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Kareem Ahmed, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering and Computer Science

Amount Awarded (non-recurring)


Project Summary

UCF is home to the world-class Propulsion and Energy Research Lab, which has been producing new discoveries and advancements that, for example, promise to make travel from New York to London in 5 minutes. The engine test facility is used by many researchers at UCF from College of Engineering, College of Sciences and others. The high-level research has broad impact in hypersonics, space propulsion and energy power generation, and extends to supernova science. However, the experimentation is outdoors, limiting the use of the lab’s ultra-fast lasers. The investment will cover the outdoor space and upgrade some of the equipment. This investment should result in propelling research forward. The proposal team estimates the remodel should make UCF more competitive for at least $3.5 million worth of research grants from federal agencies alone.


  • Center for Advanced Turbines and Energy Research (CATER)
  • Robert Peele
  • Laurene Tetard
  • Mengyu Xu
  • Stephen Kuebler
  • Martin Richardson
  • Jay Kapat
  • Seetha Raghavan
  • Subith Vasu
  • Xun Gong
  • Richard Blair
  • Georgia Tech University
  • Purdue University
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Michigan
  • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
  • German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany
  • Air Force Research Laboratory
  • Naval Research Laboratory

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