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Grace Bochenek, Ph.D.

Director, IST, School of Modeling, Simulation,
and Training

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Dr. Grace Bochenek '98PhD is the Director of the School of Modeling, Simulation, and Training at the University of Central Florida. Prior to joining UCF, Dr. Bochenek held a presidential cabinet appointment as Acting U.S. Secretary of Energy and earlier had a career of motivating research, and development in national security and energy, the private sector, and as a member of the federal government Senior Executive Service.

Recognized for her ability to anticipate and inspire technological innovation, Director Bochenek is endlessly fascinated by the potential of next generation technology, and the next generation who will wield it in the workforce.

Her past leadership roles included managing research and overseeing partnerships with universities as Director of the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), serving as the Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Army Materiel Command, and leading research and development as the Director of the Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center.  She was awarded the Presidential Rank Award as Meritorious Executive, a Silver Medal from the National Defense Industry Association, and Decorations for Exceptional Civilian Service from both Departments of Army and Energy.


  • Ph.D., Industrial & Systems Engineering, University Central Florida

  • M.S., Industrial & Systems Engineering, University of Michigan Dearborn

  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Wayne State University

  • B.S., Nutritional Science, Michigan State University


  • Director, IST, School of Modeling, Simulation, and Training, UCF

  • Professor, School of Modeling, Simulation, and Training, UCF

  • Army Science Board Member

  • National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Board Member

  • Team Orlando Board Member

  • National Center for Simulation Board Member


  • Army Science Board
  • National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Board
  • Team Orlando Board
  • Florida Defense Support Task Force
  • US Space Force University Consortium
  • HSRU DOD & DOE Working Groups
  • UCF/DOE Decarbonization
  • Knights Digital Twin, UCF
  • Microelectronics Digital Twin (MeDT), EDA BBBRC & Osceola County
  • Human Digital Twins, Army

Research Interests:

Digital Twins
Large Scale Research Activities
Modeling and Simulation
Scalable Research
Translational Research

Areas of Expertise:

Digital Engineering
Machine Learning
Statistical Data Analysis

Application Areas:

Microelectronics and Semiconductor Fabrication
Smart Cities