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March 2017

News Coverage of UCF and NASA Study

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News station WFTV featured coverage of Dr. Sudipta Seal and Kevin Grossman, detailing the research efforts aimed toward using Martian soil to eventually build human habitats on Mars.

The research is the result of a NASA grant

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February 2017

UCF and NASA Study Using Martian Soil to Build Human Habitats

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It’s hard enough to transport humans to Mars. But once they get there, where will they live?

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January 2017

New, Old Science Combine to Make Faster Medical Test

A UCF researcher has combined cutting-edge nanoscience with a magnetic phenomenon discovered more than 170 years ago to create a method for speedy medical tests.

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December 2016

Four Dissertation Completion Fellowships Awarded to CECS Students in Spring 2017

Jinan Deng, Don Nadun Kuruppumullage, Alireza Hajibagheri, and Ming Miao have been selected for the Dissertation Completion Fellowship, a $10,000 award plus tuition support.

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November 2016

Dr. Soumen Das and Dr. Sudipta Seal's Research featured on Chemistry of Materials cover

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An article in collaboration with Dr. Soumen Das and Dr. Sudipta Seal has been featured on the cover of ACS Chemistry of Materials Journal. The article, titled "Structure–Activity Map of Ceria" deals with heterogeneous reactions, such as automotive catalysis and water gas shift reactions.

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November 2016

Kevin Grossman awarded at Sustainable Nanotechnology Conference

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Kevin Grossman (PhD student MSE) won the Sustainable Nanotechnology Conference best poster paper presentation. Congratulations Kevin!

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November 2016

UCF Establishes Chapter of National Academy of Inventors

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UCF has established a chapter of the National Academy of Inventors. Several NSTC professors were inducted, including Dr. Sudipta Seal and Dr. Kevin Coffey. The inaugural members boast impressive contributions to innovation at UCF, holding 541 of UCF's total 925 patents.

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November 2016

Swetha Barkam Awarded 1st Place Sapphire Award, GEMS

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Swetha Barkam selected for a Graduate Excellence in Materials Science (GEMS) Award for 2016. Specifically, Barkam was awarded 4th place overall, and 1st within the Sapphire Ranking division. Congratulations Swetha!

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September 2016

Nileshi Saraf Awarded SNO Student Award for 2016

Nileshi Saraf has been awarded $525 to attend the 2016 SNO Conference in Orlando, between Nov 10-12.

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September 2016

Swetha Barkam to be awarded Artistic Creativity award

Swetha Barkam, a PhD student in Dr. Seal's research group will be awarded the Artistic Creativity award for the 1st Annual ACerS PCSA Creativity Competition at MS&T

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September 2016

Dr. Chanda and Daniel Franklin selected for Top-10 Displaying Futures Award

Dr. Debashis Chanda and Daniel Franklin have been selected for a Top-10 novel display innovation, Displaying Futures Award 2016. They has been invited to Germany for a three day event where their idea, "Skin-like plasmonic Full-Color Displays" will be recognized.

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September 2016

Dr. Soumen Das received "Young Investigator Award" for ICIP 2016

Dr. Soumen Das, a member of Dr. Seal's research group, has received a young investigator award for "International Conference on Ionizing Processes (ICIP 2016)". The conference will take place between October 10 through October 14 at BNL.

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September 2016

UCF-Developed Formula to Stop Citrus Greening Finalist for 2 Awards

Dr. Santra and Dr. Thomas have been acknowledged recently in an article by UCF Today for their individual participations in the development of nano technologies. Dr. Santra's Zinkicide invention is extensively detailed in the article, and Dr. Thomas is noted for his award winning portable energy source and chemically sensitive tape.

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August 2016

Ankur Gupta Named TSS Student Board Member

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Graduate student Ankur Gupta has been selected as a student board member on the Thermal Spray Society Board of Directors.

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August 2016

Dr. Huo's Student Recognized for Scientific Achievement

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Dr. Huo's former student, Lauren Austin, has been recognized for her scientific achievements by Chemical and Engineering News magazine.

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August 2016

Dr. Yongho Sohn Selected as Honorary Chairman, Speaker, for 13th ICDSL

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Dr. Yongho Sohn has been selected as the Honorary Chairman and Plenary Speaker for the 13th International Conference on Diffusion in Solids and Liquids. This illustrious honor places Dr. Sohn among a distinguished group of scholars, including Dr. Stan Veprek of the University of Munich, and Dr. Mysore Dayananda of Purdue University. The 13th International Conference will be held between June 26-30, 2017, in Vienna, Austria.

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August 2016

UCF Growth Leads to Record Research Funding, Researcher Dr. Santra Noted

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Researchers at the University of Central Florida received an all-time-high $145.75 million in funded research in FY16, a period that featured a national top 20 ranking for UCF patents and a new record for federal funding.

