University of South Florida
Read Dr. Cross' full bio below and click here for a special faculty spotlight Q&A.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 Judy Genshaft 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.Contact Dr. Michael Cross.