Duke Energy donates $ 75,000 to the University of Central Florida to help train future engineering and information technology professionals

Duke Energy donates $ 75,000 to the University of Central Florida to help train future engineering and information technology professionals

ORLANDO, Fla., May 10, 2022 / PRNewswire / –

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(The University of Central Florida The College of Engineering and Computer Science released the following press release.)

A $ 75,000 donation to University of Central Florida of Duke Energy Florida will provide critical resources to support the transformation of engineering and computer science students into professionals and future leaders in their fields.

The funds will be used for the priority areas of the UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science, particularly in programs designed to develop leadership skills in students, including UCF’s Engineering Leadership and Innovation Institute (eli2) and UCF Senior Design “Boot Camps” – training workshop for teams enrolled in the Senior Design capstone course – a requirement for senior graduates.

The donation is in addition to a previous one $ 75,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to support UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science projects, including the Girls Excelling in Math and Science mentoring program, Senior Design, and diversity, equity and inclusion programs.

“At UCF, while our engineering and computer science students are learning the fundamental technical aspects of their disciplines, they are at the same time learning important ‘soft skills’ and leadership qualities that are critically important in the workplace,” he says. Michele Giorgiopoulos, dean, UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science. “Duke Energy’s years of support help make UCF’s leadership building programs possible. We are extremely grateful for their gift.”

The gift adds to the longstanding relationship between Duke Energy Florida, the Duke Energy Foundation and the University of Central Florida. Over the years, Duke Energy and its foundation have given more than $ 5 million to support UCF programs which have benefited thousands of students. Additionally, UCF’s Duke Energy Welcome Center serves as a high-visibility information portal about the university designed to attract prospective students to the UCF.

“For more than a decade, Duke Energy, its legacy companies and its foundation have invested in University of Central Florida and its Engineering Leadership and Innovation Institute, “he said Melissa Seixas, president of the state of Duke Energy Florida. “There is an immense need for leaders in engineering and information technology across the board and we are honored to be able to support this program and continue to transform students into the qualified professionals and leaders needed. Florida and beyond. “

With financial support from Duke Energy (later Progress Energy), the Engineering Leadership and Innovation Institute (eli2) at UCF began in 2010, a program that has provided leadership development opportunities to thousands of engineering and computer science students.

Opportunities include hands-on workshops and “Leaders Up Close” seminars, lectures to earn a minor or engineering leadership certificate, eli2 creative spaces on campus designed to enhance creativity and collaboration; Senior Design Boot Camps that help student teams with their projects; and other programs specifically focused on enhancing students’ creativity, innovation, collaboration and accountability.

“Duke Energy has supported student leadership development since eli’s inception2“says Tim Kotnor, professor in UCF’s Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems and director of UCF’s Engineering Leadership and Innovation Institute.” What started as an initial support of 31 students 15 years ago has sprouted into a student culture at the university level. leadership involvement that has impacted the education and professional development of over 20,000 students and alumni. “

Senior Design, a capstone course in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, begins for students with Boot Camp, provided by eli2– A full-day interactive session for newly formed senior design teams to strengthen teamwork and project design. The Eli2 Boot Camp is designed to help student teams collaboratively design their projects from start to finish, including budgeting, timeline, prototyping, testing and overcoming challenges to bring their projects to the finish – the Senior Design Showcase, where the projects are presented to an audience and alumni judges.

In April, 917 undergraduates participated in UCF’s Spring 2022 Senior Design virtual and live showcase, with 185 projects designed by collaborative teams of engineering and computer science graduates.

The University of Central Florida is one of the largest national manufacturers of engineers and information technology companies and is the nation’s leading labor force supplier to a number of key industries, including aerospace, energy, utilities, financial technology (“fintech”), healthcare and defense. . UCF was named the No. 1 nation – and the best preferred supplier – to the aerospace and defense industries from Aviation Week Network.

Duke Energy Florida

Duke Energy Florida, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, owns 10,300 megawatts of energy capacity, providing electricity to 1.9 million residential, commercial and industrial customers in a 13,000 square mile service area in Florida.

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, NC, is one of the largest American energy holdings. Its electrical utilities serve 8.2 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio And Kentuckyand collectively possess 50,000 megawatts of energy capacity. Its natural gas unit serves 1.6 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio And Kentucky. The company employs 28,000 people.

Duke Energy is making an aggressive transition to clean energy to meet its goals of zero net methane emissions from its natural gas business and at least a 50% reduction in carbon from electricity generation by 2030 and zero net emissions of carbon by 2050. the zero targets also include Scope 2 emissions and some Scope 3 emissions. In addition, the company is investing in major power grid improvements and energy storage and exploring zero-emission power generation technologies such as hydrogen and advanced nuclear power.

Duke Energy was named Fortune’s 2022 “World’s Most Admired Companies” list and Forbes’ America’s Best Employers list. More information is available at duke-energy.com. The Duke Energy News Center contains press releases, information sheets, photos and videos. by Duke Energy lighting features stories about people, innovations, community topics, and environmental issues. Follow Duke Energy on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram And Facebook.

UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science

The University of Central Florida Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science of Orlando is among the largest national producers of engineering and technology workforce talent. The college’s six academic departments offer over 40 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, courses and certificates. His $ 50 million The annual research firm addresses society’s greatest challenges and aspirations in aerospace, information technology, energy, environmental, healthcare, transportation and more. The college is strengthened by innovative industry partnerships and diverse faculty, students and staff who together create a welcoming and entrepreneurial learning and discovery center. Visit cecs.ucf.edu to find out more.

Media contacts:

Duke Energy Florida – Audrey Stasko
Cell: 315.877.3031
Middle line: 800.559.3853
Email: audrey.stasko@duke-energy.com

University of Central FloridaKimberly Lewis
Cell: 703.864.5984
Email: Kimberly.Lewis2@ucf.edu

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