By Terri Bernhardt

Spotlight Joe Wallace Nov 2010The Central Florida Research Park is always at the top of the list of Research Parks Nationwide. Ranking with North Carolina’s Research Triangle and California’s Stanford University, Joe Wallace has been at the forefront, leading Central Florida Research Park to its current ranking for almost 20 years. During those years, the park has grown to a thriving and envied position as the 7th largest research park in the country.

Today, the 1,027 acre campus-like office park is home to about 106 companies, 9,500 employees, many of them students and UCF graduates, and elements of the U.S. Army, Navy Air Force and Marines, as well as university departments and projects. Although the park’s foundation is U.S. military simulation and training research, the door is open to other organizations that can enhance UCF and the area’s economic development through partnerships.

UCF’s Institute for Simulation and Training, the Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center (AMPAC), the Nano Science Technology Center, Central Florida Technology Development Center, the National Center for Forensic Science, Crime Mapping and Data Management and Public Safety Research centers are in the Research Park, along with the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division and other joint missions with government entities.

On the private side, Siemens Westinghouse, AT&T Wireless, Silicon Graphics, Hewitt Associates and others operate in the park. UCF’s Incubation Program is also in the Research Park, providing private industries resources to help them transition university research into products and service.

Thank you, Mr. Wallace for an environment for success and innovation!

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