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Engineering Student Takes Top Prize in Business Competition

Brandon Naids, who is pursuing a master’s degree in industrial engineering, has won the 2015 UCF Business Model Competition for his presentation about his company Talon Simulations.

The annual event is hosted by the UCF Blackstone LaunchPad, an initiative of the College of Business Administration’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership.

Naids was named the 2015 winner after presenting his business model for Talon Simulations’ affordable alternative to flight schools and expensive flight simulators. The company bridges the gap between personal-computer-based aviation training devices and six-figure advanced aviation training devices.

Naids won a $1,000 cash prize and an invitation to the International Business Model Competition in May, where the top prize is $25,000 in business start-up funding.

As a 2014 UCF graduate with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, Naids credits his engineering education for giving him an advantage in business.

“UCF’s engineering curriculum has afforded me and my teammates the knowledge to develop new technology. And all of the resources at UCF give us the confidence we need to compete in the business world.”

See more details on the CECS website.