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Photo of Cammy R. Abernathy Cammy Abernathy Dean and Professor
Work 300 Weil Hall (352) 392-6000

Ph.D., 1985, Stanford University

Research interests: Synthesis of thin-film electronic materials and devices using metal organic chemical vapor deposition and molecular beam epitaxy.

Photo of James Adair James Adair Penn State University

Dr. Adair received his B.S. in Chemistry and M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, all from the University of Florida. From 1981-1982, he was a Fulbright Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Western Australia in the Department of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition and the Royal Perth Hospital where he studied the biophysical chemistry origin of pathological biomineralization including human kidney stone disease.…

Photo of Thad Adams Thad Adams Savannah River National Laboratory

University of Tennessee, Bachelor of Science, Materials Science & Engineering

University of Florida, Masters of Science, Materials Science & Engineering

University of Florida, Ph.D., Materials Science & Engineering

Thad M. Adams is the Savannah River National Laboratory Director of Strategic Development and Innovation. Dr. Adams is developing the advanced manufacturing competency at SRNL, with specific emphasis on process intensification, smart manufacturing, and enterprise modeling in support of programmatic initiatives.…

Photo of Assel Aitkaliyeva Assel Aitkaliyeva Assistant Professor
Work 176 Rhines Hall (352) 846-3778

Ph.D., 2012, Texas A&M University

Research Interests: Nuclear Fuels and Materials, with emphasis on characterization and property evaluation; Mechanical and Thermal properties of materials; Reactor Irradiation; Radiation damage in materials; Ion Implantation; Kinetics; Composites; Nanostructured materials; Multi-Scale simulation of nuclear fuel.

Photo of Josephine B. Allen Josephine Allen Associate Professor, Genzyme Professor of Materials Science & Engineering
Work 496 Wertheim Lab for Engineering Excellence (352) 846-3328

Ph.D., 2009, Northwestern University

Research Interests: Stem Cell Engineering; Directed Stem Cell differentiation, Cell Materials Interactions; Tissue Engineering; Regenerative Medicine

Photo of Jennifer S. Andrew Jennifer Andrew Associate Professor, Margaret A. Ross Professor of Materials Science & Engineering
Work 170 Rhines Hall (352) 846-3345

Ph.D., 2008, University of California, Santa Barbara

Research Interests: nanomaterials, nanocomposites for electronic and biomedical applications, magnetic materials, multiferroics, polymers

Photo of Thomas Angelini Thomas Angelini Affiliate Faculty
Work Wertheim 495 (352) 392-6438

Ph.D., 2005, University of Illinois

Research Interests: Collective cell motion, mechanical instabilities in tissue cell assemblies, bacterial biofilm physics, soft matter physics, biomolecular self-assembly, and tribology of soft matter interfaces

Photo of Terry Aselage Terry Aselage Sandia National Laboratories, Retired

Terry Aselage retired as the Director of the Material, Physical, and Chemical Sciences Center 1800 at Sandia National Laboratories in March of 2019. He held that position since May 1, 2017, leading an organization of over 400 people with broad mission impact, from basic research at the forefront of materials science to materials engineering with enduring impact to Sandia’s mission areas.…

Photo of Jess Atkins Jess Atkins Exelon Nuclear
Photo of James Baciak James Baciak Professor, Florida Power and Light Professor
Work Nuclear Annex 113 (352) 273-2131

Research Interests: Applied aspects of cargo monitoring, detector testing and characterization for gamma-ray spectroscopy, as well as development and analysis of techniques for environmental sampling and surveys related to on-site inspections.

Photo of Christopher Batich Christopher Batich Professor
Work 135A Rhines Hall (352) 392-6630

Ph.D., 1974, Rutgers University

Research Interests: Delivery methods for stem cells, Antimicrobial surface modifications, Nanoparticles for gene delivery, Polymeric drug delivery

Photo of Jaime Benitez Jaime Benitez Adjunct Faculty

Ph.D., Chemical and Environmental Engineering,  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Photo of Marah Berry Marah Berry Research Administrator III
Work 155 Rhines Hall (352) 273-2781
Photo of Steven Biegalski Steven Biegalski Georgia Institute of Technology

Steven Biegalski is the Chair of the Nuclear and Radiological Engineering and Medical Physics Program at Georgia Institute of Technology. He has three degrees in nuclear engineering from the University of Maryland, University of Florida, and the University of Illinois, respectively. Early in his career, Dr. Biegalski was the Director of Radionuclide Operations at the Center for Monitoring Research.…

