About Us

Leadership Team

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Dr. David Norton; Interim Director – 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.

Ms. Canan “Janan” Balaban; Associate Director – Ms. Balaban holds BSc. and MSc. in Chemical Engineering and has served for over 20 years in industry as an engineer, research scientist, and manager. Her industrial experience includes rechargeable batteries, sol-gel technology, phenolic resins, bio-mass, coal desulfurization, gasification, and sintering. She has transferred a number of technologies from research to manufacturing and has three patents and one trademark. Ms. Balaban joined the University of Florida in 2003 and managed the $10Million NASA funded Hydrogen Research Program. During this period she has facilitated the establishment of the Florida Energy Systems Consortium. She serves as an Associate Director for the consortium. She is also with UF Research assisting faculty for large proposal development.