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Celebrating the Summer 2020 Graduates of the College of Engineering and Computer Science

This Saturday’s Spring 2020 Commencement Ceremony honoring the graduates of the UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science will be live-streamed at 3:45 p.m., as part of the university’s virtual commencement ceremonies. Each of the university’s 13 colleges will recognize graduates by hosting individual ceremonies on the university’s main Facebook and YouTube pages on Saturday, August 1, where the…

COVID-19 Cases to Decline Beginning Next Month, UCF Research Finds

COVID-19 infection rates may be peaking in Orange County later this month and trending down toward December, according to new projections by data scientists at the University of Central Florida. The researchers from the Departments of Statistics and Data Science and Computer Science caution, however, that their projections — built using the latest artificial intelligence and deep-learning models —…

The Invisible Line of Cyberdefense

In September 2018, Amazon released its third generation of the Echo Dot. For millions of consumers, it instantly became yet another connection into their personal smart hubs known as “the internet of things.” Smartphones. Smart speakers. Smart TVs. Smart car entertainment systems. Smart dolls. We didn’t forget you, laptops and tablets. All of these smarts…

Pegasus Professor Inducted into the National Center for Simulation Hall of Fame

UCF Pegasus Professor Charlie Hughes has been selected for the National Center for Simulation Hall of Fame. The NCS selects individuals who have made significant contributions to the world of simulation and training. Six UCF affiliated-individuals are already in the hall of fame. That’s no surprise given UCF’s role in the field. The university’s Institute for…

UCF Ranked Among Top 5 in Nation for Transportation Science and Technology

UCF was recently ranked No. 5 in the United States and No. 29 in the world for transportation science and technology, according to ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020. UCF also ranked among the top 40 civil engineering programs in the nation in the same global ranking, alongside Iowa State, Johns Hopkins, Michigan State…

UCF Researcher Earns 2nd Department of Defense Grant to Detect Opioids, Toxins

Subith Vasu, UCF associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, was recently awarded the prestigious Director’s Fellowship from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, one of just 12 researchers nationally to earn the 2020 research grant. Vasu, an expert in spectroscopy and optical diagnostics, was awarded $250,000 by the Department of Defense to continue his…

UCF Launches 11 New Graduate Certificates and Tracks in Response to COVID-19

The University of Central Florida has launched 11 new graduate programs in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The programs, which begin in the Fall 2020 semester, offer candidates a short series of courses that were specifically woven together to provide useful tools when facing COVID-19 related-challenges. The certificates, tracks and special topics courses cover…

Interim Director Named for Modeling and Simulation Degree Program

Charles Hughes, Pegasus Professor of computer science, has been named the new interim director of the modeling and simulation degree programs. He will begin leading the master’s and doctoral degree programs, housed in UCF’s Institute of Simulation and Training, this fall. Hughes is replacing R. Paul Wiegand, a research associate professor at the institute, who is leaving…

UCF Launches New Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Initiative

Artificial Intelligence and Big Data fields could help solve some of the world’s biggest challenges in medicine, space and the environment among other areas. UCF launched its new Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Initiative today and charged engineering and computer science Assistant Professor Ivan Garibay with leading the effort. The initiative is the result of…

Building the Future: 2 UCF Students Awarded Astronaut Scholarship

Emma Shafer and Rishi Basdeo are two UCF students who are recipients of the Astronaut Scholarship this year. Two Burnett Honors Scholars, Rishi Basdeo and Emma Shafer, were the recipients of the prestigious Astronaut Scholarship this year. The scholarship, which is awarded by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation to promising STEM students seeking to conduct graduate research and…

Hurricane Season Combined with COVID-19 Pandemic Could Create Perfect Storm

A new article in Nature Climate Change suggests that experts must work together to combat the negative effects that occur when extreme events become connected. When extreme climate conditions interact with stressors to social systems, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the consequences could be severe unless experts from diverse backgrounds work together to develop comprehensive…

Hydrophobic Polymers Focus of DURA Award Winner Research

A recent UCF College of Engineering graduate, Ezat El-Said ’20, earned the Distinguished Undergraduate Research Award for his work in self-healing polymers with biomedical applications. The polymers under study are hydrophobic and self-healing, with a dynamic variety of applications ranging from artificial skin grafts to metal coatings.  El-Said has been conducting his research in the…

UCF Helps Make Sunshine State Scholars Symposium Happen, Despite COVID-19

A display of images highlighting the work and impact of Limitless Solutions was displayed during Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen’s talk at Adobe Max 2019. For the first time in 23 years, the annual Sunshine State Scholars Symposium, which honors some of Florida’s brightest 11th graders, will be held virtually and UCF’s Limbitless Solutions will play a…

Engineer Named National Fellow for Work in Materials Science

Sudipta Seal is a Pegasus Professor, trustee chair and is affiliated with UCF’s Advanced Materials Processing Analysis Center and Nanoscience Technology Center, in addition to his role as chair and professor in the College of Engineering and Computer Science’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Engineering Professor Sudipta Seal has been named a 2020 Fellow…

UCF-Developed Technology Could Reduce Risk of Death, Infections from Catheters

The UCF-developed coating material for medical devices is planned to be multifunctional so that it can both resist infections and blood clots, as well as stop biofilm formation. AUniversity of Central Florida researcher is part of a recently announced $1.4 million National Institutes of Health grant to help develop a new coating material for catheters…

UCF Cybersecurity Competition Team Places 2nd at National Championship

The 2020 UCF Cyberdefense Competition Team in March before separating for virtual practices and competition. (Photo courtesy of Tom Nedorost) UCF’s Collegiate Cybersecurity Competition Team finished runner-up at the 15th annual National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, sponsored by Raytheon, the world’s largest competition of its kind. UCF has appeared at the finals in seven of…

UCF Engineer Looks to Shape Next Generation of NASA’s Deployable Structures

Assistant Professor Kawai Kwok and his team look at the diverse behavior of flexible structures and materials with micro-architectures, and to propose new designs by exploiting novel material and geometric characteristics. UCF engineering Assistant Professor Kawai Kwok studies the way insects fly and land on plants to inspire his understanding of deployable structures, which could…

2 Students Receive Goldwater Scholarships

Gary Hoppenworth and Ashley Santana were chosen from 1,343 nominees to receive the award. Gary Hoppenworth, a computer science and mathematics major, and Ashley Santana, a biomedical sciences and biotechnology major, have received the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship, the first time two UCF students have qualified for the scholarship in the same year. The Goldwater Scholarship,…