My administrative interest in higher education is focused on enhancing student success at both undergraduate and graduate levels and supporting professional excellence and growth of faculty and staff. I believe that we must create opportunities for our students that not only provide them with a strong foundation of knowledge together with the theory and practice of their chosen fields, but also prepare them for engagement and leadership in both local and global communities. I am a strong proponent of faculty portfolio of excellence comprising teaching innovations, basic and applied research supporting technology innovations, governmental policy needs, scholarly activities, student mentoring, and professional and community engagement. University staff members in all areas ranging from admissions and financial aid to parking and building services contribute significantly to student success as well as in cultivating engaged alumni. Hence, developing a high quality and dedicated pool of professional support staff is an essential responsibility of the university/college leadership.

My teaching and research interests include applied stochastic optimization modeling of decision making problems involving single and multiple (noncooperative) players in a variety of interdisciplinary fields. My current research is focused on design and policy studies for restructured electricity markets operating under an emissions control regime, and impact mitigation of large-scale pandemic outbreaks. I am also involved in developing decision making tools for better disease diagnosis and treatment planning with applications in cancer care in collaboration with the School of Medicine and the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute at USF and the Regenstrief Center at Purdue University. I currently serve as the principal investigator for a NSF funded GK-12 project aimed at infusing engineering and science in elementary (K-5) curriculum. My electricity market design work is partially funded by a grant from the Florida Energy System Consortium. I currently serve as the Chair of the ENRE (Energy, Natural Resources, and the Environment) Section of INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences). I am also an elected member of the Subdivisions Council of INFORMS for 2010 and 2011. I currently serve as the major professor for five (5) doctoral students.