Rhines Report Fall 2018: Letter from Department Chair

Michele Manuel, Ph.D.
Michele Manuel, Ph.D.

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) has seen dramatic changes in the last few years, including a revitalization and resurgence in activity, aggressively seeking to set a new standard for MSE programs. With the merging of the Nuclear Engineering program and increased funding for research, hires, and student development, the department is now stronger than ever and poised to globally demonstrate areas of excellence that are one-of-a-kind and unique to this institution.

Although the changes have been dramatic, our foundations and fundamental spirit have remained solid, resolved, and unwavering – intellectual diversity tightly integrated with a commitment to excellence in teaching and service. Our contributions to the field have always been strong. The members and alumni of the department can solidly say that they are innovators in every facet of our profession.

Currently, the department has 32 tenured and tenure-track (T/TT) faculty, and we are excited about the opportunity to hire 6 more faculty over the next few years.  We have expanded our undergraduate laboratory space by 3,500 sq. ft. and added advanced equipment and characterization tools, modern simulation and computational software, and additive printers.  Additionally, we have completed renovations on a new 1,100 sq. ft. Nuclear Fuels and Materials Characterization (NFMC) facility which includes electron microscopes and materials property testing equipment.  Our strength arises from our commitment to excellence in teaching and research.  We are developing the next generation of leaders in materials and nuclear sciences and engineering through cutting-edge education programs, and by performing high-impact research that benefits society and serves the needs of the state and nation.

Our department is steeped in tradition but has an eye on the future.  We hope you will be a part of our future.

Go Gators!

Michele V. Manuel

Chair, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering