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

UCF Names New Director for School of Modeling, Simulation and Training

Grace Marie Bochenek, a leader in defense, energy research and technology development, will begin work in June.

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Apr. 09, 2021

UCF Professor Wins Another National Award for his Work in Human Factors

UCF psychology Professor Peter Hancock has been named the Aerospace Human Factors Association’s William Collins Award recipient for 2020.

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Oct. 12, 2020

Simulation and Training Pioneer Donates Historical Photos to UCF’s School of Modeling, Simulation and Training

Henry “Hank” Okraski helped create some of the school’s early simulation and training curriculum. Throughout his 50-year career he collected photos of all kinds of simulators from those conceived to those eventually built. The collection has more than 200 images and Okraski just donated a copy to SMST.

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Oct. 07, 2020

Learning is a Challenge, Even for Scientists

UCF Professor Stephen Fiore has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant to study how faculty from many disciplines work together in an effort to better prepare future researchers for the teamwork needed to solve some of the world’s most complicated challenges.

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Sep. 17, 2020

UCF, Army Spearhead Real-Time Rapid Research through New Cyberwerx Collaboration

The goal is to focus on cyber operations planning, cyber data analytics, modeling and simulation, and emerging technology evaluations among other areas and to rapidly prototype with academia and industry partners.

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Aug. 27, 2020

Interim Director of UCF’s School of Modeling, Simulation and Training to Return to Private Sector Later this Month

Wes Naylor, the interim director of UCF’s School of Modeling, Simulation and Training (SMST), is leaving Aug. 17 to return to his private sector job. A national search for a permanent leader will kick off this month after COVID-19 delayed the process.

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Aug. 12, 2020

Pegasus Professor Inducted into the National Center for Simulation Hall of Fame

UCF Pegasus Professor Charlie Hughes has been selected for the National Center for Simulation Hall of Fame. Hughes is well known in this field for his inventions and for preparing students to be critical thinkers ready to take on the realities of the ever-changing industry. That’s one reason he was recently named interim director of the Modeling and Simulation degree program within the School of Modeling, Simulation and Training (SMST).

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Jul. 24, 2020

Army Cybersecurity LeaderVisits Students at UCF

Students pursuing UCF’s Modeling and Simulation of Behavioral Cybersecurity Graduate Certificate had a special guest last week, which demonstrates the kind of exposure they get to real-world scenarios. Amit Kapadia, product manager for cyber resiliency and the training chief engineer at the U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation in Orlando, spoke to students taking the Emerging Cyber Issues class.

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Jul. 07, 2020

New Interim Director of Modeling and Simulation Degree Program Named at UCF

The College of Graduate Studies is happy to announce that Computer Science Professor Charles Hughes has been named the new interim director of the Modeling and Simulation degree program and will be leading the program beginning in the fall.

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Jun. 26, 2020

UCF, Orlando Health, and Stratasys Partner to Provide 3D-Printed Medical Shields, Masks for Healthcare Providers

The University of Central Florida, Orlando Health and 3D printing company Stratasys are leading an effort to rapidly 3D-print critical personal protective equipment to ensure supplies are available for local healthcare professionals in their fight against COVID-19.

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Apr. 09, 2020

The Safety of Our Faculty, Students and Staff

The Coronavirus pandemic is rapidly changing. The safety of our faculty, students and staff is our number one priority. That’s why beginning Tuesday, March 17, the School of Modeling Simulation and Training will be moving to remote operations. Entry to Partnership Buildings 1-3 will be limited to authorized personnel only until further notice.

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Mar. 16, 2020

IST Hosts Modeling & Simulation Student Day

Team Orlando, a collaborative alliance of military organizations working in modeling, simulation and training organized the event. The day was created to encourage high school students to pursue careers in these fields. Orlando is considered one of the nation’s strongest modeling, simulation and training hubs in the nation. Several groups, including Lockheed-Martin, the National Center for Simulation and the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems, which make their home in Central Florida sponsor the event. For a second year, IST open its doors to the student exhibits and provided the public the opportunity to visit and vote for their favorite project.

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Mar. 05, 2020

UCF Researchers Are Digitally Preserving Florida’s Architecture Before It’s Gone

The data generated can be used to not only virtually recreate a structure but also to rebuild it if it’s ever destroyed. With an ever-changing landscape, Florida’s rich architectural history can quickly vanish in a blink of an eye, but a University of Central Florida research team is working to digitally preserve it one historic place at a time.

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Mar. 05, 2020

Protecting Our Academic Integrity

Beginning today, retired U.S. Navy Capt. Wes Naylor will serve as interim director of IST, and we will immediately begin a national search for a new director.

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Jan. 27, 2020

SMST at I/ITSEC 2019

It is always a delight for SMST to be a part of such a grand event. We owe a huge ‘Thank You’ to all of the participants and sponsors that helped make this another successful week at I/ITSEC. We are so incredibly grateful for all the time and hard work they put into our booth. It was an amazing experience and we urge you to stay tuned next year because I/ITSEC 2020 will be even better!

