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USF receives $17M federal grant to help boost railroad workforce

Designed to address the stability and growth of the railroad workforce, the federally-funded project will be led by USF’s Center for Urban Transportation Research and its partners from the Center for Surface Transportation Testing and Academic Research, a consortium of universities and academic research centers focused on the transportation field.

September 27, 2023Research and Innovation

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USF’s success securing defense contracts prompts new partnership to broaden nation’s research expertise

USF has become the first university in Florida and one of just a handful of universities in the nation to join a new network that connects research institutions with historically black colleges or universities.

September 19, 2023Research and Innovation, University News

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USF helping the U.S. Department of Defense strengthen its communication, leadership skills

The series of trainings is the first order to be placed by USCENTCOM under the USF Institute of Applied Engineering’s five-year, $10 million blanket purchase agreement. USF researchers have been working with military officers and civil service personnel, helping improve operations and coordination in nearly every branch of the military.

September 11, 2023Community Partnerships, Research and Innovation

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USF and Rapid7 to launch cyber training initiative through $1.5 million federal grant

The Rapid7 Cyber Threat Intelligence Lab at USF has secured its largest federal investment since its launch earlier this year. The Office of Naval Research and the National Science Foundation awarded USF and Rapid7, a leader in cloud risk and threat detection, a $1.5 million grant to conduct research into effective ways for training cyber operators.

September 8, 2023Research and Innovation

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Hundreds of USF students land internships, secure employment through the university’s partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense

The USF Institute of Applied Engineering sets up and administers custom programs that are based on the customer’s needs and then matches students with the niche skills needed for the project.

August 23, 2023Community Partnerships, Student Success

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Following commercialization, USF tech provides sanitation to South Africa

The solar-powered NEWgenerator provides off-grid sanitation technology and generates nutrients, energy and water by safely recovering them from human wastewater. It’s the first unit to be manufactured since the USF Technology Transfer Office signed a licensing agreement in 2020.

August 21, 2023Community Partnerships, Research and Innovation

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USF to rapidly develop technologies for the military with new cutting-edge lab

The Rapid Experimentation Lab, managed by the USF Institute of Applied Engineering, puts engineers with different areas of expertise in the same room, dramatically reducing the amount of time it typically takes to build a prototype. It’s part of a five-year, $85 million contract with U.S. Special Operations Command, headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base.

August 9, 2023Community Partnerships, Research and Innovation


Mosquito watch: USF researchers urge use of global dashboard in light of recent malaria cases

People are encouraged to be “citizen scientists” and upload photos of any mosquitoes that they find. By identifying the species of mosquito, the team can determine its potential for carrying diseases and alert local authorities to its location.

June 29, 2023Research and Innovation

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USF to upskill soaring tech workforce with semiconductor technology and manufacturing graduate certificate program

The USF College of Engineering is partnering with Innovative Education to equip tech-sector professionals with specialized knowledge and skills in the rapidly growing field of semiconductor technology and manufacturing through a fully online graduate certificate program.

June 23, 2023Research and Innovation, Student Success

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USF to enhance skillset of soaring tech workforce with new AI certificate program

Tampa Bay has become a magnet for tech start-ups – an industry growing more quickly than the talent pool, especially in artificial intelligence. In response to this demand, the University of South Florida has launched a graduate certificate program in AI for working professionals in the technology sector interested in enhancing their skillset.

June 5, 2023Research and Innovation, Student Success, University News

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Professional development, networking opportunities elevate student experience for members of the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers

Learn about the USF chapter of the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers and how it offers a variety of programs and initiatives, ranging from professional development to events.

May 23, 2023Student Success

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USF’s Dr. Deep Sea breaks world record for living underwater

Hyperbaric researcher and biomedical engineer Joseph Dituri is teaching his students online while living 22 feet underwater to research how the human body responds to long-term exposure to pressure. He's been living in an underwater habitat since March 1.

May 15, 2023Research and Innovation

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