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University of Central Florida - 2016

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Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering

With concerted and dedicated research efforts, faculty and graduate students in the CECE department are poised to assume leadership roles in engineering research and practice.

The department currently has two research directions (Civil Infrastructure Systems and Hydro-Environmental Systems), several research centers (e.g., Center for Advanced Transportation Systems Simulation, Storm Water Management Academy, and Environmental Systems Engineering Institute), and laboratories (e.g., Structures and Structural Health Monitoring Laboratories, and Coastal Hydroscience Analysis, Modeling and Predictive Simulations Laboratory).

Development and preservation of civil and environmental infrastructure is a dire need at the national and global level, and Central Florida certainly offers fertile grounds to address this need.

Website: www.cece.ucf.edu

College of Engineering and Computer Science

Our mission is to provide high-quality, broad-based education and experience-based learning in engineering and computer science; to create knowledge through pioneering scholarship and impactful research; to enrich our students’ development and leadership skills; and to address pressing local, state, national and international issues in support of the global community.

To attain our mission, CECS faculty have partnered in education and research initiatives with departments and centers inside and outside of UCF, industries and national laboratories. UCF’s Research Park is home to more than 100 companies with 10,000 employees, and large corporations such as Lockheed Martin, Harris Corporation and Siemens hire our graduates more than graduates from any other institution in the United States.

Research strengths include:
Energy Systems, Sustainability and Power Generation
Modeling and Simulation
Transportation Engineering and Infrastructure Sustainability
Water Resources and Quality
Computer Vision
Materials and Smart Sensors
Artificial Intelligence
Human Computer Interaction and Virtual Reality

Website: www.cecs.ucf.edu

Computer Science

The Computer Science division of the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UCF is responsible for research and degree programs in the areas of: Computer Science, Digital Forensics, and Information Technology. We offer a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Computer Science, a Master of Science degree in Digital Forensics, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology.

Our division's mission is to educate our students so that they have the fundamental knowledge, ability, and the design tools to succeed and excel. Our faculty members are committed to advancing education and research to benefit society. In these efforts they often work closely with local and national companies, such as Lockheed Martin, Harris Corp., and SAIC.

Our faculty have internationally recognized expertise in several application areas, including: Computer Vision, Image Processing, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Virtual Reality, Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Graphics, Networking, Mobile Computing, Software Engineering, Systems, Parallel Computation, Computer Security, Digital Forensics, Bioinformatics, and Systems Biology. They also have strength in more fundamental areas of Computer Science, such as Algorithms, Programming Languages, Formal Methods, Computer Architecture, and Quantum Computation. In both kinds of areas you will find some of the most interesting and challenging practical and intellectual problems of our day, which hold a key to continued technological progress and expanding the human intellect.

UCF has the oldest Computer Science Ph.D. program in Florida, which was also the first Ph.D. program at UCF. This indicates the centrality of Computer Science at UCF, and the strength of our research. The Computer Science division has five faculty members who are fellows of the IEEE, one of whom is also a fellow of the ACM; two of these five are also fellows of the AAAS and some are also fellows of other professional societies). Two of our faculty (Drs. Shah and Hughes) have received the Pegasus Professor award, the highest honor given to a faculty member at UCF, and during the last four years four of our young faculty members have won the prestigious NSF CAREER award. We are also very proud of our programming team, which has won many Southeast Regional contests and regularly competes at the world finals. Most of the team members are undergraduates. The division also offers opportunities for undergraduate research, including an active honors program and a "Research Experience for Undergraduates" in Computer Vision (funded by the NSF for over 25 years).

Website: www.cs.ucf.edu

Electrical and Computer Engineering

The ECE's vision is to offer the best undergraduate education in electrical and computer engineering, to achieve national and international prominence in selected areas of graduate study and research, and to foster partnerships and contribute to technological and economical advances in the State of Florida, the nation, and the world.

Our undergraduate curricula lead to the degree of Bachelor of Science in either Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering, and they are designed to provide students with a solid background in mathematics, physical sciences, electrical and computer engineering. A wide range of program options are available including communications, control systems, signal processing, computer architecture and reconfigurable hardware, electromagnetics and optics, and semiconductor devices and applications.

ECE Research is categorized into five focus areas: Cyber-Physical Systems (Communication, Controls and Signal Processing), Computer Engineering, Device Electronics, Electromagnetics and Optics. Our faculty members have developed collaborative partnerships with governmental agencies and industry, including local companies such as Lockheed Martin, Harris Corporation, SAIC, L-3 Communications, etc.

