About the Initiative

UCF’s Faculty Cluster Initiative leverages our existing strengths and fosters the development of strong, interdisciplinary teams focused on solving today’s toughest scientific and societal challenges through teaching and research. In 2015, the initiative launched with six clusters and 33 positions. This year, we are adding three new clusters to tackle additional challenges of growing importance around the world and are adding 17 faculty members. That’s a total of 50 faculty members to advance UCF’s unique areas of excellence and global impact.


The strength of this initiative comes from faculty depth, the ability to translate this depth across disciplines and the collaboration of faculty and academic administrators in every college across the university.

Cyber Security and Privacy

Developing world-class scholarship on the security and privacy for the Internet of Things and creating tools and methods for preventing, discovering and mitigating security and privacy breaches, while cultivating highly skilled graduates for this growing field.

Disability, Aging and Technology

Taking advantage of Florida’s ideal living laboratory to design, develop and disseminate practical and affordable interventions to help reintegrate people while promoting health and well-being, informing policy and creating technological innovations through interdisciplinary research, education and service partnerships.

Energy Conversion and Propulsion

Creating a cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research and education framework at UCF, in which catalyst synthesis, characterization and application proceed in tandem with theoretical modeling and simulation to generate the knowledge base essential for accelerating the discovery and application of novel catalysts for energy conversion, storage and propulsion.

Genomics and Bioinformatics

Creating a genomics and bioinformatics cluster that will advance UCF’s life sciences infrastructure, focusing on biodiversity, including in health-related research, and integrating genomics and bioinformatics into curricula at all levels.

Learning Sciences

Unlocking the human potential within every learner will result in harnessing intellectual capital for solving society’s most challenging problems and saving billions of dollars through theory, research, development and classroom practice regarding the complex process of how people think and learn.

Prosthetic Interfaces

Establishing a critical mass of dedicated faculty to enable a viable interdisciplinary biomedical engineering program at UCF with core competency in prosthetic interfaces for implantable devices and systems.

Renewable Energy Systems

Advancing UCF’s work in smart energy systems and sustainable energy storage while developing and deploying distributed renewable energy resources and resilient communication networks.

Sustainable Coastal Systems

Leading world-class efforts to understand ecosystem health and function and assessing natural and human-related impacts to coastal ecosystems, with the goal of creating decision-support models for planners, policymakers and stakeholders.

Violence Against Women

Better understanding the complexity of violence against women to create innovative responses and guide policymaking that merges health, social welfare and social justice perspectives while increasing visibility and community awareness to reduce the experience and impact of violence.

We’re Hiring

The Faculty Cluster Initiative is hiring in nine select fields to advance UCF’s areas of excellence and global impact. We’re looking for leaders to help shape interdisciplinary research and teaching across the university.