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Another Record Year for UCF — 8 NSF CAREER Award Winners

June 13, 2022
The U.S. National Science Foundation has named eight UCF professors 2022 NSF CAREER award recipients. One of those winners, Assistant Professor Kawai Kwok, is from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. All of the recipients are engineers by training who are working on interdisciplinary projects that aim to improve health or to develop new […]

University of Central Florida Receives Award from Department of Defense

June 7, 2022
A University of Central Florida team was recently awarded $500,000 from the Department of Defense via the University Consortium for Applied Hypersonics (UCAH) to address disturbances that vehicles encounter in hypersonic conditions. The project is led by Dr. Subith Vasu, a professor at the University of Central Florida and an expert in spectroscopy and optical […]

Four MAE Faculty Members Receive Promotion

June 3, 2022
Eighty-nine UCF faculty received promotions and another 48 earned tenure for the 2021-22 cycle following a rigorous evaluation process. Four of those faculty members come from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Consideration for promotion and tenure takes nearly an entire academic year as faculty are evaluated on three main areas: research, teaching and service. […]

UCF Student Team Wins Third Place in Solar Decathlon

May 18, 2022
A team of UCF mechanical engineering students took home the third-place prize in the Attached Housing Division of the 2022 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. This is the first time a UCF team has placed in this event. The Solar Decathlon is a collegiate competition that challenges students to create low-cost, energy-efficient buildings with […]

Aerodynamics of Perching Birds Could Inform Aircraft Design

May 17, 2022
If you have ever watched a bird land on a tree branch, you may have noticed that it rapidly pitches its wings upward at a high angle to execute a smooth landing. However, for some birds, they land by folding their wings as they perch instead, creating a sweeping motion as they decelerate. To uncover […]