University Leads

FESC’s University Leadership consists of representatives of the 12 State University System institutions and a member from the Florida Office of Energy. The FESC Oversight Board also plays an active role in FESC university leadership.


David Norton- Office of Research. Requested by Amanda Cluxton 392-9271Dr. 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.

weatherfordCharles Weatherford, Professor and Chair, Department of Physics, Florida A&M University

Dr. Weatherford’s group performs theoretical and computational research in atomic, molecular, condensed matter, and plasma physics. They are interested in bound-state and continuum processes describing electron collisions with atoms and molecules, atomic ion collisions with atoms and molecules, and single photon and laser interactions with atoms and molecules. In particular, they are interested in laser quantum control of atoms and molecules for remote sensing of nuclides, explosives, and drugs.



Camille E. Coley, PhD, Assistant Vice President for Research and the Associate Director for the Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center, Florida Atlantic University

Camille E. Coley, J.D., serves as Assistant Vice President for Research and the Associate Director for the Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). At FAU, Ms. Coley directs the Division of Research’s Program Development by overseeing the internal awards programs for researchers, holding workshops and seminars to support research activities, and engaging external sponsors. She is actively involved in the University Committee by serving as a liaison to the University Research Committee, the University Safety Committee, University Facilitates Committee and the Diving and Boating Safety Committee. She manages the regulatory activities of the Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center with federal, state and local governmental organizations as well as the Center’s outreach and education programs. Further, Ms. Coley was a member of the Governor’s 21-member Action Team on Energy and the Environment, and currently serves on the Federal Advisor Committee to the U.S. Global Climate Program.

Joe SimmonsJoseph Simmons Ph.D. in Physics, Catholic University of America, Backe Chair in Renewable Energy Florida Gulf Coast University

Dr. Joseph H. Simmons is the FGCU’s Backe Chair in Renewable Energy. He holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the Catholic University of America, a Master of Science in Physics from John Carroll University, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland. A fellow of the American Ceramic Society, his research experience includes serving as Research Physicist for NASA at the Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio and Senior Physicist for the National Bureau of Standards in Washington, DC. Simmons is a recipient of the George W. Morey Award for Research Excellence (American Ceramic Society), the Excellence in Engineering Teaching Award from the Florida Chapter of Alpha Sigma Mu, the Ford Motor Company Outstanding Research Award, and was named to the Greaves Walker Honor Roll. Dr. Simmons was leading the Arizona Research Institute for Solar Energy (AzRISE) at the University of Arizona prior to this position.

OsamaOsama A. Mohammed, Director, Energy Systems Research Laboratory and Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, Florida International University

Professor Mohammed received his Master and Doctoral degrees in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1981 and 1983, respectively. He has performed research on various topics in power and energy systems in addition to computational electromagnetics and design optimization in electric machines, electric drive systems and other low frequency environments. He performed multiple research projects for several Federal agencies since 1990’s dealing with; power system analysis, physics based modeling, electromagnetic signature, sensorless control, electric machinery, high frequency switching, electromagnetic Interference and ship power systems modeling and analysis. Professor Mohammed has currently active research programs in a number of these areas funded by DoD, the US Department of Energy and several industries.Professor Mohammed is a world renowned leader in electrical energy systems and computational electromagnetics. He has published more than 350 articles in refereed journals and other IEEE refereed International conference records. He is an elected Fellow of IEEE, an elected Fellow of the Applied Computational Electromagnetic Society, the recipient of the prestigious IEEE Power and Energy Society Cyril Veinott electromechanical energy conversion award, the 2012 outstanding FIU research award, and author of book chapters.

William S. OatesWilliam S. Oates, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Florida State University

Dr. Oates received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2004. He spent two years as a post doctorate researcher in the Department of Mathematics at North Carolina State University from 2004-2006. He joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Florida State University (FSU) in 2006. He is also an associated faculty with the graduate program in Materials Science at FSU. His research interests include experimental and theoretical solid mechanics, simulation of functional materials across quantum to continuum scales, and nonlinear control of smart materials and adaptive structures. He has received the ASME Gary Anderson Early Achievement Award, the NSF CAREER Award, and the DARPA Young Faculty Award.


