iCubed

Current Project Staff

STEM Faculty

Visual Arts Faculty

Past Project Staff:

NSF

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No.0963146. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

UCF

Dr. Michael Georgiopoulos

Dr. Michael Georgiopoulos

Professor - Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Michael Georgiopoulos is a Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a Co-PI of the UCF-ICubed program. Dr. Georgiopoulos' research interests lie in the areas of machine learning, neural networks, pattern recognition and applications in signal/image processing, communications, medical field, manufacturing, transportation engineering, amongst others. Dr. Georgiopoulos is currently serving as Interim Assistant VP of Research at UCF. Please contact Dr. Georgiopoulos by e-mailing him at michaelg@ucf.edu.

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Dr. Costas Efthimiou

Dr. Costas Efthimiou

Associate Professor - Physics Department, College of Sciences

Costas Efthimiou obtained his BSc from the University of Athens and his PhD from Cornell University. After this, he spent an additional year at Cornell as a Lecturer teaching physics courses. He then accepted a research associate position at Tel Aviv University where he stayed for two years. He returned to US as a Visiting Scientist at the Math Department of Harvard University. He continued with a Visiting Scientist appointment at Cornell and Columbia Universities. In August 2000, he joined the Physics Department of UCF. Costas Efthimiou's background is mathematical physics and theoretical high energy physics. Recently, he has been involved in physics education and the promotion of science literacy and quantitative fluency. He is also mentoring John Vastola for the 2013-2014 academic year and John created a graphic design poster in Fall 2013. Costas Efthimiou can be contacted at costas@physics.ucf.edu

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Theo Lotz

Theo Lotz

Instructor - School of Visual Arts and Design

Theo Lotz is currently the director Flying Horse Editions, the fine art research facility of the University of Central Florida Art Gallery. He also teaches Studio Art at the graduate level in the UCF Art Department. Prior to these appointments, he was director of the UCF Art Gallery and coordinator of Florida's Art in State Buildings Program for UCF. Prior to coming to UCF, Lotz was the curator at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, in Philadelphia, received his Masters of Fine Art degree from Louisiana State University, and attended the Royal College of Art in London under the auspices of a Fulbright Fellowship.

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Dr. Bonnie Swan

Dr. Bonnie Swan

PEER Director - College of Education

Bonnie Swan is a program evaluator and the director for PEER-Program Evaluation and Educational Research Group an evaluation unit within the University of Central Florida. Recent projects she is involved with were funded by the Florida Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, NASA and the Environmental Protection Agency. She received her Ph.D. in Education and M.Ed. in Mathematics Education from the University of Central Florida (UCF) and her undergraduate work was in Business/Economics. Dr. Swan is an active writer and frequently presents on topics related to evaluation, professional development and student achievement at both the state and national levels. She is a member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), National Evaluation Institute (NEI), and the Southeast Evaluation Association, and serves as Membership Chair for the Florida Educational Research Association (FERA) and on the Board of the Orange County Teachers of Mathematics (OCCTM).

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Bruce Furino

Bruce Furino

Director - Outreach Office, College of Engineering and Computer Science

Bruce Furino is Director of the Outreach Office at UCF-CECS and is a co-PI of the ICubed Program. He also directs the Internet Science and Technology Fair (a national technology literacy program); the Florida Engineering Education Conference (held annually for Florida STEM educators) and multiple other engineering education programs. He is the President of the Central Florida STEM Education Council, a Central Florida non-profit with a mission to "To collaboratively advocate, communicate and coordinate STEM education efforts to prepare and encourage pre-college students to enter technical fields of study and to pursue employment in the Central Florida high-tech workforce." Please contact Mr. Furino at bruce.furino@ucf.edu.

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Caitlyn McKinzie

Caitlyn McKinzie

Graduate Research Assistant - College of Education

Caitlyn McKinzie is a Graduate Research Assistant for the ICubed project at UCF. Caitlyn is currently in her second semester of the Masters in Mental Health Counseling program within the College of Education. She also works as a Healthy Lifestyle Coach for Wellness and Health Promotion Services and has conducted research for the Alcohol and Other Drug Intervention and Prevention Services office and the Marriage and Family Research Institute at UCF. Please contact Caitlyn by emailing her at Caitlyn.McKinzie@ucf.edu.

