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Inaugural fall Civil Engineering Student Retreat Information Session

Meet other civil engineering majors, the civil engineering faculty, gain a better understanding of the civil engineering requirements, and interface with UNF career services.


Lunch will be provided so please RSVP to Dr. Pesantes (


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Thousands flock to campus to catch Pokemon

Monday, August 01, 2016

"UNF College of Computing director Dr. Sherif Elfayoumy worked with graduate students to put the event together.  Nearly 2,200 people registered online with an estimate of 4,000 actually in attendance."

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UNF School of Computing hosts 'Pokémon Go' tournament - Thousands showed up!

The University of North Florida's School of Computing hosted a "Pokémon G"o tournament Friday evening on campus

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The University of North Florida's School of Computing will host a "Pokemon Go" tournament.

The tournament will run from 5 PM to 8 PM.  The event is free to the public but participants must register in advance.


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Pokémon Go Tournament set for Friday night at UNF

Safely track down Mewtwo and Vaporeon as the University of North Florida’s School of Computing hosts a Pokémon Go Tournament from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday on campus at 1 UNF Drive in Jacksonville.


UNF technology students some of the best bang for their buck

Thursday, June 02, 2016

The University of North Florida is in the top 50 for return on investment on computing education degrees — and it's ranked No. 2 in the state.

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2016 CCEC Innovation Day

The CCEC School of Engineering is hosting the 2016 Innovation day on Monday, April 18, 2016 at the UNF Adam W. Herbert University Center. This event highlights our students' senior projects with poster sessions and oral presentation.

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2016 Greater Jacksonville Seaperch Competition

The School of Engineering and the Outreach & Recruitment Office are partnering with the Naval Sea Systems Command, Southeast Regional Maintenance Center (SERMC), Mayport, FL in supporting the Greater Jacksonville Regional SeaPerch Qualifying Competition which will be held on April 2, 2016 from 9:00am – 1:00pm at the Cecil Field Aquatic Center, Jacksonville, Florida.

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Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) Conference for young women.

Girls in grades 5 through 8 are invited to attend Expanding Your Horizons. This exciting event encourages young women to explore careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, ( STEM).   Check-in and light breakfast are at 8:30 so come early. The conference starts at 9 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. -  Registration is required .

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River City Live: UNF is the "go-to school for those wanting an immersive engineering experience".

Get an education in engineering while improving the lives of others.  Not only are students learning theory, at UNF students apply the knowledge in a way that impacts those in need.

Watch the interview with Rance Adams.


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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UNF Partners with Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain to Establish 3-D Printing Polymer Lab

The University of North Florida and MD&D Global Services, LLC, part of Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain, have partnered to establish the 3-D Printing and Netshape Technologies Center Polymer Laboratory at UNF. The new lab, in the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction, is dedicated to the study, analysis, research and development of 3-D printing technologies. The grand opening was held on November 20, 2015.



Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) induction ceremony

The Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) induction ceremony was held on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at the UNF Student Union and the following students from the School of Engineering, Electrical Engineering Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) Student Chapter were inducted.



UNF Partner in Leading Effort Applying Big Data Solutions to Regional Challenges

The University of North Florida is one of 116 stakeholders from academia, industry and the nonprofit sectors that were selected through a competitive process to participate in the proposal, initiation and strategic planning for the South Big Data Regional Innovation Hub (South BD Hub.)


Manufacturing Day at Johnson and Johnson

The 2015 Manufacturing Day at Johnson and Johnson took place on Oct 23, 2015.

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Stenner Pump Company supports Osprey Mining Club

he Stenner Pump Company supporting our Osprey Mining Club. They donated $2500 to help with the upcoming NASA competition.

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UNF Alumni at Haskell Show Their Osprey Pride

Our thanks to Stephen Thompson, P.E. who organized this UNF Alumni photo at Haskell on Friday, October 2, 2015. Alumni enjoyed the group photo and took time to take individual photos and selfies with Ozzie! CCEC invites all of our industry partners to send us a group photo of your employees  who are UNF alumni. These photos have become great recruitment opportunities.  SWOOP!