David Block, Ph,D., Director Emeritus and Professor of Engineering, Florida Solar Energy Center, University of Central Florida

Dr. David Block is Director Emeritus of the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) having served as Center Director for over 25 years. As FSEC’s Director, he was responsible for leading all of the Center’s activities and research efforts. At the present time, he is leading the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Southeast Solar Training program. He has also lead the DOE funded Florida Hydrogen Initiative, the DOE Engineering Technology Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Education program, the UCF portion of the Florida Energy System Consortium and was the coordinator and manager of the five year, 28 million dollar NASA grant for Florida universities. His present research interests are in the areas of electric vehicles and the smart electrical grid. He has 100s of publications and presentations on solar, hydrogen and education technologies.


Issa Batarseh, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Central Florida

Dr. Issa Batarseh is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Central Florida (UCF). He received the Ph.D., and M.S. in Electrical Engineering and the B.S. in Computer Engineering and Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1983, ’85 and ’90, respectively. Dr. Batarseh was a visiting Assistant Professor at Purdue University, Calumet, from 1989 to 1990 before joining UCF in 1991.

Dr. Batarseh’s power electronics research focuses on the development of advanced systems for solar energy conversion to improve cost, power density, efficiency and performance. The research includes the analysis and design of high frequency dc-ac inverters, resonant converter topologies; low-voltage dc-dc converters, small signal modeling and control of PWM and resonant converters; power factor correction techniques; power electronic circuits for distributed power systems applications. He has published several patents, and many journal and conference papers and a textbook entitled Power Electronic Circuits in 2003 with John Wiley.

MeynSean Meyn Professor and Robert C. Pittman Eminent Scholar Ch, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Florida

Sean Meyn received the B.A. degree in mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), in 1982 and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from McGill University, Canada, in 1987 (with Prof. P. Caines, McGill University). He is now Professor and Robert C. Pittman Eminent Scholar Chair in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Florida, the director of the Laboratory for Cognition & Control, and director of the Florida Institute for Sustainable Energy. His academic research interests include theory and applications of decision and control, stochastic processes, and optimization. He has received many awards for his research on these topics, and is a fellow of the IEEE. He has held visiting positions at universities all over the world, including the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore during 1997-1998 where he was a Fulbright Research Scholar. During his latest sabbatical during the 2006-2007 academic year he was a visiting professor at MIT and United Technologies Research Center (UTRC). His award-winning 1993 monograph with Richard Tweedie, Markov Chains and Stochastic Stability, has been cited thousands of times in journals from a range of fields. The latest version is published in the Cambridge Mathematical Library. For the past ten years his applied research has focused on engineering, markets, and policy in energy systems. He regularly engages in industry, government, and academic panels on these topics, and hosts an annual workshop at the University of Florida.
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.

D. Yoimage004gi Goswami, Ph.D., John and Naida Ramil Professor, College of Engineering, University of South Florida

Dr. Goswami received his MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Solar Energy journal, and Advances in Solar Energy: Annual Review of Research and Development. Within the field of Renewable Energy he has published as an author or editor of 16 books, 12 book chapters, 4 conference proceedings and over 200 refereed technical papers. He also holds 14 US patents and 1 world-wide patent. Dr Goswami has chaired a number of task forces to advise the U.S. Congress and the federal administration on energy policy. He has given invited testimonies on energy policy matters to the US Congress and the United Nations. Dr. Goswami has also served as an advisor on Energy matters to the Government of India and the World Bank.
Dr. Goswami is a recognized leader in professional scientific and technical societies. He has served most recently as the President of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES), and a Governor of ASME-International (2003-2006). In the past he has served as a Senior Vice President of ASME, Vice President of ISES and President of the International Association for Solar Energy Education (IASEE, 2000-2002).
He is a recipient of the Frank Kreith Energy medal and John Yellott Award for Solar Energy from ASME, the Farrington Daniels award from the International Solar Energy Society (ISES), the Charles Greely Abbott award, and Hoyt Clark Hottel award of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), and more than 50 awards and certificates from major engineering and scientific societies.