Website: www.ece.ucf.edu

Industrial Engineering and Management Systems

Our department has grown in stature through our commitment to excellence in education, cutting-edge research, and service. The areas of expertise of our faculty include Discrete Simulation Modeling And Analysis, Interactive Simulation, Systems Dynamics Modeling and Simulation, Quality Engineering, Project and Program Management, Operations Research, e-Design, Human Factors/Ergonomics, Safety Engineering, Human Systems Integration, Systems Engineering, Datamining, and Neurocomputing.

Computer modeling and simulation has been at the core of our Department’s curriculum at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Undergraduate students learn the tools of mathematical modeling, discrete event simulation and system dynamics simulation in a variety of coursework culminating with their applications in a senior design project. Some examples of research projects include:

• Spaceport Ground Processing and Launch Operations and NASA
• Modeling the Effectiveness of Underwater Sonar Navy operations
• Modeling and Simulation of Cost Considerations throughout the Design Process (NSF Center for e-Design)
• Simulation Modeling Environment to Measure Sensors’ Effectiveness Using GIS Information and Sensor Fusion
• Simulation in Disaster Management and Mitigation
• Using Simulation to Improve the Situation Awareness Capabilities of USVs
• Developing a Standard Modeling & Simulation Framework for Modular Battle Simulation Components
• Systems Redesign and Improvement of Infrastructure in a VA Medical Center Using Systems Engineering Principles.

Website: www.iems.ucf.edu

Materials Science and Engineering

The Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) is a research-intensive discipline offering a wide variety of opportunities for undergraduate research participation. While MSE was only recently formed as a separate department (summer of 2012), graduate MSE education at UCF has been established for more than a decade and the MSE doctoral degree program is already recognized by the National Research Council as among the top programs in the U.S. The new MSE department plans to extend this research-intensive materials education to undergraduates by offering a B.S. degree starting with the 2014-2015 academic year. Research in MSE spans a wide range of interests, from metallurgy to nano-biological systems to electronic materials. A listing of the research activities, along with the MSE faculty member to contact, can be found at http://mse.ucf.edu/MSEFaculty.php . Research in materials at UCF is strongly supported by the Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center (AMPAC, http://www.ampac.ucf.edu/ ) which maintains a Materials Characterization Facility (MCF, http://www.ampac.ucf.edu/facilities/MCF.php ) equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation for materials research that distinguishes materials research at UCF from that of other universities.

Website: www.mse.ucf.edu

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

We provide our students opportunities to engage in experimental work, design work, project work, industrial training and team work to enhance the learning process so vital in engineering education. In addition, our students can engage in research early on in their careers working with our outstanding faculty to gain a deeper level of expertise in selected areas including mechanical systems, energy systems, mechanics and manufacturing, and aerospace systems.These undergraduate research experiences are a natural stepping stone for extension of knowledge and the development of new techniques and ideas for graduate work. Our students have won highly competitive graduate research fellowships offered by federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and NASA to pursue graduate work leading to Ph.D.s at an institution of their choosing - including the opportunity to continue their graduate work here at UCF.

In their senior year, our students work on "real world" design projects sponsored by a variety of companies such as Progress Energy, Siemens, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Disney and NASA. These projects range from energy harvesting concepts, to advanced sensors and actuators, to control systems, to autonomous vehicles. Students work in small teams (under the supervision of an MAE faculty member) to develop conceptual designs and, in many cases, build a prototype " potentially leading to patents.

Our faculty and students come from all over the world. Our senior faculty are highly recognized in their fields and have earned numerous honors and awards from different engineering societies. Our newer faculty are very promising and will soon become leaders in their fields. Many have won prestigious research awards from reputed funding agencies such as NSF, DoD, NASA, the Department of Energy, and the State of Florida. Our faculty are active in research, engage undergraduate and graduate students, and post-doctoral research associates in their research groups to generate new knowledge leading to the technologies of the future. They publish their work in highly reputed journals and present their work at prestigious national and international conferences.

Website: www.mae.ucf.edu

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center

The Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center (AMPAC) is an interdisciplinary
research and education center for materials science and engineering. In 2005, the
NanoScience Technology Center (NSTC) was formed. NSTC has already surpassed
expectations in the field of Nanotechnology and has attained academic and research
distinction in its own right.

The common goal and purpose of both centers is to strongly promote interdisciplinary research. Research opportunities in areas as diverse as Green Energy, In Vitro Test
Systems, Functional Nanomaterials, Computer/Mathematical Simulations, Assistive
Robotics, Quantum Dynamics, Bioimaging, NanoElectronics & NanoPhysics, Integrated
Device Development and Advanced Materials have been explored. Our work intersects
with research areas including biology, medicine, energy, microelectronics, and
nanotechnology. Our expectations are to further these applications, initiate advances in
biomaterials and continue collaborative work in energy, optics and other fields.

