Justin received a Ph.D. from the University of Florida (UF) from the Departments of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering in 2010. He also holds dual B.S. degrees, with honors, in Chemical Engineering and Applied Mathematics from North Carolina State University. Justin has authored many publications and patents for his work in electrochemical and compound semiconductor energy technologies, applications of superconducting electron accelerators, and in many other areas. He has received multiple scientific awards, is the youngest recipient of the UF Outstanding Young Alumnus Award, and was nominated for the ENI Energy Award in 2010. In 2018 he was also inducted into the UF Chemical Engineering Wall of Fame with outstanding department faculty throughout the history of the program.
Justin holds dual appointments as Materials Science Technology Leader and Engineering Manager at Mainstream Engineering Corporation and as Adjunct Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Florida Institute of Technology. At Florida Tech, he also serves on the Graduate Faculty and is a member of the Chemical Engineering Advisory Board. Justin and his wife, Briana, became involved in the adoption process through the adoption of their respective biological daughters. They were blessed with the opportunity to adopt one another’s children. They now live in Florida’s Space Coast on their “funny farm” of ever-expanding livestock and household animals. In addition to their animals, the Hill family enjoys anything that can be found on or below the water and in nature.
Why I chose to remain involved in the adoption community: “Well before the adoption of our respective children, it was well known that we would always be a unified family, regardless of adoption. We were surprised and amazed by the enormous positive impact that the adoption of our own respective children had on their sense of worth, belonging, and emotional well-being. Children in need and prospective parents deserve every advantage that can be afforded to them.”