George Philippidis, Ph.D., Director of the Alternative Energy Research Center and Associate Professor of Biofuel Engineering at the University of South Florida Polytechnic (USFP)

Dr. Philippidis is President of the consulting firm Advanced Biofuels Corporation and has over 20 years of experience in leading strategic business units in advanced biofuels and renewable energy.
In 1989 Dr. Philippidis joined the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) of the Department of Energy, where he directed a joint venture with Amoco Corporation in biofuels development. In 1996 he became Business Director at a subsidiary of Thermo Fisher Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, where he commercialized composite products. In 2002 he joined the Applied Research Center at Florida International University, where he created and directed the Center’s energy business.
Dr. Philippidis leads the development and commercialization of cellulosic and algal biofuels, drop-in fuels, and value-added chemicals, as well as the integration and deployment of renewable energy systems. He works closely with the private sector, venture capital firms, and equity investors to bring clean technologies to the market place. He advises US and international companies and governments on biofuels and renewable power technologies, energy policy and trade, public-private partnerships, market development, intellectual property management, and project financing.Dr. Philippidis holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and an MBA. He has authored numerous articles and book chapters, has given several presentations and media interviews, and holds 11 US and world patents in cleantech.

MRASHID MUHAMMAD H ECE_UWFuhammad H Rashid, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of West Florida

Dr. Rashid was previously employed by the University of Florida as Professor and Director of UF/UWF Joint Program. Rashid received B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Birmingham in UK. He is a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE, USA) and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET, UK). He received the 1991 IEEE Outstanding Engineer Award, the 2002 IEEE Educational Activity Award (EAB) Meritorious Achievement Award in Continuing Education, the 2008 IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award, and 2013 IEEE IAS – Outstanding Achievement Award. Dr. Rashid is an ABET program evaluator for the electrical and computer engineering programs. He is the Series Editor of Power Electronics and Applications with the CRC Press. Dr. Rashid is actively involved in teaching, researching, and lecturing in electronics, power electronics, and professional ethics. He has published 18 books listed in the US Library of Congress and more than 160 technical papers. His books are adopted as textbooks all over the world. His book, Power Electronics has translations in Spanish, Portuguese, Indonesian, Korean, Italian, Chinese, Persian, and Indian edition. His book, Microelectronics, has translations in Spanish in Mexico and in Spain, Italian, and Chinese. He lectures and conducts workshops on Outcome-Based Education (OBE) and its implementations including assessments. He also authored a book on “The Process of outcome-Based Education -Implementation, Assessment and Evaluations”. UiTM Press 2012, Malaysia. he is a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Education Society and a Regional Speaker (Previously Distinguished Lecture) for the IEEE Industrial Applications Society.


Integlia_510Ryan Integlia, Assistant Professor, Florida Polytechnic University

Ryan Integlia, Ph.D. currently serves as an assistant professor in Digital & Hybrid Systems, Electrodynamics and Health Informatics concentrations at Florida Polytechnic University. He has extensive experience in disciplines such as, photonics, fabrication, digital systems, nanotechnology, renewable energy and wireless sensor networks. He received a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering through the Rutgers “Princeton Nanotechnology for Clean Energy program of the National Science Foundation’s Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship where he explored micro- and nano-photonic structures for dispersion control and applications. His M.S. is in civil and environmental engineering and was obtained with the support of Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Technology fellowship program and received a B.S. is in electrical and computer engineering from Rutgers University. His Industry experience includes work with IBM and Siemens, in addition to serving on advisory boards for various organizations.

The initiatives he has established have received recognition or awards from many organizations, including the Clinton Global Initiative University, the UN Foundation in conjunction with Mashable, National Science Foundation’s Grand Challenge program, MIT Clean Energy Prize, Princeton University’s Green Business Plan program and Coca Cola Foundation. The majority of these awards were received through the organization em[POWER] Energy Group, which he co-founded with the mission of helping communities living in or dependent on waste dumps by merging community infrastructure with renewable resource processing and alternative energy systems. He has also co-founded the International Lemna Association, which has facilitated international steering committees, public forums, education programs and conferences for the sustainable industrialization of duckweed. Collectively, these efforts have brought about collaborations in more than 20 countries and across many disciplines with work related to energy, waste management, sustainability, e-learning, public health, information management, community development, poverty alleviation and the environment.