Founding Chair & Associate Professor
Dr. van Oostrom earned his M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. Starting in 1998 he helped build the UF BME graduate program and served as the graduate coordinator for 7 years and as the associate chair. He led the development of the BME undergraduate program, which admitted its first students in 2012 and served as the undergraduate coordinator for the first 2 years. In 2016, he created the Institute for Excellence in Engineering Education, which grew from 4 faculty members to 20 by 2019. The institute formed the basis of the Department of Engineering Education and currently has 24 faculty members. At the college level, Dr. van Oostrom led a successful ABET review in 2018, and participates in numerous committees. At the university level, he is a member of the University Curriculum Committee and the Artificial Intelligence Workgroup. He also serves as the Chief Marshal for University Commencements.
Dr. van Oostrom is passionate about teaching and students. His research interests are artificial intelligence creatures/devices and precision learning.