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.
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.
Autar Kaw is a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of South Florida. He is a recipient of the 2012 U.S. Professor of the Year Award. Professor Kaw’s main scholarly interests are in education research methods, open courseware development, flipped, blended and adaptive learning, and the state and future of higher education. Funded by NSF since 2002, his open courseware in Numerical Methods annually receives 1.8 million views on YouTube. Professor Kaw has written more than 100 refereed technical papers and his opinion editorials have appeared in the Tampa Bay Times, Tampa Tribune, and Chronicle Vitae. His work has been covered/cited/quoted in many media outlets including Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education, ASEE Prism, and Voice of America.
Scott Campbell is a professor in the Department of Chemical & Biomedical Engineering. He was a co-PI on an NSF STEP grant to reform calculus education at USF and is co-PI on a Helios grant for a degree program to produce middle school science and math teachers (for which he teaches the capstone course). Scott is also part of the leadership team for an NSF IUSE grant to improve STEM Education at USF and is a co-director of an NSF RET program in engineering and science. He has co-authored a textbook, “A First Course in Differential Equations, Modeling and Simulation”.
Ken Christensen is professor and associate chair of Undergraduate Affairs in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Ken is the USF co-PI on a five-year $5 million NSF S-STEM project with FIU (lead) and UCF. The project is a collaborative effort to recruit, retain, and guide to success talented and financially needy students in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Information Technology. Ken is one of the founders of The Pledge of the Computing Professional – an organization to promote and recognize the ethical and moral behavior of graduates in computing-related degree programs.
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.
Miguel Labrador is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Miguel is the lead for longest running Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program at USF, now entering its 14th consecutive year. The program is funded by the NSF at over $1.7 million. As of fall 2018, the program has enrolled a total of 184 students, with a minority and women participation of over 70% and 24%, respectively. In addition, 9% of the students later enrolled and graduated with a doctoral degree and 22% of the students later graduated with master’s degrees. Past REU students have published many technical papers and are currently holding important industry and academic positions.