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An Update for UCF Faculty on Spring Commencement

Colleagues: You may have seen that we are offering our spring 2021 baccalaureate and master’s graduates two in-person options to celebrate their achievements. They can either participate in a more traditional – but smaller than normal – commencement ceremony or opt for Grad Walk, a more personalized experience. I’m writing to provide you with more information on faculty attendance and participation…

Historic Recovery Ahead for U.S. Economy in 2021, Predicts UCF Economist

Fueled by a release of pent-up economic demand, unemployment will decline and Americans will spend more money through 2021, says Sean Snaith, renowned economist and director of UCF’s Institute for Economic Forecasting. While consumer spending shrank by 3.9 percent in 2020 amid the recession, the institute’s first-quarter U.S. forecast predicts spending will accelerate to an…

Change Brings A New Era to UCF

Change comes in many forms. Sometimes we choose to do something different. We decide to move or maybe commit to eating healthier. Change can be as simple a new way to style you hair or can be as challenging as a new career. UCF Athletics saw change in a big way recently when the school…

The Search Begins for UCF’s Next Dean of the College of Sciences

Dear Colleagues and Students: I am pleased to report that a search is now underway for dean of the College of Sciences. The college plays a central role in supporting UCF’s advancement as a major metropolitan research university that serves a highly diverse community, one that champions the success of students from all backgrounds. We…

UCF Hosts Spring Graduation Celebration, April 30 to May 9

UCF is excited to offer spring graduates and their families the opportunity to choose one of two in-person options to celebrate their achievements. Recognitions of graduates will occur April 30 to May 9. Spring 2021 graduates will have the option of either participating in UCF’s Grad Walk or their college’s in-person commencement. Both recognitions will…

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 Lake Nona Medical Center Opens Full-service Acute-care Hospital

The UCF Lake Nona Medical Center opened March 1, bringing full-service, acute care to the growing Lake Nona community in a hospital that will also train the next generation of healthcare providers and support innovative medical research. Located next to the UCF College of Medicine in Orlando’s Medical City, UCF Lake Nona Medical Center provides 24/7 emergency care, comprehensive…

Update On UCF’s Return to Normal Operations

Nearly one year ago, UCF pivoted to remote learning and working due to COVID-19. We have adapted to new ways of learning, working and living. We have learned how to live with the pandemic and adopt new behaviors to minimize its spread. And with the mass availability of many effective vaccines gaining momentum, we are…

2021 Women’s History Month Honorees

Sponsored by LIFE@UCF Each March, Faculty Excellence honors 31 women for their impact on students and UCF’s campus community. This year, as we continue to charge on during a pandemic, our women faculty have not wavered in their commitments as mentors, role models, friends, researchers and teachers. This blog post will be updated daily during…

Search Underway for Dean of UCF’s College of Sciences

A national search is underway for the dean of UCF’s College of Sciences. The college plays a central role in supporting UCF’s advancement as a major metropolitan research university that serves a highly diverse community, one that champions the success of students from all backgrounds. The new dean will support this mission and with the…

UCF Grads Helped Bring Pixar’s ‘Soul’ to Life

When UCF alums Teresa Falcone ’14 and Christopher Sanchez ’14 first looked at the storyboards for Pixar’s Soul, they had a gut feeling they were going to be working on something memorable. “You can tell it feels special, when you know that people are going to love the movie when it is released,” Sanchez says. “I could feel it when…

Reflections on Black History Month

As we continue to celebrate the many historical achievements of Black Americans, I want to take a moment to acknowledge the incredible accomplishments, conversations and events that have taken place in our UCF community this February during Black History Month. As Dr. Kent Butler shared earlier in the week, UCF’s diversity brings life to our campuses.…

The Splash Must Go On: UCF Modifies Spirit Splash for COVID Era

UCF prides itself on being one of the most innovative universities in the nation. Knights always find a way to make things happen, even when it comes to their most beloved tradition during a pandemic. Although there was no rushing of the Reflecting Pond, the spirit of Spirit Splash prevailed Friday afternoon in a COVID-friendly environment that…

UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival ’21 Goes Virtual

Jazz is all about improvisation and experimentation — and that is what the annual UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival will do when it improvises and goes all virtual Feb. 26-27. Performances for the 14th year of the event will be streamed from Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts in Winter Park (where UCF musicians will be shown) and…

Search Begins for UCF’s Founding Dean of Libraries

I am pleased to announce that a search is underway for the founding Dean of Libraries. Placing the university library system and its leader alongside the academic colleges and deans is an important step toward UCF’s goal of becoming a leading metropolitan research university. We have retained the search firm Isaacson, Miller to help us…

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…