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Robert Bernath, Director, Townes Institute Science Testing Experimentation Facility, Office of Research

Amount Awarded (non-recurring)


Project Summary

The strategic investment money allows for expanded capabilities to the user base at the Townes Institute for Science, Technology, and Experimentation (TISTEF) Facility. UCF manages the federal facility, located on the Space Coast at Kennedy Space Center. The added capabilities are expected to benefit UCF researchers, private and public agencies already using the facility and attract new users and open new areas of investigations at UCF in the engineering, optics and other sciences areas. A significant amount of matching funds comes from the generous support of the Naval Research Laboratory, LP Photonics LLC and Booz Allen Hamilton. Upon completion over the next two years, UCF expects to see more grants and contracts for work conducted at TISTEF.


  • Charlene Rusnak, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
  • Jennifer Riley, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Henry Everitt, Army CCDC Aviation & Missile Center

Matching Funds