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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 […]

UCF Student Team Named Finalists in NASA Aerospace Competition

May 9, 2022
A team of UCF students has been named a finalist in the NASA Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts – Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) competition, which aims to develop innovative technologies that further human space exploration. This is the first time a team from UCF has advanced to the final round in this competition. The Knights will compete […]

Kwok Selected for NSF CAREER Award

April 13, 2022
Mechanical instabilities in structures, such as bending or wrinkling, should be avoided. However, if those instabilities are utilized correctly, they could help researchers design the next generation of shape-shifting structures. Assistant Professor Kawai Kwok will investigate mechanical instabilities and how they can be used to create adaptive structures through the support of a $500,000 National […]

MAE Researchers Awarded University SEED Funding

March 24, 2022
UCF awarded a total of $1 million in SEED Funding awards to 32 research teams, three of which include MAE faculty. This is the third year the program has been available to faculty. The program, a result of a collaboration between the Office of Research and the Office of the Provost, is aimed at facilitating […]

Graduate Student Profile: Andrew Allen

December 13, 2021
Engineering student Andrew Allen spends a lot of time studying sails, but the kind that outfit spacecraft, not sailboats. The Oviedo native is pursuing a master’s in mechanical engineering while completing the research in Dr. Kawai Kwok’s Structures and Materials Design Lab. Allen believes that solar sails are the future of spacecraft design, describing how […]