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UCF Student Makes It to Top 5 in Miss Universe Competition

January 18, 2023
University of Central Florida student Ashley Cariño placed fifth overall at the 71st Miss Universe pageant this weekend. Cariño competed in multiple rounds at the pageant Saturday, making it to the top five finalist spot. Miss USA, Miss Venezuela, Miss Dominican Republic, and Miss Curacao joined her as finalists, according to the Associated Press. Cariño […]

Path to Degree Was Full of Challenge and Success for Aerospace Engineering Graduate

December 15, 2022
Matthew Wood can thank the friend from his sixth-grade math class for inspiring his current career in aerospace engineering. While learning the principles of pre-algebra, the pair would discuss the more interesting topic of aviation. Wood’s friend would show off his model airplanes and talk about his dream of becoming a pilot. These daily discussions […]

UCF Researcher Receives NASA Award to Inspire Local High School Students in Aerospace Engineering

December 13, 2022
A University of Central Florida researcher has received NASA funding to create aerospace engineering opportunities for high schoolers from underserved and underrepresented communities to encourage them to think about space. “Novel Experience Geared to NASA Engineering Design Challenges,” or NEXTGEN-EDC, seeks to ignite local high school students’ interest in STEM through engineering projects, professional development […]

Artemis Engineer by Day, Launch Photographer by Night

November 16, 2022
When the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft finally launched from the Kennedy Space Center as part of the Artemis 1 mission, it will not only be a triumph for NASA, but for the UCF alumni who contributed to its development. More than 30 alumni work on the project, including Ben Bair ’19, a […]

Aerospace Engineering Student Aims to Improve Tracking of Space Debris with NASA Award

September 20, 2022
Just one small piece of space debris can damage or disable a satellite. Much of this debris, also known as space junk, is catalogued through space-based space surveillance, which uses optical sensors to track objects in orbit that could pose a risk for collision. However, some objects can be too small to track. UCF aerospace […]