Dr. Rodney S. Guico was appointed as the Director of the Florida Engineering Experiment Station Network (FLEXNet) in September 2015. In this role, Rodney is responsible for the external outreach functions of the Florida Engineering Experiment Station (FLEXStation) encompassing management of the FLEXStation Network which includes developing and delivering applied research, educational, and workforce development programs to Florida’s entrepreneurs, industries and citizens. Rodney is also Director of Electronic Delivery of Gator Engineering (EDGE) which is the distance learning program for online engineering master’s degrees, certificates, and professional education courses at UF.
Prior to assuming his current role, Rodney served as Director of Industry Programs for the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering. As director, his responsibilities included coordinating and developing industrial and corporate relations under the auspices of the Office of Research and Facilities. Before that, Rodney served as the UF site director for the Center for Particulate and Surfactant Systems (CPaSS), an NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center. Since 2011, he administered, coordinated, and managed CPaSS operations and activities within the UF research project portfolio as well as with the center’s partner site at Columbia University. He also acted as the industry liaison to the center’s Industrial Advisory Board, facilitating interactions and communication strategies between center researchers and industry representatives. As the interface between CPaSS and NSF, Rodney worked closely with NSF program officials on center proposals, outcomes, and operations. In 2012, he played a pivotal role in establishing the center’s first international partner site at Dharmsinh Desai University in Gujarat, India.
Rodney came to the University of Florida in 2008 as an adjunct assistant professor in the Particle Engineering Research Center (PERC). While at PERC, he co-developed, coordinated, and taught a multidisciplinary seminar course, “…Nano For The Rest Of Us,” offered through the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He has also directed and supervised activities related to UF Centers and Institutes, the Florida Space Research Initiative, and congressional appropriations through the UF Office of Research. Over the last three years, he has acted as the industry program manager for the Center for Nano-Bio Sensors, a State of Florida Center of Excellence. Rodney moved to Gainesville in 2006 and later joined the Natural Sciences Department at Santa Fe College as an interim assistant professor in the Biotechnology Laboratory Technology Program. There he created and developed nanotechnology-focused curricula and integrated laboratory modules targeted at the nano-bio workforce.
Rodney holds a Bachelor of Science degree and research doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering, both from Northwestern University.