Dr. Robert H. Bishop, P.E., Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of South Florida, is a distinguished teaching professor and researcher, and a specialist in the applications of systems and control theory to modern engineering products.
His current research involves development of advanced spacecraft navigation methods. He has initiated several nanosatellite projects. He is the co-author of one of the world’s leading undergraduate textbooks in control theory, and has authored/co-authored over 125 journal and conference papers.
Prior to USF, Bishop was the Dean of the College of Engineering at Marquette University, before which he was+ a professor and department chair at the University of Texas at Austin.
Sanjukta Bhanja currently serves as Associate Dean for Academics and Student Affairs of College of Engineering and is a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of South Florida.
She has published more than ninety publications in top-tier peer-reviewed journals and conferences in areas of VLSI and nano-electronics. She has been an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on VLSI Systems (2011-2014) and ACM Journal on Emerging Technologies in Computing Systems (current). She has served on the technical program committees of various IEEE and ACM conferences.
She is the recipient of the 2002 New Researcher award from the University of South Florida; NSF CAREER award (2007-2014); 2007 USF Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Engineering Faculty Researcher Award; 2008 USF Outstanding Faculty Research Achievement Award ; 2010 USF Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award; 2010 Florida Education Foundation (F.E.F) William Jones Outstanding Mentor Award; 2013 Honorable mention Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor Award.
Jonathan Gaines (Chair)
Dr. Jonathan Gaines is an Instructor II in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Florida. He currently serves as the Director of First Year Experiential Education and Learning with expertise in engineering identity research. In this role, he authored the curriculum that connects every first year student at USF to a realistic design experience using a service-learning approach. He also is the creator and director of the USF Bulls-EYE Mentoring Program which hires undergraduate engineering students to mentor local middle school youth. To further connections between faculty and students outside of the classroom, Jonathan lives on campus as one of six Faculty-in-Residence which affords him the opportunity to build strong relationships with undergraduate students through leadership development initiatives.
Dr. Ergas is a Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of South Florida. She holds a BS in Environmental Engineering from Humboldt State University and a MS and PhD from the University of California, Davis. Prior to joining USF in 2009, she taught at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst for >15 years. Her research focuses on Environmental Biotechnology, including biological nutrient removal and waste-to-energy technologies. Dr. Ergas teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Environmental Engineering. Her Capstone Water Resources/Environmental Engineering Design class works with Tampa Bay municipalities on real world water infrastructure projects. Students benefit from extensive interactions with their clients, community members and local professionals. Dr. Ergas’ capstone student teams have won the Florida Water Environment Association and/or Water Environment Federation student design competition every year since 2012. Dr. Ergas also developed the USF course, Mentoring Novice Researchers, which helps grad students provide scaffolding for undergraduate mentees so they can gain independence as researchers. Dr. Ergas was a 2005 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) fellow. She received a 2019 AAEES Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science Education (E4S) Award, a 2016 Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Outstanding Mentor Award and a 2015 McKnight Doctoral Fellowship Program Outstanding Mentor Award.
Dr. Rasim Guldiken is an Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director of the Mechanical Engineering Department at USF. He has taught undergraduate, graduate-level Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, and Engineering Mathematics related courses to 2,300+ students and is the PI of the NSF IUSE Grant titled “Collaborative Proposal: Structured Use of Metacognitive Activities in a Flipped Undergraduate Engineering Course to Enhance Learning and Professional Skill Development.” He has been recognized internationally for his teaching efforts with the SAE Ralph Teetor Educational Award, ASME Florida West-Coast Engineer of the Year Award, USF STEER Scholar, USF University-Wide Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award (twice), USF Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor, Honorable Mention, and USF College of Engineering Outstanding Teaching Award. Since Fall 2014, Dr. Guldiken has experimented with multiple active-learning-based-instruction techniques and has been teaching his courses in flipped pedagogy in the last several semesters. Currently, Dr. Guldiken has 270 lecture videos (totaling 50hours+ content) posted to his YouTube Channel (http://youtube.com/c/collegefluidmechanics ). The educational resources have been viewed ~160,000 times and were watched for over 10,000 hours by over 30,000 unique viewers. Dr. Guldiken also shares his educational experiences and lessons learned in ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, and Florida Statewide STEMPowered conferences. Dr. Guldiken is also the director of the Microfluidics & Acoustics Laboratory. His research group published ~50 journal papers (h-index=24; citations>1620) and has 6 received U.S. Patents, and graduated 14 Ph.D. and 13 M.S. students as a major/co-major professor and worked with 18 REU students.
Sandy Pettit, Ph.D., P.E., F.SWE is the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering at the University of South Florida (USF). Her passion for student success led to the development of a Learning Assistant (LA)/ Peer Leader program. The program, recognized by USF Student Affairs & Success with an Academic Excellence Award, includes pedagogical training in establishing credibility, building rapport, and active learning techniques. Other student success initiatives include the creation of an Undergraduate Student Advisory Board, service as an ABET Evaluator, and development of remote and hybrid laboratory experiences. Dr. Pettit was the recipient of the 2012 USF Provost’s Award for Outstanding Teaching, a 2014 USF Golden Bull for leadership and service, a 2018 USF Engineering Distinguished Alumni, and a 2020 USF Engineering Outstanding Teaching Award.
Dr. Pettit started her academic career as a Lecturer at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Prior to joining academia, she had over 15 years of diverse industrial experience in manufacturing, plant design, and construction with companies including Procter & Gamble, Jacobs Engineering and TECO Energy. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Women Engineers, on the Board of the Central Florida Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and as a Director for the USF Alumni Association.
Kingsley Reeves is an associate professor of industrial and management systems engineering at the University of South Florida. Including his years as a graduate student instructor, he has taught Probability and Statistics for Engineers for over a decade but never once the same way. NSF funding supported the development of a constructivist approach to teaching the course. Moreover, never fearful of trying a new approach, as the class size grew from 45 students to 220, his approach to teaching and assessment of learning evolved, informed by the literature and best practice—sometimes successfully, sometimes unsuccessfully. Nevertheless, with all of this change, one goal has remained a constant: a student focused learning experience.
Dr. Jing Wang is an instructor III and Director of Broadening Participation in Computing in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. She received her PhD in 2005 from Vanderbilt University. Her research interests are computer animation, undergraduate computer science and engineering education, and broadening participation in computing. Throughout her career, Dr. Wang has been actively involved in the important mission of recruiting and mentoring women in computer science and engineering. She serves as the faculty advisor of Women in Computer Science and Engineering student organization since 2013 and has created multiple programs for mentoring and outreach. Dr. Wang has disseminated her work through national conferences and has published in multiple peer-reviewed journals. She is a recipient of 2011 USF Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching award and 2020 USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy Dr. Kathleen Moore Faculty Excellence Award.