Your name and excellence should be synonymous. Dr. Martin Luther King put it eloquently when he said, “If you are called to be a street sweeper, sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.' Let an attitude of excellence become your mantra for life.

Curtis Taylor, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Student Affairs at the University of Florida

Degree(s) at UMD:

  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland College Park, 1998

Degree(s) at Other Institutions:

  • Ph.D. in Physics/Electrical Engineering at the University of Arkansas, 2005
  • M.S. in Physics/Electrical Engineering at the University of Arkansas, 2002


Dr. 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 co/extra-curricular activities in the College. 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 nanocoatings, 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) in electrical engineering and physics from the University of Arkansas. Before coming to Arkansas in 2000, he worked for one year as a software development project manager at Capital One Financial Corporation in Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Taylor has also held internship and research appointments with the U.S. Air Force, United Technologies Corporation, and the National Center for Electron Microscopy at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.


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