Winston Schoenfeld
Interim VP for Research
Phone: (407) 823-0824

Winston V. Schoenfeld is the Interim VP for Research, and Professor of Optics, MSE, and ECE at the University of Central Florida. He received his Ph.D. degree in materials science from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) in 2000, and holds a MS and BS in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida. Prior to joining UCF in 2004, Dr. Schoenfeld served as Device Manager at Uniroyal Optoelectronics, working in the area of high brightness light emitting diodes (LEDs), and later in 2003 founded Medical Lighting Solutions, Inc., a supplier of specialty LED lighting solutions for the medical and biomedical industries. From 2011-2017 he served at UCF as Director of the c-Si Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC), establishing the first industry-led U.S. c-Si PV consortium and overseeing more than $10M in collaborative research projects between consortium members. He has authored/co-authored more than 130 refereed journal publications in the areas of photovoltaics, the epitaxial growth and properties of oxide semiconductors, oxide and nitride-semiconductor light emitting diodes, self-assembled quantum dots, e-beam nano-lithography, quantum information/networks, comprehensive modeling of nanowire devices, and 
solid-state dots, e-beam nano-lithography, quantum information/networks, comprehensive modeling of nanowire devices, and solid-state nuclear material detection. Dr. Schoenfeld is a Fellow of SPIE and a life member of OSA. 



Kim Smith
Assistant Vice President of Research Administration at UCF and the Chief Operating Officer of the UCF Research Foundation

Kim Smith is the Assistant Vice President of Research Administration at UCF and the Chief Operating Officer of the UCF Research Foundation.
With over 30 years of dedicated service in the field of research administration, Kim is a seasoned professional who has made a lasting impact on the world of academic research. She is a Certified Research Administrator (CRA) and a Certified Financial Research Administrator (CFRA). Kim possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience in navigating the complex landscape of research administration. As an active member of professional organizations, Kim has played an integral role in advancing the mission and standards of research administration. She is a valued member of the University Connected Research Foundation organization, where she contributes to the development of research excellence and collaboration across academic institutions. Kim's dedication to excellence is further exemplified through her participation in the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA), the Society of Research Administrators International (SRA), and the University Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP). She consistently engages with these organizations, furthering their missions and staying at the forefront of industry trends and best practices.
Throughout her extensive career, Kim has demonstrated a deep commitment to facilitating excellence in research administration services and fostering collaboration. She has been instrumental in streamlining administrative processes and ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements, all of which are vital components in the success of academic research endeavors.
In addition, Kim is known for her dedication to mentorship and knowledge sharing within the research administration community. She is a source of guidance and inspiration for countless individuals entering the field, leaving a lasting mark on the next generation of research administrators.
With her impressive history and unwavering commitment to advancing the frontiers of research administration, Kim continues to be a driving force in shaping the future of academic research. Her contributions have not only enhanced the efficiency of research processes but have also contributed significantly to the broader scientific community's ability to push boundaries and make transformative discoveries.