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Gayathri Krishnan

August 23, 2019
Gayathri is in the mathematics Ph.D. program at UCF. This is her second year with EXCEL and third year helping with Calculus. Her interests lie in analysis and applied mathematics.

Killian Muollo

June 6, 2019
Killian Muollo obtained a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.A. in Political Science from UCF in 2018, as well as an M.S. in Mathematics in 2021. This will be his fourth year as a Ph.D. student in the university’s Mathematics department and his third in the EXCEL/COMPASS program . His research interests lie in the intersection of the hard…

Tiffany Nielander

June 6, 2019
Tiffany got her Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts and Sciences with concentrations in Mathematics and English Literature from Florida Atlantic University in 2014. She is in the Mathematics PhD program of UCF. She wrote her undergraduate thesis on mathematical structures of poetry.

Yongho Sohn

January 29, 2019
Dr. Sohn is an UCF Pegasus Professor and Lockheed Martin Professor of Engineering in Department of Materials Science and Engineering at University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL). He also serves as an Associate Director for Materials Characterization Facility, a FL-state user facility for academics and industry with over $20M in analytical instrumentation and 3 full-time…

Bill Self

January 29, 2019
Bill Self is an Associate Professor in the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences and also serves as the Associate Director of undergraduate education. Bill received his Bachelor of Science in Microbiology with high honors from the University of Florida in 1993, followed by his Ph.D. in 1998 in which he studied the role of molybdenum…

Richard Zaurin

January 29, 2019
Dr. Zaurin is a lecturer in the department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering at UCF.  His research interests include Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) of fixed and movable bridges, damage detection and identification, condition assessment, numerical simulations, and non-destructive evaluation of existing structures, design and implementation of smart structures, engineering education,  active learning, and high impact…

Phil Zheng

January 29, 2019
Dr. Qipeng Phil Zheng is an Associate Professor and the graduate coordinator in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems, and the director or Applied Operations Research Lab at University of Central Florida. He is also the Editor-In-Chief of Energy Systems, a Spring Nature journal. He received his Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering…

Patrick Bohlen

January 29, 2019
I have a diverse research background that started with training in soil and ecosystem ecology. I spent many years researching the effects of earthworms on nutrient cycling in a variety of ecosystems. Earthworms provided an excellent model organism for examining the effects of animals on ecosystem processes.  I used this model to examine the effects…

Melanie Beazley

January 29, 2019
Research Interests: Bioremediation – combining geochemical, biological, hydrogeological, and engineering solutions to soil, sediments, groundwater, and surface water remediation Aqueous biogeochemistry (freshwater and marine) Fate and transport of metals and organic/inorganic chemical species in aqueous and sediment environments Microbial ecology of aqueous and sediment environments My research interests center on the fate and transport of…

Kelly Kibler

January 29, 2019
My research targets coupled biological and physical variables in river and estuarine systems. I am particularly interested in flow and sediment interaction and their influence to aquatic organisms at multiple scales. I study both natural hydrologic phenomena as well as waterways that are modified for human benefit; for instance by, dams, dredging, levies and hardened…

Kate Mansfield

January 29, 2019
Dr. Kate Mansfield is a marine scientist and sea turtle biologist. Her research focuses on sea turtle biology, ecology, behavior, management, and conservation. Using various census and telemetry methods, Dr. Mansfield’s research interests include sea turtle and other marine vertebrate movements, migration, and habitat utilization. Dr. Mansfield’s recent projects include testing and deploying small-scale, solar-powered satellite…

Justine Tigno-Aranjuez

January 29, 2019
Dr. Tigno-Aranjuez research centers on post-translational modifications occurring in innate immune signaling pathways involved in inflammatory disease with a particular focus on NOD2 signaling & Molecular mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and allergic asthma. Post-translational Modifications (PTMs) Driving Inflammatory Disease Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and next-generation sequencing technologies (NGS) have greatly…

Josh Colwell

January 29, 2019
Dr. Josh Colwell is a Planetary Scientist and Professor of Physics at the University of Central Florida. Since 2011 he has been Associate Chair of the Department of Physics, Assistant Director of the Florida Space Institute, and Director of the Center for Microgravity Research. He came to UCF in 2006 from the Laboratory for Atmospheric…

Joseph LaViola

January 29, 2019
Joseph J. LaViola Jr. is the Charles N. Millican Professor of Computer Science and directs the Interactive Computing Experiences Research Cluster at the University of Central Florida. He is also an adjunct associate research professor in the Computer Science Department at Brown University and the former director of the Modeling and Simulation graduate program. His primary research interests…

Jayanta Kapat

January 29, 2019
Dr. Jay Kapat is the Pegasus Professor and the Trustee Chair Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He is also the Founding Director of the Center for Advanced Turbomachinery and Energy Research or CATER, and Associate Director for Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion. Dr. Kapat joined UCF in 1997. He received his…

Candice Bridge

January 29, 2019
Dr. Bridge’s research group focuses on the analysis of trace evidence forensic materials to understand the uniqueness of chemical features. Using a variety of mass spectrometry techniques, they look to develop analytical methods that can increase the validity and evidentiary value of forensic evidence, which is determined using chemometric statistical techniques. Her group researches types…

Andres Campiglia

January 29, 2019
The main goal of my research is to advance the frontiers of analytical techniques for the determination of chemicals of environmental, forensic and toxicological importance, research with high intrinsic scientific merit and far-reaching societal impact. STEM students joining our efforts will participate on developing analytical methodology for monitoring polycyclic aromatic compounds in the Gulf of…

Alain Kassab

January 29, 2019
Dr. Alain Kassab is a professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UCF.  His primary research interests are in bio-engineering, computational heat transfer and fluid flow, inverse problems, boundary elements and meshless methods.  He has over 300 scientific publications including 108 journal papers, 218 refereed international and national archival…

Pamela Wisniewski

January 29, 2019
Dr. Wisniewski is a Human-Computer Interaction researcher whose work lies at the intersection of Social Computing and Privacy. She is particularly interested in the interplay between social media, privacy, and online safety for adolescents. She has authored over 50 peer-reviewed publications and has won multiple best papers (top 1%) and best paper honorable mentions (top…

Lori Dunlop-Pyle

January 24, 2019
Lori Dunlop-Pyle is an Associate Instructor of Mathematics. She started at UCF as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in 1996 and became an Instructor after graduating. Her research interest is mathematics education.