On the cover: UCF received a software grant from Siemens valued at $68 million – this story is part of the newly-published Winter 2017 edition of “UCF Engineering and Computer Science,” the official newsletter of the UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science.

The grant will help provide hundreds of UCF engineering students with the necessary industry skills to become stronger applicants in job markets around the world.

Inside: a feature about UCF’s efforts, in partnership with two other state universities, to increase the number of degrees awarded in computer science, information technology, computer engineering and management information systems in Florida.

Also in this issue: student successes, the college’s stars, and how UCF is accelerating its biofuels research through two grants from the Department of Energy totaling $1.25 million. Page 4 includes information about a new Medicine-Engineering double degree being offered thanks to a partnership between the College of Engineering and Computer Science and the College of Medicine.

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