Oversight Board

The FESC Oversight Board guides FESC policy and activities, and ensures that FESC activities meet legislative requirements. The Oversight Board is comprised of all of the Vice Presidents for Research or equivalent administrators at each of the State University System institutions.

David P. Norton, Ph.D.
Oversight Board Chair and Vice President for Research, University of Florida.

David P. Norton, Ph.D., became vice president for research at the University of Florida in January 2012. He had served as associate dean for research in the UF College of Engineering since 2009. He is also a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

Dr. Norton came to UF in 2000 after 11 years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His research interests primarily focus on electronic, photonic and magnetic thin film materials. He has published more than 300 articles in refereed journals and books, presented numerous invited papers and lectures at national and international conferences, and organized conferences and workshops in the areas of electronic oxides and laser processing. He is a Fellow of the American Vacuum Society, the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the Materials Research Society and the Electrochemical Society.

Dr. Norton conducted his undergraduate and graduate studies within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Louisiana State University, receiving his doctorate in 1989.

Kantner2008John Kantner, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President for Research, University of North Florida

John Kantner, Ph.D., joined the University of North Florida in August 2013 as the Assistant Vice President for Research. Prior to that, he was Vice President for Academic & Institutional Advancement at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, NM, an independent center for research in the social sciences and humanities. From 1999 to 2006, Dr. Kantner was a faculty member in the Department of Anthropology & Geography at Georgia State University in Atlanta, where he achieved the rank of associate professor with tenure prior to his departure. Dr. Kantner received his doctorate from the University of California–Santa Barbara, where he studied archaeology, anthropology, geography, geochemistry, and evolutionary theory.His research focuses on the archaeology of ancient societies, with a particular interest in the processes by which complex social and political regional institutions emerged from communities of comparatively simple horticulturists. His research is explicitly comparative, and he has collaborated on projects throughout the United States, as well as in Costa Rica and Peru. In addition to several books, Dr. Kantner’s research appears in journals such as Human Nature,Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, Journal of Anthropological Research, Journal of Archaeological Research, Journal of Archaeological Science, and Historical Archaeology.


Andres Gil, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research, Florida International University

Dr. Andres Gil works directly with faculty and principal investigators to assure the University’s compliance with Federal and state regulatory research requirements. He also works with other senior University administrators and researchers in areas of research development, and with deans to facilitate communication between the Division of Research and the schools/colleges on matters related to research. In addition, he supports the University’s mission to provide faculty and staff with a quality grants, contracts, and research administration support program. Dr. Gil has a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology from FIU, and a Masters degree in Social Work from Barry University. After earning a Ph.D. in Medical Sociology from the University of Miami, Dr. Gil became the Director of the South Florida Youth Development Project at the University of Miami. In 1992, Dr. Gil joined the Western Consortium for Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley where he was a research scientist. Later, he became an Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Relations at the University of Connecticut. In 1996, he joined FIU as Assistant Professor and Associate Director for Research in the School of Social Work, later becoming Director of Research Development in the College of Health and Urban Affairs. He serves as an advisor to the Mental Health Services Administration and the National Institute of Mental Health on issues pertaining to at-risk youth. Dr. Gil has co-authored numerous articles that examine the role of culture, race, and ethnicity in current social problems. His most recent articles, “Disaster-related stress, depressive signs and symptoms, and suicidal ideation among a multi-racial/ethnic sample of adolescents: A longitudinal analysis” and “Culture Conflicts and Problem Behaviors of Latino Adolescents in Home and School Environments” appeared in Child Psychology and Psychiatry and the Journal of Community Psychology respectively. Dr. Gil also holds the rank of Professor in the School of Social Work.


ostranderGary K. Ostrander, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research, Florida State University

Dr. Gary K. Ostrander was appointed Florida State University’s Vice President for Research in May of 2012. He previously served as the vice chancellor for Research and Graduate Education at the University of Hawaii’s flagchip campus in Honolulu. Dr. ostrander has held faculty positions at Oklahoma State University and Johns Hopkins University. Ostrander received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Seattle University, a master’s degree in biology from Illinois State University, and a doctorate from the University of Washington. Initially, his research focused on exploiting novel aspects of the biology of aquatic species to address fundamental questions of cancer biology. In recent years, his research program has focused on laboratory and field studies aimed at understanding the worldwide deterioration of coral reef ecosystems.



Paul R. Sanberg, Ph.D., D.Sc.
Vice President for Research & Innovation
President, USF Research Foundation
Distinguished University Professor, University of South Florida

Dr. Paul R. Sanberg is Vice President for Research & Innovation, Distinguished University Professor. Dr. Sanberg trained at York University, the University of British Columbia, the Australian National University and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, among others. Before coming to USF, Dr. Sanberg held academic positions at Ohio University, the University of Cincinnati, and Brown University.

Prior to his current position, Dr. Sanberg served as Associate Dean in Morsani College of Medicine, Associate Vice President in USF Health, Senior Associate Vice President for the Office of Research & Innovation and Special Assistant to the President all at USF.

Dr. Sanberg is a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Institute of Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health, and has served on numerous scientific advisory boards for health-related foundations and companies. He has significant industry experience with biotech companies involved in cell therapy for degenerative disorders and biopharmaceutical development. He is the Editor-in-chief of Technology and Innovation, and serves on editorial boards for more than 30 scientific journals. Dr. Sanberg is the President of the National Academy of Inventors and has also served as president of a number of professional societies including the American Society for Neural Transplantation and Repair, the Cell Transplant Society, and the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society. He is the author of more than 550 scientific articles, including thirteen books, with over 16,000 scientific citations (Google scholar).

