Letter from the Director

Dear alumni, friends and colleagues,

I am thrilled to share continuing improvements being made at the Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure & Environment as we continue to move forward our school’s mission of educating the 21st Century Engineer.

In 2018, we added a new research area, Engineering Education Collaborative, which encompasses fundamental studies on the educational ecosystem in engineering and an implementation of new educational approaches.

In this Spring newsletter, we are proud to feature research efforts and findings that range from ensuring the resilience of coastal ecosystems to addressing infrastructure needs.

Our faculty, students and alumni continue to amaze me with the awards and national recognition they receive. Please join me in congratulating them for their ongoing accomplishments.

We are pleased to welcome four new faculty members in the research areas of human-machine interface within automated construction, engineering education, geotechnical engineering and environmental sensing. Their backgrounds will expand the depth of the research within each of these specializations and we are thrilled that they have joined ESSIE. This year we have plans to hire an additional seven new faculty. This growth has been supported by the University of Florida’s goals of becoming a Top 5 public university.

It’s an exciting time in ESSIE and we are all looking forward to what the future holds.

It’s always great to be a Gator Engineer!

Dr. Kirk Hatfield
Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure & Environment