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Cynthia Cassagnol

Cynthia Cassagnol

Graduate Research Assistant - College of Education

Cynthia Cassagnol is a graduate research assistant for the NSF funded project ICubed and has been assisting with the evaluation process of the ICubed project since July 2010. She received her B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Central Florida in 2007, and is currently pursuing her M.Ed in School Counseling. While working on her B.S., she conducted original research on the effectiveness of two inner city reading centers in the Orlando area, and published a thesis reporting her findings. She spent a year teaching English in South Korea at both the elementary and middle school levels.

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Terrence Howard

Terrence Howard

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Dr. Joshua Colwell

Dr. Joshua Colwell

Associate Professor - Department of Physics

Josh Colwell is Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the Physics Department. His research is in the area of planetary sciences focusing in particular on the origin and evolution of the solar system. He is a Co-Investigator on the Cassini mission at Saturn and uses data from Cassini to understand Saturn's ring system. He is also Director of UCF's Center for Microgravity Research and Education. He does experiments on the early stages of planet formation in microgravity environments including suborbital rockets, drop towers, and parabolic airplane flights. He is currently serving as Interim Assistant Director of the Florida Space Institute. Dr. Colwell can be reached at jec@ucf.edu. Dr. Colwell presented his STEM Research at the Fall 2011 Illustration class, and some of the STEAM artifacts created by the students in the class are inspired by his research.

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Dr. Ken Teter

Dr. Ken Teter

Associate Professor - Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences

Ken Teter is an Associate Professor in the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences and is supervisor of the Burnett School's Program for Undergraduate Research Experience. The Teter lab studies the cell biology of intoxication with plant and bacterial toxins such as ricin, Shiga toxin, and cholera toxin. An interdisciplinary approach using methods in molecular microbiology, cell biology, and biophysics is used to elucidate the mechanism of toxin entry into the target cell. Please contact Dr. Teter at kteter@mail.ucf.edu. Dr. Teter, and his student Carly Bader, presented their STEM Research at the Fall 2010 Sculpture class, and some of the STEAM artifacts created by the students in the class are inspired by their research. His student, Carly Bader, also participated in the creation of a poster artifact (STEAM poster).

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Dr. Seetha Raghavan

Dr. Seetha Raghavan

Assistant Professor - Department of Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering

Seetha Raghavan is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering and a faculty mentor for the UCF-ICubed program. Raghavan's research group works to engineer the mechanics of advanced structures and materials, through characterization techniques such as synchrotron x-ray diffraction and piezospectroscopy. Development of high-spatial resolution material sensing systems and capture of in situ strain evolution in high temperature coatings under operational conditions are some of the areas currently under study. Please contact Dr. Raghavan by e-mailing her at seetha.raghavan@ucf.edu. Dr. Raghavan, and her student Rene Diaz, presented their STEM Research at the Fall 2010 Sculpture class, and some of the STEAM artifacts created by the students in the class are inspired by their research.

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Dr. Charles Hughes

Dr. Charles Hughes

Professor - Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Charles Hughes is a Professor in the Computer Science Division of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He is also Director of the Synthetic Reality Laboratory (SREAL), Professor of Digital Media and a member of the university's Modeling & Simulation faculty. Dr. Hughes' research interests lie in the areas of mixed reality, computer graphics, computational imaging, human-technology interfaces and models of computation. His research is currently supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Institutes of Health, the Office of Naval Research and the Gates Foundation. Please contact him via e-mail at ceh@cs.ucf.edu. Dr. Hughes's post-doctoral associate Dan Mapes and Dr. Hughes's student Peter Toner presented their STEM research in the Fall 2010 Painting class, and some of the STEAM artifacts created by the students in the class are inspired by their research. His undergraduate research assistant, Krysten Thomas, participated in STEAM for Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 by creating two graphic design posters based on their research.

