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Positively Impacting the World

When the world looks to answer the questions facing today’s most challenging programs, our world-renowned faculty are sought for their expertise. Here are some of our recent contributions to the news that shapes our world, and worlds we’ve yet to discover.

Rocket launching from launchpad surrounded by fire and smoke

“Launch pads are as complex as rockets are”

— Phil Metzger, Associate Scientist, Planetary Physicist

 


The Verge

Nano paint at a molecular level - Invented by UCF researcher Debashis Chanda, Researcher and Professor of Physics

“Nature has a very different way of creating color than we do”

— Debashis Chanda, Researcher and Professor of Physics

 


Wired

How the sense of smell can help heal post-traumatic stress, the work of Deborah C. Beidel, Ph.D., ABPP, Trustee Chair and Pegasus Professor of Psychology and Medical Education and Director of UCF RESTORES at the University of Central Florida

“[…] have people get in contact with what we call the triggers”

Expert Faculty

Our faculty and researchers are focused on solving the biggest problems facing humanity. Discover their stories and explore the groundbreaking research that’s creating meaningful change for today, and for the future.

From space technologies, simulation and immersive experiences to healthcare, energy and national security — learn more from thought leaders in each field of study.

Finding Water on the Moon.

Featuring.

Jillian Gloria ’22 explains how her research helps find water on the moon to better understand where astronauts can live and work safely.

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Tiny Bubbles, Big Solutions.

Featuring.

Tara Pattilachan ’22’s innovative, non-invasive research may one day help treat the debilitating disease, osteoporosis.

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Quantum Physics for Technologies of Tomorrow.

Featuring.

Enrique Del Barco, explains quantum physics that propel us toward future technologies – in a simple way!

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Arts & Culture
UCF Alum, Author on New Spaceman Movie Based on His Book
Creative writing alum Jaroslav Kalfař ’11 reflects on his debut novel Spaceman of Bohemia and its adaptation into the movie Spaceman, which is in theaters…
Science & Technology
Could AI Save Education?
For insight into the real potential and real fears of artificial intelligence in education, we turn to Kristal Ayres ’92MEd, an educator who is now…
Colleges & Campus
UCF Alumnus Taylor Gerring Pledges $5.5 Million for New Football Building
This is the largest single cash pledge commitment ever by an individual for UCF Athletics.
Pegasus Magazine Featured Story
The Rise of SpaceU
Founded to help fuel talent for the nearby space industry, UCF continues to build its reputation as SpaceU. Here’s a look at the early days of UCF’s space ties and journey to new frontiers.

Thirteen colleges. Unlimited possibilities.

At UCF, we offer an array of academic options for just about every interest. Check out our 240+ degree programs, award-winning faculty and groundbreaking research. You’ll quickly discover all there is to experience and learn at one of the nation’s most innovative universities.

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