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Faculty are always recognized for their research, but during Student Research Week, UCF turns the spotlight toward students. At the Student Scholar Symposium, the main event of Student Research Week, more than 800 students with over 600 projects present their research to their peers, faculty, staff and judges who award the top poster presentations.

This year, more than 80 projects were presented by students from the College of Engineering and Computer Science and several of them won top awards during the two-day symposium:

Day One Award Winners:

  • Kelsey Robinson (Bachelor of Science in Statistics), Viviana Arroyo Rodriguez (Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Nico Chen (Bachelor of Art in Emerging Media)
    “Breaking Stigma Through the Use of Artfully Designed Prosthetics”
    Faculty Advisor: Albert Manero
  • Gabriel Duany, Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering
    “Ammonia-Hydrogen Shocktube Combustion Experiments”
    Faculty Advisor: Subith Vasu
  • Chloe Pinkston, Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering
    “Identifying the Dynamic Function of Surgically Treated Achillies Tendons in Children With Idiopathic Toe Walking”
    Faculty Advisor: Hwan Choi
  • Ossyris Bury, Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering
    “Vibration-Based Control for Nonlinear Dynamic Motion”
    Faculty Advisor: Jeffrey Kauffman
  • Matthew Hernandez, Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering
    “Mid-Infrared Spectral Effects of Porosity and Albedo on Asteroid and Lunar Analog Samples”
    Faculty Advisor: Audrey Martin
  • Rushikesh Harikishan Kankar, Master of Science in Computer Science
    “Leveraging EEG Signals and Motion Artifacts for Accurate Gait Event Prediction: A Machine Learning Approach”
    Faculty Advisor: Helen Huang
  • Riya Shanker, Bachelor of Science in Data Science
    “Investigating the Lift Characteristics of a Morphing Airfoil”
    Faculty Advisor: Jeffrey Kauffman

Day Two Award Winners:

  • Jayla Pinkston, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
    “On the Computer Simulation and Mathematical Modeling of 304 Stainless Steel Beam Buckling”
    Faculty Advisor: Ali Gordon

Student Research Week ends with the Excellence Awards, which recognizes the academic achievements of UCF students as well as the efforts of their faculty mentors. Here are the CECS winners at the university level, many of whom will also be honored during the Founder’s Day ceremony:


  • Tajnuba Hasan ’23, Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering – Outstanding Thesis


  • Kevin Hanekom ’23, Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering – Outstanding Honors Undergraduate Thesis