Engineering FYI, February 2013

University of Florida engineering professor Dr. Pramod P. Khargonekar, FL A ’81, has been chosen to serve as assistant director for the Directorate of Engineering at the National Science Foundation. He will begin his new position in March. He has also been serving as deputy director for technology at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy since September.

Dr. Khargonekar was Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Florida from 2001-2009. Click here to read the full article from The Gainesville Sun


The Silicon Valley Business Journal recently asked the top 25 engineering firms in Silicon Valley, “what school of engineering do you look at first for potential hires?”

The top three responses were: San Jose State University (8 first place votes), Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo (5 first place votes), and Santa Clara University (5 first place votes). Stanford University (4 first place votes), UC Berkeley, (4 first place votes), and UC Davis (one first place vote) rounded out the top six. Read the article for more details and look for the list of engineering firms polled.


Professor Jennifer A. Lewis, Sc.D. (IL A ’86), has been appointed as the first Hansjörg Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and a Core Faculty Member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. Lewis is the first senior faculty to occupy a Wyss-endowed professorial chair. Read the press release

Previously, she was a professor of engineering and director of the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.



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