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NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is excepting applications for Award for Aspirations in Computing honoring high school women who are active and interested in computing and technology and Aspirations in Computing Educator Award for high school educators who encourage girls’ interest and participate on in technology pursuits.

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Dr. El Safty named 2015 Educator of the Year

Dr. El Safty, professor of civil engineering, was named 2015 Educator of the Year by the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, a national scientific, technical and professional institute for the precast concrete structures industry.



Computing Students: IEEEXtreme Programming Contest 2015

Test your programming skills by participating in the IEEEXtreme 9.0 programming Contest.

To participate you must register by Friday, October 9th.

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2015-2016 UNF Faculty Awards Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for Outstanding Undergraduate and Graduate teaching awards.  Deadline for nominations is Friday, October 9, 2015 at 5:00pm.

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SOE Professor elected to the NMSU Electrical and Computer Engineering Academy

Dr. Brian Kopp, assistant professor of electrical engineering, has been elected to the New Mexico State University Electrical and Computer Engineering Academy.  This is a very  prestigious honor, which shows the quality of the accomplishments of one of our recent hires in the School of Engineering.

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Future City Competition

Future City Competition for grades 6th, 7th, and 8th will be held at the UNF University Center on Saturday, 16 January 2016, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  For more information on the Future City Competition visit

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FIRST LEGO League Northeast Florida Regional Championship

The FIRST LEGO League Regional Championship Event (for grades 4-8) will be held at the UNF University Center on Saturday, 16 January 2016, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  For more information on FIRST Programs visit or for more info on FIRST FLL programs in Northeast Florida visit

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FSBPA Bob Dean Coastal Research Award 2015 Recipient

Dr. William Dally, a Civil Engineering professor and member of Taylor Engineering Research Institute, was chosen as the 2015 recipient of the Florida Shore & Beach Preservation Association’s rarely-bestowed Bob Dean Coastal Research Award. 



FES 2nd Annual Race for Relevance: Save the Date!

Florida Engineering Society's Norteast Florida Chapter presents 2nd annual

Race for Relevance on Thursday, January 21, 2016 from 6:00-10:00pm.

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UNF School of Computing students will receive UPE Scholarships

School of Computing students Spence Southard (Graduate) and Tom Petrocelli (Undergraduate) will receive special recognition awards from Upsilon Pi Epsilon.  Both students will be awarded $1500 scholarship.

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CCEC Student Club Cookout

Come out to socialize, network, and get to know the CCEC clubs!

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Osprey Thank You Reception

Dean Mark Tumeo and the Osprey SAE Student Race Team cordially invites you to the Osprey Thank You Reception on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. 

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UNF School of Computing faculty member interview about Computer Outage

The School of Computing's Dr. Swapnoneel Roy was interviewed by First Coast News on the computer outage concerns brought about by the recent technical troubles encountered by NYSE, United Airlines and Wall Street Journal.

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3rd Annual UNF Dean's Reception for UNF Alumni

Dean Mark Tumeo cordially invites UNF Alumni to the 3rd Annual UNF Dean’s Reception on

Friday, July 31, 2015 at 5:30–6:30 pm at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort,

3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316.

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UNF's SHPE Jr. Chapter wins awards at RLDC Region Meeting

The chapter won two awards at the SHPE Region 4 Leadership Development Conference held February 26 - March 1, 2015.


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.



Mars Rover Club takes 6th place at National Competition

UNF’s Mars Rover club came in 6th place in the NASA Robotic Mining Competition beating out Florida schools UF and FIT as well as MIT and Cornell.

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Dr. Adel Elsafty receives a $1,500 award from ICRI

On Thursday April 23, Dr. Adel Elsafty received an $1,500 reward from ICRI for support and sponsorship of UNF students' doing research and activities on concrete and repair. Over 35 CE consultants and contractors were in attendance at the meeting.

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FES Awards 2015 Professor of the Year

Dr. Alan Harris presented with FES 2015 Professor of the Year award.

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2015 CCEC FAB GRAD Award

The College of Computing,Engineering, and Construction (CCEC) is accepting nominations for the 2015 FAB Grad Award.  The deadline for nomination is June 30, 2015.

