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Nurun Naher with the poster for her research, “Dynamic Trajectories of Social Development in Youth’s Social Media Direct Messages: Implications for Mental Health and Online Risk Factors”
student with poster at Student Research Week
Maria Bonina Zimath with the poster for her work, “Examining Direct Load Control Within Demand Response Programs”

Faculty are always recognized for their research, but during Student Research Week, UCF turns the spotlight toward students. At the Student Scholar Symposium, the main event of Student Research Week, more than 800 students with over 600 projects present their research to their peers, faculty, staff and judges who award the top poster presentations.

This year, more than 80 projects were presented by students from the College of Engineering and Computer Science and several of them won top awards during the two-day symposium. Here are the award recipients from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering:

Day One Award Winners:

Akash Hari Bharath, Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering
“Studies on Dual Sputtered CuGaO2 Thin Film”
Faculty Advisor: Kalpathy B. Sundaram

Day Two Award Winners:

Andey Robbins, Ph.D. in Computer Science
“Genetic Algorithms for More Efficient In-Memory Computation With MAGIC”
Faculty Advisor: Mike Borowczak

Maria Bonina Zimath, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering – People’s Choice Award
“Examining Direct Load Control Within Demand Response Programs”
Faculty Advisor: Qun Zhou Sun

Student Research Week ends with the Excellence Awards, which recognizes the academic achievements of UCF students as well as the efforts of their faculty mentors. Here is the ECE winners at the university level, who will also be honored during the Founder’s Day ceremony:


Mousam Hossain, Ph.D. in Computer Engineering – Excellence by a Graduate Teaching Assistant

students with poster at Student Research Week
Megan Danh explains her work, “Smoothness Aware Optimizer for Out of Distribution Data Unlearning”