Photo of Wesley Bolch Wesley Bolch Affiliate Faculty
Work Medical Physics Building, 109A (352) 273-0303

Ph.D., 1988, University of Florida

Research Interests:  Medical physics, computational human phantoms, internal radiation dosimetry, external radiation dosimetry, medical imaging, radiation cancer therapy

Photo of Anthony B. Brennan Anthony Brennan Emeritus Faculty
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Ph. D., 1990, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

Research Interests: Biointerfaces, antifouling, polymer surfaces/modification, polymer networks, microtopographies, tissue engineering

Photo of Megan Butala Megan Butala Assistant Professor
Work 172 Rhines Hall (352) 294-7876

Ph.D., 2017, University of California, Santa Barbara

Research Interests: Energy Storage Materials, Lithium-ion Batteries, Structure-Property Relationships, X-ray Diffraction, Pair Distribution Function Analysis

Photo of Coray Colina Coray Colina Affiliate Faculty
Work 312 LEI (352) 294-3488

Ph.D., 2004, North Carolina State University

Photo of Heather Connaway Heather Connaway Argonne National Laboratory

Heather is currently a member of the Reactor and Fuel Cycle Analysis section within the Nuclear Engineering Division at Argonne National Laboratory. Her current work is focused on analyses in support of the planned low-enriched uranium (LEU) conversion of the Transient Reactor Test (TREAT) Facility at the Idaho National Laboratory. …

Photo of Royce Copeland Royce Copeland Marketing and Communications
Work 114 Rhines Hall United States (352) 273-2205
Photo of Robert T. DeHoff Robert DeHoff Emeritus Faculty

Ph.D., 1959, Carnegie Mellon University

Photo of Luisa Amelia Dempere Luisa Amelia Dempere Affiliate Faculty
Work Research Service Centers 1041 Center Drive (352) 846-2200

Ph.D., 1999, University of Florida

Interests: materials characterization and analysis; analytical instrumentation, particularly electron microscopy and microanalysis

Photo of Elizabeth DeStephens Elizabeth DeStephens California Resource Corporation

Ms. DeStephens is an executive at California Resources Corporation, where she is responsible for reserves and valuation of assets for SEC reporting, credit agreements, external audits, and business development activities. Previously, she served in senior engineering roles at Ryder Scott, ExxonMobil, Occidental, and Raymond James Energy Investment Bank. Ms. DeStephens is also a recognized expert in change management and organizational transformation.…

Photo of Nils Diaz Nils Diaz ND2 Group

Nils J. Diaz is a former chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He was a nuclear engineering professor and chairman at the University of Florida from the 1970s to the 1990s. Diaz holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Florida, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Villanova, Havana.

Photo of Jon Dobson Jon Dobson Affiliate Faculty
Work 1275 Center Drive, Biomedical Sciences Building J393 (352) 294-5344

Ph.D., 1991, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

Research Interests: Magnetic biomaterials, Nanomagnetic gene transfection, Nanomagnetic cell actuation for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, Brain iron and neurodegeneration

Photo of Edward T. Dugan Edward Dugan Emeritus Faculty
(352) 273-2129

Ph.D., 1976, University of Florida

Research Interests: Backscatter x-ray imaging, reactor analysis, nuclear power plant dynamics and control, space nuclear power and propulsion, radiation transport and Monte Carlo simulations

Photo of Andreas Enqvist Andreas Enqvist Nuclear Engineering Program Director, Florida Power and Light Professor
Work 100A Rhines Hall (352) 294-2177

Ph. D. Chalmers, University of Technology, Sweden

Research Interests: Nuclear safeguards, detection statistics of radiation from fissile materials, and the physics behind particle-detector interactions. Neutron physics & detectors. Neutron noise signals. Radiation signal analysis

Photo of Ron Espeseth Ron Espeseth Advisor/Mentor

After completing an MSE undergraduate degree at the University of Florida Ron worked in scientific equipment sales and product management for JEOL, Ltd., in New York, Silicon Valley and Austin, TX. After leaving JEOL, Ron promoted himself to a full-time dad role. This second, highly rewarding, career lead to a great deal of on-the-job training, extensive volunteer work, and the development of some pretty serious cooking and laundry skills.…