Together, AMPAC and NSTC have been recipients of prestigious awards and accolades
for research distinction in materials science and engineering and nanoscience and
technology. AMPAC and NSTC faculty have received NSF CAREER, ONR YIP, and
DARPA YIA awards and have been named fellows of prestigious scientific societies
including the American Society of Materials, American Vacuum Society, American
Association for the Advancement of Science, and American Institute for Medical and
Biological Engineering.

Our two university-wide multi-user facilities " the Materials Characterization Facility
(MCF) and the Advanced Microfabrication Facility (AMF) - are available to all
researchers at UCF and from outside companies, government labs, and universities,
enabling them to perform cutting-edge research, and to train and educate students and
other personnel in the use of state-of-the-art equipment.

Website: http://ampac.ucf.edu/

Center for Advanced Transportation Systems Simulation(CATSS)

The TEA 21 Bill authorized the establishment of 13 new transportation centers under the University Transportation Centers (UTC) program of the Research and Special Program Administration (RSPA). The University of Cenral Florida was listed in the bill as one of the universities.

The goal of CATSS is to apply computer simulation, driving simulators, virtual reality, wireless communication and other advanced technologies to enhance the planning, design, operation, management, and safety of transportation systems. This goal will complement and support two key national transportation issues namely "Intelligent Transportation Systems", and "Human-Centered Systems".

Website: http://catss.ucf.edu

Center for Advanced Turbines and Energy Research

Central Florida has a unique position in the world as a hub for Turbine, Energy, and Space technologies. With the presence of Siemens Power Generation, Pratt & Whitney, Mitsubishi Power Systems, Elliott Microturbines, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Kennedy Space Center in or near Central Florida, the Center for Advanced Turbines and Energy Research at the University of Central Florida has a unique opportunity and responsibility for taking the leadership in innovation and advanced technology development for:
◦Turbines for propulsion as well as power generation
◦Portable power and energy systems for aviation/space/distributed generation applications
◦Use of coal or biomass-derived, liquid or gaseous synthetic fuels for power generation and air/ground transportation

Website:http://cater.cecs.ucf.edu/

Environmental Systems Engineering Institute

The Environmental Systems Engineering Institute is the drinking water treatment research facility that is affiliated with the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering at the University of Central Florida. ESEI specializes in the study of drinking water treatment using membrane filtration techniques, including reverse-osmosis, nanofiltration, and microfiltration. ESEI also is involved in the study of coagulation and flocculation techniques.

The ESEI laboratories are outfitted with state-of-the-art analytical equipment capable of facilitating many standard water quality tests as well as carrying out cutting-edge environmental and chemical analyses. ESEI personnel have extensive experience with standard EPA and ASTM techniques.

Website: http://cece.ucf.edu/LABS/esei/


Nanoscience Technology Center

In 2005, the NanoScience Technology Center ( NSTC) was formed. With The Advanced
Materials Processing and Analysis Center (AMPAC) founded in 1998, AMPAC and
NSTC have built a reputation for research and education excellence. The common goal
and purpose of both centers is to promote interdisciplinary research. Research
opportunities in areas as diverse as Green Energy, In Vitro Test Systems, Functional
Nanomaterials, Computer/Mathematical Simulations, Assistive Robotics, Quantum
Dynamics, Bioimaging, NanoElectronics & NanoPhysics, Integrated Device Development
and Advanced Materials have been explored. Together, AMPAC and NSTC have been
recipients of prestigious awards and accolades for research distinction in materials science
and engineering and nanoscience and technology. AMPAC and NSTC faculty have
received NSF CAREER, ONR YIP, and DARPA YIA awards and have been named
fellows of prestigious scientific societies including the American Society of Materials,
American Vacuum Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

Website: http://nanoscience.ucf.edu

Stormwater Management Academy

Vision: Protection and enhancement of valuable surface and groundwater supplies for the benefit of present and future generations.

Mission: Providing educational materials and research to advance an understanding and practice of stormwater management and to influence policy and procedures.

Goals:
1. A leading source for stormwater management research.
2. Provide some of the most innovative education and training programs in the nation.
3. Be a substantial partner with governments, non-governmental organizations, and industry.
4. Success in obtaining resources.

Benefits:
1. Conduct research and fund partnerships for research
2. Develop a workforce through mentoring and employment of students
3. Provide life-long learning for the existing workforce
4. Provide access to publications and information

Website: http://stormwater.ucf.edu/