It’s no secret – this central Florida city is a great place to experience engineering. A record-setting 62 million people visited Orlando last year. Here’s a look at how this region’s engineers are making work, fun and the future possible.
Among the main attractions here are more than a dozen theme parks, including the four parks and two water attractions at Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando’s Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure – not to mention the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and SeaWorld. All that fun is brought to you by the engineers who push the boundaries every day as they come up with innovative, imaginative ways to thrill, entertain and surprise you. But it’s not all play and no work. The 7-million-square-foot Orange County Convention Center is the second-largest convention center in the country. It features a one-megawatt solar array and four smaller experimental photovoltaic systems. And if you’re looking for the future of engineering, check out the University of Central Florida. As the second-largest university in the country, UCF is the choice for more than 63,000 students. Almost 9,000 of them are enrolled in the UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science where the vision is to “educate the next generation of engineers and scientists and perform impactful research that advances the technologies of the 21st century.” UCF is ranked first among universities supplying engineering to the aerospace and defense industries by the 2015 Aviation Week Workforce Study. About an hour away in Daytona Beach, you’ll find Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, where the aerospace engineering program has been ranked number one in the country for 16 straight years.