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All are invited to Zoom-in and hear presentations by UCF’s engineering and computer science faculty, as well as faculty from other colleges and units at UCF, who explain their cutting-edge, pioneering research endeavors in quick, 10-minute snapshots. Guest speakers from industry and government are also invited to present the core business of their organization and how it relates to UCF’s interests.

These talks provide an opportunity to get to know — and collaborate with — our faculty who are advancing innovations in all areas of engineering, science and medicine. Talks by our non-UCF guests can facilitate connections with interested UCF faculty. Each presenter narrates as they share illustrative slides.

Topics include: smart city technology, aerospace, energy, modeling and simulation, medicine, advanced materials, cyber security, and more.

Moderated by Subith Vasu, Ph.D., professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, viewers can submit questions in real-time and express interest in collaborating.

Organizers: Michael Georgiopoulos, Ph.D., dean (, Subith Vasu, Ph.D., ( and Jennifer Sutton (

2022 Series to Begin on Friday, Jan. 28

Upcoming: June 24, 2022 (PDF)

Previous Speaker Lineups:
June 17, 2022 (PDF)

June 10, 2022 (PDF)

June 3, 2022 (PDF)

May 13, 2022 (PDF)

April 29, 2022 (PDF)

April 22, 2022 (PDF)

April 18, 2022 – Special CECS Virtual Seminar: The Role of Hydrogen in a Decarbonized Energy Future with Mitsubishi Power and UCF (PDF)

April 15, 2022 (PDF)

April 8, 2022 (PDF)

April 1, 2022 (PDF)

March 25, 2022 (PDF)

March 18, 2022 (PDF)

March 4, 2022 (PDF)

February 25, 2022 (PDF)

February 18, 2022 (PDF)

February 11, 2022 (PDF)

February 4, 2022 (PDF)

January 28, 2022 (PDF)

CECS Faculty

Kareem Ahmed, Ph.D. (MAE) – “High-Speed Flows and Advanced Propulsion: From Hypersonics and Energy to Space Rockets and Exploding Stars” (Feb. 25, 2022)

George Atia, Ph.D. (ECE-CS) – “Scalable and Robust Approaches to Learning, Acquisition and Decision-Making” (April 8, 2022)

Issa Batarseh, Ph.D. (ECE) – “Integration and Testing of Battery Storage System for Exelon Utilities” (Feb. 11, 2022)

Aman Behal, Ph.D. (ECE) – “Assistive Robotics: Challenges and Opportunities” (March 18, 2022)

Necati Catbas, Ph.D. (CECE) – “Structural Health Monitoring of Infrastructure: Permanent-Continuous vs Mobile-Intermittent” (April 1, 2022)

Tuhin Das, Ph.D. (MAE) – “Acausal Modeling and Simulation of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines” (April 15, 2022)

Naveen Eluru, Ph.D. (CECE) – “Role of Modern Micro-Economic Approaches for Analyzing Technology Adoption and Usage Behavior Patterns” (June 3, 2022)

James Fenton, Ph.D. (FSEC/MSE) – “Integrated Hydrogen Production and Consumption for Improved Utility Operations: A Path to Net Zero Emissions” (Jan. 28, 2022)

Paul Gazzillo, Ph.D. (CS) – “Making Highly-Configurable Software Reliable and Secure” (March 25, 2022)

Michael Georgiopoulos, Ph.D. (CECS, ECE) – “Flit-Path and Flit-GAP: NSF-Funded S-STEM Programs to Increase CS, CpE, IT Graduates” (June 3, 2022)

Jan Gou, Ph.D. (MAE) – “Ultra-High Temperature Composite Thermal Protection Systems in Extreme Environments” (March 18, 2022)

Zhishan Guo, Ph.D. (ECE) – “Machine Learning Meets Scheduling Theory: Towards Certifiable and Intelligent Real-Time Cyber-Physical Systems” (April 22, 2022)

Charlie Hughes, Ph.D. (CS) – “Virtual Learning Environments” (April 8, 2022)

Jay Kapat, Ph.D. (MAE) – “Zero-Emission Ammonia Jet Engines: New, 5-Year, $10M NASA ULI Project” (Feb. 18, 2022)

Michael Kinzel, Ph.D. (MAE) – “Computational Modeling of Fluids at the Speed Extremums: From Hypersonic Flight to Porous Media” (April 1, 2022)

Gary Leavens, Ph.D. (CS) – “Broadening Participation in Computing at UCF” (Feb. 4, 2022)

Tom O’Neal, Ph.D. (IEMS) – “Engineering for One Planet Initiative: An Introduction” (March 25, 2022)

Luigi Perotti, Ph.D. (MAE) – “Using Computational Biomechanics to Develop Cardiac Health Biomarkers and Deployable Structures” (April 15, 2022)

Tanya Roy, Ph.D. (MSE) – “Devices for Artificial Intelligence Using Two-Dimensional Materials” (April 29, 2022)

Anwar Sadmani, Ph.D. (CECE) – “Remediation of Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Environmental Matrices” (March 25, 2022)

Sam Song, Ph.D. (MAE) – “Robotic Interventions and Biomedical Systems for Healthcare” (April 22, 2022)

Wei Sun, Ph.D. (ECE) – “Secure Renewables for a Resilient Power Grid” (April 29, 2022)

Subith Vasu, Ph.D. (MAE) – “Zero-Emission Ammonia Jet Engines: New, 5-Year, $10M NASA ULI Project” (Feb. 18, 2022)

Thomas Wahl, Ph.D. (CECE) – “The Wicked Problem of Coastal Risks Under Climate Change” (April 22, 2022)

Dazhong Wu, Ph.D. (MAE) – “Design and Additive Manufacturing of Lightweight Materials” (April 1, 2022)

Shibu Yooseph, Ph.D. (CS) – “Studying Microbial Associations Using Microbiome Sequence Data” (April 8, 2022)

Haofei Yu, Ph.D. (CECE) – “Using Cellphone Location Data to track Historical Individual Movements for Health Studies” (April 29, 2022)

Qun Zhou “QZ” Sun, Ph.D. (ECE) – “NanoGrid Testbed: A Collaborative Project with OUC” (June 3, 2022)

Faculty Guest Speakers

Mary Jean Amon, Ph.D. (UCF Modeling, Simulation & Training) – “Human State Estimation in Complex Dynamic Environments via Multimodal and Nonlinear Methods” (April 15, 2022)

Daniel Britt, Ph.D. (UCF Dept. of Physics, Planetary Sciences) – “Building Partnerships with the NewSpace Industry” (Feb. 18, 2022)

Carla E. Brodley, Ph.D. (Northeastern University) – “Charting a Course to Aligning Your Computing Demographics with Those of Your University” (Feb. 4, 2022)

Josh Colwell, Ph.D. (UCF Dept. of Physics) – “Understanding Planet Formation with Microgravity Experiments and Studying Saturn’s Rings” (March 18, 2022)

Industry Guests

Eric Martin (Florida Solar Energy Center) – Optimizing HVAC Performance in New and Existing Homes” (Feb. 11, 2022)

Bryan Pivovar, Ph.D. (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) – “The Growing Importance of H2 in our Evolving Energy System” (Jan. 28, 2022)

View our full CECS Virtual Faculty Research Talks playlist on YouTube.