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Dr. Debra Reinhart

Dr. Debra Reinhart

Professor - Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering

Debra Reinhart is a Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering in the College of Engineering and Computer Science and a member of the UCF-ICubed program staff. Dr. Reinhart's research interests are in solid waste management, landfill leachate management, waste collection, special waste management, and nanoparticle environmental impacts. Dr. Reinhart is currently serving as the Program Director of the Environmental Engineering program at the National Science Foundation while on leave from UCF. Please contact Dr. Reinhart by emailing her at Reinhart@ucf.edu. Dr. Reinhart, and her student Stephanie Bolyard, presented their STEM Research at the Spring 2011 Sculpture class, and some of the STEAM artifacts created by the students in the class are inspired by their research. Dr. Reinhart is mentoring Kimberly Cranmore for the 2013-2014 academic year and Kimberly presented their research to Advanced Painting students in Fall 2013, which served as inspiration for the students’ work.

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Dr. Linda Walters

Dr. Linda Walters

Professor - Department of Biology

Linda Walters is a Professor in the Department of Biology. Dr. Walters' research interests lie in the area of marine conservation biology, especially anthropogenic impacts and restoration of oyster reefs, coral reefs and saltmarshes. Dr. Walters also works on marine invasive species and is developing eco-friendly practices for home aquarium hobbyists. Dr. Walters is currently serving as a Faculty Fellow through the UCF Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning and is the Interim Director of the UCF Women's Research Center. Please contact Dr. Walters by e-mailing her at linda.walters@ucf.edu Dr. Walters presented her STEM Research at the Spring 2011 Painting class, and some of the STEAM artifacts created by the students in the class are inspired by her research. Her undergraduate research assistant, Sara Boliviar-Wagers, participated in STEAM for Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 by creating two graphic design posters based on their research.

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Dr. Lei Zhai

Dr. Lei Zhai

NanoScience Technology Center and Department of Chemistry

Lei Zhai is an associate professor at NanoScience Technology Center and Department of Chemistry, University of Central Florida. He obtained his Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University. His research focuses on conjugated polymer and composites for energy conversion and storage, and polymer derived ceramics. He is a recipient of NSF CAREER Award and a Scialog Fellow. Please contact Dr. Zhai by e-mailing him at lzhai@ucf.edu. Dr. Zai, and his student Scott Mathews, presented their STEM Research at the Fall 2011 Illustration class, and some of the STEAM artifacts created by the students in the class are inspired by their research.

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Dr. Lauren Von Kalm

Dr. Lauren Von Kalm

Associate Professor and the Associate Chair in the Department of Biology

Dr. Von Kalm's research interests lie in the area of cancer biology with specific interests in intracellular signaling and transport of molecules in tumor cells, and the development of anti-cancer drugs. Please contact Dr. von Kalm by e-mailing him at lvonkalm@ucf.edu. Dr. von Kalm, and his student Victoria Kreinbrick, presented their STEM Research at the Fall 2011 Sculpture class, and some of the STEAM artifacts created by the students in the class are inspired by their research.

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Dr. Parveen Wahid

Dr. Parveen Wahid

Professor - Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Parveen Wahid is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Dr. Wahid's research interests are in the areas of antenna design, microwave engineering and bioelectromagnetics. Dr. Wahid's email is Parveen.Wahid@ucf.edu Dr. Wahid, and her student Michael Peffers, presented their STEM Research at Spring 2011 Sculpture class, and some of the STEAM artifacts created by the students in the class are inspired by their research.

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Dr. William Self

Dr. William Self

Associate Professor - Burnett School of Biomedical Science, College of Medicine

Bill Self is an Associate Professor in the Burnett School of Biomedical science. Dr. Self's research interests lie in the areas of metal and metalloid trafficking with an emphasis on the study of selenium in biological systems. Dr. Self's laboratory also studies the catalytic activity of cerium oxide nanoparticles in collaboration with Dr. Sudipta Seal, Director of the Nanoscience Technology Center. Please contact Dr. Self by emailing him at william.self@ucf.edu. Dr. Self, and his student Kelly Cobaugh, presented their STEM Research at the Fall 2010 Painting class, and some of the STEAM artifacts created by the students in the class are inspired by their research. His student, Kelly Cobaugh, also participated in the creation of a poster artifact (STEAM poster).

