In the last 15 or so years, the University of Central Florida has always
placed a team (usually two or three teams) in the top ten places in the ACM
South East Regional Computer Programming Contest
It's not unusual for UCF to get two teams in the top three places.
Occasionally, UCF competes in the international ACM contest as well.
(What's UCF's secret? Practice
UCF has a very strong Computer Science and Engineering programs,
with ties to surrounding industry (some across the street) such as
There are a few UCF courses actually taught at NASA through the Florida Space Institute, and some of our adjunct faculty work full time at Lockheed Martin
or Siemens Westinghouse or other near by companies. Research money
and grants for all departments trickles in from surrounding industry.
For instance, there is currently a grant from Lockheed Martin for the Education
department that is funding a new building for education majors. And why not--
while UCF Engineering students may end up working there, teachers graduating
from UCF may be teaching children of Lockheed Martin employees, etc.
Another strong department at UCF is CREOL: Center for Research and Education
in Optics and Lasers, which is internationally known for its research
UCF was originally called Florida Technological University (name changed
in 1978), and it still has a heavy emphasis on technology.
UCF is a fairly young school, and a bit unlike other universities in that it is undergoing
contstant change; it is a forward looking school, trying to create the future,
rather than relive the past. UCF's motto is Reach for the Stars.