Five Things Alumni Need to Know this Week—May 15


1. The ChargeOn Tour begins Tuesday and will feature UCF head coaches Scott Frost (football) and Johnny Dawkins (men’s basketball), Director of Athletics Danny White and other Knights coaches over five stops from May 16-18. Here are the full details – including RSVP links – for the events.

2. In case you missed it, the Central Florida community came together last week to break ground on the new downtown campus that is expected to serve 7,700 students from UCF and Valencia College when it opens in 2019.

Adding some extra flavor to the event were local businessmen and brothers, Brandon ’10 and Adam Chandler of Pop Parlour. They honored the special occasion with a cool new frozen pop, which is still available in stores this week.

3. Shout out to the UCF rowing team for earning its third-straight American Athletic Conference trophy over the weekend! With the win, these Knights join the UCF women’s golf and indoor track and field teams as league champions this year.

Speaking of conference championships — the baseball team has a chance to clinch its first crown since 2004. And they are about to go head-to-head against USF for all the marbles this Thursday-Saturday at home in the final series of the regular season. You won’t want to miss this. Buy tickets

4. The U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence will look to UCF for training and research support as a result of a new memorandum of understanding. UCF is qualified to provide the training because of its status as a designated National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by both the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

5. A group of UCF students who make up the Lunar Knights Mining Club will compete this month in NASA’s national Robotic Mining Competition that was developed to help in the exploration of Mars. The competition is designed so NASA can be presented with outside ideas of how to mine on Mars, a goal of future space exploration.

UCF and USF Put Aside Rivalry in Spirit of Thanksgiving

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The Palm Beach alumni chapters of the University of Central Florida and the University of South Florida — two schools that are traditionally rivals — put their competitive spirits aside Tuesday night, combining a team of 50 volunteers at the Big Heart Brigade at Palm Beach Gardens’ Fire Station 63. Together, along with countless additional community volunteers, the schools helped assemble 75,000 meals for people in need across South Florida.

UCF and USF face off Thanksgiving evening at 7:30 in Bright House Networks Stadium. The game will air live on ESPN.

 

UCF Among Top 30 Worldwide for Patents

(Photo: CFF Archive)
(Photo: CFF Archive)

By Amelia Truong
Digital Producer, Central Florida Future

UCF ranks No. 30 out of 100 universities worldwide that were granted U.S. utility patents in 2014.

As one of the three Florida High Tech Corridor research universities, UCF joins the University of South Florida and the University of Florida, totaling 257 granted patents, according to a list by the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association.

The list recognizes the important role patents play in university research and highlights the corridor region’s growth as a high-tech hub through continued innovation and technology transfer from universities to marketplace.

UCF totaled 66 granted patients, while No. 13 USF totaled 104 patents, and No. 20 UF had 87 granted patents.

Collectively, the three universities beat out other established and well-recognized, high-tech hubs, such as North Carolina’s Research Triangle and Austin’s Silicon Hills region.

The Research Triangle universities — Duke University, North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina —totaled 109 patents, while 230 were granted to the Texas universities, including the entire University of Texas system, Rice University and Texas A&M University.

“The countless scientists, researchers, innovators and inventors at UCF, USF, UF and throughout our region, enrich our innovation ecosystem and work tirelessly to make tomorrow better than it is today,” said Randy Berridge, president of Florida High Tech Corridor Council.

The corridor is an economic development initiative that has resulted in a strategic approach to high-tech economic development, supporting factors that include matching funds research, marketing and workforce development on a regional rather than local basis.

This article appeared in a July 8, 2015, edition of the Central Florida Future online. It has been slightly edited in accordance with AP and alumni association style guidelines. See original story.