Our postdoctoral researcher, Quentin Fouliard, received the 2021 UCF Alumni 30 Under 30 award in a ceremony that was held online on May 20, 2021 and which recognizes exemplary young alumni. The ceremony congratulated 30 accomplished graduates who were chosen for their great professional success, commitment to helping others and track record of giving back to UCF and their local community. Quentin gained the attention of leaders in the field of Propulsion and Energy, who have cited his work, bringing attention to UCF’s standing in Aerospace Engineering. Quentin continues to exceed expectations as an early career scientist and innovator: he pursues his work on the development of novel materials and instrumentation for smart coatings for gas turbine engines as a postdoctoral researcher and he has filed three patents in collaboration with UCF. He works to elevate both his and UCF’s status as founders in technology that continues to make impact in the field of propulsion and energy. Quentin speaks fluently four languages and has served as a UCF Global Ambassador, volunteering to make the transition and adaptation process for new international students as comfortable as possible.