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July 2016

Dan Franklin awarded College of Sciences General Scholarship

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Dan Franklin, a Ph.D. student in Dr. Debashis Chanda's research group was awarded the College of Sciences General Scholarship.

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May 2016

Barkam Selected as Student Member of ASM Board of Trustees

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Swetha Barkam, MSE PhD student, was selected on the ASM Board of Trustees as a student member.

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May 2016

Seal's Research Featured on Cover of the Journal of Materials Chemistry B

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Sudipta Seal's research on "Controlling the surface chemistry of cerium oxide nanoparticles for biological applications" was featured the cover of the Journal of Materials Chemistry B, issue 29, 2016.

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May 2016

Mayo Clinic Symposium

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A mini-symposium exploring collaboration opportunities between UCF and Mayo-Jacksonville will be held on Friday, May 13, 2016. Topics and speakers were selected by Mayo, and the symposium is an outgrowth of collaborations between Mayo scientists and UCF Professor Sudipta Seal, Director of NSTC, AMPAC, and Interim Chair of Material Sciences and Engineering. We hope that this symposium is just one step in developing more extensive collaborations with Mayo scientists and UCF science and engineering faculty, offering complementary expertise to their research staff. All interested faculty, staff and students are invited to participate.

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May 2016

Energy (R)evolution: The Future of Renewables An Interview with James Fenton

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The thought that solar and electric vehicles (EVs) would ever be viable, prominent energy alternatives was a revolutionary idea a few years ago. Now, EVs are becoming more affordable and efficiency levels are consistently on the rise, opening the door to a renewable energy future.

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May 2016

Gupta Awarded the SGA Graduate Student Research Scholarship

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Ankur Gupta has been awarded the SGA Graduate Student Research Scholarship for 2015-16.

The scholarship is awarded to graduate students who are presenting research at a conference and provides $500 in assistance.

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May 2016

Barrios Awarded NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship

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Elizabeth Barrios has been awarded the NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship as part of the 2016 fellows class. Barrios is a Ph.D. student in the MSE program.

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April 2016

Zhai and Coffey Receive UCF TIP Awards

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Dr. Lei Zhai and Dr. Kevin Coffey received UCF Teaching Incentive Program Awards for 2015-2016. The TIP award rewards sustained high levels of teaching effectiveness. Eligible faculty must have been employed by UCF for at least four (4) years and meet or exceed median student credit hour (SCH) production. The award provides a $5,000 base salary increase.

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April 2016

Deng and Rhodes Awarded Scholarships

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Jinan Deng has received the 2016-2017 David T. & Jane M. Donaldson Memorial Scholarship, while Samuel Rhodes has received the grand prize for the Florida chapter of the American Vacuum Society poster competition during the 2016 FLAVS/FSM joint symposium. Both Ph.D. students are in Dr. Fang's group.

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April 2016

Jiyu Fang Promoted to Full Professor

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Congratulations to Jiyu Fang on his recent promotion to Professor!

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April 2016

Job Opportunities for Graduating Material Engineers

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Vacancy Announcement

This position is open to all U.S. citizens.
http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/435934800 KS16D0022
AST, Structural Materials, GS-0806-11
Growth Potential GS-13
One vacancy
Open: Friday, April 15
Close: Thursday, April 21
Location: NEL40
POC: KSC Jobs, KSC-JobsInbox@mail.nasa.gov

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April 2016

Fang and An inducted into the UCF Scroll & Quill Society

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Jiyu Fang and Linan An have been selected to be inducted into the UCF Scroll & Quill Society.

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April 2016

Students Win First Place at Graduate Research Forum

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Three students from the NSTC, MSE, and AMPAC won first place at the 2016 Graduate Research Forum.

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April 2016

Barkam Awarded Travel Scholarship to Attend Summer School in France

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Swetha Barkam has received a $1000 travel scholarship from the American Ceramic Society (ACerS) to attend the European Ceramic Society's (ECerS) Summer School in Limoges, France, June 23 - 25, 2016. The scholarship is an effort to help offset the costs of the program's attendance.

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April 2016

USDA Grant Funds Deadly Crop Disease Solution

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Swadeshmukul Santra and his team were awarded a $477,000 grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as part of a $5.2 million investment in nanotechnology research at 11 universities. The grant was awarded to develop a method of combatting a bacterium that attacks tomatoes and other crops.

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March 2016

Barkam Recognized as Outstanding Student Leader for Women's History Month

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Swetha Barkam has been recognized as an outstanding student leader for Women's History Month, representing March 28th, by the Lead Scholars Academy. Barkam was featured along with an interview with questions about her involvement, goals, advice for students, and favorite UCF traditions.

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