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The University of Central Florida’s Office of Research has named Saiful Khondaker, professor of nanoscience, physics and electrical engineering, as the new interim assistant vice president for research advancement.

In this role, Khondaker will focus on driving further growth of research development and partnership, critical elements of the UCF research enterprise. This will include expanding the successful NSF CAREER mentoring program to target early career programs of other federal agencies, which will support the increased and earlier success of faculty receiving such prestigious awards. He also will be responsible for ensuring strong collaborative engagement with external entities, such as connecting UCF researchers with research partners in the region.

“Saiful has been a longstanding OR faculty fellow with a strong dedication to faculty support and success,” says Winston Schoenfeld, UCF’s Interim Vice President for Research and Innovation. “Since 2019, he has led the NSF CAREER Award mentoring program, resulting in an impressive fourfold increase in awards to UCF’s early career faculty. I look forward to the continued success of our faculty through his leadership and am pleased to have him oversee our Research Advancement group.”

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By Robert Wells | September 7, 2023