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UCF Engineer Looks to Shape Next Generation of NASA’s Deployable Structures

May 15, 2020
UCF engineering Assistant Professor Kawai Kwok studies the way insects fly and land on plants to inspire his understanding of deployable structures, which could one day help NASA more easily explore the solar system. Deployable structures are those that can change their shape on command. Think of an umbrella, which uses mechanisms to change shape […]

UCF Receives NSF RAPID Award to Develop Cough Drops to Help Control COVID-19

May 13, 2020
A team of University of Central Florida researchers is looking at changing people’s saliva to help manage the spread of COVID-19 as the nation gets ready to go back to work and school. The team is doing this through a recently awarded National Science Foundation Rapid Response Research Award for $200,000 to explore reducing COVID-19 […]

Aerospace Alumnus Receives Fulbright Award to Conduct Research in Germany

May 11, 2020
As a young boy growing up on the Space Coast, Zac Stein watched in awe as the space shuttles and rockets launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. He would marvel at airplanes as they flew overhead—how could something so large and so heavy fly gracefully through the sky? It’s no wonder that Stein’s curiosity led […]

Four MAE Students Named National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows

May 5, 2020
The National Science Foundation has awarded four Graduate Research Fellowships to alumni of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. The recipients are: • Debraliz Isaac-Aragones, B.S.AE ’19 — Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Purdue University. • Leslie Simms, B.S.ME ’18 – Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at the University […]

UCF Researchers Develop Groundbreaking New Rocket-Propulsion System

May 4, 2020
A University of Central Florida researcher and his team have developed an advanced new rocket-propulsion system once thought to be impossible. The system, known as a rotating detonation rocket engine, will allow upper stage rockets for space missions to become lighter, travel farther, and burn more cleanly. The results were published this month in the […]