Photo of Michael Fensin Michael Fensin Los Alamos National Laboratory

Dr. Michael Lorne Fensin is a staff scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Michael’s areas of research include Monte Carlo code and methods development, radiation signature and detector characterization for homeland security and nonproliferation, space and terrestrial reactor design, reactor burnup, and radiation effects and shielding design. Michael was an MCNP code developer and class instructor for over a decade.…

Photo of Tahara Franklin Tahara Franklin Academic Advisor III
Work 108 Rhines Hall 352-846-3313
Photo of Shema T. Freeman Esq. Shema Freeman Adjunct Faculty

Ph.D., Materials Science & Engineering, University of Florida

JD, George Washington University Law School

Areas of Interest: law focused on real and intellectual property, youth empowerment, and STEM education. Involved with the start-up and young professional communities through Gainesville Area Innovation Network (GAIN), Empowering Women in Tech Start-ups (eWITS), and Alachua County Emerging Leaders (ACEL).  …

Photo of Gerhard E. Fuchs Gerhard Fuchs Associate Professor
Work 116-A Rhines Hall (352) 846-3317

Ph. D., 1986, Rensslaer Polytechnic Institute

Research Interests: Interaction of Primary research and teaching interests include inter-relationship of processing, microstructure and properties of high temperature/high performance materials, including superalloys, intermetallics and composites. National AGEP Doctoral Advisor/Mentor (UF-NSF) and Triple-Point Professor Award (UF-MSE)

Photo of Darren Gale Darren Gale X-energy

 Darren Gale, Vice President, Commercial Operations and ARDP Program Manager for X-energy ($2.5B Advanced Reactor Demonstration program at Energy Northwest), has been actively involved in the Nuclear Power industry for over 37 years, including Executive Management for the past 20 years. His significant profit/loss responsibilities span Fuels, Services, Engineering and Maintenance businesses.…

Photo of Ana Garcia Ana Garcia Fiscal Assistant III
Work 106 Rhines Hall (352) 846-3783
Photo of Sterling Garcia Sterling Garcia Director of Development
Home 343D Weil Hall PO Box 116550 Gainesville FL 32611 (352) 294-7953
Photo of Brent Gila Brent Gila Affiliate Faculty
Work Research Service Centers 1041 Center Drive (352)273-2245

Ph.D., 2000, University of Florida

Research Interests: Semiconductor and dielectric growth and characterization, graphene, solid-state sensors, focused ion beam processing, molecular beam epitaxy of materials, wide bandgap semiconductor materials, materials characterization, gate dielectrics, high-power/high-temperature device fabrication and testing

Photo of Kevin Gilley Kevin Gilley Laboratory and Safety Manager
Work 165 Rhines Hall 352-846-3339
Photo of Lorraine Goldsmith Lorraine Goldsmith Academic Assistant II
Work 108 Rhines Hall (352) 846-3315
Photo of Laurie B. Gower Laurie Gower Professor
Work 210A Rhines Hall (352) 846-3336

Ph. D., 1997, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Research Interests: Biomimetic synthesis of organic-inorganic hybrid composite materials; biomineralization- processes and structure; biomimetic bone graft substitutes; kidney stone formation; phage display for bioelectronic materials interfaces

Photo of Hitomi Yamaguchi Greenslet Hitomi Greenslet Affiliate Faculty
Work Wertheim 483 (352) 392-0812

Ph.D., 1996, Utsunomiya University, Japan

Research Interests: magnetic field-assisted finishing, surface functionalization and characterization, ultra-precision surface finishing of optics, surface and edge finishing of capillary tubes, catheter shafts and stents, medical device development (such as polymeric heart valve prostheses and biopsy needles)

Photo of Mark Haberman Mark Haberman Facilities Operation Specialist
Work 104 Rhines Hall (352) 273-0265
Photo of Bob Hadba Bob Hadba Alcon Laboratories

Ahmad Robert “Bob” Hadba, Ph.D., MBA is a Senior Director of R&D Projects at Alcon Laboratories, Inc. Fort Worth, Texas. In this role, Bob is leading a cross-functional multi-site team charged with developing and clinically validating the performance of a new Modular Intraocular Lens Platform designed to optimize the refractive outcomes of post-cataract surgery patients.…

Photo of Ira Harkness Ira Harkness Instructional Assistant Professor, Director of IT and Facilities
Work 104 Rhines Hall 352-846-3329

Ph.D., 2018, University of Florida

Research Interests: Monte Carlo methods; neutron transport; nuclear safeguards and nonproliferation

