Faculty Innovation Council

The Engineering Innovation Institute has established a Faculty Innovation Council to work with the Institute leadership to increase faculty conversation and competency in entrepreneurship and innovation.  Specifically, the Faculty Innovation Council is established to:

  • Discuss UF, state and national rules, regulations, and processes relevant to faculty and students who wish to pursue entrepreneurial endeavors and how to optimize the process
  • Bring entrepreneurial faculty thought leaders together to discuss key issues (SBIR/STTR, academic IP development, Conflict of Interest, innovation in inter-disciplinary research, global entrepreneurship and innovation trends and drivers, etc.)
  • Discuss how to properly evaluate and reward entrepreneurial activity in the course of faculty advancement (e.g. annual performance evaluations, Tenure and Promotion, etc.)
  • Provide peer mentoring and guidance to get faculty to think and act entrepreneurially
  • Act as a sounding board for new innovation initiatives
  • Lead seminars and provide one-on-one guidance to other faculty in innovation topics

The Institute gratefully acknowledges the contributions of our Council Members:

Dr. Ravindra K. Ahuja, Professor, Co-Director, Supply Chain and Logistics Engineering, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Dr. Rizwan Bashirullah, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Christopher D. Batich, Professor, Co-Graduate Coordinator, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Dr. Anthony B. Brennan, Margaret A. Ross Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Dr. Kirk Hatfield, Chair and Professor, Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering; Director, Centers and Institutes

Dr. Jenshan Lin, Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Benjamin Lok, Associate Professor, Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering

Dr. Michele Manuel, Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Dr. David W. Mazyck, Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator, Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences

Dr. Brij Moudgil, Distinguished Professor, Director – Mineral Resource Research Center, Director – Particle Engineering Research Center, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Dr. Jose C. Principe, Distinguished Professor, Director – Computational NeuroEngineering Laboratory, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Director, Centers and Institutes

Dr. Sanjay Ranka, Professor, Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering

Dr. W. Gregory Sawyer, Ebaugh Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Dr. Chelsey S. Simmons, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Dr. Rajiv K. Singh, Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering