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UCF Team Uses Machine Learning and Computational Models to Predict Space Junk Movements and Ways to Avoid It

Making sure spacecraft don’t crash into each other or into space junk is at the center of Assistant Professor Tarek A. Elgohary’s research at UCF’s Astrodynamics and Space Robotics Laboratory. Using analytical and computational methods in addition to machine learning techniques, Elgohary and his team of students calculate the probability of collision between Resident space objects…

2 UCF Aerospace Students Receive Fellowship’s 1st Awards

Two UCF students are among 43 nationwide who have been chosen to receive the inaugural Patti Grace Smith Fellowship for Black aerospace undergraduates. Alexandria Baca, a first-year student, and Loubensky Bane, a second-year student, were selected for the new honor established to promote diversity in the aerospace industry. The two were picked after applicants were…

UCF Unveils L3Harris Engineering Center, Noting Longstanding Partnership

The glass-and-shiny-steel flagship building that is home to UCF’s College of Engineering and Computer Science has been renamed the L3Harris Engineering Center, announced Michael Georgiopoulos, dean of the college. The announcement celebrates the rebranding of one of the most prominent buildings on UCF’s main campus and showcases the longstanding partnership between UCF and L3Harris Technologies, an $18…

NSF Awards UCF $2.9 Million to Train Next Generation of Cybersecurity Defenders

The University of Central Florida has been awarded a nearly $2.9 million grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation to provide cybersecurity scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students. Scholarship recipients will focus on cybersecurity training and research at UCF, and after graduation, must work for a federal, state, local, or tribal government organization in a…

3 UCF Researchers Receive Department of Defense Grants

Three UCF researchers working on different projects have been awarded a total of about $1.3 million from the Department of Defense. The grants were part of the DOD awarding of $50 million to 85 institutions across the nation in the Fiscal Year 2021 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program. The recipients and their projects are: Ayman…

UCF Student Places 2nd at National Cybersecurity Competition

Michael Roberts ’19 took second place at this year’s U.S. Department of Energy’s CyberForce Competition, held virtually Nov. 14. “Each individual competitor needed to possess the knowledge and skills and perform all the work typically spread among a six-member team.”— Tom Nedorost Due to the pandemic, this year’s CyberForce competition shifted from an in-person test…

Doctoral Students Recognized for Aerospace Research

Two UCF doctoral candidates are being recognized for their efforts in advancing human space exploration. NASA awarded Yuen Yee Li Sip a three-year fellowship to support her research project on improving the durability of metals in space, and Elizabeth Barrios was recently honored by the Space Education and Outreach Committee of the International Astronautical Federation…

The Benefits of Discovery Through International Collaboration

When astronauts had their first glimpse of Earth from space, the effect it had on them was more than just visual. They described an intense state of self-transcendent awe, wonder and oneness, called the “overview effect.” Heading to space was not an option for me at the time, so the change in worldview that I…

Re-examining Gratitude During a Difficult Year

The pandemic has brought great uncertainty, changed our opportunity to interact with loved ones and has affected millions of jobs. While 2020 has been a trying time, which will likely impact the next few years of our lives, some would suggest it’s even more important now than ever to be thankful for what you have.…

UCF Researchers Identify Features That Could Make Someone a Virus Super-Spreader

New research from the University of Central Florida has identified physiological features that could make people super-spreaders of viruses such as COVID-19. In a study appearing this month in the journal Physics of Fluids, researchers in UCF’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering used computer-generated models to numerically simulate sneezes in different types of people and determine associations…

UCF Wins TechConnect Defense Innovation Award

Every year UCF takes technologies developed on campus to the national TechConnect Conference for exposure and this year one of them earned one of the top awards of the conference. The 2020 TechConnect Defense Innovation Award is a recognition for a technology that removes more than 90 percent of pollutants from engine exhaust at low…

UCF Project Will Study Smart Tech to Improve Risk Communication in Central Florida

University of Central Florida researchers are leading an interdisciplinary project to help communities use artificial intelligence and smart technologies to bounce back from disasters quickly. The project is funded by a recently announced $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation as part of its Smart and Connected Communities program. The three-year project will examine…

UCF Scroll and Quill Society Welcomes 14 Faculty Inductees for 2020

Each fall, the university recognizes faculty who have made a national and international impact through their research, teaching and service, by inducting new members into the Scroll and Quill Society. What started as two different prestigious faculty clubs in the 1980s is now a recognition program for faculty of all disciplines. “This society is a…

UCF Researcher Is Working to Extend Battery Life in Smartphones, Electric Cars

AUniversity of Central Florida researcher is working to make portable devices and electric vehicles stay charged longer by extending the life of the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries powering them. Assistant Professor Yang Yang is doing this by making the batteries more efficient, with some of his latest work focusing on keeping an internal metal structure, the…