Dean’s Welcome

Getting Better Every Day

At UCF, we are proud of our recent accomplishments, such as winning the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition three times in a row (2014, 2015, and 2016) and finishing 1st in North America and 10th in the World in the 2018 “World Cup” of computer programming.

Competition success and global recognition are nice, absolutely. But they are not necessarily what we are all about at the UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science. We are about the individual and collective mission of getting better every day.

As a young student entering college, I thought I had already “made it.” In Greece, only a small fraction of students advance to higher education. I was one of them. Yet, only until I realized that I had to become a more serious student did I begin to reach my potential.  And since then, I became better every day.

My philosophy: You, student, faculty, university, can always be better tomorrow than you are today. You, student, faculty, university, can always do better tomorrow than today. You, student, faculty, university, should not focus on comparing yourself to others; compare yourself to your own self. Then you will quickly realize that there is always an opportunity to get better, to improve, to ascend.

That philosophy drives me at UCF and constitutes the core of my vision for the College. Although quite often we attain impressive feats, who we are today is only important because it defines our potential of who we can become tomorrow.

The EXCEL program at UCF is a great example. The goal is to increase STEM student success in the first two years of college. EXCEL dedicates resources, expertise and supervised research opportunities to cohorts of about 200 students each year who we believe have an unrealized potential. Many EXCEL students succeed.

In 2006, one of the EXCEL recruits graduated with bachelor’s and master’s degrees, received a prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation and currently is pursuing a doctorate. This student exemplifies my belief that striving for a better-self every day will result in success.

The key to success at UCF – one of the nation’s largest institutions – is harnessing our enormous collaborative power and leveraging our Orlando location – Florida’s strongest economic region.


UCF students benefit from the massive intersection of faculty, staff, community and industry who – as a collective whole – provide limitless opportunities for learning through shared interests, experiences and goals. With so many people helping students from so many angles, even with students helping other students, UCF succeeds at creating the next generation of engineering and computer science leaders.

I joined UCF in 1986 as an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering. Now, 32 years later, I am Dean of our College. I cannot help but think that every one of our 11,000 students can walk a similar journey.

And that is what I am striving for – to ensure that every one of our students gets to experience a journey that meets and even exceeds their dreams and aspirations, entrusted to us when they joined UCF.

It is possible when a student embraces my philosophy of always becoming better, every day.
Dr. Michael Georgiopoulos Dean

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