Cohort A ‘Fall Welcome Back’ Social (September 23, 2019)

The Cohort A1 and A2 students reunited after the summer break at the Fall 2019 ‘Welcome Back’ Social. During this event the students shared their activities/travels from the summer, learned about each other’s pathway selections for the ‘19/’20 academic year (internship, research or entrepreneurship) and talked about what they were most looking forward to at UCF this school year. The afternoon’s activities included sharing pizza, snacks and drinks as well playing as a game of ‘UCF Trivia’ and a game of ‘UCF-themed Scattegories’ – with prizes of course! As expected from such a bright group of students, the responses to the UCF Scattegories game were creative and often hilarious! It was a fun afternoon and a great way to start the Flit-Path year!

Cohort B4 ‘Orientation’ Social (November 1, 2019)

This event provided the opportunity for the thirty (30) Cohort B4 Flit-Path Scholars to meet one another and learn about the ‘19/’20 calendar of events that lied ahead for them as part of the Flit-Path Program. Following the student introductions, several Flit-Path team members (Dean Georgiopoulos, Sean Donovan, Jackie Sullivan and Sandra-Leon Barth) introduced themselves and offered their support to the students. Ms. Barth (UCF Experiential Learning Office) informed the students about Handshake which is an interactive database that allows companies and agencies to connect with UCF students to offer part time and fulltime positions, internships, and co-op opportunities.

Cohorts A & B ‘Meet and Greet’ Social (November 1, 2019)

Once the Cohort B4 ‘Orientation’ session ended, the group was joined by the Cohort A students so ALL Flit-Path Scholars could be together and meet one another. Following the introductions and discussions about upcoming events, the students enjoyed a local, favorite treat together (Jerimiah’s Italian Ice). Once refreshed and ready to go, the students broke into four large teams (based on their majors) and spread out across campus to complete the ‘UCF Photo Scavenger Hunt’ challenge! The scavenger hunt was great way for students from the combined cohorts to meet, spend time together and get to know each other better. The photo hunt directions were intentionally vague and once again, the Fit-Path Scholars demonstrated their cleverness and creativity with the fun, campus-wide photos they submitted.

‘Distinguished Speaker’ Social (November 22, 2019)

Cohort A and B students, Flit-Path staff and Dean Georgiopoulos attended this event which featured a student-led ‘interview tips’ session and a presentation by distinguished UCF CECS alumnus, Mr. Benjamin Patz. The student session was very helpful as older Flit-Path Scholars shared their experiences of interviewing with firms like Google, Facebook, Microsoft and others. Students who were preparing for upcoming job interviews truly appreciated hearing about the first-hand experiences that the students presented to the group – everything from the travel accommodations to the types of questions/problems that were asked during their interviews. The main speaker, Ben Patz, founder of Coleman Technologies and DeepWork Capital and UCF’s Professional Achievement Award winner in 2016, delivered a unique, motivational speech to the students. Mr. Patz told the students how he succeeded in entrepreneurship by developing engineering technologies and he motivated the students to follow their passions and develop their own roadmaps for success.

Symposium Workshop #1 (January 17, 2020)

The Cohort A1 and A2 students attended a workshop to help them prepare for UCF’s 3rd Annual Flit-Path/NG-WEP Symposium scheduled for April 13, 2020. Our goal this year was for everyone’s symposium presentation to be a relaxed, positive experience for both the presenter and the audience. At this workshop, the students received ‘Presentation Tips and Training’ from Dr. William Thompson (Retired UCF Industrial Engineering faculty). Based upon his many years of experience preparing and delivering corporate presentations, Dr. Thompson discussed the fundamentals of chart design and presentation skills.

Cohorts A and B ‘Spring Welcome Back’ Social (January 17, 2020)

At this event, the students enjoyed snacks and drinks while reacquainting with each other by playing the game ‘Two Truths and a Lie’. As usual, the student’s responses were interesting, creative and very funny! During the afternoon session Flit-Path Advisor, Sean Donovan, talked to the students about upcoming graduation requirements and deadlines and CECS Alumni Coordinator, Olivia Erikson, discussed the benefits and opportunities associated with membership in UCF’s Engineering Alumni Chapter. Olivia also gifted the students with UCF alumni pins which they wore with pride. UCF’s Experiential Learning Office was also on hand to tell the students about UCF’s spring ‘Internship & Co-Op Expo’ and ‘Career Fair’.

Symposium Workshop #2 (February 19, 2020)

The Cohort A1 and A2 students attended a second workshop where they received feedback about their draft symposium presentations from fellow FP students. This workshop was also supported by UCF alumnae Mary Sue Halligan, Business Manager and Trainer from SightPlan, Inc. – a UCF Flit-Path internship partner. The students enjoyed hearing presentation advice from Mary Sue, who had also worked for many years as a Trainer and Facilitator at MicroSoft. In addition to providing presentation tips and support, Mary Sue spent hours reviewing student presentations and providing feedback to help the students improve their PowerPoint presentations.

