Curtis R. Taylor, Ph.D. is the Associate Dean for Student Affairs for the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering and Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida (UF). Dr. Taylor leads and manages undergraduate student services including academic, professional, and extra-curricular activities in the College. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in solid mechanics. Dr. Taylor directs the soft matter manufacturing and nanomechanics research lab at UF. The application of this research seeks to develop advanced manufacturing capabilities and new technologies that utilize the unique properties of nanomaterials (i.e., lightweight, durable nano coatings, multifunctional nanocomposites, etc.) and soft materials for healthcare. Before joining Florida, he was an Assistant Professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, Virginia. He received his B.S. degree (1998) in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland, and his M.S. (2002) and Ph.D. (2005) as a National Science Foundation (NSF) Integrated Graduate Education, Research, and Training (IGERT) Fellow in physics (microelectronics-photonics) from the University of Arkansas. Before coming to Arkansas in 2000, he worked for one year as an information technology/engineering project manager at Capital One Financial Corporation in Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Taylor has also held research appointments with the U.S. Air Force, United Technologies Corporation, and the National Center for Electron Microscopy at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Research interests include advanced manufacturing, mechanical characterization of materials by nanoindentation and ion/electron microscopy, and surface science using atomic force microscopy.
Professor Taylor uses his expertise, knowledge, and talents to serve the University and the larger community. He strives to inspire and motivate students of all ages to pursue careers in science and technology.
Specialties: advanced manufacturing; mechanical behavior of materials; engineering education