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College of Computing, Engineering and Construction NEWSLETTER

Dr. Klostermeyer, presents the Fall, 2021 NEWSLETTER for the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction (CCEC).
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Construction Mgt. Team Moves From 2nd to 1st In 2022

What a difference a year makes.  Our UNF Construction Management students are the best of the best winning 1st place overall in the National Ethics Competition held by the American Institute of Contractors.


In 2021 our incredible team won 2nd overall on their first attempt.  This year, on the team's 2nd attempt, Brent Akers, Gabriel Dioso, Anthony Andrade, and Genesis Ernest, led by team coach Dr. Jonghoon 'John' Kim and industry advisor from Whiting-Turner Jeff McPhaul, brought home the 'big trophy!'  Swoop!

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New Faces in Civil Engineering - One of the best!

March 10, 2022

Tiffany Ritch is one of 10 collegiate New Faces of Civil Engineers by the American Society of Civil Engineers, an Osprey who soars in the industry.  Each year, the ASCE chooses the brightest new stars, and Osprey, Tiffany Ritch has demonstrated academic excellence, community service work, organization leadership, communication skills, and industry involvement that rivals the best of the best. So, from your Osprey family, congrats, Tiffany, you deserve it!

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UNF's National Association of Home Builders Club achieves 2nd place!

February 1, 2022

The NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) student competition took place in Orlando from 2/7-2/9, UNF's Construction Management team won the 2nd place out of 27 teams this year!  We placed 16th out of 32 teams in 2021.

With preparation starting in summer, UNF’s team beat programs from Purdue University, Michigan State, and the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Congratulations Ospreys!  You are what UNF is all about!


Osprey Luke Delaney named NASA Astronaut Candidate

November 7, 2021

Luke Delaney, UNF graduate of the School of Engineering has the right stuff.  

NASA announced 10 astronaut candidates on Monday, selecting a group from more than 12,000 applications.

Luke Delaney was selected by NASA to join the 2021 Astronaut Candidate Class. He reports for duty in January 2022. The Florida native holds degrees in mechanical and aerospace engineering, and was a distinguished naval aviator participating in exercises throughout the Asia Pacific region and conducting combat missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Luke Graduated Deltona High School in 1997. Earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of North Florida, Jacksonville, in 2006 and a master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, in 2016.


Get to know Luke Delaney

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Dr. Mona Nasseri - Seizure Forecasting with Wrist-Worn Devices

A study in Scientific Reports demonstrated seizure forecasting using a noninvasive wrist-warn multimodal sensor is significantly better than a random predictor in ambulatory ultra-long-term recordings of patients with epilepsy for most patients studied.

The Mayo Clinic is hopeful.  Published research conducted by UNF's Dr. Mona Nasseri et al. about wearable devices may pave the way toward integrating seizure forecasting into clinical practice in the future.  

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Engineers Bent the Rules, and May Have Saved New Orleans

After Category 5 Hurricane Katrina caused the deaths of over 1,800 people, the federal government funneled billions of tax dollars to prevent that devastation from happening again. However, Dr. Don Resio, at the time a technical supervisor in the Corps of Engineers, decided to push the calculated numbers beyond the traditional 100-year storm threshold to ensure the results would accomplish just that.  That judgment call some would proclaim “bending the rules” may have been why New Orleans survived the fierce Hurricane Ida.

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Don and Carol Ditzenberger

Don and Carol Ditzenberger started their journey together in physics class where they eventually became high school sweethearts and later, husband and wife.  Don choosing to pursue Engineering and Carol, Education, the Ditzenberger’s appreciate learning and what an asset higher education can be in chasing your dreams. "We think it's important to give back, and we appreciate having the opportunity to help others realize their hopes and dreams for a better life," Don said. As a result, Don and Carol generously established an endowed fellowship within the UNF Taylor Engineering Research Institute for a masters student in the coastal and port program.

