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The University of Central Florida brings innovation and solutions to some of society’s most pressing problems through research and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge and avenues for progress.

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…

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…

UCF Researcher Aims to Preserve Astronauts’ Muscle Function in Space

Twenty years ago, landing people on Mars seemed like sci-fi, but with commercial spacecraft launching into space almost every month and NASA’s Mars Perseverance landing on the Red Planet last week, sending astronauts to Mars and beyond is actualizing into reality. “When the idea of astronauts actually getting to Mars became realistic, there was a…

UCF Research Shows Vacation Home Rentals Boost Florida’s Economy by $27+ Billion Annually

A new report by the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management shows the economic impact of Florida’s vacation home rental industry exceeds $27 billion. “Our research confirms that Florida’s lodging industry for vacations, beyond traditional hotels and resorts, which include rentals like houses, apartments and condos, boosts the economy significantly. Renters remain in the…

UCF Joins Project to Develop Composites for Spacecraft, NASA Missions

Sometimes big things come in small packages, and the new thin but strong materials the University of Central Florida is helping NASA develop are no exception. These materials, known as thin-ply composites, are as thin as carpenter’s measuring tape but strong enough to support satellite payloads, such as solar sails for solar-powered space travel, or…

Delfyett to be Inducted into the National Academy of Engineering

When Peter Delfyett first fell in love with science during elementary school, he imagined he would grow up to be a paleontologist. Instead, the Pegasus Professor of optics and photonics has spent his career developing futuristic technology. From lasers that are used to cut Gorilla Glass for Samsung phones to fiber-optic cable technology that allows the internet…

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…

NASA Selects UCF Honeybee-inspired Spacesuit Material Design for Further Development

NASA has selected a University of Central Florida nanotechnology team as one of seven university groups from around the country tasked with developing ways to stop the negative effects of moon dust during lunar missions. The selection, which was announced recently, is part of a year-long initiative known as the Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge, in…

Rare Bethlehem Star, Geminids and More Delight Stargazers this Month

Stargazers are in for a very rare treat on Monday. If the clouds cooperate, they’ll be able to see the “Bethlehem Star” — an event that hasn’t been seen in about 800 years. The moniker applies to the Christian description of the “Bethlehem” or “Christmas Star” that was said to have appeared in the night…

Bosses Need Appreciation, Too

’Tis the season to be grateful, even for your boss, according to a recent University of Central Florida study that suggests when supervisors feel appreciated, it gives them a boost of energy and optimism. In the end, that’s good for employees and the organization’s bottom line. “Based on theory, we knew feeling appreciated by another…

The Nature Conservancy, UCF Coastal Join Forces To Study Protected Lands

Tens of thousands of acres of protected Florida habitats will receive deeper scientific scrutiny thanks to a new agreement between The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and UCF Coastal. TNC has been on a mission since 1951 to guard prime Florida landscapes from development and conduct scientific research through a team that includes 50 scientists and land…

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…

Study: Using Technology-based Fall Risk Assessments for Older Adults

Falls in older adults are the leading cause of fatal injury, and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admission according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s a global issue that aging expert Ladda Thiamwong has been focused on for 20 years. After seeing older adults die from a fall in her native…

Future STEM Teachers Will Shape Their Own Preparation Programs

Teacher preparation programs are instrumental for long-term improvement in teacher effectiveness and retention. STEM teacher preparation programs are designed to prepare undergraduate and graduate students to become certified teachers in mathematics or science education. The programs consist of STEM-related content courses, teaching methods courses and field-based experiences, including student teaching internships in K-12 schools. Research…

UCF Researcher Part of New NASA Mission to Map Water on Moon

NASA today gave a team of researchers the green light to begin building instruments that will be launched on a satellite to scan and create high-resolution maps of water on the moon. In June 2019, NASA selected the Lunar Trailblazer mission, along with three other proposed missions, for further study under its Small Innovative Missions…