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It is my pleasure to welcome you to our department website. It is my honor to lead our department after 18 years of service as a faculty member at the University of Central Florida. I first came to UCF in 1995 and I am proud to see how much our University and department have grown since then. We now have almost twice the students that we had then!
Our department has grown not only in numbers, but in stature as well. Our most recent ABET visit has renewed the accreditation of our three programs. Our Construction Engineering Program has become one of only a few accredited Construction Engineering Programs in the nation. I know our faculty hold themselves to the highest standards of excellence, and thanks to them we are more capable than ever to provide our 940 undergraduate students and our almost 200 graduate students with a truly excellent education.
Our department has also excelled in research. Our faculty members consistently bring in more than 4 million dollars worth of research funding every year. We are at the cutting edge of state-of-the-art research in a myriad of disciplines including, but not limited to, Coastal Hydro-Science, Structural Health Monitoring, Traffic Safety, Drinking Water Safety, and Intelligent Transportation Systems. CECE faculty has published 5 books, 11 book chapters, 88 journal articles, and 59 conference papers in the 2012-2013 academic year alone. This productivity has consistently been accompanied by a high quality of work and creative ingenuity.
There may be many challenges ahead of us, but I am sure that we will overcome them with the help of our department's superb faculty and staff. I am sure that our faculty and staff will continue to do their best to provide the highest quality of education for our students, to produce outstanding research, and to serve our University, community, and profession. I invite you to continue to support our department and to take an active role in its excellent academic and research endeavors.
Dr. Mohamed Abdel-Aty, P.E.
Pegasus Professor and Chair