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Every year on the first Wednesday of April, UCF honors the outstanding accomplishments and contributions of our people on Founders’ Day, our annual celebration of the employees, faculty and students who keep reaching for the stars.

More than 150 faculty members were recognized across the university, including several from the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

“It’s a joy to celebrate extraordinary faculty who model academic excellence, student success and societal impact,” says Michael D. Johnson, UCF provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs. “Their remarkable work lifts up the university’s excellence and shows us all what UCF can become.”

The students honored include undergraduate and graduate students who are groundbreaking national and global scholarship winners, researchers, athletes, teaching assistants, residence assistants and leaders in campus organizations such as Student Government, LEAD Scholars and the President’s Leadership Council.

University Level Awards

Reach for the Stars Award
Dazhong Wu

Order of Pegasus
Lauren Ray
Mariana Sorroza Aguilar

Outstanding Thesis
Tajnuba Hasan ‘23MS

College Level Awards

Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
Sudeshna Pal, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering