The Attributes of a Gator Engineer Awards are bestowed annually to graduate and undergraduate students who best exemplify the attributes that Gator Engineers are charged with having upon the completion of their degrees. Attributes are among the highest honors within the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering and are open to all students within the college.
Attributes awarded include Creativity, Leadership, Integrity, Professional Excellence, and Service to the Global Community. While our students exemplify aspects of each of these Attributes, Shreedevi Kumar was awarded the Attributes of a Gator Engineer Award for Integrity. This award is presented to a student who is honest, ethical, willing to work for achievements, impelled toward right action, trustworthy, humble, and inspires integrity in others. You can read more about the award here: https://www.eng.ufl.edu/students/students/current-students/attributes-of-a-gator-engineer/.
Over her years of work in the Sharma lab, Shreedevi has more than exemplified these characteristics. In regards to the award, Dr. Sharma said: “Shreedevi has demonstrated a commitment and determination to scientific inquiry that is admirable, and sets a high bar for scientific rigor and integrity for others to emulate. In addition to advancing her own work, she is very generous with her time in helping and mentoring others. I am deeply appreciative of Shreedevi’s leadership and collegiality, and happy to see her contributions recognized by the HWCOE Attributes of a Gator Award.”
Anyone who has worked with Shreedevi can provide testimony to the level at which she values the integrity of her own work and how she inspires that level of integrity in the work of those around her. She has led the efforts on the development of nanoparticle therapeutic systems for osteoarthritis and has been instrumental in paving the way for these systems to be used as therapies after the development of OA.