Rebeca ArochaGraduate Program Advisor
I’ve been working with FIU for 10 years. Two time FIU alumna. having earned my bachelors in criminal justice in 2012 and my masters in criminal justice in 2014. currently a doctoral student in the international crime and justice program.
Theodore AtisIT Generalist
Maureen BrahamOffice Coordinator
Olga CarbonellProgram Specialist
Bernadette ChungAssistant Director, Academic Support
Bernadette Chung serves as the Assistant Director, Academic Support Services for the Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences. Bernadette has been working at Florida International University for over 15 years with her career starting at the MOSS School of Construction for 8 years holding different capacities. She then joined FIU Online as a Senior Instructional Designer for four years and in July 2018 as Assistant Director, Academic Support Services at the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts. She earned both her degrees at FIU, BS in Hospitality Management and MS in Higher Education Administration.
John FlynnSystems Network Administrator
Scott GrahamAssistant Director, Research Programs
Dr. Graham is the Assistant Director, Research, for FIU’s Knight Foundation 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.
Myrian HerlleAcademic Advisor III
Before working for the Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences (KFSCIS), she was an International/Academic Advisor in Houston, TX. She traveled nationwide and overseas during her tenure, mentoring, guiding, and advising international college students.
After joining the KFSCIS advising team in 2014, Myrian began running a pilot program to assist students with academic warnings and probation status. In 2015, she founded the Academic Success Initiative (ASI), a tutoring and mentoring program to help students succeed in computer science and IT courses. The program’s success led to an award from NACADA, the National Academic Advising Association, in 2016. ASI also offers professional development and leadership opportunities to tutors to train them with duties and technical projects for the workplace.
Myrian is a two-time alumna of FIU. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration. Currently, a doctoral student for the Adult Education /Human Resource Development program at FIU. Her research interest focuses on transfer students’ participation and success in computer science and IT.
She is passionate about student success, education, and its transformational power on students and society.
Catherine HernandezBusiness Support
Eric S. JohnsonSystems/Networking Manager
Yessenia Lopez ReyesAcademic Advisor II
2018 M.A., Higher Education Administration, Florida International University
Yessenia Lopez Reyes is a two-time alumna of FIU. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration. Throughout her time as a student, Yessenia worked for the Office of the Registrar and The Honors College. Prior to joining the Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences (KFSCIS) as an Academic Advisor, she was the Registrar at Everglades University. Yessenia is passionate about accessible education and enjoys working with students in a higher education setting.
Steven LuisExecutive Director for Technology
Mr. Luis holds a Masters in Computer Science from Florida International University.
Mr. Luis serves as Executive Director for Technology in FIU’s College of Engineering and Computing. Over the last thirty years he has successfully lead higher education IT research and instructional enterprise services for one of the state’s largest Engineering and Computing programs. He manages cluster computing/networking platform and professional IT support services. Mr. Luis collaborates with FIU faculty, industry research staff, and government agencies on computing-related R&D, via the acquisition and execution of millions of dollars in state, local, and federal funded projects, industry contracts. He conducts business development and outreach for the South Florida IT industry and created with management the SCIS Executive Industry Advisory Board. He has overseen dozens of in-house software development projects, establishing business requirements, designing software frameworks, implementing, and deploying them for administrative or R&D purposes.
Jerry MillerAssociate Director Academic Support Services
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 an Associate Director Academic Support Services and Adjunct Faculty member. He joined FIU in 2006 as Associate Director and Principal Investigator for renewable energy, international security, and technology research at the Applied Research Center before joining the Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences. He spent over 27 years in the US Air Force, serving as a Foreign Area Officer for Latin America, Strategic Plans Officer, and Resource Staff Officer in the Planning, Programming and Budgeting System (PPBS). He served at the US Embassy in Montevideo, Uruguay, and in Honduras. Mr. Miller received his BS in Basic Sciences from the United States Air Force Academy and holds an MA in Management and Human Resources, as well as an MS in Telecommunications and Computer Networking. He is a graduate of the Air University’s Air War College, the Air Command and Staff College, Eaker College Joint Doctrine Air Campaign Course, as well as the On-Scene Commander’s Disaster Management Course and is a DoD certified Spanish Linguist. He conducts research in the privacy and security of wireless and sensor networks, robotics. and other related areas.
Steven MoralesWeb Developer
Federico Moscoso LAcademic Advisor
Joselyn NaranjoAssistant Director of Academic Advising
2020 Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Florida International University
2014 M.A., History, Florida International University
Joselyn Naranjo earned both her Bachelor’s degree in History in 2013 and a Master’s degree in History in 2014 from Florida International University. Before coming to the Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences in 2019, she first joined FIU in 2015 as an undergraduate academic advisor for the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs. As of now, she is working on a doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on language, literacy, and culture. Her current interests in academic advising lie in higher education policies and their effects on student engagement, success, and access.
Christian PoellabauerProfessor & Graduate Program Director
2004 Ph.D., Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology
1998 Dipl.-Ing., Computer Science, University of Technology Vienna, Austria
Dr. Christian Poellabauer is a Professor in the Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences at Florida International University. He received his Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2004 and worked as Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University of Notre Dame from 2004 to 2021. At Notre Dame, he also served as Associate Director of the Lucy Family Institute for Data and Society and Founding Director of the Applied Analytics and Emerging Technologies Lab. At FIU, he directs the MOSAIC (Mobile Sensing and Analytics) Lab, which focuses on developing novel personal, social, and crowdsensing solutions in a variety of application domains, primarily in the healthcare field. Notable outcomes of his lab’s research include the development of various solutions using mobile devices, wearables, and virtual assistants for the diagnosis of concussions, the rehabilitation progress of amputees and stroke survivors, the monitoring of the progression of neurological conditions, and the detection of depression in college students and PTSD in first responders. Other areas of interest include wireless/sensor/vehicular networks, the Internet-of-Things, and edge computing based AI solutions, just to name a few. He also has strong interest in assisting with students with startup efforts and he is a strong advocate for the early inclusion of undergraduate and high school students in hands-on research projects. He was named a Fulbright Scholar in 2018 and he has co-authored a textbook on Wireless Sensor Networks, which has been translated into Chinese and Persian. His research efforts have been supported by organizations such as the NIH, NSF (including a 2006 CAREER award), Department of Education, and DoD, and numerous private organizations and businesses such as IBM, Toyota, Ford Research, the National Football League, National Geographic, GE Health, Motorola Labs, among others.
Luis RiveraOffice Associate
Amanda RodriguezAcademic Advisor
Amanda Rodriguez is the advisor for FIU online students in SCIS. She is a proud alumna of FIU. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a minor in education, and a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration. She has spent most of her academic career focused on students with disabilities.
Sydney SheranIT Generalist
Ruth SuarezAcademic Advisor III
1988 B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
1996 M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois, Chicago
Ms. Ruth Suarez joined FIU in 2013 as an academic undergraduate advisor for the College of Engineering and Computing at the Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences. She received in 1988 her BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez and her MS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1996.
Prior to working at FIU Ms. Suarez worked at the Polytechnic University of PR as an adjunct faculty teaching Freshman Engineering Design, Calculus 1 and Engineering Mechanics Statics courses. She also worked for AT&T/Lucent Technologies for the Core Software Unit as a Testing Engineer. In addition, she worked at the American Heritage School teaching Physics and Engineering courses and at MDC as the Accelerated Programs advisor. Her passions are to raise her children to be positive contributors to society, serve God and help students reach their educational goals.