Message from the Department Chair

Carlos M. Rinaldi-Ramos, Ph.D.

Dear colleagues, alumni, and friends,

We are proud to share with you some of the news and highlights that have stood out during the Fall semester. First, we are delighted to announce that Dr. David Hibbitts recently received the NSF Faculty Early Career Award! This prestigious award recognizes and supports the early career faculty who show promise for continued contributions and leadership in research and education in their fields. With this support, Dr. Hibbitts will continue to push the boundaries of computational catalysis research.

This was also a great year for many of our faculty, and among them Dr. Mark Orazem received several recognitions for a lifetime of achievements and contributions to the field of electrochemical engineering. We also highlight the recent work of Dr. Tanmay Lele seeking to understand the rules of life by studying the mechanics of the cell nucleus.

Our students and faculty had a tremendous showing at the recent annual meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, held in Orlando, FL. Faculty and students received awards and recognitions, and shared their work with the community.

The Gator Nation was thrilled with the news of UF’s rise to No. 7 on the U.S. News & World Report Top Public Schools ranking! For the third consecutive year, UF has worked hard to not only be the only university in Florida represented in the top 10, but to also rise in ranking.

Finally, we are grateful to the support of our alumni. We highlight some of our recent Alumni Spotlight speakers who visited campus and shared their stories and wisdom with our students.

As 2019 draws to a close we are thankful for all the success and support we’ve had and look forward to another year.

Happy holidays!