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Long-lasting Disinfectant Promises to Help Fight Pandemics

UCF researchers have developed a nanoparticle-based disinfectant that can continuously kill viruses on a surface for up to seven days – a discovery that could be a powerful weapon against COVID-19 and other emerging pathogenic viruses. The findings, by a multidisciplinary team of the university’s virus and engineering experts and the leader of an Orlando technology firm,…

Mitsubishi Power and UCF Develop NOx Tracking Tool

Mitsubishi Power Americas and the University of Central Florida have formed an industry-education partnership to establish a reliable and accessible source of information that tracks nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions as the U.S. power generation industry undergoes an energy transformation to decarbonize. The online Power Generation NOx Tracker uses data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency database as…

UCF Cybersecurity Researcher Leads DARPA-Funded Project to Help Reduce Fraud

From fraudulent COVID-19 small business loans to security breaches that leak shoppers’ credit card data, the exploitation of the complex nature of corporate relationships continues to be a major concern. For instance, the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center received more than 28,000 complaints related to COVID-19 fraud in 2020 and a record number of complaints…

UCF is 1 of 7 Universities to Win Grant to Support NASA’s Artemis Program

UCF will be a player in developing innovative technologies needed to support NASA’s Artemis program, which will return people to the moon and create a robust presence there over the next decade. The university has been awarded a $500,000 grant to create transformative space technologies by bringing together interdisciplinary teams of faculty and students to work…

Disagreement May Be a Way to Make Online Content Spread Faster, Further

Disagreement seems to spread online posts faster and further than agreement, according to a new study from the University of Central Florida. The finding comes from an examination of posts labeled controversial on social news aggregation site Reddit. To perform the study, the researchers analyzed more than 47,000 posts about cybersecurity in a Reddit dataset…

UCF Researchers Create Global Storm Surge Database

Storm surges can be deadly coastal hazards but the current historical tide gauge data that is needed to better understand them, and perhaps predict their impacts, doesn’t go far back enough in time. That’s why University of Central Florida researchers are working to reconstruct the missing data and compile the information in a newly created…

UCF Programming Team Advances to World Finals

UCF’s Programming Team again proved themselves to be among the best, ousting dozens of universities from the United States and Canada to finish 19th at the North America championship round of the 2021 International Collegiate Programming Contest on Aug. 14. A total of 48 teams competed in this weekend’s championship, which was held virtually. The…

UCF Researchers Develop New Nanomaterial to Derive Clean Fuel from the Sea

Hydrogen fuel derived from the sea could be an abundant and sustainable alternative to fossil fuels, but the potential power source has been limited by technical challenges, including how to practically harvest it. Researchers at the University of Central Florida have designed for the first time a nanoscale material that can efficiently split seawater into…

Getting to Know Miss USA Hopeful: UCF’s Ashley Cariño

rowing up, Ashley Cariño was just as likely to watch an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation as she was a Miss Universe pageant. She dreamed of working for NASA and wearing the Miss USA crown. The 26-year-old is now well on her way to achieving both goals. Cariño, an aerospace engineering student at UCF, won the title of Miss…

Limbitless Solutions Moves into New 6,000 Square Facility on its 7-Year Anniversary

Limbitless Solutions, the UCF based non-profit which creates bionic limbs for children, celebrated its seven-year anniversary Friday, July 23, by moving into its new expanded 6,000 square foot facility in Research Park. “It’s a great way to celebrate seven impactful years,” says Limbitless Solutions CEO and President Albert Manero ’12 ’14MS ’16PhD. “The new laboratory triples…

Research in 60 Seconds: Finding Water on the Moon

Whether it’s solving the world’s biggest problems or investigating the potential of novel discoveries, researchers at UCF are on the edge scientific breakthroughs that aim to make an impact. Through the Research in 60 Seconds series, student and faculty researchers condense their complex studies into bite-sized summaries so you can know how and why Knights plan…

UCF Doctoral Student Selected for Out-of-This-World Research Experience at NASA

As a child growing up on the Space Coast, Caroline Anderson ’19 would stand in her backyard and watch the space shuttles launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Her lifelong passion for space, coupled with mentorship from several local women who worked as engineers in the space sector, led her to pursue a career in aerospace engineering. Now,…

Research in 60 Seconds: Smartwatch Sensors and Mental Health

Whether it’s solving the world’s biggest problems or investigating the potential of novel discoveries, researchers at UCF are on the edge scientific breakthroughs that aim to make an impact. Through the Research in 60 Seconds series, student and faculty researchers condense their complex studies into bite-sized summaries so you can know how and why Knights…

Digital Forensics Student on Pace to be on 1st U.S. Cyber Team

UCF graduate student Cameron Whitehead is on track to become a member of the first U.S Cyber Team to represent the nation in the inaugural International Cyber Security Challenge later this year in Athens, Greece. Whitehead, who is studying for his master’s degree in digital forensics, recently placed second out of 688 competitors in the U.S.…

Graduate Student Earns National Fellowship for Aerospace Research

An aerospace engineering doctoral researcher has received a 2021 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship award to explore how to make more durable materials for aircraft. The recipient, Zachary Stein, is one of only 200 awardees out of the nearly 8,000 applications received this year. The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship award is given…

UCF Professor Among 20 Most Influential Academics in Smart Manufacturing

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers has named Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Dazhong Wu one of the 20 Most Influential Academics. He is the only professor from UCF and the only academic from the state of Florida to be included on the list, which was published in the latest issue of SME’s magazine Smart Manufacturing. SME’s experts and…

Biomechanics Engineer Wins NSF CAREER Grant

Biomedical and mechanical engineer Robert Steward Jr. is one of five UCF National Science Foundation CAREER grant recipients who are finding innovative and bold new ways to solve challenges that could be game changers in healthcare and engineering. The award recognizes early career professionals with promising research who have the potential to serve as academic…

19 UCF Students Living the Dream, Working at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

For 19 UCF students, the dream of working for NASA came true this past semester as they completed internships at Kennedy Space Center through NASA’s Pathways Program. The program gives qualifying university students an opportunity to work at the space agency, where every semester UCF has students working in everything from engineering to accounting. The students get…