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Congratulations, 2021 SURF and OUR Student Research Award Recipients!

July 8, 2021
Ms. Rhondra Giscombe Mr. Earnest Swan MSE Junior Ms. Rhondra Giscombe received the Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence Fellowship (SURF) in the amount of $1500 to develop and investigate “Solids and Liquid Repellency in Omniphobic  Coatings” with Dr. Mukhopadhyay. SURF Fellows participate in independent research and creative projects in collaboration with UCF Faculty during the…

Undergraduate Scholarships available to MSE

May 21, 2021
Since 1953, the ASM Materials Education Foundation has awarded scholarships totaling over $1.3 million. Currently, they award up to 20 scholarships annually. Most awards include a certificate of recognition and stipend to attend our annual awards ceremony. The application deadline is June 30th. 16 scholarships are available 2 awards up to $10,000 5 awards of…

Congratulations to MSE graduates: Spring 21

May 13, 2021
PhD Craig Neal – (Advisor: Seal) MS Thesis Sofia Nucci – (Advisor: Sohn ) MS Kayla Chew Matthew Neason Ross Osborne – (Advisor: Gaume) MS – Online Karena Edun Katelyn Sowards

Congratulations, 2021 SURF Award Recipients!

May 7, 2021
Two undergraduate students in Dr. Crawford’s lab, Meryl Wiratmo, and Brandon Ortiz received UCF SURF awards for Summer 2021 to conduct research on nonlinear optic polymers.   Meryl Wiratmo Brandon Ortiz

Jung group’s collaborative research led to publications in Advanced Materials and ACS Nano

May 5, 2021
Jung group’s collaborative research with scientists at University of Texas – Austin led to publications in top materials science journals, Advanced Materials and ACS Nano. The Advanced Materials paper titled “A Library of Atomically Thin 2D Materials Featuring the Conductive‐Point Resistive Switching Phenomenon” reports on memory switching effects in  the near-atom thickness 2D materials developed…

Congratulations to Ashley Santana, an undergraduate researcher that worked in Crawford Lab for receiving an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and full tuition scholarship to NYU’s Biotechnology MS Program for fall 2021

April 26, 2021
Ashley Santana Majors: Biotechnology and biomedical sciences Ashley is one of 16 undergraduates at UCF to receive the prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship in 2021. Webpage: https://www.ucf.edu/news/16-knights-earn-nsf-graduate-research-fellowships-most-in-ucf-history/ University Involvement: McNair Scholar, member of the Student Undergraduate Research Council, transfer student peer mentor for the Office of Undergraduate Research, former vice president for the Eureka Research Society, and a…

MSE Alum lands investment on nanotechnology research

April 5, 2021
Orlando, Fla. (March 1, 2021) – While many small businesses struggle to find funding, sometimes it just comes in the most peculiar ways. Just ask Christina Drake, owner and founder of Kismet Technologies, which is developing a next-generation residual surface disinfectant spray using nanotechnology. The company recently received a $250,000 investment from North Carolina businessman and pastor…

Congratulations to Jodi Elder: CECS Fall 2020 Employee of the Fall Semester.

March 22, 2021
Jodi Elder has been working in the MSE department for 7 ½ years. She is the MSE Human Resources Liaison and the Budget/Financial Accounts Administrator. She consistently strives to be responsive to faculty, staff, and students in addressing their needs related to human resources, financials, and many other departmental activities on time.  

Congratulations! Dr. Rajaraman’s paper made the Highlights of 2020

March 17, 2021
Dr. Rajaraman’s paper, an invited review on 2D and 3D Microelectrode Arrays was chosen by the editors of the Institute of Physics Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering as one of the highlights of 2020. These articles provide an example of the high quality, innovative and interesting work that was published in the journal last year.…

Congratulations Ashley Santana, an undergraduate researcher, for receiving the 2020 Barry Goldwater Scholarship

March 5, 2021
Ashley Santana, an undergraduate researcher from the Crawford lab receives a highly competitive 2020 Goldwater Scholarship. The awards go to juniors or sophomores who show promise in becoming research leaders in fields such as science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. https://www.ucf.edu/news/2-students-receive-goldwater-scholarships/   Ashley Santana, biomedical sciences and biotechnology major, have received the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship. The Goldwater Scholarship,…

Congratulations to MSE student team (Runner up) at UCF Technology Ventures Symposium

February 18, 2021
The UCF Technology Ventures Symposium is designed to connect innovative UCF student startups, faculty researchers, established entrepreneurs, venture investors, and anyone else who dreams of being part of “the next big thing” in Orlando. The one-day virtual conference uncovers little-known, big-potential technology startups created by UCF students, faculty, and alumni for potential investment. The symposium’s…

