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Dr. Michael Cross

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Dr. Cross is an educator, technologist, and intrapreneur. He earned his Ph.D. in applied physics at the University of South Florida in 2016 and B.S. in computer science from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2005. His interests include translating scientific advances in the lab into services, products, and policies accessible to the greater community.


He currently teaches two Honors College courses:

Dr. Cross has led the design and implementation of courses focused on exposing students to the practice and philosophy of research in addition to augmenting physics lectures and labs to engage broader audiences. He is an author on several peer-reviewed publications and his research comprises an interdisciplinary collaboration focused on 3D bioprinting platforms and biomaterials for rapid cell release.

Previously Dr. Cross worked in e-commerce with more than ten years in fortune 500 companies (financial and retail services) managing cross-functional teams, corporate projects, and business strategy for technology integration. He is a recipient of the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Bridge to Doctorate (2010), USF Provost's Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Teaching Assistant in STEM (2014), McKnight Dissertation Fellowship (2015), and the National Science Foundation (NSF) National Innovation Corps grant (2015). He has served in various mentoring capacities both for organizations and individuals alike.

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