University of Florida Engineering Graduate

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering offers an accredited bachelor’s of science degree in materials science and engineering, with specializations in ceramics, electronic materials, metals or polymers. In addition, the department offers master’s of science and doctoral degrees. Its educational programs deal with the scientific and engineering aspects of the structure, properties, synthesis/processing/manufacturing and application of materials.

The Nuclear Engineering Program is housed within the MSE department and offers students not only an opportunity to work on research teams related to backscatter radiography, extreme environments testing and nuclear fuel cycles, but also conduct research both alongside academics and in partnership with national labs and government agencies. Students can earn bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees in Nuclear Engineering at the University of Florida.


Alumni Professorship of Materials Science and Engineering 1

This fund supports professorship in Materials Science and Engineering.

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Alumni Professorship of Materials Science and Engineering 2

This fund supports professorship in Materials Science and Engineering.

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American Nuclear Society Professional Support

This fund supports professional activities including travel, wages, entertainment, student support, etc.

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Beatty-Ford Unrestricted

This fund supports research on polymer recycling.

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Dow Chemical Graduate Fellowship in Materials Science and Engineering

This fund supports fellowship awards to graduate students in the UF MSE Department and in the College of Engineering, and was established in 2001 by Dow Chemical Company Foundation in its effort to support education worldwide. Dow’s mission is to improve students’ understanding of math, science and technology through partnerships with leading educational organizations and volunteer work on behalf of their employees. As the company’s philanthropic arm, the Dow Chemical Company Foundation contributes more than $20 million annually to charitable and educational institutions in Dow communities on behalf of Dow and its employees around the world.

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Energy Harvesting and Conversion Fund

This fund supports research for Energy Harvesting and Conversion: Piezoelectric Transformers

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ERC for Particle Science & Technology

This fund supports the Engineering Research Center for Particle Science and Technology’s research efforts.

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Eugene P. Goldberg Lectureship Fund

This fund supports endowment of a lecture series in Dr. Goldberg’s memory.

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F. N. Rhines and W. R. Tarr Scholarship Fund

This fund supports scholarship for full-time undergraduate students in Materials Science & Engineering Department. Recipients must be good students who are active in supporting the department and the undergraduate activities of the department.

Walter R. Tarr created this fund in 1986, naming the scholarship, in part, after the department founder Fredrick Nims Rhines, who chaired Tarr’s doctoral committee. Tarr received all three of his engineering degrees from UF, completing his Ph.D. in 1973. When asked about establishing the scholarship, Tarr said, “I got a great deal out of being here at the department and I wanted to put something back.” Tarr hoped that the scholarship would encourage students to go into materials engineering. The F.N. Rhines and W.R. Tarr Scholarship Fund was the first scholarship to be given by a graduate of Florida’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Mr. Tarr and his wife, Patricia, are both employed at Honeywell International in Michigan.

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Florida Power and Light Company Endowed Term Professorship in Nuclear Engineering

The Florida Power and Light Company is among the largest and fastest growing electric utilities in the United States. Since 1925, Florida Power and Light Company has been literally brightening the lives of Floridians and now serves half of Florida. Its nuclear power has played an important role in Florida Power and Light’s energy mix for nearly three decades and provides a safe, clean and reliable source of electricity.

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Frederick N. Rhines Professorship

This fund supports a professorship in the UF Department of Materials Science & Engineering, and was established in 2007 by Dr. and Mrs. Walden C. Rhines, Trustees of The Rhines Foundation. It was created in memory of Walden’s father, Dr. Frederick N. Rhines.

Frederick Rhines was born July 27, 1907 and passed away April 1, 1986. He founded the Department of Materials Science and was named scholar of the year for 1972-1973 by the University of Florida. He and his wife, Janet Rhines, had two children., Dr. Walden C. Rhines and Margaret R. DiNegro. After Janet Rhines’ death in 1978, Professor Rhines married Dr. Genevieve D. Rhines, who earned her doctorate in Special Education from the University in 1975.

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GE Edison Scholarship

These funds will be used to support undergraduate and graduate students for the next five years at the University of Florida’s Nuclear Engineering Program.

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Genzyme Professorship of Biomaterials in Materials Science and Engineering

This fund supports professorship in Biomaterials.

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Glen J. Schoessow Engineering Fund

This fund supports scholarships for Nuclear Engineering Program.

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James E. Swander Memorial Scholarship Fund

Dr. James Swander earned his master’s degree and doctoral degree in nuclear engineering from UF in 1966 and 1974 respectively. He married a fellow student, Dr. Karen Swander, who earned both her master’s degree in 1967 and her doctoral degree in education in 1971 from UF. This scholarship was established by family and friends upon his death on June 6, 1974.

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Jonathan Hack Memorial Scholarship for Materials Science

This fund supports scholarships for graduate students in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

MH2 Technology Law Group LLP (formerly, Min, Hsieh & Hack LLP) established this fund in 2006 in memory of Jonathan A. Hack. He was born March 28, 1965 in Milwaukee, WI. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management in 1988, a bachelor’s degree in physics in 1994, a master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering in 1997 and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering in 2006, all from the University of Florida.

Jonathan was a registered patent attorney and the founding partner of MH2 Technology Law Group LLP, where he applied his extensive experience in all aspects of patent law. Prior to joining MH2 Technology Law Group LLP, he was an attorney with the law firm of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP in Washington, DC. Jonathan was also a former patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where he examined patent applications on the fabrication of semiconductor devices and VLSI.

Prior to his legal career, Jonathan worked as an applications engineer for Mitsubishi Cable America, Inc., where he counseled and advised on semiconductor, opto-electronics devices, and fiber-optic technologies. He held three U.S. patents for ferromagnetic semiconductors based on his research at UF. In addition, he coauthored three journal articles and gave lectures on nanotechnology, micro electromechanical systems and light-emitting materials.

He passed away April 6, 2006 at the age of 41.

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K. L. Fawcett Memorial Fund

This fund supports upgrades of the Nuclear Instrumentation Lab.

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Margaret A. Ross Research Professorship

This fund supports a professorship in research areas pertaining to new materials. The late Margaret A. Ross of Tavares left 50 percent of the residue of her estate to benefit the College of Engineering in support of a professorship in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and scholarships in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The annual earnings are used to assist the research professor in conducting research pertaining to new materials, including writing research papers and using students to assist in such research.

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Materials Science & Engineering Endowed Professorship

This fund supports a professorship in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering.

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Materials Science & Engineering Fund

This is the general fund to support the UF Department of Materials Science & Engineering.

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Materials Science IBM Faculty Award

This fund supports the distinguished work in the area of developing an understanding of the fundamentals behind the processing of electronic materials.

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Microstructure of Materials

This fund supports research for microstructure of materials.

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N. L. Griesheimer Memorial Fund

This fund supports undergraduate fellowship expenses in the Nuclear Engineering Program

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Nanostructured Optical Materials Research

This fund supports research on nanostructured optical materials.

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Nuclear Engineering

This fund supports the Nuclear Engineering Program at the University of Florida.

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Nuclear Materials Research

This fund supports research and student training in the area of nuclear materials research within the Nuclear Engineering Program of the Materials Science and Engineering department at UF.

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Ohanian Scholarship Fund

This fund was established by Sandra Ohanian in 2011 to support scholarship awards to junior and senior students who are Florida residents and studying in the Nuclear Engineering Program within the Department of Materials Science and Engineering

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Radiological & Nuclear Materials Research

This fund supports the field of new detection methods of radiological and nuclear materials.

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Research Experience in Materials

This fund was established in 2009 by the Rhine Foundation, Johnson & Johnson Vision and multiple donors to support undergraduate students to perform research in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) at the University of Florida.

The MSE educational and research program is interdisciplinary, focusing on all materials – biomaterials, ceramics, electronic materials, glasses, metals, minerals and polymers, among others – and their composites. An excellent working relationship has been established between the department, industry and national labs to foster technology transfer, research and development. Analytical facilities at the Major Analytical Instrumentation Center (MAIC) support UF researchers as well as other universities and industries in Florida and across the nation.

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Research in Organic Electronics

This fund supports organic electronics research in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Florida.

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Rhines Rising Star Faculty Development Funds for Materials Science & Engineering

This gift will establish the Rhines Rising Star Faculty Development Funds for Materials Science & Engineering to provide endowment funds available to the Dean to recruit and retain premier faculty for the department.

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Richard G. Connell Scholarship

This fund was established by Linda Connell in 2008 in memory of her husband, Dr. Richard G. “Doc” Connell, Jr., to support undergraduate scholarships in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Doc earned his doctorate at the University of Florida in Materials Science and Engineering in 1973. He was a faculty member of UF for more than 30 years as a professor of metallurgical engineering. Doc served as Associate Chairman and Associate Professor of the department, an undergraduate academic adviser and a faculty adviser before retiring in 2004. He won numerous awards, including “Teacher of the Year” and “Adviser of the Year.” Doc had a passion for teaching and worked alongside the students throughout his career. He passed away in 2007.

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Robert David Adamson Scholarship

This fund supports scholarship awards to students in the UF Departmentt of Materials Science & Engineering, and was created by Martha A. Clarke Adamson in memory of her husband, Robert David Adamson, who passed away in 1999. Both Adamsons are graduates of UF. Mr. Adamson earned a bachelor’s degree in materials science engineering and Mrs. Adamson earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

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Robert E. Reed-Hill Scholarship

This fund supports scholarships in Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering. Robert E. Reed-Hill retired from the U.S. Coast Guard in 1959 as a Commander and moved to Gainesville in 1960 where he was very active in the University of Florida community. He was active in research, wrote many publications and worked on various projects in the field of physical metallurgy.

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Robert T. DeHoff Professorship

This fund supports professorship in Materials Science.

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Roberto Pagano Memorial Scholarship Fund

This fund supports a scholarship for current & incoming students in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering’s Nuclear Engineering Program.

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Semiconductor Research

This fund supports Semiconductor Research labs in the Materials Science & Engineering and the Chemical Engineering departments at the University of Florida.

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Surface Composition of Composite Coatings

This fund supports research for surface composition of composite coatings.

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Vladimir Grodsky Memorial Scholarship

This fund supports scholarship in metallurgy. May R. Hood established this scholarship as part of her estate in memory of Vladimir A. Grodsky.

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