UWF uses technology to engage students

“Are you paying attention?” is a simple question for a professor to ask a classroom full of students, however, getting answers can be difficult. There may be a few raised hands or some blank stares, but it’s likely for professors to feel they’ve reenacted a popular scene from the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off-“Bueller, Bueller.” […]

Executive-style computer science master’s class graduates

The University of West Florida graduated the first class from the new executive-style, online Master of Science degree program with specialization in Computer Science Software Engineering Dec. 12 in the Civic Center in downtown Pensacola. The format of the program, funded by a grant from Florida’s Great Northwest, allows students to complete their master’s degree […]

Engineering: girls allowed

The Society of Women Engineers is the largest non-profit educational and service organization representing both student and professional women in engineering and technical fields. The University of West Florida chapter has 10 members so far and expects membership to increase once the new School of Science and Engineering opens in the spring of 2010. The […]

System science alumna: 30 years later

Since graduating from the University of West Florida in 1979 with bachelor degrees in math and systems science, alumna Diane Bourg has enjoyed a diverse career. From working on satellite tracking and control, to computer telephony, to hot air ballooning, she attributes her education for enabling her to engage in such scientific pursuits. Bourg reflects […]

UWF biologist examines the effects of climate change

For University of West Florida faculty member Wade Jeffrey of the Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation, seeing polar bears and beluga whales in their natural habitat is just one of the perks of his job. This past August, Jeffrey participated in a large oceanographic expedition to the Arctic Ocean where he joined 40 French, […]

Student-built robots invade campus Oct. 17

Twenty-one robotics teams from middle and high schools across the West Florida region will get on their mark, get set and start their robots Oct. 17 at the second annual Emerald Coast BEST Robotics Competition. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the UWF Field House. Hosted by the University […]

Chemistry student gains hands-on experience researching phytoplankton

Opting to major in biochemistry at the University of West Florida, Jennifer Glancy never imagined she would dedicate an entire summer to researching phytoplankton, tiny organisms that serve as a primary link in the marine life food chain. Glancy, along with Pamela Vaughan, assistant professor of Chemistry, and Wade Jeffrey, professor of Biology, is conducting […]

Engineering student takes flight

The sky’s not even the limit for Neil Edmonston, a University of West Florida senior majoring in Electrical Engineering. Aspiring to work in the unmanned aerial systems field developing airframes and electronics, Edmonston is about to take flight on his future career path. For the past two years, he has served as the captain for […]

Planning underway for futuristic facility grand opening celebration

Featuring state-of-the-art labs and classrooms, solar paneling to provide electricity for student projects, an Internet café, a 92-seat auditorium, a virtual reality center and much more, the University of West Florida’s new School of Science and Engineering Building is slated to open in spring 2010. The cutting-edge, four-story facility will be a hub for innovation […]

Math skills pay off for computer science alumnus

Leave it to a computer science major to dream of designing electronic circuitry. University of West Florida alumnus Stephen McGourty, ’85, turned this dream into his reality. Now, McGourty works for Boeing, the world’s leading aerospace company. He works at the enterprise level projecting network traffic using a software system that he invented. He attributes […]

Funding for engineering and IT scholarships presented to Northwest Florida Consortium

Florida’s Great Northwest is investing in certificate and degree programs in information technology (IT) and engineering at seven Northwest Florida post-secondary institutions. Participating in the scholarship program are the University of West Florida, Pensacola Junior College, Northwest Florida State College, Gulf Coast Community College, Chipola College, Tallahassee Community College and Florida State University. Through its […]

Research engineering and education facility helps meet military needs

Recently named one of the country’s top military-friendly schools by Military Advanced Education magazine, the University of West Florida offers innovative educational opportunities to help meet the military’s needs. In addition to the UWF Emerald Coast Campus centers at Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field, UWF engineering students also have the opportunity to utilize […]