UCF Alumni on A mission to Create 300 Female Community Health Ambassadors in India (while providing livelihoods to female artisans)

February 10, 2021
One of the biggest challenges posed by the Pandemic to mankind is the loss of livelihoods, further widening of the gender inequalities, and major reliance on government networks for health-related awareness. Parisodhana Technologies, a company incorporated in India by two University of Central Florida Alumni, Dr. Satyanarayana VN T Kuchibhatla and Dr. Ajay Karakoti, responded…

Congratulations to Prof. Sohn

February 9, 2021
Prof. Yongho Sohn received the 2020 Engineer of the Year Award from the Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association (KSEA), presented by the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies (KOFST). His contributions to the development of metallic alloys for 3D printing and low-enriched metallic nuclear fuels were cited for the award. He now joins a…

Congratulations to Dr. Hyer for his next career in Oak Ridge National Laboratory

February 8, 2021
Dr. Holden Hyer, who has completed his Ph.D. in December 2020 under supervision from Dr. Yongho Sohn has started an exciting professional career at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) as an R&D Staff, starting February 2021. Holden leads the first successful effort in the United States to produce fully dense WE43 Magnesium alloy with laser…

UCF-Developed Seawater Battery is Safer for People and Environment

February 4, 2021
Current lithium-ion batteries contain solvents that are flammable and toxic. BY ROBERT WELLS | FEBRUARY 4, 2021 One application of seawater batteries could be to power undersea vehicles. Photo credit: Adobe Stock University of Central Florida researchers have helped develop a new, seawater-based battery that’s safer for humans and the environment than the fire-prone lithium-ion batteries that…

MSE alumni from Prof. Jung’s group accept faculty position at prestigious university in Korea

January 6, 2021
Dr. Jung Han Kim, a former post-doc in Prof. Yeonwoong (Eric) Jung’s group, will join the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at Dong-A University in South Korea as a tenure-track faculty.  Dong-A University is a highly prestigious research-oriented private university in Busan,  the second-largest city in South Korea. Dr. Kim worked in Prof. Jung’s lab…

MSE research is highlighted in UCF’s 10 ten research stories

December 8, 2020
  Stories about Arecibo, COVID-19, using judo to help children with autism succeed, the importance of workplace gratitude, a rotating detonation rocket propulsion system, and detecting cancer were among the most read UCF research stories of 2020. The world was dealt some major blows in 2020, and this was reflected in what made the list…

Scientist using nanoparticles to create long-lasting disinfectant spray

December 4, 2020
ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – When was the last time you read the label on a commercial cleaning product or let a surface you wiped down dry completely? To be 99.9% effective, these products must be used correctly and frequently. But what if there was a better way? COVID-19 has made us all painfully aware of…

Dr. Seal Research on the Cover of the Biomaterials Science

October 27, 2020
Silk fibroin nanofibrous mats for visible sensing of oxidative stress in cutaneous wounds Abstract Wound healing is of major clinical concern and is constantly being explored for early restoration and enhanced recovery. While the etiology of the wound healing is multifactorial, high inflammation and increased oxidative stress which results in chronic inflammation, endothelial dysfunction and…

2020 Health Innovators

October 23, 2020
South Florida Business Journal is recognizing our team (Christina Drake, Sudipta Seal, and Dr. Griffith Parks) as 2020 health innovators! read more

How to reopen research labs – Follow guidelines

May 20, 2020
Overview COVID-19 has impacted all of us in some way. The disruptions shut down most of our research operations in March, and I know you have been eagerly awaiting word on when you can get back. I appreciate your patience. Since April I have been working with a dedicated team of faculty researchers, administrators and…

NSF highlights COVID 19 research

May 20, 2020
Backed by the National Science Foundation, researchers are working on developing a nanoparticle film that would “catch” and kill viruses to better protect healthcare providers. Protecting against COVID 19 As the pandemic rages on, it’s the first responders on the frontlines that are most at risk. A team of engineers at the University of Central…

MSE faculty as essential person during COVID 19

April 30, 2020
What it’s Like Being Essential Personnel at UCF During COVID-19 Meet some of the people at UCF who hold everything together — even in the worst of times. Sudipta Seal Chair and Professor of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering Chair for the NanoScience Technology Center and Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center We’ve seen a shortage of…

MSE Faculty Delivers Remote Lab Instruction using Innovative and Resourceful Approach

