Regional Director

Regional Director

Allen “Al” Carlson

Carlson joined the University of Florida’s College of Engineering in May 2016. His role is to launch and grow UF’s Sarasota Innovation Station—an economic development and engineering education initiative—in the Sarasota region.

Carlson is a past member of the Board of Directors for Sun Hydraulics and continues to serve as a board member on various industry companies (including MEC inc. and HUSCO International). He is also a regent at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE).

Additionally, Carlson is a member of the national visiting committee for the NSF-funded Florida Advanced Technical Education (FL-ATE) and Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work. He was instrumental in launching the NSF and industry funded CCEFP (fluid power research consortium); is past chair of the Sarasota CEO Forum; is past chair of the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA); also past chair of the MAPI presidents council; is actively involved with Junior Achievement, serving on both the local and regional boards.

Carlson is a graduate of the Milwaukee School of Engineering and the Advanced Management Program (AMP 157) at Harvard Business School.