S. S. Iyengar

Ryder Professor and Director

2010 D.SC (Honorary), Techno Global University, India
1974 Ph. D., Eng., Mississippi State University, Mississippi
1970 M.S., Mech. Eng., Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
1968 B.S., Mech. Eng., Bangalore University, Bangalore, India

Dr. S.S. Iyengar is currently the Ryder Professor of Computer Science and Director of the School of Computing and Information Sciences at Florida International University, Miami. He is also the founding director of the Discovery Lab. Prior to joining FIU, Dr. Iyengar was the Roy Paul Daniel’s Distinguished Professor and Chairman of the Computer Science department for over 20 years. He has also worked as a visiting scientist at Oak ridge National Lab, Jet propulsion Lab, Satish Dhawan Professor at IISc and Homi Bhabha Professor at IGCAR, Kalpakkam and University of Paris and visited Tsinghua University, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) etc. His research interests include High-Performance Algorithms, Biomedical Computing, Sensor Fusion, and Intelligent Systems for the last four decades. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Multi-University Research Initiative (MURI Program), Office of Naval Research (ONR), Department of Energy / Oak Ridge National Laboratory (DOE/ORNL), Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), US Army Research Office (URO), and various state agencies and companies. He has served on the US National Science Foundation and National Institute of Health Panels to review proposals in various aspects of Computational Science and has been involved as an external evaluator (ABET-accreditation) for several Computer Science and Engineering Departments across the country and the world. Dr. Iyengar has also served as a research proposal evaluator for the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Iyengar is developing computational measures for predicting DNA mutations during cancer evolution, using wavelet analysis in cancer genome research, and designing smart biomarkers for bioremediation.  His inventions have significantly impacted biomedical engineering and medicine. He recently patented a simple, low-cost device for early intervention in glaucoma, and was involved in early detection of lung cancer by developing a 4D motion model jointly with Southwestern Medical School.

Dr. Iyengar is a Member of the European Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and Fellow of the Society for Design and Process Science (SDPS), a Fellow of National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Dr. Iyengar has been the Chair for many IEEE conferences in the area of Sensor Networks, Computational Biology, Image processing, etc. He is also the founding editor of the International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks, and he has been on the editorial Board of many IEEE Journals including Transaction on Computers, Transactions and Data Knowledge Engineering, ACM Computing Surveys etc. Dr. Iyengar continues to be very active in multiple professional conferences and workshops in the areas of his research interest.

He was awarded Satish Dhawan Chaired Professorship at IISc, then Roy Paul Daniel Professorship at LSU. He has received the Distinguished Alumnus Award of the Indian Institute of Science. In 1998, he was awarded the IEEE Computer Society’s Technical Achievement award and is an IEEE Golden Core Member. He also received a Lifetime Achievement award conferred by International Conference on Agile manufacturing at IIT-BHU. Professor Iyengar is an IEEE Distinguished Visitor, SIAM Distinguished Lecturer, and ACM National Lecturer and has won many other awards like Distinguished Research Master’s award, Hub Cotton award of Faculty Excellence (LSU), Rain Maker awards (LSU), Florida Information Technology award (IT2), Distinguished Research award from Tunisian Mathematical Society etc.

During the last four decades, he has supervised over 55 Ph.D. students, 100 Master’s students, and many undergraduate students who are now faculty at Major Universities worldwide or Scientists or Engineers at National Labs/Industries around the world. He has published more than 500 research papers, has authored/co-authored and edited 22 books. His books are published by MIT Press, John Wiley and Sons, CRC Press, Prentice Hall, Springer Verlag, IEEE Computer Society Press, etc. One of his books titled “Introduction to Parallel Algorithms” has been translated to Chinese. During the last thirty years Dr. Iyengar has brought in over 65 million dollars for research and education. He has been providing the students and faculty with a vision for active learning and collaboration at Louisiana State University, Florida International University, and across many Universities in China and India. He has received many outstanding Journal and Conference Paper awards with his students.

In 2006, his paper entitled, A Fast Parallel Thinning Algorithm for the Binary Image Skeletonization, was the most frequently read article in the month of January in the International Journal of High Performance Computing Applications. His innovative work called the Brooks-Iyengar algorithm along with the Prof. Richard Brooks from Clemson University is applied in industries to solve real-world applications. Dr. Iyengar’s work has a big impact; in 1988. We discovered “NC algorithms for Recognizing Chordal Graphs and K-trees” [IEEE Trans. on Computers 1988]. This breakthrough result led to the extension of designing fast parallel algorithms by researchers like J.Naor (Stanford), M.Naor (Berkeley), and A.A.Schaffer (AT&T Bell Labs). Professor Iyengar earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at UVCE-Bangalore and the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and a doctoral degree from Mississippi State University. Recently, Dr. Iyengar was awarded the IBM Faculty Award, FIU Top Scholar award, and NRI Gandhi Pravasi Award in London, along with a Medal Of Honor.

Mark Allen Weiss

Associate Director & Professor

1987 Ph.D., Computer Science, Princeton University
1985 M.A., Computer Science, Princeton University
1984 M.S., Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Princeton University
1983 B.E., Electrical Engineering (Summa Cum Laude), The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, NY

Mark Allen Weiss is an Eminent Scholar Chaired Professor and Associate Director in the School of Computing and Information Sciences at Florida International University in Miami Florida and also serves as the Undergraduate Program Director.

He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from The Cooper Union in 1983, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Princeton University in 1987, working under Bob Sedgewick. He has been at FIU since 1987, and was promoted to Professor in 1996. His interests include data structures, algorithms, and education, and he is most well-known for his highly-acclaimed Data Structures textbooks, which have been used at hundreds of universities worldwide. From 1997-2004 he served as a member of the Advanced Placement Computer Science Development Committee, chairing the committee from 2000-2004 and currently serves as a member of the ACM Education Council.  Dr. Weiss is an ACM Distinguished Educator, AAAS Fellow, and the recipient of the 2015 SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education.

Shu-Ching Chen


1998 Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University

Dr. Shu-Ching Chen is an Eminent Scholar Chaired Professor in the School of Computing and Information Sciences (SCIS), Florida International University (FIU), Miami. He has been a Full Professor since August 2009 in SCIS at FIU. Prior to that, he was an Assistant/Associate Professor in SCIS at FIU from 1999. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1998, and Master’s degrees in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Civil Engineering in 1992, 1995, and 1996, respectively, all from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA.

