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Although UCF had to cancel its annual Founder’s Day Honors Convocation, it still recognized the outstanding academic achievements of students and faculty through the Excellence Awards and the student awards. This year’s winners from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering are:

• Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching for CECS — Lecturer Sudeshna Pal
• Excellence in Research for CECS — Assistant Professor Kareem Ahmed
• Reach for the Stars Award — Assistant Professor Kareem Ahmed
• Honors in the Major — Daniel Rosato, Aerospace Engineering

Faculty were also recognized for their years of service to the university. The MAE faculty who were recognized include:

• 20 Years of Service — Professor Suryanarayana Challapalli and Professor Quanfang Chen
• 30 Years of Service — Professor Kuo-Chi Lin

Lin, who retired in December 2019, was recognized as a recent retiree and has also been granted the title of associate professor emeritus.