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Research is the cornerstone of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, but not every research project gets attention. To spotlight the hidden gems developed by its alumni, students and faculty, CECS hosted the UCF Technology Ventures Symposium earlier this year.

The virtual event featured industry speakers, student panels and a competitive start-up pitch competition won by aerospace engineering alumnus Abhishek Sastri.

The founder of Fluix, a company that manufactures liquid cooling cases for gamers’ computers, beat seven other competitors to claim the $10,000 prize. He pitched his cooling case known as the Tri-Swift, which not only keeps PCs from overheating, but it also increases processing speeds.

Other MAE competitors included mechanical engineering alumni Jonathan Reyes and Anthony Terracciano.

Sastri not only won the competition, but he also participated in the “Starting Up in Central Florida” panel. Other MAE speakers include alumnus and Made in Space Vice President Kevin DiMarzio, who was the afternoon keynote speaker; and faculty members Michael Kinzel and Kareem Ahmed, who spoke about their COVID-19 research as part of the research experience panel.

To view the speeches, panels and start-up pitches, visit the College of Engineering and Computer Science website.

By Marisa Ramiccio