2022-2023 CECS Graduate Programs Fast Facts
The College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) is one of UCF’s 11 academic colleges. The CECS graduate program is ranked #42 among public schools by U.S. News and World Report also ranks the state of Florida as #1 for higher education. Collectively, our six academic departments offer dozens of graduate program options in contemporary disciplines. More than 2,000 students pursue doctoral and master’s degrees and graduate certificates under the guidance of world-class faculty. There are many paths to success, and the flexibility of our programs offers Individuals a tailored experience. Students design their programs of study to be research-, course-, or entrepreneurial focused; full- or part-time; or in-person, fully-online, or mixed. Our graduates are well-prepared to move forward in their careers and to address society’s grand technical challenges. Alumni are employed in a wide range of industrial sectors and become leaders in their organizations.
CECS GENERAL HIGHLIGHTS
2022-2023 CECS Fast Facts
The UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) publishes annually several fact sheets that overview the college with quick facts and stats, including enrollment, degrees conferred, student diversity data, and more. Examples: CECS ranks No. 3 nationally for the number of minority graduates it produces. For six years, UCF has ranked as the nation’s No. 1 workforce supplier to the aerospace and defense industry, and this year as the nation’s top-two preferred supplier (Aviation Week Network).
To gauge the success of our programs, UCF administers the First Destination Survey to all graduating students. For the Summer 2021 through Spring 2022 Engineering and Computer Science classes, 347 of the 609 graduates completed the survey, and here’s what they said.
Aerospace and Defense
Our faculty’s vast experience and collaborative efforts with industry are helping engineer future aircraft and
aeronautical vehicles, strengthen global security, develop sustainable solutions, and explore ways to improve air and
As leaders in digital transformation, UCF is providing the talent and research that has helped make Orlando, and Central Florida, the
modeling, simulation and training (MS&T) capital of the world.
Modeling and Simulation
As a global leader in modeling and simulation education, UCF builds a foundation for a high-performing workforce that will help
shape the industry’s future. Our expert faculty and researchers bring years of experience to the classroom and have been involved in programs that yield transformative results, including virtual reality technology that helps treat PTSD and a software that transforms the production of floating offshore wind turbines.
Rising in the Rankings
From our expert faculty dedicated to solving the world’s biggest challenges to our commitment to student success and academic excellence, UCF’s rising trajectory is just the beginning of a better future for us all.
Space Technology and Systems
Founded in 1963, our university was established at the start of the race to land humankind on the moon. In fact, many UCF researchers andeducators are NASA veterans and hail from some of the biggest, most important programs in U.S. space history.
Tech Talent Machine
You’re familiar with the numbers: More than 70 million people visit Central Florida during a typical year. It’s also no secret why most of them come: theme parks. But what visitors and locals alike do not notice at the parks is the software that makes it possible for them to be open and operating.
2021 CECS Highlights
This piece is a showcase of the college’s biggest headlines: news stories about student, faculty and alumni successes, research breakthroughs, industry partnerships, and other notable achievements with wide community, state and national impact.
CECS Graduate Programs in CECE, CS, ECE, IEMS, MAE, MSE
CECS has six departmental units: Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering (CECE); Computer Science (CS); Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE); Industrial Engineering and Management Systems (IEMS); Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE); and Materials Science and Engineering (MSE). For more information about CECS graduate programs, please contact Dr. Ali Gordon at Ali.Gordon@ucf.edu.
The UCF Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is one of the largest MAE departments in the nation. Its annual magazine, Momentum, highlights the key accomplishments of our faculty, students and alumni. To learn more, visit mae.ucf.edu or contact MAE Chair Dr. Yoav Peles at email@example.com.
CECS FEATURED GRADUATE PROGRAMS
Master’s in Computer Vision
The Master of Science in Computer Vision (MSCV) program aims to provide technical skills and domain knowledge to the future professionals who seek to acquire expertise in Computer Vision and its related areas. This involves proficiency in acquiring, processing, analyzing, and understanding images, videos, 3D data, and other types of high-dimensional data of the real world. The fast-growing interests and investments in Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the United States and around the world must be powered by a well-prepared workforce. For more information, please contact the MSCV Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Niels da Vitoria Lobo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Master’s in CyberSP
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The Master’s Degree in Cyber Security and Privacy provides high-quality cyber security graduate education, advance cyber security and privacy research, and addresses the issues of state, national and international cybersecurity. This MS program provides two tracks, TRACK 1: Technical Track and TRACK 2: Interdisciplinary Track, to satisfy the broader needs of cyber security education. If you need more information, please contact Dr. Cliff Zou at Changchun.Zou@ucf.edu
Master’s in Data Analytics (MSDA)
The MS in Data Analytics is a 30 credit hour interdisciplinary program that prepares students to develop algorithms and computerized systems to facilitate the discovery of information from large amounts of data. It utilizes the technical aspects of big data analytics, including algorithm design, programming, acquisition, management, mining, analysis, and interpretation of data. If you need more information, please contact Dr. Dan Eilen at email@example.com
Master’s in Digital Forensics
The Master’s Degree in Digital Forensics (MSDF) program covers topics related to digital forensics, malware detection and analysis, e-discovery, and cybersecurity in general. It prepares students, including working professionals, who pursue the degree on a part-time or full-time basis, to gain the knowledge and skills required to work as a digital forensic analyst and in general cybersecurity operations and management. For more information about MSDF, please contact Dr. Cliff Zou at Changchun.Zou@ucf.edu
Master’s in Health Care Systems Engineering (HSE)
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The Masters of Science in Health Care Systems Engineering (HSE) is designed to train future healthcare professionals to implement, manage and introduce systemic changes, and provides the tools to improve patient care while enhancing the utility of organizational resources. Expand your skills by choosing from either the 15-credit Graduate Certificate or 30-credit Master of Science degree. Students from the certificate track can continue directly into the MS track. In addition, MS track students will also earn their certificate upon graduation. If you need more information about the HSE program please contact Dr. Vernet Lasrado at Vernet.Lasrado@ucf.edu.
Master’s in Systems Engineering (Online)
UCF’s Master of Science in Systems Engineering program is a fully online program that focuses on applications of systems engineering to designing, developing, integrating, and evaluating complex systems through their life cycle. This unique program is offered in response to the growing needs of the industry where systems thinking, complexity, globalization, quality, and productivity are the key business drivers. For more information about MS in Systems Engineering, please contact Dr. Mansooreh Mollaghasemi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Master’s in Engineering Management
The MSEM Professional Project and Systems Engineering offering is a cohort- based program where specific cohorts are established based on the needs of industry. The program is designed as lock-step and to be completed in under two years. This program will enable you to deliver and manage complex systems, improve on-the-job performance, and to maximize your organization’s success. You will integrate project delivery processes through leadership, new product development, systems engineering, and project management. Relevant and connected course materials are taught at the intersection of engineering and management. For more information, please contact Dr. Timothy Kotnour at Timothy.Kotnour@ucf.edu
Master’s of Science in Travel Technology and Analytics (TTA)
With rapid changes in technology and analytics, the global travel and tourism industry is undergoing a profound transformation. The College of Engineering & Computer Science and the Rosen College of Hospitality Management have come together to design a program that meets the future needs of the global travel and tourism industry. The MS in Travel Technology & Analytics will forge a new path in interdisciplinary education and contribute to burgeoning interdisciplinary research encompassing engineering, science, and management contextualized by the global travel industry. Diverging from traditional business/management degrees, the MS in Travel Technology & Analytics will focus on prescriptive and predictive techniques to anticipate and solve problems in a forward-looking approach. The first of its kind program in the nation will develop leaders in the multi-billion travel and tourism industry. For more information, please contact Dr. Naveen Eluru at Naveen.Eluru@ucf.edu.
Master’s of Science in FinTech
FinTech is changing the world we live in. The evolving intersection between the financial services industry and technological innovations is driving the need for highly trained professionals with both advanced financial skills and requisite technological skills. The UCF MS in FinTech will allow students to capitalize on the opportunities and challenges triggered by the disruptive technologies of FinTech. The program’s interdisciplinary curriculum will provide students with employable technical skills and the ability to think and function in cross-disciplinary teams. For more information, please contact Dr. Sharma Thankachan at email@example.com.
Graduate Certificate in Mixed Reality Engineering
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Given the proliferation of virtual, augmented and mixed reality in the world today, the College of Engineering and Computer Science has designed a graduate certificate program to meet the future needs of students pursuing mixed reality careers and companies requiring such talent. The Graduate Certificate in Mixed Reality Engineering focuses on the concepts and skills required for developing high-quality virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality systems and applications. For further information, please contact Dr. Ryan McMahan at Ryan.McMahan@ucf.edu
Engineering Leadership and Innovation Institute (eli^2)
The need for engineering and technology leaders is echoed universally by industry, the public sector, and professional societies. Incorporating feedback from industry, eli^2 programs are designed to develop leadership skills in UCF engineering and computer science undergraduates, and to enhance the careers of new professionals, mid-level managers and executives.
H4D (Hacking for Defense) Course at UCF
H4D is a college course sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense now offered at more than 30 universities around the nation, including UCF. The course challenges students to work with the nation’s defense and intelligence communities to quickly address emerging threats and security problems. The class uses the entrepreneurial Lean Launchpad business startup approach and rapid problem-solving “hack” strategies to create innovative solutions to some of the most complex and important real-world problems facing our military. For more information, contact Dr. Mark Heinrich at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UCF Technology Venture Symposium (UTVS)
The fundamental objective of this symposium is to showcase the little-known HIDDEN GEMS within UCF created by alumni, faculty and students for advancement and potential investment. UTVS provides a forum to enable conversations and interactions focused on new technology ventures, funding of new ventures, or the transfer of new technologies to existing companies. The symposium will be held virtually on Feb. 17, 2022. Contact Dr. Michael Georgiopoulos at email@example.com to learn more.
International Students – At A Glance
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UCF Global is proud to host more than 2,000 students from 125+ countries across all 13 colleges. The College of Engineering and Computer Science alone hosts 41% of this student population. A strong international presence positively impacts the university community through enhanced global competency, engagement and innovation. The flyer below outlines the international culture throughout our university.
UCF Quick Facts Sheet
UCF Quick Facts 2020-2021
UCF is a thriving pre-eminent research university located in metropolitan Orlando. Our university benefits from a diverse faculty and staff who create a welcoming environment, a high quality of life and opportunities to grow, learn and succeed. The flyer below explains more.
Let’s Charge On Together
At UCF, our motto is “Reach for the Stars.” It pushes us to think big and to refuse to
be limited by what others say is possible. Since our founding in 1963, this mindset
has helped UCF become one of the most innovative universities in the country, with
a sense of entrepreneurship and optimism that is unique to Knight Nation.