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ASPE 2021 Spring Topical Meeting – Keynote Speaker

Anthony B. Brennan, PhD, FNAI

Anthony B. Brennan retired, on August 15, 2019 from the University of Florida as the Margaret A. Ross Professor of Materials Science & Engineering and a University of Florida Research Foundation Professor. Dr. Brennan, received a BA degree in Chemistry from Potsdam College, a MS degree in Chemistry from R.I.T. and a PhD in Materials Engineering Science from Virginia Tech. He was awarded an Honorary DSc from the State University of New York and is a fellow of the National Academy of Science. He holds numerous other distinctions for his teaching, research and service at the University of Florida. Dr. Brennan is currently the Honorary Chairman of Sharklet Technologies, Inc. a startup that he co-founded using results from his research at the UF that was funded by the Office of Naval Research. Dr. Brennan has mentored 33 PhD students, 33 who have graduated, over 40 MS students, over 100 undergraduate students, numerous post-doctoral fellows and many high school students. His last two PhD students are expected to graduate in 2020. Dr. Brennan and his group have published over 200 articles, proceedings, and abstracts. He is inventor/co-inventor on over 100 US and International patents. Current research interests continue in the development of materials that can be used to “control” or more reasonably direct bioadhesion for specific functions. Dr. Brennan is also enjoying his retirement with his wife Kathy in Gainesville, FL and Ellijay, GA. They have three children, two grandchildren and two Cavachons.