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Department of Materials Science and Engineering Records

Identifier: Series 207

Scope and Content

Collection contains reports, correspondence, and agendas for visits from the University of Florida's Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Visiting Advisory Board, which was a Board made up of various industry professionals and faculty from other universities to provide advice on curricula and the program. Also contains correspondence to and from Reza Abbaschian, long-time department chair. Much of the correspondence is addressed to Abbaschian from other faculty in the department or college. The correspondence largely relates to departmental administration and projects funded. Also included are various publications from the MSE department, including ABET accreditation materials (see series 166 for final accreditation reports), alumni survey results, and summaries of departmental accomplishments.


  • Creation: 1962 - 2011



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Biographical/Historical Note

The University of Florida's Department of Materials Science and Engineering began with the efforts of Dr. Frederick Rhines, who left Carnegie Mellon University for the University of Florida in 1959 to start a program for Materials Science. On September 1, 1959. Dr. Rhines founded the Metallurgical Research Laboratory at UF, along with Dr. Bob DeHoff, Dr. Bob Gould, and Dr. Ray Rummel, among others. An academic curriculum was organized in 1960 under the auspices of the Department of Mechanical Engineering with a specialty in Metallurgy. In 1962, with a $20,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, the program was granted permission to award Masters and Ph.D. degrees. In 1965, the Department of Metallurgic and Materials Engineering was established as a separate department from the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

When the College of Engineering underwent a reorganization in the early 1970s, the Department was renamed to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in 1972.

For more information on the Department’s early years, see the “Celebrating 50 Years of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering” booklet in this collection.

Department Chairs:

Frederick Rhines: Head of Metallurgical Research Laboratory 1959-1964, Department Chairman 1965-1973 Ellis D. Verink, Jr.: 1973-1986 Reza Abbaschian: 1986-2002 Kevin S. Jones: 2002-2010 Simon Phillpot: 2010-2015 Jim Baciak (Interim Chair): 2015-2017 Michele Manuel: 2017-present


6.25 Linear Feet (5 boxes)

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Collection contains information on the University of Florida's Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), including reports to advisory boards, administrative correspondence, and departmental publications.


Arranged into 3 subseries.

Subseries 1: Visiting Advisory Board, 1986-2011 (arranged chronologically) Subseries 2: Correspondence and Memoranda, 1962-2003 (arranged alphabetically and then chronologically) Subseries 3: Publications, 1987-2009 (arranged alphabetically)


Please note that this collection is housed in the Auxiliary Library Facility off campus and will require advance notice for timely retrieval. Please contact the Special and Area Studies Collections department prior to your visit.

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, 2022.

A Guide to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering Records
Finding aid created by Sarah Coates
June 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America