He is the Director of Distributed Multimedia Information Systems Laboratory (DMIS) and the Co-Director of the Integrated Computer Augmented Virtual Environment (I-CAVE). His main research interests include content-based image/video retrieval, distributed multimedia database management systems, multimedia data mining, multimedia systems, and Disaster Information Management. Dr. Chen has authored and coauthored more than 300 research papers in journals, refereed conference/symposium/workshop proceedings, book chapters, and four books.

Dr. Chen was named a 2011 recipient of the ACM Distinguished Scientist Award. He received the best paper awards from 2006 IEEE International Symposium on Multimedia and 2016 IEEE International Conference on Information Reuse and Integration. He was awarded the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC) Society’s Outstanding Contribution Award in 2005 and was the co-recipient of the IEEE Most Active SMC Technical Committee Award in 2006. He was also awarded the Inaugural Excellence in Graduate Mentorship Award from FIU in 2006, the University Outstanding Faculty Research Award from FIU in 2004, the Excellence in Mentorship Award from SCIS in 2010, the Outstanding Faculty Service Award from SCIS in 2004 and 2014, and the Outstanding Faculty Research Award from SCIS in 2002 and 2012. He is a fellow of IEEE and SIRI.

He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Multimedia Data Engineering and Management, and Associate Editor/ Editorial Board of IEEE Trans. on Multimedia, IEEE Multimedia, IEEE Trans. on Human-Machine Systems, etc.

Xudong He


1989 Ph.D., Computer Science, Virginia Tech
1984 MS, Computer Science, Nanjing University
1982 BS, Computer Science, Nanjing University

Dr. He received his BS and MS degrees in computer science from Nanjing University, China in 1982 and 1984 respectively; and his Ph.D. degree in computer science from Virginia Tech in 1989. He has joined FIU in 2000 after spending 10 years on the faculty at North Dakota State University. Dr. He’s research interests are in software engineering, especially formal methods. He is an internationally known expert on Petri nets. He has published 150 papers in international journals and conferences, and served on more than 80 international conference program committees. He serves on the editorial board of the Transactions on Petri Nets and Other Concurrency Models and several other journals. His research has been funded several major federal agencies including NSF, NASA, ONR, AFRL, and DOE. Dr. He has been a major adviser of 14 Ph.D. and 36 MS graduates.

Abraham Kandel

Visiting Professor

Abraham Kandel received a B.Sc., Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, a M.S., University of California, both in Electrical Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of New Mexico. Dr. Kandel, a Distinguished University Research Emeritus Professor and Endowed Eminent Scholar in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of South Florida (Chairman 1991-2003), is the Executive Director of the National Institute for Applied Computational Intelligence, Founding Chairman of the Computer Science Department at Florida State University (1978-1991), Director of the Institute of Expert Systems and Robotics, and Director of the State University System Center for Artificial Intelligence at FSU. He is Editor of the Fuzzy Track-IEEE MICRO; Area Editor on Fuzzy Hardware for “Fuzzy Sets and Systems”, Associate editor of “IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics”, “Control Engineering Practice”, and “International Journal of Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence” (IJPRAI). Dr. Kandel has published over 500 research papers and is author, co-author, editor or co-editor of 46 text books and research monographs in the field. Dr. Kandel is a Fellow of: ACM, IEEE, New York Academy of Sciences, AAAS, IFSA, and a member of NAFIPS, IAPR, ASEE, and Sigma-Xi.

Dr. Kandel was awarded the College of Engineering Outstanding Research Award, USF (1993-94); Sigma-Xi Outstanding Faculty Researcher Award (1995); Theodore and Venette-Askounes Ashford Distinguished Scholar Award, USF (1995); MOISIL International Foundation Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievements (1996); Distinguished Researcher Award, USF (1997); Professional Excellence Program Award, USF (1997); Medalist of the Year, Florida Academy of Sciences (1999); Honorary Scientific Advisor, Romanian Academy of Sciences (2000); President’s Award for Faculty Excellence, USF, (2002); Fulbright Senior Research Fellow Award at Tel-Aviv University, (2003-2004); and Fulbright Senior Specialist, 2005.

Tao Li


2004 Ph.D., University of Rochester

Dr. Tao Li is currently an associate professor in the School of Computing and Information Sciences at Florida International University. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from the Department of Computer Science, University of Rochester in July 2004. His research interests are in data mining, machine learning, information retrieval, and bioinformatics. He is the recipient of NSF CAREER Award (2006-2011), multiple IBM Faculty Research Awards (2005, 2007 & 2008), and Xerox Research Awards (2005-2008 & 2011-2014). He has published prolifically in top journals and conferences and has served on the program committees of many international conferences.

1989 Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Narasimhan is a professor in the School of Computing and Information Sciences (SCIS) at Florida International University (FIU) and is an expert in the area of Algorithms, Bioinformatics, and Data Science. He recently served as the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering and Computing. Dr. Narasimhan received a B.Tech. in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay. In 1989 he was awarded a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. After being on the faculty in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Memphis, he joined Florida International University as an associate professor in 2001 and was promoted to full professor in 2004. Dr. Narasimhan heads the Bioinformatics Research Group (BioRG) in SCIS, and is involved in interdisciplinary research collaborating with diverse groups form different disciplines. He has twice won the Excellence in Research Award from SCIS and also the Excellence in Research Award from FIU. He is on the steering committee of the Biomolecular Sciences Institute. He is on the editorial board of international journals and has been a Program Committee member on numerous international conferences. He has given many Keynote addresses at international conferences and is the recipient of many research, training and equipment grants from Federal agencies such as NSF, NIH, and Army Research Office, and State agencies such as the Florida Department of Health, and from the industry.

1977 Ph.D., in Computer Engineering and Information Sciences from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio

Dr. Jai Navlakha received his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering and Information Sciences from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in December 1977. Since then, he has been employed at Florida International University, where he was promoted to the position of Full Professor in September 1987. He served as the Director of the School of Computer Science in three stints: August 1988 to August 1992, August 1999 to August 2002, and July 2009 to August 2011. From July 2006 to June 2009, he was the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and the Director of Corporate & Global Programs in the College of Engineering & Computing. His research; in the areas of Program Verification, Analysis of Algorithms, Expert Systems, Neural Network Applications, and Disaster Management; has been extensively published in reputed archival Journals and International Conferences.

Niki Pissinou

Eminent Scholar Chair Professor & Director of Telecommunications and Information Technology Institute

Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
M.Sc., Computer Science, University of California, Riverside, CA
B.S.ISE, Industrial and Systems Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Dr. Pissinou has published over two hundred and fifty research papers in peer reviewed journals, conference proceedings and books chapters on networking, telecommunications, distributed systems, mobile computing, security and aspects of nontraditional data management including co-editing over four texts in the area of mobile and wireless networking and systems and over fourteen IEEE and ACM conference volumes. Widely cited in books and research papers, her research has been funded by NSF, DHS, NASA, DOT, DoD, state governments and industry. She has graduated over nineteen Ph.D. students who now hold positions in academia, federal government and industry. Dr. Pissinou has served as the general and technical program chair on a variety of ACM and IEEE conferences. She also served on hundreds of IEEE and ACM program committees, organizing committees, review panels, advisory boards, editorial boards etc. She has served as an editor of many journals including the IEEE Transactions on Data and Knowledge Engineering. She also has been the founder of many professional forums, including the ACM GIS. Dr. Pissinou has given keynote talks at various events and served as consultant to industry. Her achievements have been recognized by her peers, who have given her several awards and honors, including best paper awards.

Naphtali Rishe


1984 Ph.D., Computer Science, Tel Aviv University

Dr. Rishe has authored 5 books and edited 7 books on database management, location-based data, health informatics, and high performance computing. He is the inventor of 5 U.S. patents on database querying, semantic database performance, Internet data extraction, and computer medicine. Rishe has authored 300 papers in journals and proceedings on databases, software engineering, Geographic Information Systems, Internet, and life sciences. He was awarded over $55 million in research grants by Government and Industry, including NSF, NASA, IBM, DoI, DHS, USGS. Rishe is the Founder and Director of the High Performance Database Research Center at FIU (HPDRC) and of the NSF International FIU-FAU-Dubna Industry-University Cooperative Research Center for Advanced Knowledge Enablement (I/UCRC). Rishe is the inaugural FIU Outstanding University Professor and Eminent Chair Professor in Computer Science. Rishe’s TerraFly project has been extensively covered by worldwide press, including the New York Times, USA Today, NPR, Science and Nature journals, and FOX TV News. Rishe’s principal projects are TerraFly (a 50 TB database of aerial imagery and Web-based GIS) and Medical Informatics.

Geoffrey Smith


1991 Ph.D., Computer Science, Cornell University

Geoffrey Smith’s current research interests are centered on the foundations of computer security. For the past 20 years he has been particularly interested in techniques for controlling the leakage of sensitive information by computer systems. Notable accomplishments include the first type systems for guaranteeing noninterference, quantitative leakage bounds for timing attacks against cryptography, and the g-leakage model of quantitative information flow.

He completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science at Cornell University in 1991. Since 1994, he has been at Florida International University, where he is a Professor in the School of Computing and Information Sciences. He has held recent visiting appointments at the École Polytechnique (France), IMDEA Software (Spain), and Macquarie University (Australia), and he is a member of IFIP Working Group 1.7. He was named an ACM Distinguished Scientist in 2013, and he is an author of the 2014 paper “Additive and multiplicative notions of leakage, and their capacities”, which was named the winner of the NSA’s third annual Best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper Competition.

Peter J Clarke

Associate Professor

2003 Ph.D., Computer Science, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
1996 M.S., Computer Science, Binghamton University – SUNY, Binghamton, NY
1993 Advanced Diploma, Computer Science, University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus, Barbados
1987 B.Sc., Computer Science and Mathematics, University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus, Barbados

Peter J. Clarke received his BSc. degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill) in 1987, MS degree from SUNY Binghamton University in 1996 and PhD in Computer Science from Clemson University in 2003. His research interests are in the areas of software testing, software metrics, model-driven software development, domain-specific modeling languages and computer science education. He has published over 75 research papers and is the PI on several NSF grants. He is a member of: ACM (SIGSOFT, SIGCSE, and SIGAPP); IEEE Computer Society; and the Association for Software Testing (AST).

Christine Lisetti

Associate Professor

1995 Ph.D., Florida International University

Dr. Christine Lætitia Lisetti is an Associate Professor in the School of Computing and Information Sciences at Florida International University, and the director of the Affective Social Computing Laboratory (ascl.cs.fiu.edu). She received her Ph.D. in computer science from Florida International University in 1995, and in 1996 she was awarded the Individual Research Award from the National Institute of Health (NIH) to conduct her Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Stanford University, jointly in computer science and psychology. She joined FIU from ENST/Sophia, France where she was a professor, and was previously an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Central Florida.

Dr. Lisetti’s work on affective social computing aims at creating digital and engaging socially intelligent agents that can interact naturally with humans via expressive multi-modalities in a variety of contexts involving socio-emotional content. Her interests involve research on virtual characters for healthcommunication and behavior change. While in Europe, her research was supported by grants from the European Commission (EC), EUREKA Information Technology for European Advancement (ITEA), the Provence-Alpes Cote d’Azur (PACA) Regional R&D Program, and ST Microelectronics. Dr. Lisetti has received funding from Interval Research Corporation, Intel Corporation, Vcom3D, as well as from Federal funding agencies including the Office of Naval Research (ONR), US Army STRICOM, NASA Ames, the National Institute of Health (NIH), and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Christine Lisetti is on the Editorial Board of the IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, the first journal in her field of research which launched in 2010. She is the recipient of the 2000 AAAI Nils Nilsson Award, and the author of numerous scientific articles. She has served on various program committees of international conferences, she has co-chaired several international events on affective computing, and has been an invited speaker at international conferences. Dr. Lisetti has served as a research expert for the National Science Foundation (USA), for the “Agence Nationale de la Recherche” (FRANCE), for the “Fonds de Recherche sur la Nature et les Technologies” (CANADA), and for the European Commission (BELGIUM).

Jason Liu

Associate Professor

2003 Ph.D., Dartmouth College

Jason Liu is currently an associate professor at Florida International University. He received a B.A. in computer science from Beijing University of Technology in China in 1993, an M.S. in Computer Science from College of William and Mary in 2000, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Dartmouth College in 2003. His research interests include parallel discrete-event simulation, high-performance modeling and simulation of communication networks and computer systems. His current research focuses on applying real-time computation techniques for adaptive network simulation modeling, designing and building scalable emulation infrastructure for large-scale network experiments. Dr. Liu currently serves as a steering committee member for the PADS conference and as an associate editor for the SIMULATIONS journal. He was the general chair for MASCOTS’10 and SIMUTools’11, and the program chair for SIMUTools’10 and PADS’08. He served on the technical committees for many conferences. In 2006, he received an NSF CAREER Award.

Masoud Milani

Associate Professor

1986 Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
1980 M.S., Computer Science, Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi
1978 B.S., Computer Science, School of Planning and Computer Applications, Tehran, Iran

Dr. Milani joined Florida International University after receiving his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Central Florida in 1985. In the last 25 years he has been a faculty at the School of Computing and Information Sciences and has served the University in different roles, including associate dean of the School of Computing and Information Sciences, director of the Information Technology Program, and director of External Programs. Dr. Milani is currently the founding director of the Office of Student Access and Success. The mission of this new Office is to provide prospective and assistance to current students of the College of Engineering and Computing at FIU with value chain opportunities and services that will enhance their academic experiences and increase their rate of success in the school and their future careers. The Office supports students through recruitment, retention and enrichment programs, such as mentorship, undergraduate research opportunities, peer-to-peer tutoring, internship, and pre-college outreach activities. Dr. Milani’s work in engaging students in research and providing scholarships and fellowships to undergraduate and graduate students has been supported by US Department of Education and the National Science Foundation.

Deng Pan

Associate Professor & Graduate Program Director

2007 PhD, Computer Science, State University of New York at Stony Brook

Dr. Deng Pan received his Ph.D. degree in computer science from State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2007. His research interests are generally in high performance switch design and high speed networking. His current research focuses on network function virtualization, data center networking, and energy efficient networking. He has published over fifty peer-reviewed papers in leading refereed journals and conferences, including the IEEE Transactions on Computers, IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE INFOCOM, and IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium. He has served as local arrangement co-chair or technical program committee member in many international conferences, including IEEE INFOCOM, IEEE GLOBECOM, and ICPP.

Alex Pelin

Associate Professor

1977 Ph.D., Computer & Information Sciences, University of Pennsylvania
1974 M.S., Computer & Information Sciences, University of Pennsylvania
1973 B.S., Computer Science and Engineering, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Alex Pelin was awarded a B.S. in computer science and engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1973, an M.S. in computer and information sciences in 1974 and a Ph.D. in computer and information sciences in 1977, also from the University of Pennsylvania. After eight years on faculty at Temple University, Dr. Pelin joined the School of Computing and Information Sciences at Florida International University in 1985.

Nagarajan Prabakar

Associate Professor

1979 M.E., Automation, Indian Institute of Science
1985 Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Queensland

Dr. Prabakar developed a scheme to access vast amount of spatial data from a semantic database and flyover the data in real-time – this emerged as TerraFly software from High Performance Database Research Center, FIU. He has also designed dynamic mosaicking algorithms for spatial images and integrated vector GIS data with spatial data sets. Towards external funding, seven grant proposals were funded for a total amount of $2.3M with Dr. Prabakar’s role in these proposals as Principal Investigator, Co-Investigator, or Senior Investigator. Currently, Dr. Prabakar is working with a team of his colleagues on a fault-tolerant distributed computing grid with large number of sensors.

Raju Rangaswami

Associate Professor

2004 Ph.D., Computer Science, University of California, Santa Barbara
2003 M.S., Computer Science, University of California, Santa Barbara
1999 B.S., Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

Raju Rangaswami received a B.Tech. degree in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. He obtained M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara where he was the recipient of the Dean’s Fellowship and the Dissertation Fellowship. Raju is currently an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Florida International University where he directs the Systems Research Laboratory. His research interests include operating systems, storage systems, persistent memory, virtualization, and security. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award, Department of Energy Early CAREER Principal Investigator (ECPI) award, IBM Faculty Award 2011, Intel ISRA award, NetApp Faculty Fellowship 2011, and the FIU Faculty Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activities 2011.

S. Masoud Sadjadi

Associate Professor

2004 Ph.D.,, Computer Science, Michigan State University
1999 M.S.,, Software Engineering, Azad University (Tehran)
1995 B.S., Hardware Engineering, University of Tehran

Masoud Sadjadi received the B.S. degree in Hardware Engineering in 1995, the M.S. degree in Software Engineering in 1999, and the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Michigan State University in 2004. Dr. Sadjadi is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Computing and Information Sciences at Florida International University, where he has been on the faculty since 2004. He is the Director of the Center of Partnership for International Research & Education (PIRE) funded by the National Science Foundation for $2.3 million. He is also the Director of the Autonomic Cloud Research Laboratory (ACRL) and leads several projects under the Latin American Grid initiative. He has extensive experience in software development and leading large scale software engineering projects both in industry and in academia. Currently, he is collaborating with top researchers in 8 countries and is leading several international collaborative research projects. He is serving as a General Chair of SEKE 2012 and has served as the Program Chair, Co-Chair, and Committee Member of several top-tier international conferences and workshops of his field. He has served as a referee for several IEEE and SP&E journals and as a referee and panelist for several funding agencies including National Science Foundation (NSF), Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR), and Florida Sea Grant. His current research interests include Distributed Systems, Software Engineering, Autonomic Computing, High-Performance Computing, Grid Computing, Cloud Computing, Pervasive Systems, and Mobile Computing. He has more than 80 refereed publications and is PI or Co-PI of 17 grants from NSF, IBM, Kaseya, TeraGrid, and FIU for a total of about $6 million. He is a member of the IEEE and can be reached at sadjadi@cs.fiu.edu and http://www.cs.fiu.edu/~sadjadi/.

Leonardo Bobadilla

Assistant Professor

Dr. Bobadilla completed his PhD in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign under the supervision of Steve LaValle.

Bogdan Carbunar

Assistant Professor

2005 Ph.D., Computer Science, Purdue University

Bogdan Carbunar works at the intersection of security, privacy, and distributed systems, with a focus on mobile and social networks. His work was awarded the Nicolas D. Georganas Best Paper Award in 2014 for his article in ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing Communications and Applications (TOMM), the best student paper award in the SIAM International Conference on Data Mining (SDM) 2014, and the best paper award in the IEEE International Workshop on Hot Topics in Peer-to-peer Computing and Online Social Networking (HotPOST) 2013. He has received his Ph.D. in computer science from Purdue University in 2005 and has held various research positions in Motorola Labs. He has joined FIU in 2011.

Ruogu Fang

Assistant Professor

2014 Ph.D. Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University
2009 B.E. Information Engineering, Zhejiang University

Dr. Ruogu Fang is an Assistant Professor of the School of Computing and Information Sciences at Florida International University in Miami, FL.

Dr. Fang received her Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University in 2014 working under Tsuhan Chen, and Bachelor’s degree from Zhejiang University with the highest honor in 2009. Dr. Fang’s research interests focus on big medical data, brain dynamics, health informatics, machine learning and data mining. She is the recipient of numerous grants, honors and awards, including NSF CRII (pre-CAREER) award as PI, ORAU’s Ralph Lowe Young Faculty Enhancement Award, Robin Sidhu Memorial Young Scientist Award from Society of Brain Mapping and Therapeutics, Best Paper Award at IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, Hottest Paper in Medical Image Analysis, Hsien Wu and Daisy Yen Wu Memorial Award and Irwin and Joan Jacobs Fellowship, to name a few. She has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles, including flagship journals such as IEEE Transaction on Medical Imaging, Medical Image Analysis, ACM Computing Survey, etc. She served as the Co-Chair of the International Workshop on Sparsity Techniques in Medical Imaging, and the Guest Editor of the Journal Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics. Prof. Fang’s Smart Medical Informatics Learning and Evaluation (SMILE) Lab aims to explore intelligent approaches to bridge the data and medical informatics in the era of big medical data.

Mark Finlayson

Assistant Professor

2012, Ph.D., Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2001, M.S., Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1998, B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Dr. Finlayson received his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2012 from MIT, his M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2001 also from MIT, and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1998 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. From 2012-2014 was a Research Scientist in MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). His research focuses on representing, extracting, and using higher-order semantic patterns in natural language, especially focusing on narrative. His work intersects artificial intelligence, computational linguistics, and cognitive science. He is general chair of the Computational Models of Narrative Workshop Series.

Sam Ganzfried

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University
A.B., Mathematics, Harvard University

Sam Ganzfried received a PhD in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University in 2015 for his dissertation “Computing Strong Game-Theoretic Strategies and Exploiting Suboptimal Opponents in Large Games'” and holds an A.B. in math from Harvard University. His research interests include artificial intelligence, game theory, multiagent systems, multiagent learning, large-scale optimization, large-scale data analysis and analytics, and knowledge representation. He created two-player no-limit Texas hold ‘em agent Claudico that competed in the inaugural 2015 Brains vs. Artificial Intelligence competition against the strongest human specialists in the world (it lost by an amount that was not statistically significant at the 95% confidence level). He also created two-player no-limit Texas hold ‘em agent Tartanian7 that won the 2014 Annual Computer Poker Competition, beating each opposing agent with statistical significance. He organized the AAAI Workshop on Computer Poker and Imperfect Information in 2014 and 2015, and the first tutorial on Computer Poker at the 2016 Conference on Economics and Computation.

Liting Hu

Assistant Professor

2016 PH.D., Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology

Liting Hu got her PhD degree in Computer Science at Georgia Institute of Technology. Before that, she completed her undergraduate degree in Computer Science at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China. Her research is in the general area of distributed systems and its intersection with big data analytics, resource management, power management and system virtualization. She spent summers interning at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Intel Science and Technology Center for Cloud Computing, Microsoft Research Asia, VMware, and has been working closely with them. Her work was published at top conferences like USENIX ATC 2014, SOCC 2013, ICDCS 2012, ICAC 2012 and Cluster 2008.

Monique Ross

Assistant Professor

2016 Ph.D., Engineering Education, Purdue University
2011 Master’s, Software Engineering and Computer Science
2001 Bachelor’s, Computer Engineering

Monique Ross joins the team with a diverse and integrated background. She holds a doctoral degree in Engineering Education from Purdue University. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Elizabethtown College, a Master’s degree in Computer Science and Software Engineering from Auburn University, eleven years of experience in industry as a software engineer, and three years as a full-time faculty in the departments of computer science and engineering. Her interests focus on broadening participation in engineering through the exploration of: 1) race, gender, and identity in the engineering workplace; 2) discipline-based education research (with a focus on computer science and computer engineering courses) in order to inform pedagogical practices that garner interest and retain women and minorities in computer-related engineering fields.

Ning Xie

Assistant Professor

1993 B.E., Shipbuilding Engineering, Harbin Engineering University, Harbin, China.
1993 M.S., Theoretical Physics, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
2002 M.S., Computer Science, SUNY at Buffalo, Amherst, NY
2012 PH.D., Computer Science, MIT, Cambridge, MA
2012 Postdoctoral Fellow, Computer Science, MIT, Cambridge, MA

Ning Xie received his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2012 from MIT. His research interests are in many aspects of algorithmic and complexity theory, including property testing, local computation algorithms, Fourier analysis of Boolean functions, circuit complexity and coding theory. His research has been supported by NSF and U.S. Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship Program.

Wei Zeng

Assistant Professor

2008 PH.D., Computer Science and Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Dr. Wei Zeng is an assistant professor of the School of Computing and Information Sciences at Florida International University. Dr. Zeng received her Ph.D. from Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2008 and had her postdoctoral training at Stony Brook University in 2010-2012. She also worked at Microsoft Research Asia and Stony Brook University during her graduate study. Her Ph.D. thesis was titled “Computational Conformal Geometry Based Shape Analysis”. She has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals (e.g., IEEE TPAMI, IEEE TVCG, IJCV) and conferences (e.g., ICCV, ECCV, CVPR, VIS, SPM, IPMI, MICCAI, INFOCOM, IPSN) and a book by Springer, won a Best paper award in CAD/CAM (IJCC 2009), and has two U.S. patents on virtual colonoscopy techniques.

