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Nine new columnists, including MAE Professor Seetha Raghavan, will begin sharing their opinions for the ninth year of the weekly UCF Forum.

The faculty, staff and student writers for the next 12 months of columns are from engineering, business, athletics and varied other fields around the university. Some of the writers also are graduates from UCF.

The columns will post Wednesdays on UCF Today and broadcast the following Sundays on WUCF FM (89.9) between 7:50 and 8 a.m.

Seetha Raghavan is a professor in UCF’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, where she leads the Aerostructures Laboratory. She completed her doctoral studies in aeronautics and astronautics at Purdue University and her master’s in aerospace engineering at Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace in Toulouse, France. She has seven years of experience in the aerospace industry as a senior engineer involved in aircraft structural analysis, maintenance, repair and modifications, and non-destructive testing. She is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and was honored by Women in Aerospace with the 2019 Aerospace Educator Award.

The UCF Forum is a project of UCF Communications and Marketing. In addition to posting on UCF Today, columns also are reprinted by various other platforms locally and nationally, and archived as podcasts by WUCF.

All of the past UCF Forum columns — more than 400 by writers from all over the university — are maintained in the UCF Libraries’ STARS digital repository. The chronological list can also be searched by author or topic.