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Guest Lecture on Utilizing Transfer Learning in SAR Imagery Target Classification

Mr. Richard Al-Bayaty, EE Ph.D. Candidate a former UNF Electrical Engineering student who is now in UF’s phd program and a SMART scholar, will be giving a guest lecture on Utilizing Transfer Learning in SAR Imagery Target Classification.  The lecture will be on Wednesday April 15 at 4:30 in Room 50/3124. 

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Free Movie Screening of Underwater Dreams

 UNF Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers host Free movie screening of Underwater Dreams the story of sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants who learn how to build underwater robots. 

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Osprey SAE Racing Team attends Amelia Island Car Show

UNF Osprey SAE Race Team showcased their race car and educated attendees about UNF engineering program at the Amelia Island Car Show.


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FDOT Presents Check to UNF

 Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) presented the UNF with a check for FDOT’s part in winning a national competition for best transportation project in America.


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UNF Osprey Racing team visits Daytona Speedway

UNF Osprey Racing Team tour the Daytona Speedway on Sunday, February 15, 2015.


UNF Construction Management students win awards at the 2015 NAHB competition

UNF Construction Management student David Hacker Wins 2014 NAHB Outstanding Industry Advisory Board Member Award and University of North Florida Wins 2nd Place 2014 NAHB Outstanding Student Chapter Award in the national NAHB Residential Construction Management Competition held at the 2015 NAHB International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas in January. 

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Building Construction Student Uses Skills on HGTV's 'Flipping the Block'


2014_HGTV_Spinks_601x400John (a UNF junior in Construction Management) and Whitney Spinks were participants in Season 1 of HGTV's "Flipping the Block."  At the viewing party for the season finale, John and Whitney were presented a UNF Alumni Gift Basket for bringing national recognition to the program.


Don and Carol Ditzenberger Endowed Fellowship

Ditzenberger_Don_Carol_450x300Don and Carol Ditzenberger have established an Endowed Fellowship to support graduate students working in the Taylor Engineering Research Institute and majoring in Coastal and Port Engineering.


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Orbital Ospreys launch Ozzie aboard balloonsat

Orbital Ospreys is a group of UNF undergraduate students interested in space-related research.  On 02 August 2014, Orbital Ospreys launched a balloon satellite at DeSoto Lake.


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Terracon supports CCEC GEO Lab

20140731_Terracon_check_2aTerrcon Consulting Engineers & Scientists presented a check of support for the CCEC GEO Lab.  Pictured are Kristopher C. Linster (Terrcon Field Engineer and UNF alumus of Civil Engineering program) and Brad Tompa (Terracon Environmental Department Manager), along with Mark Tumeo (CCEC Dean), and Nick Hudyma (Civil Engineering Professor).


Osprey Racing Documentary

2014_OspreyRacing_SwoopD3_Team_600x400Watch the Osprey Racing documentary, "Looking Forward."  The short video reviews the history and aspirations of Osprey Racing, a non-profit chapter of Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). This group of University of North Florida students are designing and building a formula race car to compete internationally against other universities.

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Building Construction Student Uses Skills on HGTV's 'Flipping the Block'

UNF junior, John Spinks, is a Construction Management major and part of the Season 1 cast on HGTV's "Flipping the Block," which premieres Sunday, 20 July, at 9 p.m. He used his construction skills to transform a run-down condo into a move-in ready showpiece.

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UNF Engineering students fix aging SWAT robot

A powerful crime-fighting tool is again ready to serve, thanks to UNF electrical engineering students. The Clay County SWAT Team reached out to UNF after its 35-year-old robot, called the Unicorn, stopped working. Watch the Action News video and the WJXT Ch. 4 video.

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UNF Engineering Students are "Out of This World"

On 12 June 2014, a team of UNF Engineering students flew with their zero-G experiment aboard NASA's G-Force One aircraft.

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APR Energy becomes the new sponsor of the Osprey SAE Student Race Team

OspreyRacing_2012_team_400x250John Campion, CEO of APR Energy, has generously pledged to provide financial support and employees will assist as coaches and mentors to the students.

