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UCF Signs Educational Partnership Agreement with U.S. Space Force

UCF Signs Educational Partnership Agreement with U.S. Space Force

UCF, the nation’s Space University, has now entered an agreement with the U.S. Space Force to help develop technology and an agile workforce ready for space. The two organizations recently signed an Educational Partnership Agreement (EPA) after several Space Force officials visited UCF in March. Three members — also known as Guardians — of the Space Force spent a day at UCF learning about some of our space-relevant research and hands-on courses and met with some of UCF’s ROTC cadets. Read More

Jun. 17, 2022
UCF Professor Greg Welch Named to the National Academy of Inventors

UCF Professor Greg Welch Named to the National Academy of Inventors

The Pegasus Professor, who specializes in simulation and modeling, will be inducted as UCF’s 17th NAI fellow on Wednesday, June 15th. The NAI Fellows Program recognizes academic inventors who have demonstrated a spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on the quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society. Election to NAI Fellow is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors, according to the NAI.

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Jun. 13, 2022
UCF Students Oust Top Teams at 2022 North America Collegiate Programming Contest, Advance to World Finals

UCF Students Oust Top Teams at 2022 North America Collegiate Programming Contest, Advance to World Finals

UCF computer programming students were among the winners of the prestigious North America Championship round of the 2022 International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) at the University of Central Florida over Memorial Day weekend, beating dozens of the top teams on the continent to take seventh place and advance to the World Finals. This is the 11th consecutive year a UCF team has qualified for the World Finals.

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Jun. 01, 2022
New UCF Project Examines How Teams Will Work Together During Space Missions

New UCF Project Examines How Teams Will Work Together During Space Missions

Congratulations to SMST faculty members Stephen Fiore, Joe Kider, Shawn Burke, and Florian Jentsch for the recent award by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research! Their research will examine how decreases in cognition — memory, reasoning and problem solving — at the individual level could cascade to the team level and impact team performance, particularly in complex environments relevant to space missions.

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May. 06, 2022
UCF Graduate Student Heads to Notre Dame for Tenure-track Position After Commencement

UCF Graduate Student Heads to Notre Dame for Tenure-track Position After Commencement

Even before Karla Badillo-Urquiola collects her third degree from UCF on May 7, the modeling and simulation doctoral student already has a job lined up. She’ll begin her career as a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame in the fall — a status shared by less than 1% of Latinas in the computing workforce. As part of the job, she will also serve as a fellow of Notre Dame’s Lucy Family Institute for Data and Society, where she will continue her current research and collaborate with the community to build better futures for youth.

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May. 05, 2022
UCF Earns National Victory in NSA-Sponsored Pilot Cybersecurity Competition

UCF Earns National Victory in NSA-Sponsored Pilot Cybersecurity Competition

The Collegiate Cybersecurity Competition Team at the University of Central Florida added another national title to its winning record when it achieved the highest score among 22 colleges and universities competing in a new cyber competition sponsored by the National Security Agency. The inaugural NSA cybersecurity exercise for institutions designated as NSA Centers of Academic Excellence (NCAE-C) in Cybersecurity — held virtually April 11-13 — tested students’ skills and knowledge in five different areas of cybersecurity expertise.

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Apr. 22, 2022
SMST Director Dr. Grace Bochenek Selected to  Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine of Florida

SMST Director Dr. Grace Bochenek Selected to Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine of Florida

University of Central Florida (UCF) School of Modeling, Simulation, and Training (SMST) Director, Dr. Grace Bochenek, was recently elected to the Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine of Florida (ASEMFL) for her contributions in modeling and simulation.

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Apr. 20, 2022
UCF Celebrates New STARBASE Laboratory, Graduates at Ribbon Cutting

UCF Celebrates New STARBASE Laboratory, Graduates at Ribbon Cutting

The University of Central Florida School of Modeling and Simulation celebrated STARBASE Central Florida by hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 12. The event coincided with the first graduation ceremony for 61 students who completed the program.

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Apr. 13, 2022
U.S. Cyber Command Selects UCF For Academic Engagement Network

U.S. Cyber Command Selects UCF For Academic Engagement Network

The United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) selected the University of Central Florida’s (UCF) School of Modeling, Simulation and Training (SMST) to join its Academic Engagement Network (AEN) with USCYBERCOM. The network is focused on alleviating the nation’s cybersecurity workforce shortages.

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Apr. 06, 2022
Study Finds Parents’ Social Media Use Is Associated With Parenting Style

Study Finds Parents’ Social Media Use Is Associated With Parenting Style

Mary Jean Amon, an assistant professor in the School of Modeling, Simulation, and Training, is part of a team of researchers who published a study that discovered that parents who share photos of their children regularly have more permissive, confident parenting styles. See what else they learned from the study.

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Mar. 24, 2022
$1 Million Grant to help Strengthen UCF’s Modeling and Simulation Program

$1 Million Grant to help Strengthen UCF’s Modeling and Simulation Program

A national grant helps position UCF as a leader in educating and training the workforce of tomorrow through the School of Modeling, Simulation and Training.

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Jan. 26, 2022
Research Associate Professor Glenn Martin Awarded Jump Start Fund

Research Associate Professor Glenn Martin Awarded Jump Start Fund

Research associate professor and lab director of Interactive Realities Laboratory Glenn Martin was awarded for his project to enhance the Stokes High-Performance Computing Cluster, upgrading access to computational science research on campus and supporting cross-campus general-purpose research computing.

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Oct. 21, 2021