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Carla Poindexter

Carla Poindexter

Associate Professor - School of Visual Arts and Design

Carla Poindexter is an Associate Professor of Fine Art who teaches advanced levels of undergraduate painting, drawing, and book arts and graduate studies in studio art concentration at the University of Central Florida. As a productive studio artist with thirty year's experience in fine art and five years experience as the art director for Houston Metropolitan Magazine, she brings her experience as a professional artist to her role as an educator. She received her BFA from the University of Texas and her MFA from Texas Tech University. She is the recipient of numerous honors and commissions including a 2003 commission from the State of Florida, Art-In-State Program to create an 8' x 28' painting on canvas. The painting is permanently installed and can be viewed in the atrium of the Darden Theatre at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management in Orlando. She recently created and directed a nine-minute animated film, "Carnival Daring-Do, featuring, 'The Floating Apparitions' ", using visual materials from her work in painting and drawing. Former Assistant Professor of Music at UCF, Jay C. Batzner, composed the soundtrack. The film has been accepted into and screened at over twenty-five national and international film and music festivals. Her paintings and drawings are in numerous private and public collections throughout the United States and she has exhibited widely in commercial, educational, and public galleries for over 25 years. She resided in Texas for nearly twenty years before coming to Orlando, where she was actively involved in a vital art community in Houston. Her exhibition record includes 16 solo exhibitions and numerous small and large group exhibitions nationally and internationally.

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Dr. Joo Kim

Dr. Joo Kim

Associate Professor - School of Visual Arts and Design

Dr. Joo Kim is an Associate Professor at the School of Visual Arts and Design. Her research interests consist of socio-cultural issues in visual arts, and technology in visual arts education. Her artworks have been exhibited in numerous venues nationally and internationally in countries including China, Iceland, Malaysia, Philippines, S. Korea, Turkey, Uzbekistan, and USA. Recently, she was awarded as the Florida Art Educator of the Year. Also, she received the award for Outstanding Achievement and Exemplary Service from the National Art Education Association. She can be contacted at joo.kim@ucf.edu. Dr. Joo Kim is the Visual Arts professor that is guiding all the graphic design students in the poster artifacts inspired by STEM research.

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Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz

Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz

Assistant Professor, School of Visual Arts and Design

Ortiz is a nationally and internationally recognized, award winning interdisciplinary artist who’s works have been exhibitied in Egypt, Brazil, South Korea, Australia, Thailand, New York City, Los Angeles, Wichita, Salt Lake City, Memphis, to name a few. She is the recipient of the 2011 UCF Keeper of the Creed Award in Creativity, MFA 2008 Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of Art and Ralph Bunche Fellow, AAS 1998 Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, Alum of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 2002; Selected exhibitions include Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain 2010, Americcan Chambers, Gyeongnam Art Museum, Changwong City, South Korea, Project 35, Performa 05 biennial, Artist Space, NY; The S Files 05 and Artist in the Marketplace 25, Bronx Museum of the Arts; Mercury/Mercurio, Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos; The L Factor, Exit Art, New York. Collections include El Museo del Barrio and Jersey City Museum of Art. She currently lives in Orlando with her dog Dona and her cat Princesa. Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz was the instructor of the Fall 2011 Illustration class and she directed her students in the creation of the illustration STEAM artifacts.

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Dr. David Isenhour

Dr. David Isenhour

Assistant Professor - School of Visual Art and Design

David Isenhour is an Assistant Professor at the School of Visual Art and Design and the MFA Emerging Media Department. This is David's 5th year at UCF where he has been developing the sculpture area of SVAD. He has also recently had solo museum exhibitions and group exhibitions of his work as well as being published in Beautiful Decay's Book 6: Future Perfect. He can be contacted at disenhou@mail.ucf.edu David Isenhour wsa the instructor of the Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011 Sculpture classes and he directed his students in creation of the sculpture STEAM artifacts.