The College is thankful for APR Energy’s willingness to engage these students in engineering concepts that challenge their academic knowledge and actually puts theory into reality.

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UNF student team heads to NASA to test experiment in zero gravity

First Coast News highlighted the team of UNF students selected by NASA to fly their experiment in the G Force One aircraft.   The team is exploring how fluid, like blood, moves at very low flow-rates.

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Student engineering team reaches for the stars

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Mechanical engineering students Chelsea Partridge, a junior, and Jimmy Beeler, a senior, are among a team of engineering students that were selected by NASA to fly aboard the agency's G Force One aircraft to conduct experiments. The duo discussed their upcoming NASA experience on "UNF On The Record" radio show.

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UNF Engineering's Dr. Paul Eason is awarded Professor of the Year

UNF Engineering's Dr. Paul Eason received the 2014 Professor of the Year award by the North East Florida Engineers Week Committee.

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UNF Engineering students use 3D modeling to rapid prototype steering gearbox for Osprey Racing

UNF School of Engineering students, members of the Formula SAE Osprey Racing Chapter, designed and constructed a prototype for a 90-degree, steering gearbox using 3D CAD/CAM software and a 3D printer.

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UNF hosts Regional FIRST LEGO League Robotics Challenge, 'Natures Fury'

Sunday, February 02, 2014

On Sunday, 02 February 2014, more than 250 students and adults came to the University of North Florida for the FIRST LEGO League's regional challenge, code named, Nature's Fury.   The event was organized by UNF Engineering alumnus, Mark McCombs.


Can FIRST® LEGO® League teams help us master natural disasters?  In the 2013 NATURE’S FURY℠ Challenge, over 200,000 children ages 9 to 16* from over 70 countries will explore the awe-inspiring storms, quakes, waves and more that we call natural disasters. Teams will discover what can be done when intense natural events meet the places people live, work, and play.  Brace yourself for N

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Dr. Adel El Safty to give presentation at ACI January meeting

Thursday, January 23, 2014

UNF School of Engineering professor, Dr. Adel El Safty, will present "Testing & Evaluation of New Basalt FRP Bars" at the January Meeting of the American Concrete Institute (ACI).  The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, 23 January 2014, at the Haskell Development Center.


Prof. Maria Nogal (University of Cantabria, Spain) presents "Observability Techniques Applied to Structural System Identification"

Friday, November 15, 2013

Join us for a special guest presentation at 9 a.m. on Friday, 15 November 2013, in Building 050, Room 1406.  Professor Maria Nogal, Ph.D., Department of Applied Mathematics and Computational Sciences at the University of Cantabria, Spain, will present her research in a lecture, titled "Observability Techniques Applied to Structural System Identification."


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Engineering students recreate Mathews Bridge collision

A couple of engineering students, under the guidance of Dr. Adel El Safty, associate professor of civil engineering, reconstructed the recent Mathews Bridge collision for WTEV 47 Action News.


Dr. Swapnoneel Roy shares expertise on WTEV47

UNF School of Computing assistant professor, Dr. Swapnoneel Roy, shared advice on WTEV47 ActionNews on how to avoid becoming a victim of scam calls.

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UNF Community-Based Transformational Learning in the STEM Disciplines

The UNF College of Computing, Engineering & Construction provides students in the STEM disciplines with Community-Based Transformational Learning opportunities.

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Dr. Adel El Safty Discusses the Mathews Bridge on ActionNewsJax

Dr. Adel El Safty was interviewed on WTEV47 ActionNewsJax about the recent collision of a ship with Jacksonville's Mathews Bridge.

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UNF EE alumnus, Noel San Antonio, makes a difference

Noel San Antonio, a UNF Electrical Engineering alumnus, is well on the way to accomplishing his dream of building a school to serve the impoverished children of the Filipino farming town of Bulacan.



Ghana Project Follow-up

The objective of the Ghana Project is to provide low cost / high impact sustainable engineering solutions to improve the quality of life of the children of the Tamale Children’s Home in Ghana. In May of 2011, a UNF team traveled to Ghana ...



UNF Construction Management students make a difference

UNF Construction Management students team up with Builders Care and Universal Design Solutions to make a difference.