Mentoring Approach

Alumni Team Mentors

UCEM Alumni Team Mentors (ATM) Thrust

Mentoring has been described as “the process of transferring knowledge from a person with more experience and expertise in a field (mentor) to a less experienced person (protégé or mentee) to help them grow personally and professionally”.  - Lesia Crumpton-Young, 2010 Recipient of an US Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM)


Steven Spielberg on Mentoring  
“The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.”

The aim of the UCEM Alumni Team Mentoring (ATM) Program is to connect Sloan scholars with USF URM PhD graduates in the workplace who can provide guidance on PhD expectations, professional networking and career development.  Alumni can offer insight on lessons learned, share knowledge of their career paths, and help empower current scholars to join their ranks as research innovators, thought-leaders, and problem-solvers within the global STEM workforce. 

Program Goals  
The Alumni Team Mentoring (ATM) thrust is intended to meet the following goals:

  1. Connect URM students with STEM professional role models from similar backgrounds
  2. Broaden awareness of academic, industry, and nontraditional career paths available to PhD graduates
  3. Provide a safe zone and supportive community for frank discussions on PhD expectations and professional goals
  4. Foster new professional networks for current students
  5. Facilitate new mentoring and leadership opportunities for PhD alumni

Mentee Responsibilities  
As a UCEM Scholar you are responsible for the following:

  1. Engage your alumni mentor virtually (email, MS Teams/Zoom/Go To Meeting) or by phone at least twice each semester (Fall, Spring, Summer).
  2.  Join the Sloan/FGLSAMP BD LinkedIn page
  3. Complete the UCEM Professional Development Certificate Program as scheduled (refer to your signed agreement)
  4. Participate in the Annual UCEM Student/Faculty Mentoring Retreat in May/June

Mentor Responsibilities  
As an UCEM Alumni Team Mentor, your service would involve the following:

  1. Commit to a minimum of 2 contacts either virtually (email, MS Teams/Zoom/Go To Meeting) or by phone with your mentee each semester (Fall, Spring, Summer).
  2. Serve on at least one Alumni Panel session or provide one Career/Research talk during the calendar year (Fall, Spring, Summer)
  3. Join the Sloan/FGLSAMP BD LinkedIn page

Time Commitment  
A minimum of two (2) contacts per semester initiated by the mentee. Additional interactions will depend upon the dynamics of the mentee-mentorship relationship.

How Will Does It Works?

Step 1: Mentee will identify 1-2 potential PhD Alumni mentors

Step 2: Mentors will provide via email the USF Sloan UCEM ( the names of their selected mentors.  

Step 3: The Sloan UCEM will make an official introduction via email to connect mentees and mentors.

UCEM Alumni Team Mentors
Alumni Mentor  Graduation Year Graduate Department Current Position
Olukemi Akintewe
Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering Instructor, USF Medical Engineering Department

Frank Alexander, Jr.

Electrical Engineering

Research Scientist, The Geneva Foundation

Veronica Aponte-Morales
Civil and Environmental Engineering Chemist, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Kathryn Bailey 
Civil and Environmental Engineering Specialist, Merck
Evans Bernardin
Medical Engineeing Process Engineer, Plasma-Therm 
Quenton Bonds 
Electrical Engineering Center Technology Transition Lead (CTTL), NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Joseph Bonivel, Jr.
Mechanical Engineering Subject Matter Expert and Project Manager, U.S. Department of Defense 
Prony Bonnaire Files
Civil and Environmental Engineering Transportation Engineer, Manatee County Government 
Justin Boone
Electrical Engineering

Sr. Manager ESA, Lockheed Martin

Jorge Calabria
Civil and Environmental Engineering Water Resources Engineer, Applied Sciences Consulting, Inc. 
Joshua Candamo
Computer Science and Engineering Chief Information Officer, Ensurem 
Shamara Collins
Electrical Engineering Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, The BEMI Group
Pablo Cornejo-Warner 
Civil and Environmental Engineering Assistant Professor, California State University- Chico (Chico State)
Ruan Cox 
Morsani College of Medicine Associate Director, Strategic Partnerships and Business Operations, Regeneron  
Regina Easley
Marine Science

Research Chemist, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Michael Grady 
Electrical Engineering Research Engineer, Georgia Tech Research Institute
Jasmine (Oliver) Graham
Physics Faculty, Medical Physicist, Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
Amine Hafsi 
Civil and Environmental Engineering Senior Engineer, Wood
Earnest Hansley 
Computer Science and Engineering Retired US Army
Deidra Hodges
Electrical Engineering Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas at El-Paso
Joniqua Howard 
Civil and Environmental Engineering Entrepreneur and Former Lecturer, University of Texas at Arlington
Ransford Hyman, Jr. 
Computer Science and Engineering Sensei On-Device ML Engineering Manager, Adobe
Tamina Johnson-Jeffers
Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering Senior Scientist, Upstream Process Development, WuXi Biologics
Wainella Isaacs 
Civil and Environmental Engineering Operations Consultant, Office of the Executive Director, Green Climate Fund
Jermaine Kennedy
Physics Branch Manager, Littoral Acoustics and Target Physics Branch at U.S. Navy, Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division
Oscar Lara Yejas
Computer Science and Engineering Sr. Data Scientist & Squad Lead, IBM Data Science and AI Elite
Emma Lopez-Ponnada 
Civil and Environmental Engineering Environmental Engineer, Carollo Engineers
Darline Lott 
School of Geoscience Adjunct Professor of Earth Science at Hillsborough Community College
Dayna Martinez-Torres
Industrial and Management Systems Engineering Assistant Teaching Professor, Northeastern University
Domingo Mateo-Feliciano
Physics Optical Coating Manufacturing Engineer, Lockheed Martin
Erick Maxwell 
Electrical Engineering Principal Research Engineer, Georgia Tech Research Institute
Adonis McQueen
Morsani college of Engineering Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Stony Brook University
Edikan (Archibong) Ogunnaike 
Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering Postdoctoral Researcher, UNC-Chapel School of Pharmacy
Roland Okwen
Civil and Environmental Engineering Reservoir/Petroleum Engineer, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Alexandra Oliveros-Villalba
Electrical Engineering Director, Data center solutions & Strategic Partnerships, Intel
David Paulius
Computer Science and Engineering Post-doctoral researcher Technical University of Munich
Samuel Perez 
Elecgtrical Engineering Faculty, Engineering Technology, Polk State College

Alisha Peterson 

Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering Product Regulatory Engineer (Ecology), Intel Corporation
Tony Price
Electrical Engineering Filter Designer, Qorvo, Inc.
Javier Pulecio
Electrical Engineering Device Scientist, IBM Research
Jose Rey 
Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering Product Development Scientist / Engineer, Catalent
Mandek Richardson
Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering Principal RFIC/MMIC Design Engineer, Northrop Grumman
Andrea Rochas
Civil and Environmental Engineering Scientist, Geosyntec Consultants
Rafael Rodriguez 
Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Natasha (Cover) Samuels
Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering Senior Specialist, Merck
Andrea Sanchez-Sours 
Civil and Environmental Engineering Materials Reliability Lead, Intel
Lorena Sanchez-Vivas
Civil and Environmental Engineering Relocated to Spain
John Shelton 
Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor, Northern Illinois University