UCF Celebrates the Best and Brightest During Founder’s Day

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The best and brightest students, faculty and staff at the University of Central Florida were honored  during the University of Central Florida’s annual Founders’ Day Honors Convocation.

Founders’ Day recognizes some of the outstanding achievements at UCF and is a time-honored tradition.

Recipients ranged from an avatar-creating engineer to an expert in Western European politics and labor unions.

Awards were given to recognize excellence in research, teaching, professional service, outstanding theses and additional categories, along with milestone anniversaries at the university.

The gathering was held in the Student Union, with employees, retirees, past honorees, family and friends in attendance. A reception was held afterward.

New COS Pegasus Professors Praised – Kerstin Hamann, Ph.D., and Cynthia Young, Ph.D.

Stellar COS Researcher Honored – Masahiro Ishigami, Ph.D.

COS Faculty Excellence Earn Accolades –

  • University Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching – Alisha Janowsky, Ph.D.
  • University Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching – Valerie Sims, Ph.D.
  • University Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Faculty Academic Advising – Peter Jacques, Ph.D.
  • University Award for Excellence in Research – Zenghu Chang, Ph.D.
  • Recognition of Service to the University, 20 Years of Service – Aubrey Jewett, Ph.D., Marianna Pensky, Ph.D., Houman A. Sadri, Ph.D., and John Weishampel, Ph.D.
  • Recognition of Service to the University, 30 Years of Service – Seth Elsheimer, Ph.D., Bernard Jensen, Ph.D., Piotr Mikusinski, Ph.D., and Bhimsen Shivamoggi, Ph.D.
  • Recognition of Service to the University, 45 Years of Service – Ida Cook, Ph.D., Robert L. Dipboye, Ph.D., Rita Graham, Ph.D., Rosalyn Howard, Ph.D., Jack McGuire, Ph.D., Waltraud Q. Morales, Ph.D. and Edward J. Rinalducci, Ph.D.

Exceptional COS Student Honored – Lucien Charland

Dean Michael Johnson of the UCF College of Sciences recognizes Lucien Charland, the exceptional COS student honored at the 2015 annual Founders’ Day ceremony.

COS Emeritus Professor Recognized – Jack McGuire, Ph.D.

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