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UCF Industrial Engineer Solves Big Problem at Juilliard

The search for open rehearsal spaces at the Juilliard School in New York – where aspiring actors, musicians and dancers outnumber available practice rooms by almost 7 to 1 – has been streamlined, thanks to the engineering skills of the school’s operations manager Adam Gagan, a UCF 2012 alumnus with a master’s degree in industrial engineering.

Gagan devised an online reservations system that streamlines how students find open practice rooms on campus of the world-famous performing arts school.

Dr. McCauley Awarded Jefferson Fellowship

Dr. Pamela McCauley, professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems, has been awarded a Jefferson Science Fellowship with the U.S. State Department for the 2015-2016 term. The Jefferson Science Fellowship program serves as an innovative model for engaging the American academic science and engineering communities in U.S. foreign policy.

Engineering Student Takes Top Prize in Business Competition

Brandon Naids, who is pursuing a master’s degree in industrial engineering, has won the 2015 UCF Business Model Competition for his presentation about his company Talon Simulations.

The annual event is hosted by the UCF Blackstone LaunchPad, an initiative of the College of Business Administration’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership.

New UCF Design Class Brings Art, Engineering Students Together

Dr. Robert Hoekstra, an associate professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems, was recently named an associate professor of art and is co-teaching this spring with art professor Robert Reedy to bring both fields together in the class Advanced Design Lab. Hoekstra is the first at UCF to share a joint appointment between the art and engineering colleges.

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$2.6 Million Gift from Presagis

Oct. 28, 2014 - Presagis, a world leader in Modeling and Simulation software, was recognized for their in-kind gift of the Presagis Suite software valued at $2.6 million. Dr. Michael Georgiopoulos, dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science, was presented with a ceremonial check by Jean-Michel Brière, Presagis General Manager, in an event held in the Lockheed Martin Synthetic Environment Learning Laboratory.

Dr. McCauley BEYA STEM "Promotion of Education" award recipient

Dr. Pamela McCauley, professor in Industrial Engineering and Management Systems, will be receiving the College-Level Promotion of Education award at the 29th BEYA STEM Global Competitiveness Conference in Washington D.C. on February 7, 2015.

Dr. McCauley is being recognized for “demonstrated strong commitment to preserving superior engineering, scientific and technical education programs.”  Congratulations!


Dr. Hoekstra's Rhythmic Dancers win Best of Show

90th Anniversary 1st Thursdays: Eclectic Knights VI
September 4, 2014

Dr. Hoekstra’s bronze statue series entitled Rhythmic Dancers was selected as best of show in the 6th annual event for the UCF School of Visual Arts & Design Alumni Chapter at the 90th anniversary of 1st Thursdays: Eclectic Knights VI. The show featured more than 50 works selected by the jury which were created by UCF, alumni, faculty and staff in a variety of media.

Tech companies fuel UCF's new $1 million lab facilities

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Dr. Pazour & Faraz Ramtin's research featured in IE Magazine

Assistant Professor Jennifer Pazour and Ph.D. Candidate Faraz Ramtin’s research was highlighted in the August 2014 Industrial Engineering Magazine.  Their research investigates a case-level order-fulfillment technology that is commonly used in cold logistics environments.  They develop models for automated storage and retrieval systems with multiple in-the-aisle pick positions that estimate the average travel times for different design configurations and operating policies.

Gathering Lab, IdeaLab, and Innovation Lab Concepts to be Implemented

eli2, directed by Dr. Timothy Kotnour, has been awarded technology fee funding to construct new labs that will further their mission "to help students discover their burning desire and confidence to create, innovate, collaborate and deliver world-changing solutions". The project spearheaded by eli2 creative director, Dr.