Dr. Curtis Taylor, Assistant Professor

Dr. Curtis Taylor, Assistant Professor



Dr. Taylor's research investigates materials, tools, and techniques to allow for robust and repeatable nanofabrication of structures with atomic-level control of size, shape, position, and chemical composition. Currently, projects are focused on surface modification using scanning probe tip tools to controllably pattern nanostructures, nanomechanical characterization of thin films and nanocomposites, and related nanotechnology education and outreach.


  • B.S., University of Maryland, Mechanical Engineering, 1998
  • M.S., University of Arkansas, Microelectronics-photonics (Physics), 2002
  • Ph.D., University of Arkansas, Microelectronics-photonics (Physics), 2005


  • Assistant Professor, 2008-present, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Florida
  • Assistant Professor, 2005-2008, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Faculty Fellow, 2007, United States Air Force, Wright-Patterson Air Force Research Lab
  • Research Associate, 2004, National Center for Electron Microscopy, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
  • Research and Teaching Assistant, 2000-2005, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Arkansas
  • Project Manager, 1999-2000, Telephony and Software Development, Capital One Financial Corp.


  • 2011 American Society of Engineering Education New Faculty Research Award (Southeast Region)
  • 2009 American Society of Engineering Education Professional Interest Council I Best Paper Award
  • 2009 American Society of Engineering Education Mechanical Engineering Division Best Paper Award
  • 2007 United States Air Force Summer Faculty Fellow
  • 2008 Nominated for the Outstanding Faculty (Rising Star) Award for the State of Virginia
  • 2000 National Science Foundation (NSF) IGERT Fellowship (2000-2005)
  • 2002 University of Arkansas Doctoral Fellowship (2002-2005)
  • 2004 NSF Fellowship to attend the NSF Summer Institute on Nanomechanics and Materials
  • 2001 Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society
  • 1998 Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Society

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