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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: Friday, Jan. 28 – present

Upcoming: October 7, 2022

Previous Speaker Lineups:
September 23, 2022 (PDF)

September 16, 2022 (PDF)

September 8, 2022 “Hydrogen: The Time is Now” (in-person and virtual) (PDF)

August 12, 2022 (PDF)

August 5, 2022 (PDF)

July 29, 2022 (PDF)

July 22, 2022 (PDF)

July 15, 2022 (PDF)

July 8, 2022 (PDF)

June 24, 2022 (PDF)

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)

Parag Banerjee, Ph.D. (MSE) – “Coating Powders with Atomically-Thin Films for Advanced Materials: A Unique UCF Capability” (Aug. 12, 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)

Vladimir Boginski, Ph.D. (IEMS) – “Networks of Causal Relationships in Financial Markets” (June 10, 2022)

Ladislau Boloni, Ph.D. (CS) – “Doing More with Less Data” (Aug. 12, 2022)

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

Ni-Bin Chang, Ph.D. (CECE) – “Improving Synergistic Infrastructure Performance and Efficiency in Urban Food-Energy-Water Nexuses” (July 22, 2022)

Jiannan (Nick) Chen, Ph.D. (CECE) – “Environmental-Economic Assessment of Solid and Hazardous Waste Management” (June 24, 2022)

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

Steven Duranceau, Ph.D. (CECE) – “Operations Research Partnerships with Municipal Utilities” (July 8, 2022)

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

Rickard Ewetz, Ph.D. (ECE) – “Towards Efficient, Robust and Explainable Artificial Intelligence” (July 8, 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)

Ranajay Ghosh, Ph.D. (MAE) – “Meta-Materials for Mechanical and Structural Applications” (July 22, 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)

Haiyan Hu, Ph.D. (CS) – “Gene Regulatory Network Inference from Next-Generation Sequencing Data” (June 17, 2022)

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

Yeonwoong (Eric) Jung, Ph.D. (MSE-ECE) – “Near-Atom Thickness Electronic Materials for Mechanically Reconfigurable Device Technologies” (July 29, 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)

Kawai Kwok, Ph.D. (MAE) – “Piezoresistive Modeling of Carbon Nanotube Polymer Composites” (June 10, 2022)

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

Qifeng Li, Ph.D. (ECE) – “Towards Zero-Carbon Electric Energy” (July 15, 2022)

Fudong Liu, Ph.D. (CECE) – “Single-Atom Catalysis for Environmental Applications” (Aug. 5, 2022)

David Mohaisen, Ph.D. (CS) – “Securing Wearables Against Machine-Learning-Enabled Threats” (July 8, 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)

Yogesh Rawat, Ph.D. (CS-CRCV) – “Deep Learning for Computer Vision and Multimedia” (July 29, 2022)

Tania 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)

Wen Shen, Ph.D. (MAE) – “Biomimetic Sensors and Applications” (July 29, 2022)

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

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

Robert Steward Jr., Ph.D. (MAE) – “Extracellular Matrix Composition Alters Biomechanical Forces” (June 24, 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)

Yang Yang, Ph.D. (MSE) – “Advanced Materials Technology for Energy and Sustainability” (June 10, 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)

Murat Yuksel, Ph.D. (ECE) – “Multi-Element Directional Wireless Modules for Mobile Networking” (June 17, 2022)

Qipeng Zheng, Ph.D. (IEMS) – “Applied Operations Research Lab” (June 17, 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)

Melissa Dagley, Ph.D. (UCF’s Initiatives in STEM) – “UCF iSTEM: EXCEL/COMPASS – Institutionalization of NSF Student Success Programs” (July 22, 2022)

Adrienne Dove, Ph.D., and Kerri Donaldson Hanna, Ph.D., College of Sciences – “Lunar-VISE: The Upcoming NASA Surface Science Mission to the Moon’s Gruithuisen Domes” (July 15, 2022)

Denisia Popolan-Vaida, Ph.D. (COS-Chemistry) – “Tracking the Evolution of Highly Reactive Elusive Intermediates in Atmospheric and Combustion Systems” (Aug. 12, 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.