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Congratulations to the three new Trustee Chairs who were honored at the UCF Board of Trustees meeting on July 20, 2017 – Mohamed Abdel-Aty, Sudipta Seal, and Stella Sung.

Dr. Abdel-Aty is a Pegasus Professor and chair of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering, the deputy director of the Center for Advanced Transportation Systems Simulation, and an internationally-recognized researcher in the area of transportation safety.

Dr. Seal is a Pegasus Professor and chair of Materials Science and Engineering, the former director of UCF’s Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center and NanoScience Technology Center, and a pioneer in the field of transition metal and rare earth oxides with far-reaching impact.

Dr. Sung is a Pegasus Professor of Visual Arts and Design, the director of the Center for Research and Education in Arts, Technology, and Entertainment (CREATE), and a composer of concert music, film, ballet, opera, and video for global audiences.

You can learn more about each of these exceptional scholars on Faculty Excellence’s website at

These faculty members join the eight previously named Trustee Chairs: Deborah Beidel, Zenghu Chang, Peter Delfyett, Peter Hancock, Martin Richardson, Jeff Rupert, Mubarak Shah, and Eric Van Stryland.

Designed to both retain and attract exceptional faculty, these five-year Trustee Chair appointments offer an annual stipend of $50,000. In order to be eligible, nominees must be professors who are ranked as a “foremost scholar” in their chosen area of expertise and known for making a positive scholarly impact on others.