UCEM Steering Committee
Faculty champions (current and former Sloan research mentors), UCEM participating departments and colleges serve on the UCEM Steering Committee to provide additional guidance and support for Center recruitment, retention, and professional development activities.
The Coordinating Committee and Program Coordinator meet at least once each semester
1) plan activities and nominate candidates for funding
2) review progress of scholars including anecdotal updates and brief student presentations
3) identify issues and challenges that may impact the Center’s goals
4) obtain feedback from student/faculty surveys and the UCEM’s annual program evaluations to recommend areas for program improvement.
College of Engineering
Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
John Kuhn, Ph.D.
Professor and Associate Chair of Graduate Studies
Computer Science and Engineering
Yu Sun, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Graduate Affairs
Sanjukta Bhanja, Ph.D.
Professor and Executive Associate Dean
Sylvia W. Thomas, Ph.D.
Professor and Interim Vice President for Research & Innovation
President and CEO of the USF Research Foundation, Inc.
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Sarina Ergas, Ph.D.
Professor and Graduate Program Director
Qiong Zhang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Vasant Surti Faculty Fellow
James Mihelcic, Ph.D.
Samuel L. and Julia M. Flom Endowed Professor
Industrial and Management Systems Engineering
Jóse L. Zayas-Castro, Ph.D.
Rasim Guldiken, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs
Robert Frisina, Ph.D.
Distinguished University Professor and Chair
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Chemistry
James W. Leahy, Ph.D.
Professor and Interim Chair
Department of Physics
Sarath Witanachchi, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
School of Geosciences
Mark Rains, Ph.D.
Professor and Director
Department of Mathematics & Statistics
Lesław A. Skrzypek, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair