The University of Central Florida is taking an innovative approach to ensure its talented alumni become Orlando’s next generation of successful tech entrepreneurs.

Buddy Dyer, Orlando Mayor

Big University, Bigger Talent

Thousands of faculty members including scientists and researchers offer more than 220 degree programs to 68,000 students at one of 14 distinct campuses. In addition, UCF has 200,000 alumni stay in Florida to work in business, sales or hospitality, or in research areas like nanotechnology, engineering, biomedical sciences or pharmaceuticals. At UCF, we practice what we teach. That’s why we are America’s Partnership University.

Faculty Talent

UCF faculty members go beyond the classroom to mentor and share in the spirit of a true metropolitan university. UCF draws from and proudly contributes to Central Florida. From film to finance, from science to stage, UCF is a cornerstone in both the region’s growth and identity.

Alumni Talent

UCF alumni span the globe and include the vice president of knowledge, Google; the president of worldwide operations at the Walt Disney World Resort, the former chair, U.S. Council of Economic Advisors, and the current dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.

Research and Development in Action

At UCF, we encourage collaboration with industry and want to move pioneering research into market.

Elizabeth Klonoff, UCF’s vice president for research and dean of the College of Graduate Studies

Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center

The center offers the development, processing and characterization of advanced materials, including structural, electronic, optical and nanomaterial to achieve national prominence in targeted research areas that include energy, biotechnology, microelectronics, laser materials, life sciences, optics, aerospace, bioengineering and nanotechnology.

Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers

Optics and photonics research includes lasers, optical fibers, semiconductor and integrated photonics, nonlinear and quantum optics, and imaging, sensing and display. These technologies benefit industry and manufacturing, communication and information technology, biology and medicine, energy and lighting, and defense and homeland security.

Florida Photonics Center of Excellence

The center was established with a $10 million grant from the State of Florida to create a new center of excellence within the UCF College of Optics and Photonics. The research and education focus is on the technologies of nanophotonics, biophotonics, advanced imaging and 3-D displays, and ultra-high bandwidth communications.

Institute for Simulation and Training

Laboratories support research for defense and commercial applications in computer generated forces, virtual, augmented and mixed reality research, embedded training, computer graphics, parallel processing, interactive entertainment, public safety, distributed learning, computer-controlled robotics, human factors and behavioral science.

National Center for Forensic Science

The center integrates forensic science research and technology to deliver innovative and transformational solutions to real problems in the areas of biological, physical and digital evidence. In addition, the center offers operational support, databases and education and training to the criminal justice community.

Florida Small Business Development Center

The center serves an eight-county area that includes Brevard, Flagler, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Sumter and Volusia counties and maintains six subcenter offices in addition to the main office in Orlando. The center is a member of a statewide service funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Florida Space Institute

The institute provides space research, development and educational activities to support the development of Florida’s civil, defense and commercial space economy. Research areas include: planetary sciences, space weather, aerodynamics, vehicle thermal protection and propulsion flow management.

Nanoscience Technology Center

The center conducts research involving green energy, in vitro test systems, functional nanomaterials, computer/mathematical simulations, composite materials, nano-optics, quantum dynamics, bio-imaging, nanoelectronics and nanophysics, single-molecule electronics and integrated device development.

Townes Laser Institute

The institute was dedicated in the presence of, and honoring Charles Townes, 1964 Nobel Laureate in Physics and the inventor of the concept of the laser. The institute is funded by the State of Florida to develop laser light engines for applications in medicine, advanced manufacturing and defense applications.

Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences at the UCF College of Medicine

The school offers biomedicine research programs to find cures for cancer, cardiovascular, neurological and infectious diseases. It also promotes interdisciplinary research and education programs in the applications of photonics, bioinformatics and nanoscience at its multiple facilities including the new Health Sciences Campus at Lake Nona.

Center for Research in Computer Vision

The center conducts research in areas including national defense and intelligence, homeland security, environment monitoring, life sciences and biotechnology and robotics. It produces the science behind computer vision and its use in crowd surveillance, visual tracking, human behavior analysis, unmanned aerial video analysis and biomedical image analysis.

Florida Solar Energy Center

Research and development on appliance design and development, photovoltaic, building science, hydrogen and alternative energy research is based on field monitoring, computer simulations and controlled experiments in laboratories. The center provides expertise in engineering, energy research, building science, energy and policy analysis, and education and training.