Tim Downey

Senior Instructor

1986 M.S. CS, State University of New York at Albany
1980 M.S. Mathematics, University of Rhode Island at Kingston
1976 B.S. Mathematics, Bates College

Tim Downey earned Master’s degrees in mathematics and computer science. He has been teaching at FIU since 2001. In that time, he has earned three University wide teaching awards (2007, 2002, 1997), one College teaching award (2007) and two School teaching awards (2006, 2002). He is the author of a book on web design using Java. Tim Downey has attended many conferences on computer science education. These conferences have stimulated his teaching style over the years. He is always open to learning new ways to enhance the learning process.

Kip Irvine

Senior Instructor

1995 M.S. CS, University of Miami, Miami, Fl
1982 Doctor of Music., Composition, University of Miami, Miami, Fl
1978 M.S., Music, Composition, University of Hawaii
1975 B.S. Music, Composition, University of Hawaii

Kip Irvine earned Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees in Music during (1975-82), and a Master of Computer Science degree in 1995. He was a full-time faculty member in the Computer Information Systems Department at Miami-Dade College from 1983 to 2000, rising to the rank of Full Professor. He has been at FIU since 2000 as a full-time Instructor and was promoted to Senior Instructor in 2011. He taught undergraduate courses in eight different programming languages. He also taught Human-Computer Interaction, Component-Based Software Development, Fundamentals of Computer Systems, and Data Structures. He taught all undergraduate levels and developed three courses for FIU. He was awarded both the Excellence in Teaching award (2010) and the Excellence in Service award (2008, 2012, and 2016) by the School of Computing and Information Sciences. He won the College of Engineering and Computing Service award for 2013.  He is the author and co-author of five college textbooks in computer programming, where two of the books dominate their fields. He is a Senior Member of Association for Computing Machinery.

Norman D Pestaina

Senior Instructor

1979 M.S. Computer Science, The Pennsylvania State University
1972 B.S. Mathematics, The University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica

Norman Pestaina joined FIU as a Visiting instructor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences in August 1984. He holds the B.S. in Mathematics from the University of the West Indies, and the MS in Computer Science from the Pennsylvania State University. Mr. Pestaina was previously a Lecturer at the Cave Hill campus of the UWI, Assistant Staff member of the MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Mr. Pestaina has taught several courses at FIU and has been recognized for excellence in teaching on four occasions including an inaugural Teaching Incentive Program award. He has been an SCIS Undergraduate Committee member and undergraduate advisor for many years, often representing the SCIS on College Curriculum Committees. A principal architect of the SCIS program assessment processes, Mr. Pestaina has been the SCIS Assessments Coordinator and has led the BS-CS ABET re-accreditation efforts in 2004 and 2010. He has been a Reader or Question Leader of the College Board’s Advanced Placement Computer Science Exam since 2000.

Greg Shaw

Senior Instructor

1992 M.S., Barry University

A graduate of the FIU School of Computer Science, Greg has served as an Adjunct Professor, Visiting Instructor, Instructor, and now Senior Instructor.   In his 28 years at FIU, Greg has taught introductory and intermediate level programming courses to well over 8000 students in seven different programming languages utilizing a wide variety of programming paradigms: including Procedural Programming (Fortran and Basic), Visual/Interactive Programming (Visual Basic), Structured Programming (Pacal), Abstract Data Type Programming (ADA), and Object-Oriented Programming (C++ and Java).  In addition, Greg has taught several CGS courses covering microcomputer applications such as Word, Powerpoint, Excel, and Access.

Joslyn Smith

Senior Instructor

1994 M.S., University of New Burnswick

Joslyn Smith, an instructor, joined the School of Computing and Information Sciences, Florida International University in 1997. Joslyn came to FIU with fourteen years of teaching experience from the University of the West Indies, as a lecturer in computer science, in the undergraduate program. Mr. Smith holds an M.S and a B.S in mathematics both from Central Connecticut State University, CT. He earned an M.S degree in computer science from the University of New Brunswick Canada, and a non-degree Certificate in computer science from Clarke University, Massachusetts. Mr. Smith also holds a professional certificate in teacher education from the Mico University College, Jamaica. At FIU, Mr. Smith’s major focus in programming language is the object oriented paradigm. Over the years he has attended many conferences on computer science education. He has served as reviewer for the SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education and has reviewed several manuscripts for major publishers such as McGraw Hill and Prentice Hall.

Jill Weiss

Senior Instructor

1992 M.S. Computer Science Education, Barry University, Miami Florida

Professor Weiss received her M.S. in Computer Science Education from Barry
University in 1992, and has worked in the computer industry since 1985 in
different capacities, mostly in computer education. She has been involved
in all facets of the computer industry, including hardware/software
installation, repair, trouble shooting, consulting, programming, and
(multi-unit) managing training centers for a major Fortune 100 retailer.
Professor Weiss worked as a computer consultant/trainer for several large
companies and has trained users from various county and government

Professor Weiss has been teaching in the School of Computing and
Information Sciences since 1989 as an adjunct, and since 1999 as a
fulltime faculty member, and was promoted to Senior Instructor in 2012.
She primarily teaches the School’s service courses and since 2000, she has
provided World’s Ahead instruction to over 20,000 FIU students. She is the
recipient of the School of Computing and Information Science’s Excellence
in Teaching award in 2008 and 2013 and the FIU University Excellence in
Teaching award in 2015.

1990 Ph.D., in Applied Math (specialization in Computer Science), Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Russian Federation
1984 M.S., in Applied Math, St Petersburg, Russian Federation
1982 B. S., in Applied Math, St Petersburg, Russian Federation

Antonio L. Bajuelos received his Ph.D. in Applied Math (specialization in Computer Science) from Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (Dubna, Russian Federation) in 1990, and M.S. and B.S. in Applied Math from Saint Petersburg University (Russian Federation), in 1984 and 1982, respectively. He came to SCIS at FIU after fifteen years teaching at the University of Aveiro in Portugal.
He has 18+ years of expertise in the supervision of research and academic projects related to some real-life problems: wireless networks, quality coverage problems, proximity and facility location problems, etc. Dr. Bajuelos has been a major adviser of 2 Ph.D. and 10 MS graduates.

Rick Blazek


2007 PhD, CIS, Nova Southeastern University, Ft Lauderdale, FL.
Dissertation: Knowledge Management, Title: “Author-Statement Citation Analysis Applied as a Recommender System to Support Non-Domain-Expert Academic Research”.

Rick Blazek came to FIU after almost twenty years teaching at Robert Morris University Illinois. He holds an MA in Philosophy and MDiv in Theology as well as MS and PhD in Computer and Information Science. Blazek worked as a computer consultant in Oil and Gas, Retail, and Construction Engineering for more than ten years both before and after gaining his PhD. His passion for teaching and desire to understand new technologies has lead him to ongoing research in Database and Information security. Since joining FIU in 2004, Blazek has enjoyed teaching a variety of courses for the School of Computer and Information Sciences at FIU at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Bachelor of Science, CS, FIU and Master of Science, CS, NSU

As an instructor for SCIS,  Ms. Charters enjoys teaching the courses that start students off in their IT or CS major: COP 1000, COP 2250, COP 3804, and COP 3337. She is passionate about spreading Computer Science education to all children, starting in kindergarten, through elementary, middle, and high school. She also believes that all students at FIU should get a chance to learn how Computer Science impacts their lives, and to dabble in a little bit of coding in languages such as Python and tools like MIT App Inventor. That is why she helped develop a new online course, IDC 1000 – Computer Science for Everyone, which is designed for students who are non-CS and non-IT majors. She would like all students at FIU to consider taking IDC 1000.

Prior to teaching at FIU, Ms. Charters had 2 other careers.  Most recently, she was an educator and teacher-trainer within the Miami-Dade County Public School District.   Her first career was as a Computer Programmer/Analyst for FPL, where she developed mainframe and client/server systems. She is an FIU alumni, and feels blessed to be able to work in SCIS as an Instructor, after having graduated from FIU with a degree in Computer Science many years ago.

2008 Ph.D, Computer Science, University of Notre Dame

Dr. Trevor Cickovski received his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in 2008. He currently works at Florida International University as an Instructor primarily of hardware courses, and also a member of the Bioinformatics Research Group (BioRG).Before coming to FIU, Trevor served on the Faculty

Before coming to FIU, Trevor served on the Faculty at Eckerd College and was Discipline Coordinator of Computer Science from 2012 to 2015. At Eckerd he instructed a wide range of computer science courses at the undergraduate level plus some cross-disciplinary courses in the liberal arts. As a graduate instructor at Notre Dame, Trevor received the Kaneb Award for Excellence in Teaching.Trevor’s research interests include high-performance

Trevor’s research interests include high-performance GPU computing and its application to bioinformatics. He was a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University in 2012 for his work with molecular dynamics, which includes publications in the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation, Molecular Biology of the Cell, and the Journal of Computational Chemistry. He is currently studying connections between social network theory and the microbiome, and also methods for bringing GPU computing to the classroom. His previous institution, Eckerd College, was awarded as a GPU Education Center by NVIDIA in 2013.

Debra Davis


2004 Ph.D., Cognitive Developmental Psychology, minor: Statistics, University of Texas at Austin
2000 M.S., Computer Science, Florida International University
1996 M.A., Developmental Psychology, minor: Statistics, University of Texas at Austin
1993 B.A. with Academic and Research Honors, Psychology, minor: Computer Science, Florida International University

BA Mathematics, University of Miami
MS Mgmt Science/Operations Research, University of Miami
PhD Computer Information Systems, Nova Southeastern University

Over 35 years as a professional software developer and system software specialist, from mainframes to PCs. Now sharing my passion for technology to help launch the next generation of experts.


2012 Ph.D., Bioinformatics Computing, School of Computing and Information Science Florida International University
2007 Ph.D., Bioinformatics Computing, School of Computing and Information Science Florida International University
2007 M.Sc., Computer Science, Florida International University
2005 B.Sc., Computer Science, Florida International University

Toby S Berk

Professor Emeritus

1972 Ph.D., Purdue University

William Feild

Visiting Instructor

ABDFlorida International University, Completed all doctoral courses and prototype research toward Ph.D. – Computer Science
Master of Science – Graduated with Honors – Florida International University, April 1989, Major – Computer Science
Bachelor of Science – Graduated with Honors – Florida International University, December, 1985, Major – Computer Science, Minor – Philosophy

Visiting Instructor with more than 35 years experience in the Computer Science field. Over 15 years as a civilian (holding a TS/SCI SBBI security clearance) with for the US Southern Command as an Operations Research Systems Analyst (ORSA), serving as Chief of Modeling and Simulations. Almost 10 years with Northrop Grumman IT as a Lead Software Systems Engineer. Founder of Game Systems, Inc., an award-winning e-gaming business, producers of Middle-earth Play-By-Mail – a GAMA/ORIGINS Adventure Gaming Hall of Fame game – for over 23 years. Areas of research interest include neural networks, artificial intelligence, game design and modeling and simulation.

Francisco R. Ortega

Visiting Assistant Professor

2014 Ph.D., Computer Science, Florida International University

Dr. Francisco R. Ortega, Visiting Assistant Professor, received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Florida International University (FIU) in 2014, co-advised by Dr. Naphtali Rishe and Dr. Armando Barreto. He received outstanding graduate student 2014 from Computer Science. His dissertation was one of five nominated for best dissertation award for the college of engineering. Dr. Ortega received his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, cum laude, in December 2008 from FIU and a master’s degree in Computer Science from FIU in December 2009. Dr. Ortega has over 17 years of experience in software development and systems integration.

His area of expertise are in 3D User Interfaces, Input Interfaces, Human-Computer Interaction, 3D navigation, input modeling, multi-threaded programming for 3D User Interfaces, and framework development, among others. Dr. Ortega has various publications, with many of them as first author. He is the also the first author of the book Interaction Design for 3D User Interfaces to be published by CRC Press/Taylor and Francis Group in January, 2016.

