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Materials Science Bachelor’s Degree Earns Accreditation

October 4, 2023
The Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering is the latest undergraduate program in the College of Engineering and Computer Science to earn accreditation from ABET, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. ABET is a global nonprofit, non-governmental agency that sets standards for programs in the applied and natural sciences, computing, engineering and…

UCF Ranks as a Top 25 U.S. Public University for Patents Granted

May 1, 2023
The University of Central Florida has moved into the ranks of the top 25 public universities in the nation for patents granted, according to the latest report from the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). UCF secured 63 patents in 2022, ranking it No. 52 in the world and No. 23 among public universities in the…

UCF Ranks Among Top Universities for Materials Science and Engineering

April 27, 2023
UCF, a top-tier public research university renowned for driving innovation and delivering broad-based prosperity, continues to distinguish itself in the latest U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings. In these influential 2023-24 rankings, nine College of Engineering and Computer Science graduate programs rank in the top 75 in the nation in their respective fields. Among them is…

Sohn Named President of Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association

November 8, 2022
Materials science and engineering Professor Yongho Sohn has been elected president of the Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association. He succeeds former KSEA president Young Kee-Kim, to become the 52nd leader of the organization. Sohn currently serves as the president-elect but will assume the official title of president in July 2023. In this role, he will…

3 UCF Colleges Receive $4.5M for Infectious Disease, Travel Health Research Initiative

July 25, 2022
University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management, College of Medicine and College of Engineering and Computer Science have received $4.5 million dollars in funding for a research initiative aimed at mitigating the damage caused to hospitality, travel, and small businesses by health crises, like the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding for the collaborative research project comes from the…

Materials Science and Engineering Advances in U.S. News and World Report Rankings

March 29, 2022
UCF is one of the best universities in the nation for students looking to continue their education and advance their careers in a wide range of professional areas, including emergency and crisis management, high-tech research and the engineering fields. Take it from U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 Best Graduate Schools Rankings, which are based on…

MSE Seminar Series – Dr. Veerle Keppens 

February 11, 2022
Today we had, as a part of the MSE Seminar Series, Dr. Veerle Keppens Head of Materials Science and Engineering Department, Chancellor’s Professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Talking about: Compositionally complex oxides: synthesis, characterization, challenges, and opportunities

MSE Alum Dr. Drake is featured speaker at UCF Technology Ventures Symposium!

February 7, 2022
The Central Florida economy is large and increasingly diverse. Thanks to the influence of UCF and the many high-tech innovation-based industries located here, new ideas, innovations, and startups are launching daily. These HIDDEN GEMS are little known to those outside Orlando, and ripe for potential investment. The UTVS (see flyer) will showcase these hidden gems…

Congratulations to MSE grad student Nitin Ramesh Reddy

January 26, 2022
Nitin Ramesh Reddy (Advisor: Prof. J. Fang) won Dissertation Completion Award this year. The College of Graduate Studies at UCF awards over $2 million in fellowship funding each year. Fellowships are awarded to students in acknowledgment of their impressive past achievements and in anticipation of their future successes at UCF and beyond. Students may receive fellowships from…

UCF MS MSE Student Sharon Park on the news

November 4, 2021
Sharon Park ’19 ’20MS is one of 1,700 UCF graduates expected to return to campus for the in-person milestone they missed in 2020. Her reason for coming home illustrates precisely why it matters. This weekend, Sharon Park ’19 ’20MS is traveling 900 miles for what will appear to outsiders to be a five-second walk across the stage at…

Solar Energy Innovators Program is now accepting applications!!

September 13, 2021
The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy  (EERE) Solar Energy Technologies Office sponsors the Solar Energy Innovators Program (SEI) to enable selected applicants to conduct practical research on innovative solutions to the challenges faced by public utility commissions, utilities, and grid operators as the levels of solar energy, as well as other distributed energy resources (DERs),…

Dr. Neelkanth G. Dhere in Memoriam

September 2, 2021
With great sadness, I am sharing the news of Dr. Neelkanth G. Dhere, who recently died of COVID while in India. I came to know this news from Dr. Davis. Dr. Dhere was with the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) at UCF and contributed to our MSE program since we started in 2000. He hired…

Dr. Yang’s recently published paper has been cited by DOE, BES

August 24, 2021
Department Of Energy’s Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States. Producing hydrogen from seawater could create a sustainable fuel. But it's been hard for scientists to do in an effective way. Researchers @UCF used @EMSLscience to develop a stable, long-lasting nanoscale material that…

Jung Group’s Paper Featured on the Front Cover of Advanced Electronic Materials

August 18, 2021
Quote from the journal: In article 2100395, Yeonwoong Jung and coworkers report the deterministic van der Waals assembly of wafer-scale 2D and 3D free-standing membranes by exploring their capillary force-driven spontaneous delamination inside water. The assembled near atom thickness 2D/3D hetero-membranes exhibit an excellent combination of large mechanical flexibility and high photoresponsiveness at a wide range…

Mini-Symposium on Bioelectronics

August 15, 2021
Dr. Rajaraman is co-hosting (along with Prof. Jack Judy of UF) an online mini-symposium on bioelectronics for pain and addiction research. The symposium features talks from leading experts in this field including Prof. Hickman from UCF/Hesperos. Please Register More Information

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: 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.   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