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Dec. 18, 2019

NTSA 2019 M&S Awards

Dr. Randall Shumaker was recognized for his lifetime contributions to modeling and simulation education and research; pioneering simulation for testing, exploratory development, AI, and human-robot teaming; and leading the growth and diversification of modeling and simulation at the University of Central Florida’s (UCF) Institute for Simulation and Training.

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Dec. 11, 2019

Dr. Lori Walters and Dr. Stephen Fiore Honored as Recipients of the 3rd Annual Luminary Awards

The prestigious Luminary award is a fairly new recognition given by the Office of Research and Faculty Excellence. On October 23rd, nine faculty members across a number of disciplines were awarded for making a difference in the world through their research, and among them were Dr. Stephen Fiore and Dr. Lori Walters.

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Oct. 25, 2019

NCS Hall of Fame 2019

It was a special evening for IST since not only one, but two, of our very own were inducted into the Modeling and Simulation Hall of Fame. A highly coveted accolade awarded by the National Center for Simulation (NCS), this recognition is an astounding honor and achievement.

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Aug. 14, 2019

In Remembrance of Ernie Smart

A true visionary, Ernie was a central figure in the establishment of IST as a reputable research institute within the University of Central Florida. When he joined IST as Director of Government Relations in 1986, the institute was still in its infancy.

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May. 23, 2019

Our first SMST Day!

April 10, 2019 marked the School of Modeling, Simulation and Training (SMST)’s first annual “SMST Day,” in what will be the first of many day-long events aimed to help students connect with industry professionals.

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May. 17, 2019

Partnership IV Ribbon Cutting

Despite the cold weather, UCF President Dale Whittaker and George Cheros, CEO of the National Center for Simulation, along with members of the Army cut the ribbon on Jan. 28th to celebrate Partnership IV. This is the latest addition to the Partnership Complex, our nation’s epicenter for simulation and training-related research and development.

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Feb. 28, 2019

Happy Retirement Lucile

Thank you Lucile Padgett for being with us at IST. For 19 years, your radiating kindness has always been thing first we see whenever we enter the lobby of the Partnership 2 building. IST will never forget your presence and the mark you will leave here.

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Aug. 09, 2018

IST Tour with Claflin University

This morning, IST has welcomed 70 students who are on their way to starting their first year of college at Claflin University, South Carolina. All studying within STEM fields, along with some Computer Science and Engineer majors. 

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Jul. 09, 2018

Game Research Summer School

A notice by Professor Remco Veltkamp from Utrecht University:

Between August 13 and 24, 2018 there will be two interrelated summer schools on digital games in contemporary society and culture, taught by senior staff from the Utrecht University Center for Game Research and the Utrecht University of Arts.

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May. 24, 2018

2018 RADM Fred Lewis Postgraduate I/ITSEC Scholarship

Applications for the 2018 RADM Fred Lewis Postgraduate I/ITSEC Scholarship will be accepted through mid June 2018. Funds will be available to the student for the Fall 2018 Quarter/Semester.

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May. 15, 2018

Happy Retirement Dr. Goldiez

Thank you Dr. Goldiez for your 30 years of experience as Deputy Director here at IST.

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May. 09, 2018

2018 NCWIT Collegiate Award

Congratulations to Salam Daher for earning the 2018 NCWIT Collegiate Award for her project, Physical-Virtual Patient Bed. Out of 147 applicants from 91 institutions in the USA, 4 winners were chosen.

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May. 06, 2018

Blockchain Enabled Applications: Understand the Blockchain Ecosystem and How to Make it Work for You

Blockchain Enabled Applications: Understand the Blockchain Ecosystem  and How to Make it Work for You by Vikram Dhillon, David Metcalf, and Max Hooper

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May. 01, 2018

UCF Programming Team Place 10th in World Finals

Following up on the last couple quarters, we finally receive exciting results from the UCF Programming Team competing at the ICPC World Finals in Beijing, China!

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Apr. 19, 2018

Robotics Open House

The Robotics Club Open house was hosted at IST. The Robotics club comprises of 30 + members who are pursuing degrees in the fields of Science, Engineering, Mathematics.


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Apr. 13, 2018

UCF ARCC Ten Year Anniversary

A couple months back, ARCC had their anniversary, celebrating ten years of research high-performance computing at UCF. 


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Apr. 10, 2018

USA Science & Engineering Festival

The USA Science & Engineering Festival is an event held bi-annually in Washington D.C. to celebrate STEM education for people of all age groups. 

Last Spring, E2i Creative Studio had the 
pleasure of showcasing at the festival in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security to demonstrate that learning simulations can be fun and engaging for the whole family. Read More
Apr. 06, 2018


Students from k-12 attended the UCF event to gain experience related to hands-on activities, demonstrations, and exhibits that showcase the incredible world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Read More
Mar. 30, 2018