Affiliated Research Centers
The University of Central Florida has several nationally and internationally recognized research institutes in addition to the three at CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics that are devoted to research and development.
Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center (AMPAC)
The Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center is an interdisciplinary research and education center for materials science and engineering, one of two major UCF research centers that comprise the Center of Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. Our two university-wide multi-user facilities — the Materials Characterization Facility (MCF) and the Advanced Microfabrication Facility (AMF) - are available to all researchers at UCF and from outside companies, government labs, and universities, enabling them to perform cuttingedge research, and to train and educate students and other personnel in the use of state-of-the-art equipment. AMPAC’s vision is to make UCF an international leader in materials science and engineering research and education by excelling in the development, processing and characterization of advanced materials to achieve prominence in targeted research areas; providing leadership to the UCF Materials Science and Engineering research and education program; and enhancing economic growth and promoting industrial development through effective partnerships with industry.
NanoScience Technology Center (NSTC)
In 2004 the Nanoscience Technology Center was formed with formed with a $4M grant from the state of Florida when leaders recognized the potential of nanotechnology as its applications in medicine, materials, computing and electronics began entering the mainstream. Since that time, NSTC has consolidated UCF researchers across multiple disciplines and hired many more to better respond to nanoscience funding opportunities and to develop the technologies demanded by the industries of the future. In 2007 the NSTC officially opened a 20,000- square-foot renovated research facility in the Central Florida Research Park. A total of 19 faculty, 7 staff and more than hundred graduate students, postdocs, researchers at the center are creating tools to treat neurological diseases; materials that can advance solar and fuel cell technology; and longer batteries that can make eversmaller electrical devices a reality. Current research areas include Green Energy, In Vitro Test Systems, Functional Nanomaterials, Computer/Mathematical Simulations, Quantum Dynamics, Nano-Bio-Imaging, NanoElectronics & NanoPhysics, and Integrated Device Development.
Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences
The Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences is an integral part of the UCF College of Medicine, making the college a research-intensive medical school where cutting edge medical research spans the entire spectrum from laboratory bench to bedside of the patients, providing a great environment of training physicians and biomedical researchers. The School’s mission is to provide quality undergraduate and graduate programs in the biomedical sciences and build excellent research programs focused on cancer, cardiovascular, neurodegenerative diseases, and infectious diseases. Our faculty are working to take science from the bench to the bedside. In addition to conducting cutting edge research in biomedicine with potential application to curing major diseases, the School is committed to helping to develop a technology-based industry in Florida. Active partnerships formed with other units at UCF such as the College of Optics and Photonics, the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the NanoScience Technology Center will facilitate interdisciplinary research and education programs in the innovative applications of photonics, bioinformatics and nanoscience to biomedical problems. The School offers three BS degree programs: Biomedical Sciences; Biotechnology; and Medical Laboratory Sciences. Graduate programs include the MS Biomedical Sciences (non-thesis), an MS Program in Biotechnology, and a new MS Professional Science in Biotechnology. The interdisciplinary PhD and MD-PhD programs in Biomedical Sciences prepare tomorrow’s biomedical research scientists.
Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC)
The Florida Solar Energy Center is the largest and most active state-supported energy research institute in the United States. Located on the Cocoa campus of UCF at Eastern Florida State College, FSEC has gained national and international respect for its programs on photovoltaics, solar thermal systems, energy-efficient buildings, advanced cooling technologies, hydrogen and fuel cells, and the testing and certification of solar equipment. The Center conducts continuing education workshops for professionals, government and industry leaders around the world. Additionally, FSEC offers Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)-focused opportunities to K-12 and college level-students, professional development for teachers, and renewable energy curriculum and activities to schools throughout Florida.
Florida Space Institute
The Florida Space Institute is located at the space center, in Brevard County in East Central Florida, so as to provide a focus on space for the research and education programs of its institutional members. Classrooms, faculty offices and laboratories are located at the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Center, in the Astronaut Memorial Foundation’s Center for Space Education facility. While the academic program is at the core of FSI, providing Masters and Ph.D. level programs of study, the Institute also has a strong engineering support staff, and performs research on contracts and grants, providing real-life opportunities for student research and thesis projects. The organizational structure also encourages research on the individual campuses of the member schools, allowing the development of space hardware, and then “flowing” that hardware through the FSI facilities at the space center for processing and then on to space flight. Since its founding in 1990 as a consortium of state universities, community colleges, and private schools, the consortium has expanded, and now counts as its members UCF, Florida Institute of Technology, Brevard Community College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, University of Miami, Florida Atlantic University, University of South Florida, University of Florida, and Broward Community College. Additionally, through NASA’s Florida Space Grant Consortium program resident with FSI, some 16 additional universities and colleges throughout Florida enjoy an indirect relationship with the Institute.
Institute for Simulation and Training (IST)
The Institute for Simulation and Training is an internationally recognized research institute that focuses on advancing modeling and simulation technology and increasing our understanding of simulation’s role in training and education. Founded in 1982 as a research unit of the University of Central Florida, the institute provides a wide range of research and information services for the modeling, simulation and training community. Faculty and staff are distributed among IST’s three Central Florida Research Park buildings, Partnership II, Partnership III and the Army Research Laboratory Simulation and Training Technology Center (ARL-STTC). Center for Research in Computer Vision The common goal and purpose of the center is to strongly promote basic research in computer vision and its applications in all related areas including National Defense & Intelligence, Homeland Security, Environment Monitoring, Life Sciences and Biotechnology and Robotics. Computer vision is the science of electronically acquiring, analyzing and understanding images in ways superior to the human brain. The CRCV is directed by Dr. Mubarak Shah of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Shah is also an affiliate faculty member at CREOL.
International Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Research (ICAMR)
The International Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Research is the only manufacturing development center focused on the integration of next generation semiconductor based processes and materials into advanced smart sensors and photonics devices. ICAMR serves as an open-innovation platform for the development of these devices through collaborative programs and shared access to the deposition of III-V and other advanced materials on silicon wafers via state-of-the-art process equipment, metrology tools and testing platforms. ICAMR is in the process of building one of the most advanced labs/fabs in the world to support manufacturing development of these emerging technologies just south of the Orlando Airport in Osceola County. This 100,000 square-foot facility will have state-of-the-art cleanrooms and facilities and services to accommodate manufacturing development of emerging technologies. The first equipment set is in the development phase and will support manufacturing scale processing for some of the most novel and leading edge materials ever integrated into manufacturing processes.
Other Facilities & Centers
Other organized programs at UCF offer researchers and students additional support in pursuit of their research goals. These include: