Leadership Team

Leadership Team

The FLEX Leadership Team has a strong track record of developing innovative technologies with collaborative partners, driving applications and solutions in strategic high-tech research areas, and preparing the next generation of engineering leaders capable of solving global problems. We look forward to exploring how we can help you.

Engineering Extension and Outreach DirectorFlorida Engineering Experiment Station Director
Kimberly Jacobs leads FLEX. Her responsibilities include managing programs that foster industry engagement with the College, K-12 Outreach, and Engineering Extension programs offered through regional Innovation Stations.
UFIS-SC reginoal director Allen CarlsonUF Innovation Station Sarasota County Regional Director
Allen “Al” Carlson
leads UF Innovation Station Sarasota County (UFIS-Sarasota), the University of Florida’s first engineering extension office, including programs supportive of economic and workforce development across the region.

UF Innovation Station REEF Interim Regional Director
Oana Cazacu
leads UF Innovation Station at the REEF (UFIS-REEF), including programs supportive of economic and workforce development across the region.
Engineering Extension and Outreach Assistant DirectorEngineering Extension and Outreach Assistant Director
John “Trey” Womack provides strategic support to FLEX’s Engineering Extension and Outreach programs, connecting the industry with the great resources and student talent pipeline of HWCOE to enhance workforce development locally, regionally, and nationally.
Research Scientist/Criminologist
Read Hayes works closely with engineering and computer science faculty across the college, helping integrate human-centered design with software and hardware developments. He works to create real-world science to practice opportunities and testing, bringing cutting-edge AI, IoT, VR, and other technologies into retail, public, and other places and spaces.