With $20 million needed in community support for the UCF Downtown campus, alumnus and CEO Alex Martins, ’01, and the Orlando Magic stepped up, contributing $1.5 million toward the project. And, just this morning, it was announced that the CFE Federal Credit Union has committed its own $1.5 million. Keep up with all the latest developments on the UCF Downtown campus at ucf.edu/downtown.
UCF economist Sean Snaith says Florida’s economic future is merry and bright, with the state’s housing market continuing to improve, and job growth forecasted to continue to outperform the U.S. labor market.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency selected a UCF team to receive a P3 Award — a first in UCF history — which recognizes student projects that benefit people, promote prosperity and protect the planet by using environmental solutions that move the nation toward a sustainable future. The winning project focuses on ways to make algae biofuel easier and less expensive to produce.
To help cheer up patients at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, UCF second-year medical student Christa Zino regularly brings her therapy dog, a 2-year-old boxer named Ion, for visits.
The UCF Alumni Association honored Limbitless Solutions with its 2015 Michelle Akers Award at the annual Black & Gold Gala on Oct. 22.
Limbitless Solutions, which manufactures personalized bionics and solutions for disabilities, is a nonprofit organization founded by UCF students, which is dedicated to building a generation of innovators who use their skills and passion to improve the world around them.
This is the first time the Michelle Akers Award has been presented to students, and to a group. It’s the university’s highest award given to alumni who have brought international, positive attention to UCF through their accomplishments.
Previous winners include:
Olympic gold-medalist volleyball player Phil Dalhausser, ’02 (2009)
“Curb Your Enthusiasm” actress Cheryl Hines, ’90 (2008)
Miss America 2004 Ericka Dunlap, ’05 (2004)
“Blair Witch Project” creators, Robin Cowie, ’93; Gregg Hale, ’95; Mike Monello, ’92; Dan Myrick, ’93; and Ed Sanchez, ’93 (1999)
1991 & 1999 Women’s World Cup champion soccer player Michelle Akers, ’89 (1996)
The alumni association recognized the Limbitless Solutions team for its life-changing, innovative solutions it has provided to children.
With the help of actor Robert Downey Jr., they presented then 6-year-old Alex Pring with an “Iron Man”-themed bionic arm — a video (view in “Other Videos” below) that has more than 53 million views. And, the team’s work has brought about media opportunities in more than 150 countries, totaling more than three billion impressions on social and conventional media for Limbitless Solutions and UCF.
The team plans to bring 75 bionic limbs, and books, to displaced Syrian children this year, but that’s just the beginning of what they hope will be a broad-based, global, humanitarian effort.
UCF’s Limitless Solutions has done it again! The group of engineering students presented its newest 3-D printed arm to Anni Emmert, who was born without her right hand and part of her arm.
And, just as Limbitless Solutions worked with Robert Downey Jr. to surprise 6-year-old Alex Pring with his 3-D arm and Blue Man Group to surprise 10-year-old Wyatt Falardeau with his 3-D arm, they also had a big surprise in store for Anni. This time, the engineers worked with the Clearwater Marine Aquarium to give Anni a VIP visit with “Dolphin Tale” stars Winter the dolphin, who has a prosthetic tail, and Cozi Zuehlsdorff.