Three UCF researchers working on different projects have been awarded a total of about $1.3 million from the Department of Defense. Two of these projects are for research led by CECS faculty.

The grants were part of the DOD awarding of $50 million to 85 institutions across the nation in the Fiscal Year 2021 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program.

The recipients and their projects are:

  • Brian Kim, assistant professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering – Massively Parallel Bio-Security and Bio-Computing Research Using In Vivo Neurotransmitters and Synaptic Transmission, $301,207 from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.
  • Subith Vasu Sumathi, associate professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering – Micro/Macro (PIV/LIF) High Speed System for Heat Transfer Experiments, $381,311 from the Office of Naval Research.
  • Ayman Abouraddy, professor, College of Optics and Photonics – Studying Classical Optical Entanglement in Space and Time, $347,786 from the Office of Naval Research.

“These awards represent continued recognition by the Department of Defense of UCF’s critical contribution to science and technology,” says Michael Macedonia, assistant vice president for research. “It also is a recognition of the leadership of our faculty and their novel ideas to advance research in support of national security.”

The Department of Defense seeks specific proposals from university investigators conducting foundational science and engineering research relevant to national defense.

Through the DURIP awards, the DOD supports purchases of research equipment to boost the United States’ science, technology, engineering and mathematics workforce.

“DURIP awards help maintain the cutting-edge capabilities of our universities and provide research infrastructure to enable the most creative scientific minds in the country to extend the boundaries of science and technology,” says Bindu Nair, director, Basic Research Office, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. “The awards will facilitate scientific advances that will drive unparalleled military capabilities for our country and help train our future STEM workforce.”

The annual award process is highly competitive. For the FY 2021 competition, the service research offices received 742 proposals requesting $297 million in funding.

Story by Gene Kruckemyer ’73, UCF Today