Alumni News and Stories

Alumni News and Stories

  • UF Alumnus Matthew Marzano Selected for ANS Congressional Fellowship


    The American Nuclear Society (ANS) has selected UF alumnus Matthew Marzano, M.S. ‘11, nuclear engineering, to serve as the 2022 Glenn T. Seaborg Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow. Marzano is a senior reactor operator at Exelon Generation’s Braidwood nuclear power plant in Braidwood, Ill.  Established in 2000, the Glenn T. Seaborg Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowship, also known as the ANS Congressional Fellowship, ...
  • In Memoriam: Kenneth Anusavice, D.M.D., Ph.D.


    We are saddened to learn of the recent passing of Kenneth J. Anusavice, D.M.D., Ph.D., on September 30, 2021.  Dr. Anusavice earned his doctoral degree in materials science and engineering in 1970 under Bob DeHoff, Ph.D., and his D.M.D. from the Medical College of Georgia in 1977. He has been an active part of the UF Department of Materials Science & Engineering (MSE) in ...
  • MSE Alumnus Dr. Alvaro Della Bona Wins Wilmer Souder Award in Dentistry


    University of Florida Department of Materials Science & Engineering alumnus Dr. Alvaro Della Bona, D.D.S, Ph.D., FADM (Ph.D. MSE ’01), has been awarded the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Wilmer Souder Award in Dental Materials. Dr. Della Bona is a dentist, researcher and senior professor at the University of Passo Fundo in Brazil. He ...
  • Jacob DeWitte, Ph.D., Recognized with 2021 Distinguished Early Career Alumni Award


      Our 2021 Distinguished Early Career Alumni Award winner is Jacob DeWitte, Ph.D., a nuclear reactor developer commercializing next-generation fission power systems. Dr. DeWitte is a co-Founder and the CEO of Oklo, Inc., a Sunnyvale, California-based company developing and building small nuclear reactors. Dr. DeWitte is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and completed his undergraduate studies at ...
  • StatLab Mobile CEO Proves There is Rarely a Straight Line to Success


    Bryan Wilson’s first brush with engineering came at a young age. “Some of my earliest memories involve science fairs,” said Wilson. “In fifth grade, I built a robot out of a 5-gallon bucket, some PVC piping for the arms and some wheels – all attached to two motors, and I won first place! The following year, ...
  • 2021 MSE-NE Virtual Spring Banquet


      This EVENT celebrates the successes of the Department of Materials Science & Engineering and the Nuclear Engineering Program’s 2020-2021 academic year Watch the video replay of the Banquet below or scroll down to read through the content presented during the broadcast Departmental Scholarship Awards Student Society Recognition Faculty Recognition Staff Recognition In Memoriam     MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR Welcome to the Department of Materials ...
  • UF Engineer Using $11M Research Award to Make Steel Manufacturing More Energy Efficient


    Heat-treating steel during its manufacturing stage is an energy-intensive process where much of the energy is wasted through heat-loss due to outdated furnace designs and other system inefficiencies. Backed by a nearly $11 million award from the Department of Energy, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, Michele Manuel, Ph.D., professor and ...
  • Harkness Recognized with Tony and Kathy Brennan Staff Excellence Award for 2020


    Every day, our committed and skilled staff initiate and execute dozens of different tasks without which our educational and research programs would very quickly grind to a halt. These duties range from helping students and faculty navigate the intricacies of university academic programs and organizing the trips of our many visitors to maintaining and improving our ...
  • Alumni Spotlight: Tyler Lenzi


    After earning his Master’s degree in materials science and engineering from the University of Florida, Tyler Lenzi left Gainesville for a job at Micron Technology in Boise, Idaho.  Today, he is Micron’s Senior Director of Yield Analysis and Data Science, overseeing seven research teams and a total of 250 team members around the world. In ...
  • A Persistent Pursuit of Progress


    Growing up in 1950’s Cuba, Nils Diaz, Ph.D. had a passion for creating better ways of doing things. He was also debating between a future in engineering, like his father before him, or following the lead of much of his family and practicing medicine. When he decided he could do both, Cuba’s worsening political unrest ...
  • Frank Bova, Ph.D., Earns Lifetime Achievement Award


      The American Association of Physicists in Medicine recently awarded Dr. Frank J. Bova the Edith Quimby Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in radiosurgery. The award is given to members of the association who have made significant contributions to medical physics throughout their career. Bova holds 13 patents for mechanical and computer systems used in radiosurgery, with ...
  • Alumni Spotlight: Materials Science and Engineering graduate competes at Olympics


    Erin Jackson has a new material in her life: Ice. The 2015 University of Florida Materials Science and Engineering alumna traded her inline skates for ice skates and, even to her surprise, made the United State Olympic speed skating team in January 2018. Jackson is a Cinderella story. An inline skater for 15 years and more recent derby ...
  • MSE Alumna Erin Jackson competes Sunday Feb. 18 in Olympics


    Watch Erin Jackson skate into U.S. history Sunday at 6:56 a.m. on the NBC app or at 7 p.m. for NBC’s primetime coverage as she competes as the first African American woman on Team USA’s long-track speed skating team.  Here is more information about how and when you can watch Erin Jackson has a new material in ...
  • Dr. Michele V. Manuel announced as Department Chair of Materials Science and Engineering


    Dr. Manuel is an internationally recognized leader and expert in light metals, design and computational methodologies for materials development, and materials characterization. She received her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University and her B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida. Prior to her return to the University of ...
  • Dr. Chris Santana honored with MSE Distinguished Alumni Award


    Dr. Chris Santana has been awarded the Department of Materials Science and Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award. Chris thoroughly enjoyed his college days and graduated with multiple degrees from the University of Florida. He entered into the Department of Materials Science & Engineering in 1987 and continued with the program until 1996 after completing his Ph.D. ...