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Aerodynamics of Perching Birds Could Inform Aircraft Design

May 17, 2022
If you have ever watched a bird land on a tree branch, you may have noticed that it rapidly pitches its wings upward at a high angle to execute a smooth landing. However, for some birds, they land by folding their wings as they perch instead, creating a sweeping motion as they decelerate. To uncover […]

NSF CAREER Grant Recipients Making Breakthroughs in Healthcare and Engineering

June 1, 2021
This year’s UCF National Science Foundation CAREER grant recipients are finding innovative and bold new ways to solve challenges that could be game changers in healthcare and engineering. The awardees are: Samik Bhattacharya, College of Engineering and Computer Science Robert Steward Jr., College of Engineering and Computer Science NSF uses the awards to recognize early […]

Two Assistant Professors Selected for NSF CAREER Awards

March 22, 2021
Two assistant professors from the UCF Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering have been selected to receive CAREER Awards from the National Science Foundation this year. The funding will support the research of Samik Bhattacharya and Robert Steward. Bhattacharya, whose research focuses on aerospace engineering, will explore the seas rather than the skies with his […]

UCF Engineering and Biology Researchers Collaborate to Aid Coral Reef Restoration

January 11, 2021
Florida’s threatened coral reefs have a more than $4 billion annual economic impact on the state’s economy, and University of Central Florida researchers are zeroing in on one factor that could be limiting their survival – coral skeleton strength. In a new study published in the journal Coral Reefs, UCF engineering researchers tested how well […]

Four MAE Alumni 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 […]