Donaley Dorsett

Manager, Administrative Operations

Mario Eraso

Program Coordinator, STEM/Internships

2007 Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction with concentration in Science, 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

Associate Director Robotics and Wireless Research

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 Associate Director Robotics and Wireless Research 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