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UNF Connect Fest

Innovative pitches. Top Talent. Expert speakers. The connections and people you want are here.  Now more than ever, tech startups are looking for quality talent and students are looking for quality experiences.  ConnectFest is the solution to bring both communities face-to-face and plot a course for the future.  Whether you are a student interested in entrepreneurship or gaining experience ConnectFest has you covered!  With live pitches of innovative tech solutions, expert advice, and unparalleled networking opportunities, there's no better place to find a better path forward.
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Advanced Manufacturing at UNF

Dr. Steve Stagon discusses two new engineering programs the School of Engineering is adding Fall 2021.  Watch the interview on News4Jax Morning Show.
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2021 American Institute of Constructors (AIC) Ethics Competition

UNF Construction Management students took 2nd place overall on their first entry into a national Ethics Competition held by the American Institution of Contractors!


Congratulations to Francesca Arnold, Vidahlia Husek, Cihan Catalbas and Charles Lentsch along with team coach, Dr. Jonghoon 'John' Kim for this outstanding result.


New Graduate and Undergraduate Engineering Degree Programs

The University of North Florida College of Computing, Engineering and Construction is unveiling two new engineering degree programs that will begin accepting students in Fall 2021, the Bachelor of Science in Advanced Manufacturing and the Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering.
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UNF Team Wins!

An interdisciplinary team of UNF Engineering and Business students won the US Department of Energy Marine Energy Collegiate Competition MacGyver Award.  This is highly competitive, and intended to "inspire multidisciplinary teams of undergraduate and graduate students to unlock the power of ocean, rivers, and tides to create a business plan and develop, design, and test the technologies that build resilient coastal communities and provide power at sea".

School of Computing Ranks Top 20 twenty in the Nation

On October 24th, four student teams, our student teams, ranked in the top 20 in the IEEEXtreme global programming competition.  With 3706 teams of students from more than 70 countries, that is no small feat!  Learn more about the event and more about the School of Computing, a school dedicated to helping students be the best they can be.  Swoop!
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Water-propelled rockets, robots introduce girls to engineering at UNF

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day at the University of North Florida is an annual event on a mission to introduce female students in grades three through five to a variety of engineering disciplines via hands-on activities.  At 14 percent, women continue to a small influence in the field.
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Biomedical Research Program

Dr. Juan Aceros and Dr. Mary Lundy have received a prestigious NIH award for Biomedical Research. The program includes a summer research experience and the application period for this opportunity is now open. The program is open to any undergraduate student at UNF however, there is limited space and we will be following a strict (blind) review process.

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2019 Women Leaders in STEM Conference

The 5th Annual Women Leaders in STEM Conference hosted by the College of Computing Engineering and Construction and the Center for the Advancement of Women in Engineering. Emily Calandrelli - Aerospace Engineer, Author, and Emmy Nominated Host and Executive Producer - will give a keynote speech at 9 am, followed by a panel discussion of prominent engineering leaders, networking opportunities, and breakout sessions, including a special session for middle and high school students.

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Meredith Smith Receives Scholarship at the ASHE Luncheon

Meredith Smith, a Construction Management Senior, was awarded a $500 Scholarship at the ASHE luncheon on Thursday, September 26th.
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John and Suzanne Campion Family Foundation continue to give

Thank you to the John and Suzanne Campion Family Foundation for continued, generous support of our UNF Racing Team engineering students.
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Engineering Students Receive ACE Scholarships

Two engineering students received scholarships at the ACE Mentor Program Presentation for their mentoring time with Creekside and Lee High School ACE Programs.
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SOC Students Win First Prize at 2018 OneSpark

School of Computing students developed the SoSympo software as part of Dr. Reddivari’s class and presented at the 2018 OneSpark in April winning first place in the Tech zone.
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Disabled boy gets speedster wheels from UNF Adaptive Toy Project

University of North Florida physical therapy and engineering students and faculty provide a 5 year old disabled boy with a battery-charged toy car specially modified for him.
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Joint Chets Creek Church and University of North Florida School of Computing Mission to Haiti

UNF computer science students and one faculty member in a joint effort with Chets Creek Church visit Haiti to replace an existing computer lab with new modern laptop computers.