Dr. Gregory Murad Reis is an Assistant Teaching Professor at the Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences, an Environmental Finance Fellow at FIU’s Environmental Finance & Risk Management (EFRM), and an Affiliated Faculty in the FIU Institute of Environment. With over 20 years of experience teaching Mathematics and Computer Science courses, Dr. Reis is a highly respected educator with expertise in early, elderly, and special education.
Dr. Reis is also an accomplished researcher with a focus on Marine Robotics, Environmental Monitoring, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, and STEM Education. He has mentored over fifty students, including undergraduate, master’s and PhD students in several programs, such as the Science without Borders’s Summer Research Program, NSF’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), and NSF’s Research Experience for Teachers (RET). Dr. Reis has published several papers in conferences and journals on localization and navigation of aquatic robots in GPS-denied environments, analysis of the spatiotemporal dynamics of the ocean, and the development of new technologies for environmental monitoring. He has been Co-PI, Senior Personnel and PI in over 6 million dollars in research grants, such as DoD, FDEP, NSF, and CAPES.
Dr. Reis is also committed to developing robotics curriculum for the K-12 educational system in the United States and in Brazil. His efforts have earned him the 2022 Best Teaching Award at the FIU Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences. He was also recognized with the 2019 Best Student Award at Gammon Presbyterian Institute. Besides, he received a nomination for the 2023 FIU Sustainability Award and the 2023 Rewarding Excellence in Teaching Initiative (RETI).
Dr. Reis brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to contribute to a wide range of academic areas. In addition, Dr. Reis is deeply committed to advancing STEM education and environmental research. He has a passion for helping students to develop their skills and explore their interests in these areas, and his dedication to these fields serves as an inspiration to both students and faculty. Dr. Reis is known for his approachable and supportive demeanor. He takes great pride in providing his students with ample opportunities to enhance their scientific skills and cultivate social responsibility, thereby enabling them to succeed in their chosen careers and become responsible and environmentally conscious citizens.
Gregory has also served as the Robotics Coach for the Ultimate Software Academy for Computer Science Education for over 4 years, teaching professional development courses in robotics and coding for K-12 teachers in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS). He is currently transforming the K-12 curriculum by including project-based robotics activities and competitions.