University of Florida is ranked among the top 15 public universities in the nation by and the Agricultural and Biological Engineering department has been ranked 3rd by U.S. News & World Report. Now, our Packaging Program has been ranked 6th out of 20 packaging programs featured by ValueColleges.com.
Our program focuses on all of the aspects involved in the design and creation of food packaging, from computer design skills to biochemistry and physics. Learn more about UF ABE Packaging program here!
The UF ABE Poster Symposium is an annual event designed to give students the opportunity to practice their scientific communication skills. The event also provides an opportunity to highlight the many exciting and diverse research projects taking place in Agricultural and Biological Engineering.
2017 Winners: GRADUATE 1st Place – Geraldine Klarenberg (advisor: Dr. Muñoz-Carpena)
2nd Place – 3 way tie! Joe Sagues (advisor: Dr. Tong) Christopher Hwang (advisor: Dr. Correll) Eduardo Gelcer (advisor: Dr. Fraisse) 1st Year Graduate – Kathleen Vasquez (advisor: Dr. Muñoz-Carpena)
UNDERGRADUATE 1st Place – John Nemenyi and Zhonglin Lai (advisor: Dr. Tong)
New alumni Leah Potts earned her B.S in Biological Engineering at UF ABE in Spring 2017. An avid scuba diver of seven years, she found her calling by merging her love for water with engineering. As one of the three Rolex Scholars in the world, Potts will receive $25,000 scholarship from Rolex to further her career.
At this year’s Recognition Luncheon, ABE recognized two distinguished professionals in the field of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. Congratulations to Adam Skolnik and Robert Horton!
Adam Skolnik – ABE Distinguished Achievement Award
Adam is currently the CEO of Melni LLC, a startup company that aired on ABC’s Shark Tank series, and is also the founder of Perfect Timing Capital LLC, which has investments in commercial and income producing real estate along with equity positions in various other start-up businesses. His professional experience and skill set comes from over 35 years leading and growing companies such as Senninger Irrigation Inc., and Irrigation Components International Inc., private manufacturing and distribution companies. He also spent several years at an executive level of Valmont Industries Inc., (“VMI”), a publicly-traded global manufacturing company. Adam has been involved in numerous merger and acquisition transactions, including, while CEO of ICII, being acquired by a private equity group and becoming the platform company several mergers were built upon.
Adam also currently serves on the University of Florida Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department advisory board, along with being a member of FAN (Florida Angel Nexus)
Robert Horton – ABE Distinguished Alumnus Award
Robert serves as vice president of the Environmental Affairs Department at Dallas Fort Worth Airport. He provides strategic and innovative leadership for DFW Airport’s environmental and sustainability programs which have resulted in key domestic and global awards for the airport including:
* 2016 – First Carbon Neutral Airport in North America and largest airport in the world to achieve Carbon Neutrality to date (ACI-NA).
* 2016 and 2017 Climate Leadership Award for Organizational Leadership (EPA, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and The Climate Registry)
He has developed one of the leading environmental and sustainability programs for DFW Airport which is the third busiest airport in the world. Prior to working at DFW Airport, Mr. Horton served in various key leadership roles with several engineering consulting firms. He earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from the University of Florida.