Informational Social (February 28, 2020)

This Friday afternoon event brought the Flit-Path Scholars together to hear about new programs being offered by Career Services (Emily Flositz)/Experiential Learning (Sandra Leon-Barth). The students also learned the art of contract negotiation through an informative and motivational presentation by Mr. Sean Donovan titled, “You Have Value, You Are Value”.

3rd Annual Flit-Path/NG-WEP Symposium (April 13, 2020)

This annual event is normally held on campus however, it was transformed into a virtual day-long event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants included a dozen Flit-Path Advisory Board members (CEOs and leaders of local IT-related industries) and the Flit-Path Cohort A1 and A2 Scholars who presented their Internship, Research and Entrepreneurship experiences over the 2019/2020 academic year.

The itinerary for the day’s events follows:

3rd Annual Flit-Path & NG-WEP Symposium

Virtual Edition

University of Central Florida

College of Engineering & Computer Science

Symposium Schedule & Agenda
Monday, April 13, 2020

8:30am – 8:35am

8:35am – 8:40am

8:40am – 9:20am

5 minutes to ‘get settled’ and admit online participants

Welcome and Introduction of Flit-Path Team

Advisory Board (AB) Introductions

Please provide your Name, Company, Title & one piece of Advice for our Flit-Path students (~ 3 minutes/speaker)     

Speakers will be ‘unmuted’ in this order:

Curtis Ihlefeld (NASA)
Anders Johansson (Unikey)
Les Kramer (TaiLor Made, LLC)
Mark Lewis (NASA)
Michael McGonagle (L3Harris Technologies)
Mansooreh Mollaghasemi (Productivity Apex, Inc.)
Michael Piatek (Disney Parks & Resorts U.S.)
Jeffrey Pridmore (UCF Research and Industrial Programs)
Talitha Rubio (Philips Hospital & Healthcare)
Michael Siemer (Disney Parks & Resorts U.S.)
Anne Sinatra (US Army Combat Capabilities Dev. Command)
Brian Stensrud (Soar Technology, Inc.)

9:20 – 9:25am

9:25am – 11:10am

BREAK (5 minutes)

Internship Presentations





Lucy Golebiewski – Capacitech

Ryan Anderman – Northrup Grumman
Work Experience Program

Alison Wheble – Northrup Grumman
Work Experience Program

10:20am – 10:25am

10:25am – 11:15am

BREAK (5 minutes) for AB members to complete Student Rubrics

Internship Presentations – continued





Darren Caputo-Yenal – Central Florida Expressway

Destinee Stephen – UCF CECS Computer Support Team

Luis Reyes – Advanced Recovery Systems (ARS)

Toan Vu – UCF Center for Distributed Learning

11:15am – 11:20am

11:20am – 12:30pm

BREAK (5 minutes) for AB members to complete Student Rubrics

Internship Presentations – continued






Jackie van der Meulen – UCF Programming Team

Connor Austin – nScrypt

Mirette Marzouk – Orlando Utilities Commission

Wanda Mora – VGlobal Tech

Affner Lefevre – SightPlan

12:35pm – 1:05pm

1:05pm – 2:00pm

LUNCH BREAK (30 minutes)

Entrepreneurship Presentations




Oscar Rodriguez – Director, CECS Entrepreneurship Program

Pathway: Flit-Path Entrepreneurship

Business Idea: A Day in the Life of ‘U’

Team Members:
Tayler Mondina, Ivana Onema, Juleeyah Wright

Team Name: Streats

Business Idea: Yelp! ® for Food Trucks

Team Members:
Nicholas Robelo, Tyler Harkcom, Justin Teneyck

(All pathways: Attendance is required.)

2:00pm – 2:10pm

2:10pm – 2:55pm

BREAK (10 minutes)

Research Pathway Presentations:




Timothy Dinh – Dr. Pamela Wisniewski, UCF CS Dept.

Mykola Maslych – Dr. Joseph LaViola II, UCF CS Dept.

Xiaojin Dai – Dr. Fei Liu, UCF CS Dept.

(All pathways: Attendance is required.)

2:55pm – 3:00pm

3:00pm – 3:45pm


3:45pm – 4:00pm

4:00pm – 5:00pm


BREAK (5 minutes) for AB members to complete Student Rubrics

Advisory Board (AB) & Student Focus Group
(AB Moderator: Brian Stensrud, PhD, Soar Technology, Inc.)
(UCF Moderator: Ibtehaal Manji, UCF Experiential Learning Office)

***All Flit-Path Cohort A and B students attend***

*End of Symposium for students*

BREAK (15 minutes)
Restroom and time to compile feedback comments

Advisory Board Members Feedback

End of Symposium for Advisory Board & Program Staff