September 3, 2015

Higher Education: Professors / Departments

Successes: Notable Professors and Departments at Florida Universities

University professors and departments are drawing accolades.

Art Levy | 7/6/2011

Notable Departments

UF professor Anthony Brennan
UF professor Anthony Brennan works with a student.
[Photo: University of Florida/ Ray Carson]

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

University of Florida, Gainesville

Why: The department placed eighth in U.S. News & World Report's national rankings of graduate schools. Graduate student Jason Myers won first-place in an Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining Young Persons' World Lecture Competition, held last September in Malaysia. The PBS science program "NOVA" recently highlighted research being done by professor Anthony Brennan, who is investigating the thermodynamics of cell adhesion to materials with a special focus on the effects of surface topography.

Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy

University of Central Florida, Orlando

Why: The department teaches artists, computer programmers and producers how to make video games. Since 2005, 191 alumni have gotten jobs at 83 companies, including Google, Electronic Arts, Zynga, Disney and n-Space, an Orlando video game maker. The average starting salary for FIEA grads is $50,852. Working with n-Space, FIEA teacher Ron Weaver helped choreograph and direct the dance moves for the new "Hannah Montana: The Movie" video game.

Center for Excellence in Advocacy

Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport

Why: The university's Gulfport-based law school has seven teaching courtrooms, where students hone their trial skills. A Stetson student team recently won "best brief" at the Willem C. Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Hong Kong. Stetson student have also won top spots at the American Bar Association's National Trial Competition in 2010 and the National Civil Trial Competition in 2009.

Sue Washer
Center for Excellence in Advocacy [Photo: Stetson University]

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