University of West Florida School of Science and Engineering Kaleidoscope
Volume 2  |  Issue 2  |  Winter 2012

In This Issue

  • Message from the Director
  • Faculty News
  • Student News
  • Special Thanks
  • STEM Outreach

Message from the Director

Dr. Leo ter HaarHoliday greetings from the School of Science and Engineering. It has been an exciting semester filled with new academic ventures, the expansion of four full-time faculty, student competitions, enhancement of our partnerships, an increase in our alumni base, and a variety of K-12 outreach activities.

In addition to the initiatives outlined below, I would like to make special mention of our Electrical Engineering program and Computer Engineering program, both of which recently hosted the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) team from ABET, Inc. The accreditations team provides assurance oversight that individual engineering programs meet the quality standards established by the engineering profession. It was a very productive visit which positively reflects on our team of dedicated faculty, staff, and students.

Whether you provide contributions, offer internships, mentoring, capstone experiences, partner with faculty on special projects, or are one of our newest alumni, we are extremely grateful for your friendship. Your feedback as a stakeholder in our school is invaluable and participation in our activities very much appreciated. Best wishes for a productive new year!

Leo ter Haar

Faculty News

Bhuvaneswari RamachandranNew Faculty Member Energizes Team
The School of Science and Engineering welcomes Dr. Bhuvaneswari Ramachandran, an assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department. Her research interests in power generation, specifically Smart Grid and energy markets, promise to enhance UWF's engineering curriculum and provide students with unique learning experiences. Through a more flexible and modern grid system, consumers will be able to control, bargain and even negotiate with their providers. Also, her research in energy markets focuses on the potential for power auctions that will allow consumers to have systems in place, such as the generation and collection of additional power through electric vehicle charging stations. Read More>>>

New Net-Centric Java Programming Certificate
In partnership with Navy Federal, the Computer Science Department at UWF has developed and is now offering a new certificate program in Net-Centric Computer Programming. This program provides professionals with a background in computer programming a new training opportunity to advance their technical skills in object-oriented programming and software development for the Web. A recent trend in the IT industry has shown migration towards a Java-based deployment platform for delivering services to customers through the Internet. Students in this program will learn about object-oriented design and programming in Java, design and deployment of n-tier Web applications and gain foundational knowledge of service-oriented and distributed architectures of software systems. The kick-off for this new program was the fall semester with a cohort of 25 students – employees of Navy Federal – that have enrolled in the first of four courses. We expect the first batch of students to complete the certificate by fall of 2013. For more information contact Dr. Thomas Reichherzer at

Student News

Angry Pointers Computer Programming Team

UWF Wins Regional Programming Contest
The Angry Pointers, a team of UWF computer science students, placed first in the 2012 ACM Southeast Regional Intercollegiate Programming Contact on November 10, 2012. Team members Breanna Garrett, Chris Terry, and Joel Willoughby ranked 31 out of 106 teams across the entire region. A total of four teams from UWF participated in this year's contest, three receiving honorable mention. The competition is conducted on the same day and time at three sites including Georgia Tech, University of West Florida, and Florida Tech. Read More>>>

(Pictured above: UWF Angry Pointers from left to right - Joel Willoughby, Chris Terry and Breanna Garrett)

Association of Women in Science (AWIS)
A West Florida Chapter of AWIS was chartered in October and will be hosted by UWF. AWIS membership is available to men and women, and is a network of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) who provide each other with valuable information, resources, referrals and mutual support. The majority of charter members are UWF undergraduate students majoring in the physical and life sciences. Professionals throughout the region are also encouraged to join which will greatly benefit the chapter with its goals of mentorship and guest lectures. To learn more about engagement opportunities, please visit:

Special Thanks

Partnerships with corporations and professional associations are critical to our students' success because they offer practical experiences, internships, co-ops, capstone experiences, and ultimately, career opportunities. We are grateful to all of our partners and especially honored to thank the following for their outstanding support. Read More>>>

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School Supports STEM Outreach

The School of Science and Engineering continues to partner with its K-12 partners throughout Northwest Florida to support a variety of science, technology, engineering and math outreach activities.  

Emerald Coast Emerald Coast BEST Robotics CompetitionBEST Robotics Competition
UWF hosted the sixth annual Emerald Coast BEST Robotics Competition on October 20th on its Pensacola campus. Fifteen teams comprised of 500 participants, along with their teachers and parents, converged onto campus to compete in this exciting event. Warp XX was this year's game and required teams to solve the unique challenge of designing and construction robots that could accomplish vertical tasks by simulating a space elevator. Teams advancing to regional competition at South's BEST in Auburn were Seaside Neighborhood Middle School, Woodham Middle School and Newpoint Pensacola High School. Read More>>>

Future Physicists of Florida Inducted
Future Physicists of Florida Demonstration at UWFThirteen Brown Barge Middle School students who have a passion for physics were formally inducted into the Future Physicists of Florida during a ceremony in November. Applauding their efforts and recognizing them for their academic achievements were their parents, teachers, Escambia County and UWF administrators. The organization, founded earlier this year with the help of the Florida Legislature, has partnered with UWF, Florida A&M University, Florida State University and Tallahassee Community College to establish the first two chapters in Pensacola and Tallahassee. This program is dedicated to preparing middle- and high-school students for future careers in science, technology, engineering or math disciplines before they enter college. Read More>>>


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