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UCF continued its annual tradition of celebrating its outstanding students, faculty and staff on Founders’ Day. But the celebration was anything but traditional. For the first time, students, faculty and staff were recognized separately at three different events throughout the day.

More than 200 faculty and 48 students were honored for their achievements on Founders’ Day. Among the undergraduate and graduate students 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. The honorees include students in the Burnett Honors College, transfers and those from first-generation and international backgrounds.

“These recipients are some of UCF’s highest-achieving, dedicated and passionate students, and they are already making an impact on the world,” UCF President Alexander N. Cartwright says. “The UCF community is incredibly proud of them and all they have accomplished, and we look forward to the great things they will do in the future.”

Faculty awardees were honored for their excellence in teaching and research, and their years of service to the university. Here are the awardees from MAE:


Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching – Marino Nader, Ph.D.

20 Years of Service – Olusegun Ilegbusi, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus – Louis Chow, Ph.D.


Order of Pegasus — Brendon Cavainolo