Caryl Rahn

Visiting Instructor

Caryl Rahn received her Bachelors degree in Computer Science from the State University of New York College at Potsdam in 1978, and Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1989. She spent over 20 years working in industry and taught for about 18 years. She is an author on two United States patents written while working at IBM.

Tiana Solis

Assistant Director Academic Advising

May 1994 Master of Science, Computer Information Science, State University of New York Institute of Technology (SUNY), Utica

Tiana Solis is currently the Assistant Director of Advising and Adjunct Faculty in the School of Computing and Information Sciences (SCIS). She received a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Science in 1992-1994 from State University of New York Institute of Technology, Utica. She was an instructor and academic advisor in SCIS from 1994 to 2007 before rejoining SCIS as an instructor in 2010. From 2008 to 2010, Ms. Solis was a programmer analyst at the Department of The Attorney General in Hawaii, a member of the team revamping the State Juvenile Justice Information System. She is a former Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science Grader with the Educational Testing Service.

Ms. Solis has taught different Computer Science and Information Technology undergraduate courses in SCIS, including being the coordinator of the Undergraduate Senior Project course. She has published in the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) conference focusing on assessing BS-CS student outcomes using the senior project. She has mentored several FIU students participating in the Florida-Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (FGLSAMP).  Ms. Solis was the co-Advisor for the Women in Computer Science (WICS) student club in 2003-2005, and co-founded the FIU STARS (Students & Technology in Academia, Research & Service) in 2011.

Ms. Solis has dedicated her career as an advocate to higher education and student success. She is known by her peers and colleagues as a collaborator, connector, and by students as empathetic and socially oriented.  Her research and instructional Interests include student success and retention, distance learning, software development, programming languages, and computer ethics.

Carlos Cabrera

Program Coordinator, Graduate Programs Advisor

Tianna Harrison

Academic Advisor II

Myrian Herlle

Academic Advisor II

William Solis

Academic Advisor

Ruth Suarez

Academic Advisor II

Donaley Dorsett

Manager, Administrative Operations

Mario Eraso

Program Coordinator, STEM/Internships

2007 Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction with concentration in Science, Mathematics and Learning Technologies, Florida International University

Mario Eraso currently serves as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Coordinator in the School of Computing and Information Sciences at Florida International University. In this capacity, he participates in STEM outreach activities for elementary and secondary schools, networks with local tech companies that provide students with internship opportunities, provides students with academic support, and assists faculty with including educational components in their grant proposals. He received his Ph.D. from Florida International University in 2007. After receiving a master’s degree in civil engineering from Lehigh University, and working as a structural engineer, he started his studies in STEM education. Dr. Eraso also worked as assistant professor at Texas A&M University-Commerce, where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in STEM education, including UTeach courses. His interests include the development of students’ spatial visualization abilities and strategies, the cognitive transition from arithmetic to algebraic reasoning as described by the Algebra Project semiotic process, the implementation of Treisman study groups, and the utilization of Hestene’s model for the learning of mathematics with at-risk and minority students. During his employment at the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, he developed and proposed a program in which mathematical content is integrated into soccer tactics and the physical and cognitive conditioning of soccer players. Currently, he informally supports the Skills Court soccer project, one of several projects in the Vertically Integrated Projects Program. In collaboration with the OHL School of Construction, he co-founded the VITAL Summer Camp in 2016, a camp where secondary students learn about coding, construction and virtual reality. Dr. Eraso has written academic papers and book chapters in which he highlights several of his innovative educational tools such as a three-slope scooter ramp, a spiral stair, a virtual mezzanine designed with dynamic mathematics software, and a roof-like structure called the penta-hut.

Scott Graham

Assistant Director, Research Programs

Dr. Graham is the Assistant Director, Research, for FIU’s School of Computing and Information Sciences (SCIS), Managing Co-Director of FIU’s NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Advanced Knowledge Enablement (I/UCRC CAKE), and Associate Director, Coordination & Strategy, of FIU’s NSF Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) Center for Aquatic Chemistry and Environment (CAChE). He has also served as Program Coordinator for FIU SCIS’s NSF PIRE and CREST awards. As Assistant Director for Government Relations of FIU’s High Performance Database Research Center and Managing Co-Director of I/UCRC CAKE, he has assisted in overseeing projects totaling over $55 million. His areas of interest include program management, computer ethics, broadening participation, database modeling, Internet applications, and computer architecture. Dr. Graham received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from FIU and his BSE in Computer and Information Engineering Science from the University of Florida. He has authored more than forty publications covering his areas of interest and is a member of both Tau Beta Pi and Upsilon Pi Epsilon honor societies.

Steven Luis

Director, IT/Business Relations

Jerry Miller

Research Coordinator, Discovery Lab

2011 MS, Telecommunications and Computer Networking, Florida International University;
1982 MA, Management and Human Resources
1979 BS, Basic Sciences (engineering, biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and physics) United States Air Force Academy

Colonel Jerry Miller, USAF (Ret.) is the Discover Lab Research Coordinator and an Adjunct Faculty member. He joined FIU in 2006 and led renewable energy and international security research at the Applied Research Center before joining the School of Computing and Information Sciences. He spent over 27 years in the US Air Force, serving in a variety of positions throughout the world, including duty at the US Embassy in Montevideo, Uruguay. Mr. Miller received his BS in Basic Sciences (engineering, biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and physics) from the United States Air Force Academy, an MA in Management and Human Resources from Webster University, and an MS in Telecommunications and Computer Networking from FIU. He is also a graduate of the Air University’s Air War College, the Air Command and Staff College, and the Eaker College’s Joint Doctrine Air Campaign Course, as well as the On-Scene Commander’s Disaster Management Course. He holds a Teaching Certificate for upper division and adult education from California, a certificate in Strategic Planning, and a certificate as a Spanish Linguist. His research interests include all things “interesting.”

Sharlene Weston

Senior Accounting Officer

Lian Zhang

Finance Manager

Stacey Banks

Office Associate, Undergraduate Programs

Maureen Braham

Office Coordinator

Olga Carbonell

Program Specialist

Luis Rivera

Office Assistant

Ariana Taglioretti

Assistant to the Director

Jean Felisme


John Flynn

Systems Network Administrator

Catherine Hernandez

Business Support

Eric S. Johnson

Systems/Networking Manager

Network Administrator.