Photo of Kyle C. Hartig Kyle Hartig Assistant Professor
Work 180 Rhines Hall (202) 270-4721

Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

Research Interests: Remote Sensing, Nuclear Nonproliferation/counterproliferation, Nuclear Security, and Nuclear Policy

Photo of Richard Hennig Richard Hennig Professor, Alumni Professor of Materials Science & Engineering
Work 154 Rhines Hall (352) 392-7327

Ph.D., 2000, Washington University in St. Louis

Research interests: Computational materials science, ab-initio methods, structure prediction algorithms, two-dimensional materials, materials for energy technologies, solid-liquid interfaces

Photo of Eric Hill Eric Hill IT Professional II
Work 104 Rhines Hall 352-273-1812
Photo of Paul H. Holloway Paul Holloway Emeritus Faculty
Work 202-A Rhines Hall (352) 846-3330

Ph. D., 1972, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Research Interests: Semiconductors; optoelectronic materials; surfaces and interfaces; phosphors; nanophosphors; atomic transport

Photo of Yong Huang Yong Huang Affiliate Faculty
Work MAE-B 230 (352) 392-5520

Ph.D., 2002, Georgia Institute of Technology

Research Interests: materials processing and manufacturing, the printing of engineering and biological structures, biomaterials and tissue engineering

Photo of Rolf E. Hummel Rolf Hummel Emeritus Faculty
Work 317A Materials Science

Ph.D., 1963 Max-Planck Institute Stuttgart/Germany

Research Interests: Electrical Properties of Materials, Optical Properties of Materials, Semiconductors, Energetic Materials Detection, Spark-processing of Luminescent Materials, Differential Reflectometry, Electromigration and other failure mechanisms in thin film interconnects, Radiation Damage of Nuclear Materials, Ion Implantation.

Photo of Kostadin Ivanov Kostadin Ivanov North Carolina State University

Dr. Kostadin Ivanov is currently Professor and Department Head of Nuclear Engineering at North Carolina State University. Dr. Ivanov received a B.S. in nuclear engineering from the Moscow Institute of Power Engineering, Russia. He received his Ph.D. in reactor physics from the Institute of Nuclear Research and Nuclear Energy (INRNE), Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. He was senior research scientist at INRNE and an assistant professor at the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria.…

Photo of Kevin S. Jones Kevin Jones Distinguished Professor, Frederick N. Rhines Professor of Materials Science & Engineering
Work 160 Rhines Hall (352) 846-3301

Ph. D., 1987, University of California, Berkeley

Research Interests: Semiconductor Processing and electron microscopy characterization. Ion implantation of Si , Ge and compound semiconductors. Li ion battery anode and cathode development

Photo of Nekia Jones Nekia Jones Assistant to the Department Chair
Work 100 Rhines Hall 352-294-1369
Photo of Sonya Jones Robinson Sonya Jones Robinson HR Generalist II
Work 112 Rhines Hall (352) 846-3769
Photo of Margaret Kayo Margaret Kayo Scientific Affairs and Regulatory Affairs

Dr. Kayo has over 16 years of medical product experience including implantable medical devices, combination products with drugs, and biologicals. She currently runs a consulting business focusing on Scientific Affairs and Regulatory Affairs in the Combination Device, Medical Device, and Pharmaceutical industries. She is actively working with businesses in spinal prosthetics, a variety of cardiovascular and peripheral combination devices, pain management and cellular and exosome therapies. …

Photo of Honggyu Kim Honggyu Kim Assistant Professor
Work 168 Rhines Hall (352) 846-3766

Ph.D., 2015, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research Interests: Advanced electron microscopy techniques, Quantitative analysis of electron microscopy data, Digital image processing, Understanding materials properties at the atomic scale, Functional oxides and semiconductors.

Photo of Amanda Krause Amanda Krause Assistant Professor
Work 162 Rhines Hall (352) 294-6609

Ph.D., 2016, Brown University

Research interests: Interface engineering, materials for extreme environments, novel ceramic materials processing, microstructure evolution

Photo of Ade Kumuyi Ade Kumuyi Academic Advisor II
Work 108 Rhines Hall (352) 846-3314
Photo of Tyler Lenzi Tyler Lenzi Micron Technology

Tyler Lenzi received a B.S. in Materials Science Engineering from Washington State University (Pullman, Washington USA) in 1995 and finished his M.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Florida (Gainesville, Florida, USA) in 1997.

Mr. Lenzi has over 23 years of semiconductor manufacturing experience. He currently manages the Yield Enhancement, Data Science, Process Control, Corporate TEM Lab, and Wafer Level Testing teams for technology development at Micron Technology Inc.…

Photo of Beth Lewis Beth Lewis Wyman Gordon

B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering, University of Florida, 1980

M.S. in Material Science & Engineering, WPI, 1994

Director of Technology Programs for Wyman Gordon (a PCC company)

Began her career in 1980 at Wyman Gordon and has held various technical roles. Works in Superalloy and Titanium Forging development with a focus on Nickle-based Superalloy powder metallurgy, production, forging and heat treatment for Aviation Markets.…

Photo of Elysia Lewis Elysia Lewis Research Administrator I
Work 155 Rhines Hall (352) 846-3790
Photo of Azaree Lintereur Azaree Lintereur Penn State University

Dr. Azaree Lintereur joined the Nuclear Engineering Department at Penn State University as an Assistant Professor in August 2017 and is developing a radiation detection based research program. Prior to joining Penn State University Dr. Lintereur was at the University of Utah, where she established a radiation detection laboratory. Prior to becoming a faculty member, Dr.…

Photo of Rezzy Manning Rezzy Manning Research Administrator II
Work 155 Rhines Hall 352-846-3304
Photo of Michele V. Manuel Michele Manuel Professor and Department Chair, Rolf E. Hummel Professor of Electronic Materials
Work 100B Rhines Hall (352) 846-3780

Ph.D., 2007, Northwestern University

Research Interests: Thermodynamics, Kinetics, Materials Design, Metallurgy Mechanical Behavior, Composites, Metallic Biomaterials, Nuclear Materials

Photo of James Marotta James Marotta Alcon Research, LLC.

Currently Senior Director of IOL Projects at Alcon Research, LLC., James Marotta has also held research and medical affairs positions at Novartis, Medtronic and Smith & Nephew.  Recipient of the Novartis 2018 VIVA Leading Science Award. More than 20 years of technical development knowledge and research experience with both medical devices and drug/device combination products.…

Photo of Steve McDanels Steve McDanels NASA (Retired)

Steve McDanels received his degree in Materials Science and Engineering, with a specialization in metallurgical engineering, from the University of Florida. His professional career began as a materials engineer performing failure analysis and crash investigations of navy and marine rotor-wing and fixed-wing aircraft. He also served as an adjunct professor of metallurgy at Pensacola Junior College.

Photo of Chris McDevitt Chris McDevitt Associate Professor
Work 174 Rhines Hall (352) 846-3785

Ph.D., 2008, University of California San Diego
Research Interests: Computational and Theoretical Plasma Physics, Magnetic and Inertial Confinement Fusion, Plasma Turbulence, Momentum Transport, Runaway Electrons, Monte Carlo Methods

Photo of John J. Mecholsky ,Jr. John Mecholsky Professor and Associate Chair
Work 100D Rhines Hall (352) 846-3306

Ph. D., 1973, Catholic University of America

Research Interests: Fracture of Brittle Materials; Fractal Geometry applied to fracture; Failure Analysis; Dental Ceramics; Biomedical Applications

Photo of April Miller April Miller Administrative Support Assistant I
Work 100 Rhines Hall (352) 846-3331
Photo of Tori Miller Tori Miller Assistant Professor
Work 156 Rhines Hall (352) 846-3373

Ph.D., 2016, University of California Santa Barbara

Research Interests: Fundamentals of Structural Evolution in Crystalline Materials, Advanced Electron Microscopy Techniques, Recovery and Crystallization, Deformation Mechanisms and Texture Development

Photo of Erika Moore Erika Moore Rhines Rising Star Larry Hench Assistant Professor of Materials Science & Engineering
Work 487 Wertheim Lab for Engineering Excellence (352) 846-3781

B.S., 2013, Biomedical Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University

Ph.D., 2018, Biomedical Engineering, Duke University

Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow, 2020, The Johns Hopkins University

Research Summary: Dr. Erika Moore is the inaugural Rhines Rising Star Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida. She defended her Ph.D.…

Photo of Brij M. Moudgil Brij Moudgil Distinguished Professor
Work 205-E Particle Science and Engineering (352) 846-1194

Eng. Sc. D. 1981, Columbia University

Research Interests: Engineered particulate systems for enhanced performance in nano and bio technologies, micro-electronics, advanced materials and minerals, photocatalytic degradation of hazardous microbes, nanotoxicity, and greener reagents and particle technologies

Photo of Alisa Mountain Alisa Mountain Fiscal Assistant II
Work 106 Rhines Hall (352) 846-3341
Photo of Ananth Naman Ananth Naman Cabot Microelectronics

Ananth Naman has served as our Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Cabot Microelectronics since January 2015. Previously, Dr. Naman was our Vice President of Research and Development since January 2011. Prior to that, Dr. Naman was our Director of Product Development starting in April 2009 and Director of Pads Technology from January 2006 through March 2009.…

Photo of Mano Nazar Mano Nazar AeroEquity Industrial Partners

Mr. Nazar is an Operating Partner at AE Industrial, bringing over 35 years of extensive nuclear industry experience. Mr. Nazar currently serves as Chairman of the Board of BHI, an AE Industrial portfolio company.

Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2020, Mr. Nazar was president of the nuclear business unit at NextEra Energy, Inc., and currently serves as a consultant.…

Photo of Ryan Need Ryan Need Assistant Professor
Work 150 Rhines Hall (352) 294-1690

Ph.D., 2017, University of California Santa Barbara

Research Interests: Thin Film Deposition, Interface and Defect Engineering, Emergent Phenomena, Quantum Materials, Nanoionics, Magnetism, X-Ray and Neutron Scattering

Photo of Juan C. Nino Juan Nino Professor
Work 166 Rhines Hall (352) 846-3787

Ph. D., 2002, The Pennsylvania State University

Research Interests: Multifunctional ceramics; energy materials; dielectrics and ionic conductors in bulk and thin film; single crystal growth; nuclear materials and detectors; bioceramics.

Photo of David P. Norton David Norton Professor and Vice President of Research
Work 223 Grinter Hall (352) 392-9271

Ph. D., 1989, Louisiana State University

Research Interests: Electronic, photonic, and magnetic thin film materials; electronic oxide materials; thin film deposition

Photo of Kevin Otto Kevin Otto Affiliate Faculty
Work NEB 363 (352) 294-2227

Ph.D., 2003, Arizona State University

Research Interests: Neural engineering, device-tissue interfaces and neurostimulation

Photo of Burton R. Patterson Burton Patterson Adjunct Faculty
(352) 846-3781

Ph.D., University of Florida

Research Interests: Physical metallurgy, Microstructures, Powder metallurgy, Grain growth, Recrystallization, Sintering, Coarsening, Stereology

Photo of Stephen J. Pearton Stephen Pearton Emeritus Faculty
Work 343 Nuclear Sciences Building (352) 846-1086

Ph. D., 1983, University of Tasmania

Research Interests: Semiconductor processing, devices, thin film transistors, solid state sensors

Photo of Ricardo Perez Ricardo Perez Westinghouse/Tennessee Valley Authority (Retired)

Ric is an accomplished executive leader with a successful career in electricity markets, engineering businesses, and critical infrastructure management in both the private and public sectors. He was with Westinghouse for 32 years rising to the position of President and COO where his duties spanned every facet of the energy cycle from fuel, manufacturing, plant design, construction, maintenance, and decommissioning.…

Photo of Simon R. Phillpot Simon Phillpot Distinguished Professor, Vladimir A. Grodsky Professor of Materials Science & Engineering
Work 164 Rhines Hall (352) 846-3782

Ph. D., 1985, University of Florida

Research Interests: Computational materials science; heat transport; nuclear materials; ferroelectrics and dielectrics; mechanical properties of metals; simulation methodologies

Photo of Wally Rhines Wally Rhines Cornami, Inc.

WALDEN C. RHINES is President and CEO Emeritus of Cornami, Inc., a fabless software/semiconductor company focused on intelligent computing for fully homomorphic encryption and machine learning. He was previously CEO of Mentor Graphics for 25 years and Chairman of the Board for 17 years. During his tenure at Mentor, revenue nearly quadrupled and the market value of the company increased 10X.…

Photo of Nicholas Rudawski Nicholas Rudawski Affiliate Faculty
Work Research Service Centers (352) 392-3077

Ph.D., 2008, University of Florida

Interests: transmission electron microscopy of complex oxides and semiconductors, electrochemical studies of elemental semiconductors for Li-ion battery applications;  joined the Research Service Centers in August of 2012 as service/teaching faculty, where he primarily oversees the transmission electron microscopes and dual-beam scanning electron microscope/focused ion beams

Photo of Nancy J Ruzycki Nancy Ruzycki Instructional Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Laboratories
Work 317C MAE (352) 846-2991

Ph. D., 2003, Tulane University

Research Interests: Engineering education, characterization techniques, surface physics, solid-state devices, dye-sensitized solar cells.

