University of Florida engineering professor detained in Abu Dhabi while attending conference

A University of Florida engineering professor is being detained in Abu Dhabi by the United Arab Emirates.

The school confirmed on Thursday that it learned of the detention of mechanical engineering professor John Schueller last week.

The school would not comment on the nature of the detention, saying it's a private matter.

UF spokeswoman Janine Sykes says Schueller was in Abu Dhabi for a conference. She says the school has made sure Schueller has access to a lawyer.

A spokesman for Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida told the Gainesville Sun that his office has been in touch with the State Department and is trying to resolve the situation.

Abu Dhabi police did not respond to a request for comment. Schueller did not respond to an email seeking comment.