Burk, Dorothea Elizabeth
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Former University of Florida Professor, Dr. Dorothea "Dottie" Elizabeth Burk, 64, passed away in a car accident in Dallas, TX on October 31, 2012. Dottie had no surviving relatives or next of kin. Dottie graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Physics from Adelphi University in Garden City, NY. She also earned a minor in math and education. She then received two MS degrees: the first in Physics from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT and the second in Electrical Engineering from Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, CO. In 1980, she received her PhD in Electrical Engineering from Brown University in Providence, RI.
Dottie joined the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Florida in 1980 as an Assistant Professor. She was promoted to an Associate Professor with tenure in 1985 and to full Professor in 1990. While at Florida, she authored over 60 publications in refereed journals and conferences on measurement, fabrication and modeling of semiconductor devices. During her tenure at the University of Florida, Dottie was principal investigator on over $1M and co-principal investigator on $1.5M in research; and she graduated 9 PhD and 7 MS students. Dottie left UF in 1995 and worked at several jobs including Motorola in Plantation, FL, the UT Southwestern Bioinstrumentation Resource Center in Dallas, TX and Photodigm in Richardson, TX. In 2005, Dottie decided to return to academia and joined the EE Department at UT Dallas.
In addition to her scientific accomplishments, Dottie had a passion for helping women and minority engineers. She was a PI on an NSF grant that focused on attracting women and minorities to engineering as well as increasing their retention rates after they were admitted to engineering programs. While at UF, she was the Faculty Advisor to the Society of Women Engineers student group and served as a minority mentor as well. Dr. John G. Harris, chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at UF said that, "Dr. Dorothea Burk was a talented electrical engineer and committed educator who will be missed by her friends and colleagues."
Published in Gainesville Sun from Dec. 2 to Dec. 3, 2012