Photo of Aroba Saleem Aroba Saleem Lecturer
Work MAE 313 (352) 294-1789

Ph.D., McGill University, 2017

Research Interests: Engineering Education; Material Characterization; Non-destructive Evaluation (Electromagnetic Measurements); Structure-Property Relationship; Micromagnetics

Photo of Greg Sawyer Greg Sawyer Affiliate Faculty
Work MAE-B 328 (352) 392-8488

Ph.D., 1999, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

W. Gregory Sawyer is an N. C. Ebaugh Professor and a Distinguished Teaching Scholar. He received his Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1999, and later that year joined the faculty in Mechanical Engineering. Professor Sawyer has published over 200 journal papers, has over 10,000 citations, holds over 20 patents, and is most proud of his numerous Ph.D.…

Photo of Christine E. Schmidt Christine Schmidt Affiliate Faculty
Work JG42 Biosciences Medical Building (352) 273-9222

Ph.D., 1995, University of Illinois

Research Interests: biomaterials for neural tissue regeneration and neural interfacing

Photo of DuWayne Schubring DuWayne Schubring Instructional Associate Professor, NE Undergraduate Coordinator
Work 317A MAE (352) 294-7870

Ph.D., 2009, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Interests: Two-phase flow, nuclear reactor thermal hydraulics, quantitative visualization, nuclear reactor safety, computational and numerical methods including coupled codes, advanced nuclear power systems

Photo of Iris Schumacher Iris Schumacher Kimberly-Clark Professional

Dr. Iris V. Schumacher is the R&D Manager for Global Product Development at Kimberly-Clark Professional.  She is responsible for the leadership of a global team that drives end-to-end innovation for the critical hygiene categories of skincare, wipers, and towel/bath tissue supporting the Kleenex®, Cottonelle®, Scott®, and WypAll® brands. Iris has an incredible passion for building exceptional teams by fostering a team culture that enables people to bring their best selves to their work and cultivates excitement to drive results. …

Photo of Wolfgang Sigmund Wolfgang Sigmund Professor and MSE Graduate Coordinator
Work 225-A Rhines Hall (352) 846-3343

Ph.D., 1992, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany

Research Interests: Semiconductor oxides for energy harvesting and storage, photocatalysis and photolysis, electrodes for secondary batteries, barrier coatings, nanostructures in surface science and, biomedical applications of nanoparticles.

Photo of Deepika Singh Deepika Singh R&D Investment Holdings

Deepika Singh is the Founder and former CEO of Sinmat- a company specializing in novel planarization processes for the semiconductor chip industry.  These processes are currently being used by leading global companies in some of the fastest-growing markets involving the manufacturing of smartwatches, smartphones advanced silicon carbide and gallium nitride electronics for electric vehicles, 5G communications infrastructure and advanced defense electronics.…

Photo of Rajiv K. Singh Rajiv Singh Emeritus Faculty
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Ph. D., 1989, North Carolina State University

Research Interests: Semiconductor Processing; Oxide thin films; III-V Semiconductors; Ultra-hard materials; Emerging advanced materials; laser processing

Photo of Douglas E. Spearot Douglas Spearot Affiliate Faculty
Work NEB 133 (352) 392-6747

Ph.D., 2005, Georgia Institute of Technology

Research Interests: computational mechanics and materials science (including atomistic simulations and phase-field modeling), the behavior of defects in materials, nanostructured materials, linking between atomistic and continuum length scales, and method development for atomistic modeling

Photo of Cory Spence-Thomas Cory Spence-Thomas Associate Director, Administrative Services
Home 106 Rhines Hall (352) 294-6784
Photo of Ghatu Subhash Ghatu Subhash Affiliate Faculty
Work NEB 129 (352) 392-7005

Ph.D., 1991, University of California San Diego

Research Interests: multiaxial deformation behavior and microstructural characterization of advanced structural ceramics, ultrahard materials, biomaterials, gels, transparent materials, ultra-high temperature materials, nuclear materials, metallic glasses, 3D woven composites, structural foams, nanostructured materials, plastically graded materials (case hardened steels), and refractory metals, processing-structure-property relationships in ultrahard ceramics, transitional metal diborides, and enhanced accident-tolerant high thermal conductivity nuclear ceramic fuels

