Faith Sauber, UCF’s first-ever EuroScholar prepares for trip to Switzerland

Faith Sauber, a ’21 biomedical sciences alumna, worked alongside many esteemed UCF professors to conduct undergraduate research. Dr. Mary Jean Amon, Dr. Gregory Welch, and instructor Nicole Verity were helpful throughout her time as an undergraduate, Sauber said.

Sauber, 19, now prepares to leave for Europe to research at the University of Geneva in Switzerland as UCF’s first EuroScholar on Feb. 14. Sauber graduated from UCF in fall 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences.

The EuroScholars program is a unique study abroad program catered to undergraduate students looking for international research experience, according to the EuroScholars website.

Dr. Gregory Welch, UCF pegasus professor and AdventHealth endowed chair in health care simulation, worked alongside Sauber through three semesters at UCF to complete her honors undergraduate thesis. Welch said his advice for students interested in research is to approach the situation with an open mind and consider new perspectives.

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Gregory Welch, PhD – Selected as IEEE Fellow


Gregory Welch, PhD,  became an IEEE Fellow for contributions to tracking methods in augmented reality applications.

The IEEE Fellow is one of the most prestigious honors of the IEEE, and is bestowed upon a very limited number of Senior Members who have contributed importantly to the advancement or application of engineering, science and technology bringing significant value to our society. The number of IEEE Fellows elevated in a year is no more than one-tenth of one percent of the total IEEE voting membership.

Congratulations Dr. Welch for this great lifetime achievement!


Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is the world's largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.

UCF Professor Greg Welch Named to the National Academy of Inventors


The Pegasus Professor, who specializes in simulation and modeling, is UCF’s 17th NAI fellow — the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors.

UCF Professor Greg Welch is one of 164 national faculty members who have been named to the National Academy of Inventors and one of only 10 from Florida this year. Welch is the AdventHealth Endowed Chair in Healthcare Simulation in UCF’s College of Nursing. The computer scientist and engineer is also the co-director of the UCF Synthetic Reality Laboratory.


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TechConnect 2021 Innovation Award

University of Central Florida Technology #34418 (Intelligent Object Magnification) received a 2021 Innovation Award from TechConnect.

This technology was presented in the AI, Data, and Cyber session. Review panelists included U.S. Marine Corps Warfighting Labs at Quantico (portfolio development in AI) and the U.S. Naval War College.

See more on this project at UCF Technology Transfer.

The co-inventors on the associated pending US patent application are Prof. Gerd Bruder, Zubin Choudhary, Dr. Kangsoo Kim, and Dr. Greg Welch.


Dr. Welch is one of 21 Faculty Members Inducted into UCF Scroll and Quill Society


Excerpts from UCF News:

“The Scroll and Quill Society celebrates faculty members who for at least a decade have made scholarly contributions of impact to advance knowledge in their fields, benefit society and distinguish UCF at national or international levels.”


Gregory Welch, professor, nursing, College of Nursing

Gregory Welch is the AdventHealth Endowed Chair in Healthcare Simulation and a Pegasus Professor who has acquired nearly $9.6 million in active sponsored research. With a background in computer science, his research entails virtual and augmented reality, human-computer interaction, human motion tracking and human surrogates for training and practice, with a focus on applications such as healthcare and defense. Welch’s work has led to groundbreaking patient simulators for training healthcare practitioners.”


Summer REU project accepted to ACM SUI 2021

Congratulations to our three wonderful REU students who worked with us over the summer! Their work on AR interfaces for controlling IoT devices has been accepted to ACM SUI 2021.

Connor D. Flick; Courtney J. Harris; Nikolas T. Yonkers; Nahal Norouzi; Austin Erickson; Zubin Choudhary; Matt Gottsacker; Gerd Bruder; Gregory F. Welch. “Trade-offs in Augmented Reality User Interfaces for Controlling a Smart Environment” In: Symposium on Spatial User Interaction (SUI ’21), pp. 1-11, Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 2021