Dr. Rafael Perez currently serves as professor to the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, FL. Previously at USF, he has held the positions of Interim Dean of the Patel College of Global Sustainability, Interim Dean of the College of Engineering, and Associate Dean for Academics in the College of Engineering. Dr. Perez's career spans a broad range of experiences with 13 years in industry and more than 30 years in academia. Before joining the University of South Florida, he worked for the Westinghouse Research Laboratories and for the Westinghouse International Corporation where he worked in many foreign countries on a variety of industrial projects. While at USF as a professor of Computer Science and Engineering, he has been the primary investigator in numerous externally funded research projects to develop intelligent systems. His work on innovative mobile apps for cell phones has resulted in 12 issued U.S. patents. The patented inventions cover a wide variety of location-aware applications, from techniques that provide real-time transit navigation instructions for public transportation riders with disabilities to the next-generation emergency alert notifications. Dr. Perez received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.