As an inventor on approximately 100 health-related U.S. and foreign patents, his early work was pioneering in understanding why brain cells die in neurological disorders and in drug abuse research. His recent research has focused on discovering innovative ways to repair the damaged brain, and has helped lead the team that demonstrated that bone marrow and umbilical cord blood derived stem cells can be transformed to neural cells that may be useful in stroke, spinal cord injury and ALS. Dr. Sanberg’s work has been instrumental in translating new pharmaceutical and cellular therapeutics to clinical trials for Tourette syndrome, depression, stroke, Huntington’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.


Rick Harper, Ph.D.
UWF’s Center for Research and Economic Opportunity (CREO)

Rick Harper’s career as an economist began in 1979 at the Research Triangle Institute in North Carolina. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Duke University in 1989 and joined the UWF faculty that same year.

Rick directs UWF’s Center for Research and Economic Opportunity (CREO), which oversees the UWF Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, the Florida Small Business Development Center Network, the UWF Office of Economic Development and Engagement, and the Haas Center for Business Research and Economic Development. During 2013 and 2014, he was on loan to the Florida Senate where he served as Senior Policy Advisor on Economic Affairs under President Don Gaetz. In 2015 he was appointed as UWF’s Associate Vice President for Research and Economic Opportunity, and he also serves as Senior Research Fellow of the Studer Community Institute.


Kinfe Redda, Ph.D.
Professor and Vice President for Research, Florida A&M University

Dr. Redda was appointed interim Vice President, Division of Research, in May of 2010. Redda began employment at FAMU on January 1, 1985 as an associate professor of medicinal chemistry in the COPPS. During his tenure at FAMU, Redda has generated more than $30.1 million from research and training grant awards.
A prolific grantsman, Redda graduated from the faculty of pharmacy, University of Albert (Canada), with a Ph.D. degree in Medicinal Chemistry in 1978. He completed a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship in synthetic medicinal chemistry a Dalhousie University, Canada. He served as an assistant professor of medicinal chemistry at the College of Pharmacy, University of Puerto Rico in San Juan from 1980 to 1984.

In 1998, former FAMU President Frederick S. Humphries appointed Redda to serve as the director of the NIH funded Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) Program at FAMU. He was promoted to a full professor level in 1989. Redda excelled in expanding and strengthening biomedical research on campus and generated millions of dollars for FAMU from NIH during his tenure as the MBRS director for 17 years. He was also the principal investigator and program director of the highly successful NASA funded and FAMU administered Space Life Sciences Training Program (SLSTP), a summer program for about 40 college students that were recruited nationally from1987-1995. The training of these high achieving students, who had passion for space life sciences, was held at the Kennedy Space Center.


Tachung C YIHTachung C. YIH, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Research & Dean of Graduate Studies
Florida Gulf Coast University

Dr. T.C. Yih is the Associate Vice President for Research & Dean of Graduate Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) in Fort Myers, Florida, serving as the Chief Research Officer and authorized institutional representative. Dr. Yih joined FGCU in September of 2012. Dr. Yih has extensive experience in research in the areas of engineering design, CAD/CAE, robotics, biomechanics, and nanomedicine. He has published peer-reviewed journal papers, published conference papers, secured research grants from various funding agencies, founded and served as the co-Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Nanomedicine sponsored by Elsevier, edited book, served as the panelist/reviewer for reviewing research grant applications, etc.

Dr. Yih is also experienced in research administration by serving as the Chief Research Officer at California State University, Long Beach, and Oakland University, Michigan, prior to joining FGCU. He also has been in charge of promoting and managing Intellectual Property, patent application, and commercialization related activities in his past and current positions. Dr. Yih is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, who received his doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, in 1988.


Barry T. Rosson, Ph.D.
Interim Vice President for Research, Florida Atlantic University

Barry Rosson, Ph.D. serves as the Interim Vice President for Research in the Division of Research and as Dean of the Graduate College at Florida Atlantic University. Since 2007, Dr. Rosson has been the Dean of the Graduate College and Professor of Civil Engineering. In fall 2010, Dr. Rosson was appointed Interim Vice President for Research, overseeing the offices of the Vice President, Sponsored Programs (pre-award), Research Accounting (post-award), Research Integrity, Technology Transfer, Veterinary Services and the FAU Research Corporation.

Dr. Rosson began his academic career in 1991 at the University of Nebraska as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering. He was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 1997 and to Professor in 2003. While at the university he served as Associate Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering, Director of Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering, and Associate Dean in the Office of Research and Graduate Studies. In addition to his extensive administrative background, Dr. Rosson received in excess of $3 million for his research in structural engineering from federal, state, and private organizations including the National Science Foundation, USDA Forest Products Laboratory, and 3M Corporation.

Dr. Rosson received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in structural engineering from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama and his Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in civil engineering from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Fellow and Past-President of the Architectural Engineering Institute, and Member of the American Society for Engineering Education. He has served as Associate Editor of the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering and Chair of the Committee on Professional Practice (ASCE Presidential Appointment).

MJ Soileau, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research and Commercialization. University of Central Florida

M.J. Soileau received his PhD in Quantum Electronics from the University of Southern California, is currently Professor of Optics, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Physics and is the Vice President for Research. His research interests include the nonlinear optical properties of materials and laser-induced damage. He is a Fellow of IEEE, the SPIE–The International Optical Engineering Society, and the Optical Society of America.