April 27, 2020
Featured in UCF News: https://tinyurl.com/yb5ohw7t UCF Faculty, Students Get Creative to Finish Unprecedented Semester As the spring semester nears its end, here’s a look at some of the resourceful ways students and faculty have adapted to online learning. Dissecting honeybees via Zoom, using a glass shower door as a whiteboard and creating a virtual art…

“Dynamic 3D Microelectrodes” just got published in the Nature Microsystems and Nanoengineering

April 22, 2020
Wearables: Stretchable microstructures for microelectrode sensors A unique method to make wearable electronics using flexible microstructures have been explored and characterized by researchers in the United States. Wearable devices such as sensors or power generators require stable, stretchable electronics, otherwise, their electrical performance will degrade when they are deformed. Prof. Swaminathan Rajaraman (Assistant Professor, MSE)…

New Bachelor’s Degree in Materials Science and Engineering to Begin in Fall

April 9, 2020
Graduates of the new degree are sought by employers in a wide variety of high-tech industries such as space, defense, electronics, energy and medicine. BY KIMBERLY J. LEWIS | APRIL 8, 2020   Undergraduate engineering students have a new degree option at the University of Central Florida with the addition of a bachelor’s degree program in materials science…

MSE ranks in 50s – 2021 US News Ranking

March 23, 2020
UCF’s online programs are ranked, as some of the top in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The rankings are based on the publication’s 2020 Best Online Programs rankings, which assess schools based on student engagement, online learning technologies and support, faculty credentials and training, and the program’s reputation among other universities.No. 12 in Best…

Undergraduate Researchers awarded OUR Student Research Group Grant

February 27, 2020
A team of undergraduate researchers mentored by Dr. Kausik Mukhopadhyay was awarded the OUR Student Research Group Grant in the amount of $1500 for their project, “Electrochemical studies of Hybrid Membranes with Antimicrobial Efficacy”. The grant was funded the UCF’s Office of Undergraduate Research to Dr. Mukhopadhyay through the MSE department. The all-undergraduate team comprised…

UCF Chapter of AVS visits ANCORP

February 24, 2020
On Jan 21, 2020, members of the UCF chapter of AVS, composed of students from MSE, Chemisty, and Physics, attended a high vacuum demonstration and tour at ANCORP in nearby Williston, FL. The tour answered key questions such as, What is High Vacuum? Why do we want to create a vacuum? How is it used? How is…

Deepak Pandey, Ph.D. Scholar, Received “Young Researcher Award” at ICNAN’2019

January 22, 2020
At 2nd International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology-2019 (ICNAN ’19), VIT Vellore, India, the attendees came from 25+ Countries and participated with more than 1000 student applicants and 400+ presenters. More than 525 research papers were submitted, and over 60 globally renowned speakers gave their talk. Out of 1000 student applicants and more than 400…

Artificial Intelligence May Help Scientists Make Spray-on Solar Cells

January 16, 2020
UCF researchers have developed an AI system that can identify formulas for creating liquid solar cells, which potentially could allow them to be painted on bridges, houses, and skyscrapers. BY ZENAIDA GONZALEZ KOTALA | DECEMBER 16, 2019 Thomas joined UCF in 2011. His previous work resulted in a variety of innovations, including material that could help keep…

Happy Holidays from UCF-MSE

December 19, 2019
On behalf of Dr. Sudipta Seal and the entire Materials Science and Engineering Department:

Congratulations Prof. Fang

October 24, 2019
9 Luminary Award Recipients Honored for Making an Impact on the World The third annual awards recognize researchers for being academic leaders making an impact on the world through their studies and scholarship.By Zenaida Gonzalez Kotala | October 24, 2019 The University of Central Florida honored nine outstanding faculty members Wednesday during the third annual…

MS&T 2019 meeting

October 4, 2019
UCF students Sharron and Tin, at MS&T 2019 meeting, Largest Materials Science Eng meeting with Dept Chair. The Materials Science & Technology (MS&T) technical meeting and exhibition is the long-standing, recognized forum for fostering technical innovation at the intersection of materials science, engineering, and application. Each year, MS&T brings together scientists, engineers, students, suppliers, and…

Congratulations to Kari, Jodi, Sandy and Angie

September 26, 2019
  UCF Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering (@UCFMSE) tweeted at 5:01 PM on Wed, Sep 25, 2019:Congratulations to Kari, Jodi, Sandy, Angie for their 30, 5, 5, 20 yrs great service, and their contribution to AMPAC and MSE department. https://t.co/KJGT5I5TIG(https://twitter.com/UCFMSE/status/1176964995176747009?s=09)

MSE Meet and Greet

September 14, 2019
MSE Meet and Greet: Excellent interaction between MSE faculty, staff, graduates and new undergraduates, researchers. A glimpse of the day.