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Dr. Debra Reinhart

Dr. Debra Reinhart

Professor - Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering

Debra Reinhart is a Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering in the College of Engineering and Computer Science and a member of the UCF-ICubed program staff. Dr. Reinhart’s research interests are in solid waste management, landfill leachate management, waste collection, special waste management, and nanoparticle environmental impacts. Dr. Reinhart is currently serving as the Program Director of the Environmental Engineering program at the National Science Foundation while on leave from UCF. Please contact Dr. Reinhart by emailing her at Reinhart@ucf.edu. Dr. Reinhart managed, as a Co-PI, the UCF ICubed grant in its inaugural year (2010-2011).

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Dr. Carlos Barrios Hernandez

Dr. Carlos Barrios Hernandez

Professor - School of Visual Arts & Design

Dr. Carlos Barrios comes from a rigorous and diverse background having studied architecture, engineering, computer science, aviation, music, film and fine arts. He is a recognized scholar in the field of Parametric Design and Morphology and his research is published in national and international forums. Dr. Barrios received a PhD in Design and Computation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he researched parametric models for complex geometry and focused on twisted tall buildings. At MIT he conducted seminal work on parametrid modeling and did research with the Digital Design Fabrication Group. Dr. Barrios has collaborated in educational endeavors with recognized architecture practices that include; SOM, KPF, HKS, Gehry and Partners, Foster and Partners, and Arup. He was awarded the Thomas Upham Fellowship for his research in Parametric Modeling and Morphogenetic Design.

Dr. Barrios seeks to understand the morphological principles in natural systems to generate creative solutions for design problems through computational modeling and parametric design. He is an avid sculptor having created a collection of more than 10,000 original designs from a handful of parametric models grouped in 27 collections. On his free time Carlos enjoys gourmet cooking, flying sailplanes, and scuba diving.

He is relatively new to UCF and it is first time participating in STEAM. His Environmental Technology course created moveable structures based of Dr. Costas Efthimiou’s and Dr. Necati Catbas’ research in Spring 2013. Please contact Dr. Barrios Hernandez at Carlos.Barrios@ucf.edu.

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Dennis Ahearn

Dennis Ahearn

Instructor - School of Visual Arts & Design

Dennis Ahearn is the printmaking instructor at the School of Visual Arts and Design, College of Arts and Humanities. He is relatively new to UCF and it is his first time participating in STEAM. His Printmaking course created prints based of Dr. Costas Efthimiou's and Dr. Stephen Kuebler's research in Spring 2013. Please contact Mr. Ahearn at Dennis.Ahearn@ucf.edu.

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Dr. Necati Catbas

Dr. Necati Catbas

Associate Chairman & Associate Professor - Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineerin

Dr. Necati Catbas is an Associate Chairman and Associate Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering College of Engineering and Computer Sciences. His research interests are in the area of structural health monitoring, structural identification, structural dynamics and earthquake engineering, condition evaluation of constructed facilities, disaster mitigation and management, analytical simulation and characterization, and non-destructive evaluation technologies. Two of his undergraduate research assistants have participated in STEAM; Evan Prado (2011-2012) created a graphic design poster and Travis Henriques (2012-2013) created a graphic design poster and architectural structure. Please contact Dr. Catbas at catbas@ucf.edu.

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Dr. Cristina Fernandez-Valle

Dr. Cristina Fernandez-Valle

Professor - Burnett School of Medicine

Dr. Cristina Fernandez-Valle is a Professor in the Burnett School of Medicine. Her research investigates the myelination of cells, specifically Schwann cells in the ears in order to create a new treatment for neurofibromatosis 2. Two of her undergraduate research assistants have participated in STEAM; Tiffany Fabianac (2011-2012) created a graphic design poster and Matthew Donnan (2012-2013) created a graphic design poster and painting. Please contact Dr. Fernandez-Valle at cfv@ucf.edu.

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Dr. Jose Sepulveda

Dr. Jose Sepulveda

Associate Professor - Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems

Dr. Jose Sepulveda is an Associate Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems, College of Engineering and Computer Sciences. His research interests include simulation, production management, statistics, and data mining. His undergraduate research assistant, Tatiana Viecco-Botero, created two graphic design posters based on their research from Fall 2012 to Spring 2013. Please contact Dr. Sepulveda at Jose.Sepulveda@ucf.edu.

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Dr. Kevin Belfield

Dr. Kevin Belfield

Department Chair & Professor - Department of Chemistry

Dr. Kevin Belfield is the Department Chair and Professor of Chemistry in the College of Sciences. His research interests are in the area of multiphoton absorbing materials, two-photon photochemistry, magnetic polymeric and sol-gel nanocomposites, site-specific fluorophore labeling, fluorescent- based sensors and bioimaging probes, photodynamic therapy agents, nanostructured functional organic and polymeric materials, and two-photon based 3D microfabrication and high density optical data storage. His undergraduate research assistant, Kasey Haugen, created a graphic design poster based on their research in Spring 2013.

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Dr. Stephen Kuebler

Dr. Stephen Kuebler

Associate Professor - Chemistry & Optics

Dr. Stephen Kuebler is an Associate Professor of Chemisty and Optics in the College of Optics and Photonics. His research interests are in the area of materials and processes for 3D nano- and microfabrication, use of these techniques for creating nanophotonic structures and devices, nonlinear optical materials and photochemistry. He is a receipent of the NSF CAREER award. His undergraduate research assistant, Gabriel Padilla, created paintings in Fall 2012 and a graphic design poster in Spring 2013. Dr. Kuebler also participated in a presentation to printmaking students which resulted in prints being created on his research in Spring 2013. Please contact Dr. Kuebler at Stephen.Kuebler@ucf.edu.

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Dr. Suhada Jayasuriya

Dr. Suhada Jayasuriya

Professor & Chair - Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Dr. Suhada Jayasuriya is a Distinguished Professor and Chair in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering and Computer Sciences. His research interests include cooperative control in multi-agent systems, formation control under realistic actuator and dynamic constraints, bio-inspired control, mobile sensor networks, directional features of feedback for fault diagnosis, nonlinear systems, frequency domain design for robust performance, active control of vibrations, structural health monitoring, and human motor control. His undergraduate research assistant, Samuel Yacinthe, created a graphic design poster based on their research in Fall 2012. Please contact Dr. Jayasuriya at Suhada.Jayasuriya@ucf.edu.

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Dr. Marcel Ilie

Dr. Marcel Ilie

Assistant Professor - Department of Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering

Dr. Marcel Ilie is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering and Computer Sciences. His research interests include computational fluid dynamics, turbulence modeling, aeroelasticity, computational aerodynamics, computational aeroacoustics, and numerical combustion and multi-phase flows. His undergraduate research assistant, Ivan Trivino, created 4 graphic design posters based on their research from Fall 2011 to Spring 2013. Please contact Dr. Ilie at Marcel.Ilie@ucf.edu.

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Larry Cooper

Larry Cooper

Larry Cooper is a Book Arts instructor at the School of Visual Arts and Design, College of Arts and Humanities and Associate Director of Flying Horse Editions. He first participated with STEAM in Fall 2013 with his Book Binding course. The students based their work on Dr. Yu Yuan’s and Dr. Hernandez’ research. Please contact Mr. Cooper at Larry.Cooper@ucf.edu.

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Dr. Dinender Singla

Dr. Dinender Singla

Associate Professor-Department of Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences

Dr. Dinender Singla’s research interests include embryonic stem cell biology, cardiac regeneration, cardic repair, mouse models, and how diabetes is related to heart failure. His undergraduate research assistant, Alise Ramirez, presented their research to painting students in Fall 2013, which served as inspiration for the work of the students. Dr. Singla can be reached at dinender.singla@ucf.edu.

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Dr. Alvaro Estevez

Dr. Alvaro Estevez

Associate Professor-Department of Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences

Dr. Alvaro Estevez’ research interests include understand the mechanisms of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species-induced motor neuron degeneration in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other motor neuron diseases to develop new therapeutic strategies. His undergraduate research assistant, Pascale Nelson, created a graphic design poster based on their research in Fall 2013. Dr. Estevez can be reached at alvaro.estevez@ucf.edu.

