Message from the Director
In an age of global scientific advances and intrinsic research opportunities, we at the centers of Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology at UCF strive to empower, inspire and challenge.
Our journey began in 1998, when The Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center (AMPAC) was founded. AMPAC has built a reputation for research and education excellence. In 2005, the NanoScience Technology Center ( NSTC) was formed. NSTC has already surpassed expectations in the field of Nanotechnology and has attained academic and research distinction in its own right.
The common goal and purpose of both centers is to strongly promote interdisciplinary research. Research opportunities in areas as diverse as Green Energy, In Vitro Test Systems, Functional Nanomaterials, Computer/Mathematical Simulations, Assistive Robotics, Quantum Dynamics, Bioimaging, NanoElectronics & NanoPhysics, Integrated Device Development and Advanced Materials have been explored. Our work intersects with research areas including biology, medicine, energy, microelectronics, and nanotechnology. Our expectations are to further these applications, initiate advances in biomaterials and continue collaborative work in energy, optics and other fields.
We currently offer outstanding M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs in Materials Science and Engineering and host the NSF REU site on nanotechnology. We started the first nanoscience undergraduate education program through the NSF NUE program. In the future, we are looking forward to implementing a formal course of study in nanotechnology.
Together, AMPAC and NSTC have been recipients of prestigious awards and accolades for research distinction in materials science and engineering and nanoscience and technology. AMPAC and NSTC faculty have received NSF CAREER, ONR YIP, and DARPA YIA awards and have been named fellows of prestigious scientific societies including the American Society of Materials, American Vacuum Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. Our excellence is derived from our creative and exceptional faculty members, outstanding research facilities, and talented graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, visiting scientists, administrative staff and engineers. Collaborations with other universities, government agencies, and private industries are actively sought and effectively executed, and, from FY07-09, both the centers generated more than $17 million in research funding.
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 cutting-edge research, and to train and educate students and other personnel in the use of state-of-the-art equipment.
As a team, our collective mission is to cross new frontiers in academics and research and to achieve long- lasting working partnerships across the public and private platform. We endeavor to accomplish our vision both at the national and international level.
I invite you to explore our world of Materials and Nanotechnology at the University of Central Florida. I truly hope you will join us in our quest for cutting edge interdisciplinary research, outstanding academics and ground-breaking science.