Hearing Loss May Be Preventable with Development of New Drug
The first ever medication to treat age-related hearing loss could potentially receive FDA approval through a comprehensive study being conducted at the University of South Florida College of Engineering.
College of Engineering Receives an ASEE Bronze Award for Inclusivity  
The American Society for Engineering Education recognized the USF College of Engineering as a national leader in inclusive excellence for the college’s commitment to establishing outreach programs and initiatives that reduce the significant barriers to underrepresented minorities and women in engineering.
USF Receives its Eighth Two-year NSF Bridge to Doctorate Award
The University of South Florida led by the College of Engineering and the Office of Graduate Studies has been awarded a 2019-2021 NSF Bridge to the Doctorate grant to support underrepresented students in pursuit of STEM Ph.D. degrees.
Mech. Eng. Professor Kyle Reed Receives Fulbright 
Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Kyle Reed will travel to Hong Kong Polytechnic University and help students bring their rehabilitation sciences projects from the lab to the marketplace.
Researchers from Medical Engineering have a cover story and paper published in Nature Biomedical Engineering 
USF Health’s Dr. Stephen Liggett and a collaborative team use a new airway model to analyze the mechanisms of bronchial spasms. “Bronchi on a chip” could lead to better therapies for difficult-to-treat asthma.
Bulls L.E.A.D., a people-focused, technical leadership initiative for engineering students fostered by the College of Engineering Dean’s office, is a two-year program with students joining in their sophomore or junior year. The program is rooted in self-initiative and promotes a leadership model reflecting how effective leadership begins with self-awareness and leading oneself.

Bulls L.E.A.D., which stands for Leadership Empowerment for Action and Discovery, will ultimately serve as the foundation for the first USF Engineering Leadership Institute. We are seeking sponsors to join us in this initiative. Please contact Vic Teschel for more information.  
$1 Million NSF Multi-University Grant  
Hao Zheng , Associate Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Dept. is part of a multi-university, collaborative project awarded a $1M National Science Foundation grant to carry on fundamental research for a project that will address a challenge by developing an automated stochastic verification framework that integrates an approximate stochastic model checking approach and counterexample-guided rare-event simulation to improve the analysis accuracy and efficiency.
$500,000 NSF Grant to Investigate Traffic Patterns   
Shaw Li , Associate Professor and Susan A. Bracken Faculty Fellow, in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept. received a grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate traffic patterns in the near future, where diverse vehicle automation technologies (e.g., modular vehicles, autonomous vehicles) are mixed with traditional human-driven vehicles. This involves collaboration with modular autonomous vehicle company Next Future Transportation.
$174,985 NSF Grant to Preserve Biodiversity

Hadi Charkhgard , Assistant Professor in the Industrial and Management Systems Engineering Dept. received an NSF grant in the field of conservation planning.  The grant is a Computer Research Initiation Initiative award from the National Science Foundation to help the U.S. Geological Survey preserve biodiversity around the country.
Research Team Receives U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Reclamation Grant
Mauricio Arias , Assistant Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept., received a $130,666 grant from the Bureau of Reclamation for a project titled “Effective Energy Recovery in Desalination and Water Reclamation Utilities through Pressure-Retarded Osmosis."   Qiong Zhang , Associate Professor, and  Nancy Diaz-Elsayed , Research Assistant Professor are the Co-PI’s.
Computer Science and Engineering Assistant Professor  Attila Yavuz  received a CISCO Cyber Research Award, totaling $60,306, for a project named:  Lightweight and Quantum-Safe Authentication for Internet of Things.
Computer Science and Engineering Researchers Receive Patent  
Sudeep Sarkar , Professor and Chair;  Miguel Labrador , Professor; and  Ravichandran Subramanian , recent PhD graduate, received patent No. 10,321,855 from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for Orientation Invariant Gait Matching.  
Sandy Pettit ’14 PhD, and Instructor II in the Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Department has been elected secretary of the  Society of Women Engineers Board of Directors .
We are saddened to report that  Ralph Fehr ’05 PhD, Instructor II in the Electrical Engineering Department passed away on July 22, 2019. The lives he touched through his influence, intelligence and general concern for students will resound within our halls for decades to come. We will miss him greatly and will always remember his sense of humor. A scholarship is being created in his memory and more information will be available soon.
CUTR transportation faculty and students participated in the  2019 Automated Vehicles Symposium in Orlando, July 15-18.  
Congratulations to  Jonathan “JB” Wright ’05 ISME on his recent marriage to Tonya Thornton on July 20, 2019.  JB serves on the USF Engineering Alumni Society Board.
Jonathan Ford , ’13 PhD in Biomedical Engineering, was recently included in a Tampa Bay Times about printing 3D models to reconstruct bones shattered by traumatic injury and other organs prior to surgery.  Ford is part of a two-person team working in the 3D Anatomical Modeling and Printing Division within the department of radiology at the University of South Florida’s USF Health.
Justin Bowen ‘13 MSCE recently co-authored a technical paper published in the American Concrete Institute’s “Structural Journal.” 
Congratulations to Trang Luong , '17 MSCE and current PhD student in Civil Engineering (front center), recipient of the Element Engineering Group Transportation Scholarship.

Trang met with Derek Gil ’97 MCE, president of Element Engineering Group (right), COE Sr. Development Director Tim Murphy, and a herd of Engineering Bulls alumni that work at Element, for a Gold Envelope luncheon, a program that brings scholarship donors and their students together.
Senior computer science student  Robinson Simon is the first recipient of the newly established Norman N. Blankenship Family Scholarship.  Dennis Blankenship , ’87 established the scholarship to pay forward the scholarship he received as a student at a critical time in his academic career.  The scholarship is named for Blankenship’s father 
October 12-13: ROBOTICON Tampa Bay  

Roboticon will be held at the Yuengling Center on the University of South Florida Tampa Campus.
November 3: Franz Mantini USF Scholarship Benefit Concert
Violinist Jeff Multer and Pianist Franz Mantini will present a program of classical music by Mozart, Beethoven, Debussy, Gershwin and more, that will benefit scholarships for engineering students. Information on where to purchase tickets to come.
November 5-6: NASA’s Destination Station will visit USF Tampa Campus  
December 13: Fall Induction into the Profession
If you’re a USF engineering alum who would like to be inducted into the Oath of the Engineer and receive that steel ring for your working hand, please contact Janet Gillis to be added to the December ceremony invitation list.
February 21-22, 2020: Engineering Expo
Can you believe that Engineering EXPO will be celebrating its 48 th year in 2020?  Do you remember your first time at Expo? Bring your kids, your grand kids, the neighbors’ kids and join the fun at the College of Engineering on the Tampa campus.
March 28, 2020: EAS Bullarney
The Engineering Alumni Association's Bullarney annual fundraising event will be held at the USF Alumni Association.  
April 18, 2020: 6th Annual Engineering Honors
The College’s annual alumni awards event will be held at Armature Works.
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