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Dr. Yu Yuan

Dr. Yu Yuan

Assistant Professor-Department of Chemistry

Dr. Yu Yuan’s research interests include transition metal catalysis, organo-catalysis, multi-component and cascade catalysis, total synthesis of anti-cancer natural products and lead optimization, and delivery to cytotoxic anti-cancer agent and antibody-drug conjugate (ADC). His undergraduate research assistants, Jacob Cleaveland and Monica Rivas, participated in different STEAM activities. In Fall 2013, Jacob presented their research to Book Arts students, which served as inspiration for work of the students whereas Monica created a graphic design poster. Dr. Yuan can be reached at yu.yuan@ucf.edu.

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Dr. Avelino Gonzalez

Dr. Avelino Gonzalez

Professor-Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Dr. Avelino Gonzalez’ research interests include Artificial intelligence, Machine Learning, knowledge-based systems, automated diagnostics, intelligent simulations, validation and verification of knowledge based systems. His undergraduate research assistant, Jorge Guerra, created a graphic design poster in Fall 2013. Dr. Gonzalez can be reached at gonzalez@ucf.edu.

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Dr. James Hickman

Dr. James Hickman

Professor-Department of Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences

Dr. James Hickman’s research interests include creation of new test-beds of functional cellular systems to investigate spinal cord repair, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Alzheimer’s. His undergraduate research assistant, Michael Lopes, created a graphic design poster in Fall 2013. Dr. Hickman can be reached at James. Hickman@ucf.edu.

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Dr. Florencio Eloy Hernandez

Dr. Florencio Eloy Hernandez

Associate Professor-Department of Chemistry

Dr. Florencio Eloy Hernandez’ research interests include establishing the foundation for “radiative decay engineering” (RDE) by combining surface plasmon enhancement effects with nonlinear optical processes such as multiphoton absorption, energy transfer, and excited state intersystem crossing. He is also interested in molecular aggregates and chiral systems typically found in omplex biological systems with central role in the origin of life, and in the design of novel molecular meta-materials with negative refractive index at optical frequencies. His undergraduate research assistant, Stephanie Castillo, presented their research to Book Arts students in Fall 2013, which served as the inspiration for the student’s work. Dr. Hernandez can be reached at florenzi@ucf.edu.

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Dr. Jayan Thomas

Dr. Jayan Thomas

Assistant Professor-Department: Nanoscience Technology Center

Dr. Jayan Thomas’ research interests include developing nanoarchitectured energy conversion and storage devices, developing photorefractive polymers with improved sensibility, and studying the optimal limiting properties of core-shell plasmonic nanostructures. His undergraduate research assistant, Danielle Abbitt, created a graphic design poster in Fall 2013. Dr. Thomas can be reached at Jayan.Thomas@ucf.edu.

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Dr. Joo Kim

Dr. Joo Kim

Associate Professor - School of Visual Arts and Design

Dr. Joo Kim is an Associate Professor at the School of Visual Arts and Design. Her research interests consist of socio-cultural issues in visual arts, and technology in visual arts education. Her artworks have been exhibited in numerous venues nationally and internationally in countries including China, Iceland, Malaysia, Philippines, S. Korea, Turkey, Uzbekistan, and USA. Recently, she was awarded as the Florida Art Educator of the Year. Also, she received the award for Outstanding Achievement and Exemplary Service from the National Art Education Association. She can be contacted at joo.kim@ucf.edu. Dr. Joo Kim is the Visual Arts professor that is guiding all the graphic design students in the poster artifacts inspired by STEM research.

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Jennifer Gonzalez

Jennifer Gonzalez

Graduate Research Assistant

Jennifer Gonzalez is the Graduate Research Assistant for the ICubed program. Jennifer is currently in her second year of the Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy program within the College of Education. She also works as a Graduate Research Assistant for the UCF Marriage and Family Research Institute, where she has been conducting research since her junior year as an undergraduate student. Please contact Jennifer by emailing her at Jennifer.Gonzalez@ucf.edu.

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Victoria McNeil

Victoria McNeil

Graduate Research Assistant

Victoria McNeil is the Graduate Research Assistant for the ICubed program. Victoria is currently in her first year of the Masters of Mental Health Counseling program within the College of Education. Prior to joining the program Victoria earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of Florida where she participated in several research projects.

Please contact Victoria by emailing her at Victoria.mcneil@ucf.edu

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