Photo of James Talton James Talton Alchem Corporation

James D. Talton, Ph.D., is the President and CEO of Alchem Laboratories Corporation. Prior to joining Alchem, Dr. Talton served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Nanotherapeutics, Inc. for seventeen years. He also is President of Nanopharmaceutics, Inc., President of Discovery Cure Institute, Inc., a Florida non-profit Corporation and serves on the Alumni Advisory Board for the University of Florida Department of Materials Science & Engineering.…

Photo of Michael Tonks Michael Tonks Professor, Alumni Professor of Materials Science & Engineering and MSE Undergraduate Coordinator
Work 158 Rhines Hall (352) 846-3779

Ph.D., 2008, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Research Interests: Computational materials science, Computational mechanics, Coevolution of microstructure and properties, Materials in Harsh Environments, Mesoscale modeling and simulation, Nuclear materials, Numerical methods

Photo of James S. Tulenko James Tulenko Emeritus Faculty

M. E., 1963, Mass. Inst. of Technology M.E.A. 1980, Geo. Washington Univ.

Research Interests: nuclear fuel cycle, focusing on the processing, fabrication and in core and excore performance of nuclear fuel, multi-scale simulation of nuclear Fuel, economic and environmental evaluation of all forms of electrical energy generation

Photo of Willem Vermerris Willem Vermerris Affiliate Faculty
Work Cancer & Genetics Research Complex, 302 (352) 273-8162

Ph.D., 1999, North Carolina State University

Research Interests: Phenolic compound biochemistry, lignin formation in plants, nanomaterials for the delivery of therapeutic nucleic acids, sweet sorghum for the biofuel industry

Photo of Don Wall Don Wall Director, UF Training Reactor (UFTR), Professor of Practice
Work 311 MAE Building (352) 273-2662

Ph.D. 2001, Florida State University

Photo of Nathalie Wall Nathalie Wall Professsor
Work 323 MAE Building (352) 273-0279

Ph.D., 1993, University of Paris, XI

Research Interests: Radiochemistry, Nuclear Wastes, Nuclear Forensics, Nuclear Fuel Cycle, Environmental Behavior of Radionuclides

Lab Website: Wall Research

Photo of Justin Watson Justin Watson Associate Professor and NE Graduate Coordinator
Work Rhines 178 (352) 273-0241

Ph.D., 2010, Penn State University

Research Interests: Reactor Kinetics and Dynamics, Neutronics, Thermal Hydraulics, Multiphysics Simulation, Advanced Numerical Methods, Applied Mathematics, Advanced Code Coupling Techniques, Scientific Software Development, High Performance Computing

Lab Website: Florida Advanced Multiphysics Modeling and Simulation (FAMMoS) Lab

Photo of Antonio Webb Antonio Webb Assistant Professor
Work 152 Rhines Hall (352) 392-6551

Ph.D., 2008, Northwestern University

Research interests: Elastomeric biomaterials, drug delivery, medical devices, tissue engineering/regenerative medicine, entrepreneurship, translational research

Photo of Dow Whitney Dow Whitney Emeritus Faculty
Photo of Jiangeng Xue Jiangeng Xue Professor
Work 237A Rhines Hall (352) 846-3775

Ph. D., 2005, Princeton University

Research Interests: Nanostructured electronic materials, organic-inorganic hybrid materials, surfaces and interfaces, energy materials, photovoltaic cells, light-emitting diodes and other optoelectronic devices

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Work 202A Rhines Hall (352) 846-3791

Ph. D., 2005, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Interests: structural and fuel materials for nuclear energy systems; LWRs sustainability and aging management; advanced fabrication and joining technologies; used fuel dry storage and disposition.

Photo of Matthew J. Zaluzec Matthew Zaluzec Adjunct Faculty

Ph.D., 1991, University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana

Interests: advanced material science, manufacturing process development, and high-temperature materials testing & characterization

Photo of Michael Zamora Michael Zamora ExxonMobil

Mike P. Zamora is Senior Vice President of ExxonMobil Chemical Company, located in Houston, Texas. In this position, he is responsible for the company’s future growth, integration with other parts of the corporation and oversees the Basic Chemicals and Catalyst & Licensing global business units.

Prior to his current position, Mike was Manufacturing Director, Americas, ExxonMobil Chemical Company, located in Houston.…