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Every year on the first Wednesday of April, UCF honors the outstanding accomplishments and contributions of our people on Founders’ Day, our annual celebration of the employees, faculty and students who keep reaching for the stars.

More than 150 faculty members were recognized across the university, including several from the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

“It’s a joy to celebrate extraordinary faculty who model academic excellence, student success and societal impact,” says Michael D. Johnson, UCF provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs. “Their remarkable work lifts up the university’s excellence and shows us all what UCF can become.”

The students honored include undergraduate and graduate students who are groundbreaking national and global scholarship winners, researchers, athletes, teaching assistants, residence assistants and leaders in campus organizations such as Student Government, LEAD Scholars and the President’s Leadership Council.

University Level Awards

Pegasus Professor
Damla Turgut, Department of Computer Science

Excellence in Mentoring Post-Doctoral Students
Mubarak Shah, Center for Research in Computer Vision

Faculty Senate – 10 Years of Service
Sumanta Pattanaik, Department of Computer Science

Founders’ Award
Natalie Longtin, Department of Computer Science

Outstanding Dissertation
Ce Zheng ‘23PhD, Department of Computer Science

Outstanding Honors Undergraduate Thesis
Kevin Hanekom, Department of Computer Science


College Level Award

Outstanding Creative Work
Junayed Mahmud, Department of Computer Science


Service Milestones

Five Years of Service
Angela Jackson
Marisa Ramiccio
Lorna Rodriguez
Melissa Saint James
Juliana Zink

10 Years of Service
Jennifer Fackler
Vernet Lasrado
Derrick McQuern
Donald Scrip
Giji Skaria

15 Years of Service
Pete Alfieris

20 Years of Service
Sophie Cortes-Thomas
Lisa Massi
Ozlem Garibay, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems

25 Years of Service
Pedro Cordero

30 Years of Service
Jeanine Clements
Michael Proctor, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems

35 Years of Service
Kari Stiles

Angie Feliciano
Ellen McDade
Kari Stiles
Richard Biehl, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems
Samuel Richie, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


Story by Marisa Ramiccio, UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science