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2 UCF Latinas get global recognition for their work in STEM fields

September 16, 2022
Perla Latorre-Suárez fights back tears as she thinks about the sacrifices her parents made, sending her to the mainland from Puerto Rico so she could live her dreams of working in the aerospace industry. “You know they’ve given it all for me and my brother — I’m sorry,” Latorre-Suárez said as she wiped her eyes. […]

10 UCF Knights Supported Artemis Mission Through Summer Internships at NASA

September 6, 2022
UCF was one of seven universities to be awarded funding from NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project Space Technology Artemis Research, or M-STAR, initiative this past year. The program is designed for minority-serving institutions that develop innovative technologies to support the Artemis mission. As a result of this grant, 10 Knights had the opportunity […]

UCF’s Perla Latorre-Suarez Named Among Best Aerospace Graduate Students in the World

August 16, 2022
UCF’s Perla Latorre-Suarez ’21 is among the most promising graduate students in the world who are likely to change the aerospace industry, according to Aviation Week Network. The magazine and its partners — Accenture and Hexcel — this month announced their 20 Twenties Award Class of 2022. More than 80 students were nominated from around the world. The […]

UCF Student Team Wins Grand Prize at NASA Design Event

May 10, 2022
UCF students proved they have the brightest minds at the 2022 NASA MINDS design competition. This year, two teams from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering participated and took home a total of five awards, including the grand prize. Team SenseAid was named the First Place Senior Grand Champion and received a $5,000 award […]

Keeping Astronauts Safe While They Explore Other Worlds

October 8, 2021
When Perla Latorre-Suarez ’21 was a child, she remembers holding her brother’s hand in the mountainous Orocovis region in Puerto Rico where she grew up and looking up on a clear night as the International Space Station flew overhead. “That day, my parents explained to me its purpose and all the experiments and investigations conducted; this […]