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Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering

UF To Play Key Role in Groundbreaking Laser Interferometer Space Antenna Mission

The University of Florida's Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering has partnered with NASA to develop hardware that will fly on the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) mission being led by the European Space Agency (ESA). UF is the only academic institution in the United States to be awarded a contract to develop hardware to fly on the LISA mission, which is set to launch in the mid-2030s. The mission will see three spacecraft orbit the sun with the goal of advancing the understanding of the universe and explore the origin and evolution of black holes. UF's Precision Space Systems Laboratory will develop the Charge Management Device for the mission.

Stopping Shoplifting? Researchers at UF Lab Think Like a Shoplifter To Deter, Detect Costly Crime

Dr. Read Hayes, a criminologist and research scientist at the University of Florida's Wertheim College of Engineering FLEX (Florida Engineering Experiment Station), is finding new ways to deter shoplifters. Dr. Hayes directs the Loss Prevention Research Council, an active community of researchers, retailers, law enforcement and more working towards a safer world for shoppers and businesses.

Christine Schmidt elected to National Academy of Engineering

UF Distinguished Professor Christine Schmidt, Ph.D., has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Schmidt has been working in the field for over 25 years, helping to advance the fields of neural tissue engineering and helping diversify the field of bioengineering. Serving for 10 years as the department chair in the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering, Dr. Schmidt pushed the UF BME graduate program to the No. 12 ranked public graduate program in the nation while diversifying the program and producing cutting-edge research.

With $2.5 Million in Strategic Funding, the University of Florida Plans To Advance the Field of Industrialized Construction Engineering

The University of Florida announced $2.5 million in strategic funding from the office of UF President Ben Sasse aimed at advancing the field of industrialized construction engineering. Rapid advances in technology have created a need for the University of Florida to bolster its presence in this dynamic space. From AI to robotic automation, this funding will support a wide range of projects and programs including a new undergraduate degree program in industrialized construction engineering that will focus on environmental stewardship and teach students resilient construction practices.

Farahmandi Works To Optimize Chip Lifecycle Management

Dr. Farimah Farahmandi, assistant professor in the UF Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, recently received funding for her project "Optimized System Design for Assurance and Life-cycle Management (SaLEM)." The project will develop a sustainable and security-aware life-cycle management solution.

Staying One Step Ahead of the Criminals

UF researcher Read Hayes, a scientist in the University of Florida’s Wertheim College of Engineering FLEX (Florida Engineering Experiment Station), is working on curbing retail theft. Hayes, alongside UF researchers, blend technology -- including artificial intelligence -- with social science to improve retail security and deter theft, fraud and violence at the UF SaferPlaces Lab and the Loss Prevention Research Council.

University of Florida To Launch Space Mission Institute With $2.5 Million in Strategic Funding

Faculty at the University of Florida are joining forces to form the UF Space Mission Institute, with $2.5 million in funding from UF President Ben Sasse. The Institute will be managed by UF Research and will be a hub in which scientists and scholars from across UF can collaborate, conduct research, and innovate. The institute will work to enhance existing relationships with Space Florida and the Space Life Sciences Laboratory at the Kennedy Space Center, and seek new partnerships with the International Space Station National Laboratory. The institute will also work to leverage UF’s proximity to the growing commercial space ecosystem in Florida. Throughout the next five years, the total economic impact of the commercial space industry in Florida is expected to be more than $5.3 billion.