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Recently, Orlando Business Journal celebrated its 2024 40 Under 40 honorees, which include 13 Knights. Two of those alums are from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. 

Learn more about them and how they make an impact in their industries and across The City Beautiful.

Stefanie Catania ’08
CEO, Catania Product Development
Degree: Bachelor’s in mechanical engineering

After graduating from UCF in 2008 with her bachelor’s in mechanical engineering, Stephanie Catania received her master’s in industrial and systems engineering with a specialization in engineering management. Catania went on to work as an engineer for Lockheed Martin, the L3Harris Corporation and JRC Integrated Systems until 2018, when she founded Catania Product Development. As founder and CEO, Catania focuses on engineering and prototyping, blending art and technology to transform her client’s ideas into high quality products. The company has worked on products seen on Shark Tank, QVC and Good Morning America.

Rubin York ’16
Project Research Engineer, Orlando Utilities Commission
Degree: Bachelor’s in mechanical engineering

Rubin York received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from UCF in 2016. He began working with the Orlando Utilities Commission as a co-op student in 2013 and joined the organization full time in 2018 as a project research engineer. Passionate about energy transformation and accessibility, York supports OUC’s integration of renewable technology through designing mechanical, electrical and data acquisition systems. In 2021, he received the Energy Innovator Award from the American Public Power Association as a recognition of his innovation, ingenuity and inspiration in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy.