ECE Professor Dr. David P. Arnold was awarded the George Kirkland Professorship in Engineering Leadership. This professorship is the first endowed faculty position dedicated towards acknowledging leadership education at the college. Dr. Arnold's demonstrated leadership in his research field and in service to both the ECE Department and the college make him an ideal recipient of this professorship.The $1M endowment, funded by retired Chevron Corporation executive George L. Kirkland and his wife Joy E. Kirkland, enables the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering to support a nationally recognized faculty member who exemplifies the standards initiated by the UF Engineering Leadership Institute. 

Mr. Kirkland graduated from UF with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1972 and a Masters of Engineering in 1974. He has devoted 40 years to Chevron Corporation, starting immediately after graduation as a design and construction engineer and working his way up to executive vice president in 2005 and vice chairman in 2010. Under his leadership, Chevron’s Upstream business segment has become a leader in safety and financial performance.

“A great leader has good results over a long period of time such as with finance, safety, and [the] environment. [By] focusing on the organization, the leader brings together all technical functions. A challenge equals an opportunity,” said George Kirkland in a recent interview with Dean Abernathy.

Dr. Arnold is currently a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Florida. Previously, Dr. Arnold served as Interim Director of the UF Nanoscience Institute for Medical and Engineering Technology (NIMET). He received dual B.S. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1999, followed by the M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in 2001, from the University of Florida, Gainesville. Later, He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta in 2004.

His research interests focus on magnetic thin/thick films and magnetic micro/nanostructures; magnetic microsystems and electromechanical transducers; and compact (<100 W) power/energy systems. His previous work has been recognized with several prestigious awards, including the 2008 Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (PECASE) and the 2009 DARPA Young Faculty Award.

Today, Dr. Arnold is the current UF chapter faculty advisor and member of the Eta Kappa Nu ECE engineering honor society. He is also a senior member of IEEE and a member of Tau Beta Pi. He is currently Director of the Interdisciplinary Microsystems Group (IMG) and also Deputy Director of the NSF Multi-functional Integrated System Technology (MIST) Center. He also holds an affiliate appointment in the Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering. He is the Graduate Student Recruitment Coordinator for the department spear heading the recruitment of top tier students.