 2017 National Academy Fellowship
he Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine today announced the recipients of its Early-Career Research Fellowships and Science Policy Fellowships for 2017.

Transportation Bulls Win District Title on Road to International Competition  
If you think passing the exam required to get a driver's license is hard, consider what the USF Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Student Chapter Traffic Bowl Team had to know when it won the 2017 Florida Section/District 10 ITE (FSITE) Traffic Bowl competition in June.

Maurice Ferre to Receive 2017 CUTR Transportation Award  
Thornton Williams, University of South Florida Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) Advisory Board Chair and Managing Partner of the Williams Law Group, P.A., Tallahassee, announced today at the Florida Transportation Commission Workshop in Boca Raton that Florida Transportation Commissioner Maurice Ferré will receive the 2017 CUTR Transportation Achievement Award at the annual transportation awards event on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, at the University of South Florida Marshall Student Center on the Tampa Campus. During the October event, Ferré will also be inducted into the Florida Transportation Hall of Fame in recognition of his 50-year background in transportation.

Sarina Ergas Named 2017 Fellow of AEESP   
Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Sarina Ergas has been selected a 2017 Fellow of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP).

USF Team Florida Section 2017 Traffic Bowl and Heads to Grand Championship   
The USF Institute of Traffic Engineers (ITE) Student Chapter Traffic Bowl Team won the 2017 Florida Section/District 10 ITE Traffic Bowl competition, which was held June 22 during the 2017 FSITE Summer Meeting in Naples, Fla. This marks a repeat District 10 Championship for the team, since the previous USF student team also won this honor last year.

Computer Engineering Student and Former Green Beret Awarded 2017 Tillman Military Scholarship  
University of South Florida student and former U.S. Army Green Beret Joshua Pericles is among 61 U.S. military service veterans and military spouses from across the nation recently named 2017 Tillman Military Scholars by the Pat Tillman Foundation. Pericles, who is pursuing a bachelor's degree in computer engineering, was awarded a $10,000 annual scholarship to complete his degree.

James Mihelcic Receives E4 Award from AAEE
June 5, 2017 On April 13, 2017, Professor James Mihelcic was awarded the Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science Education (E4) award from American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists at the National Press Club (Washington, D.C.). The "E4" Award is granted to an educator who has made a significant contribution to the environmental engineering profession in the area of educating practitioners.

College of Engineering Partners with SOCOM on Military Satellites   Tampa Bay Times
June 1, 2017  Howard Altman: USF researcher, too tall for space travel, works on SOCOM satellites.

Engineering Students Take Oath of Ethics for Their Profession    USF News
May 8, 2017  In unison, 285 USF engineering students took an oath to forever stay focused on ethics across their careers, as they participated in the annual Induction into the Profession.

EE Professor Sal Morgera "The Grandest Social Network" TEDx USF 2017
May 5, 2017  The human brain is the largest and oldest social network, evolving over two million years.

Robert Frisina Named Distinguished University Professor
May 3, 2017  University of South Florida Provost and Executive Vice President Ralph Wilcox has named Robert D. Frisina, Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering and Communication Sciences & Disorders, and interim chair of the newly created Medical Engineering Department, a joint collaboration between the College of Engineering and Morsani College of Medicine, and a Fellow of the American Acoustical Society of America, and a Scientific Fellow of the American Academy Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery, a Distinguished University Professor (DUP) for 2017.

Brothers to Graduate With Common Goal: Provide a Better Life for Immigrant Parents   USF News
May 1, 2017 From the fields of Immokalee, Fla. to the Sun Dome commencement stage, the three Guzman-Ramos brothers will all graduate from USF with bachelor's degrees this Saturday, May 6.

Engineering students demonstrate prototypes at MOSI   USF News
April 28, 2017 Teams of USF engineering students demonstrated their interactive and hands-on projects at a public showcase on April 28 at the Tampa Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)

Whitehatters Place in CTF Competition
April 22, 2017  The College of Engineering Whitehatters Computer Security Club (WCSC) placed second during the first annual Raymond James Financial Capture the Flag (CTF) competition held on the Raymond James campus in St. Petersburg.

Two Engineering Students Receive 2017 Goldwater Honorable Mention
April 10, 2017  Osniel Quintana, an undergraduate studying computer science, and Sanim Rahman, an undergraduate studying chemical engineering both received honorable mention for the 2017 Goldwater Scholarship.

Kingsley Reeves & Mary Goodwin Honored at Student Success Luncheon    USF News
April 6, 2017  Outstanding USF faculty, staff and students who contributed to a record-breaking year for the university's student success initiative were recognized March 21

Researchers Use Facial Expression Software to Gauge Pain    USF News
March 27, 2017  For generations, nurses tending to newborns have been able to tell the subtle difference between a baby's cry of hunger and that of pain.

USF's Richard Gitlin elected to the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame    USF News
March 23, 2017  Engineering professor to be recognized for innovative research and development in digital communications, broadband networking, and wireless systems

Engineering Doctoral Students Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships
March 23, 2017  Three College of Engineering graduate students have been honored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) 2017 Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). This year, 2000 recipients were selected from over 13,000 applicants through a competitive review o based upon NSF's merit review criteria (Intellectual Merit and Broader Impact).