Leadership & Innovation

We Build Leaders Here

Engineering leaders aren’t born, they are developed. The need for engineering and computer technology leaders is echoed universally by private industry, government agencies, academic institutions and engineering professional societies.

That’s why CECS established the Engineering Leadership & Innovation Institute at UCF (eli2). To learn more, visit the eli2 website.

IdeaLab and InnovationLab

It all begins with ideas to solve a problem. (more write up here from Bob Hoekstra)

Undergraduate Senior Design

Senior Design = where our undergraduates shine. Visit the Senior Design Portal here.

UCF = Powerful Patents

UCF ranks (  ) and is 21 among the world’s top 100 patent-producing universities.

Did you know? UCF’s first patent was a College of Engineering and Computer Science patent. (name of patent & professor)

See all CECS patents here: (or link to ORC patent web page)

Faculty Innovation = Enterprising Ventures

Read about the innovations by CECS faculty and the businesses that they launched.

Dr. Joseph LaViola (pen-based computing company)

Dr. Ken Stanley (write-up on his company)

Launching Entrepreneurs: UCF Blackstone LaunchPad Program

The nationally-acclaimed Blackstone LaunchPad program provides students with a network of venture coaches and entrepreneurial support to transform ideas into viable companies. The program is open to all UCF students, regardless of age or field of study. It is made possible by a $1.4 million grant by the Blackstone Charitable Foundation.

UCF is the 10th school in the country to launch the program, and the second in Florida.  Visit the UCF Blackstone LaunchPad website.

From Innovation to Realization: UCF Incubation Program

The UCF Business Incubation program facilitates smarter, faster startup and growth of emerging companies so they will become financially successful, high-growth companies in the community.

At eight sites throughout the central Florida region, clients receive an array of business development services and resources to help accelerate growth.  Visit the UCF Incubation Program website.