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Dimitris Pavlidis

Director of Emerging Research Programs

Office: TBD

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Osama Mohammed

Associate Dean for Research

Dr. Osama A. Mohammed serves as a Distinguished University Professor, Associate Dean of Research, and at the College of Engineering and Computing, Interim Director for the School of Electrical, Computer, and Enterprise Engineering Florida International University (FIU), Miami, FL, USA. He is also the Director of the Energy Systems Research Laboratory, FIU, and a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Mohammed is world-renowned for his expertise in various research topics in power and energy systems. Specifically, he has interests in computational electromagnetics, design optimization, and physics-based modeling in electric drive systems and other low-frequency environments. His interests also include; electromagnetic signatures, wide-bandgap devices and switching modeling and techniques, ship power systems modeling and analysis, energy storage systems, and power electronics. His recent research projects include; smart-grid distributed control, interoperability, and energy cyber-physical systems. He currently has active research projects with several federal agencies in these areas. He has authored nearly 800 articles in refereed journals and other refereed international conference records. He has also authored a book and several book chapters and holds 15 patents awarded, and several others are pending. He has made numerous keynotes and invited presentations at academic and industrial organizations and conferences worldwide in addition to being a general chair of 10 major IEEE international conferences.

Professor Mohammed is a Fellow of IEEE and a Fellow of the Applied Computational Electromagnetic Society ACES. He is a recipient of the prestigious IEEE Power and Energy Society Cyril Veinott Electromechanical Energy Conversion Award and the Outstanding Research Award from FIU in 2012, and the 2017 Outstanding Doctoral Mentor at FIU.

Professor Mohammed received the master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA, in 1981 and 1983, respectively. His bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering with distinction and honor from Zagazig University, Egypt, 1977.

Office: EC 2442
Phone: 305.348.3040

Website: https://energy.fiu.edu


Maria Benincasa

Assistant Director of Research Program and Services

Office: EC 2427
Phone: 305.348.6878

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Lakhdar Boukerrou

Director of International Programs and Global Initiatives

Lakhdar Boukerrou is the Director of International Programs and Global Initiative.  He has wide-ranging experience, both in the US and abroad, in international development, project management, training programs design, monitoring and evaluation.  He has a wide-ranging experience managing projects in several countries including Egypt, Turkey, Algeria, Rwanda, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Niger, Cote d’Ivoire, and the United States.  More recently he served as the Regional Director/Chief of Party the USAID WA-WASH Program in West Africa.  He served as a resource person and subject matter expert for USAFRICOM funded symposia in Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Malawi, Sierra Leone, and Uganda.

He used his extensive experience in capacity building to develop numerous training programs funded by US and international organizations.  He consulted for to the World Bank, The Global Mechanism of the United Nations, the Islamic Development Bank, the UN Global Environment Facility, academic institutions and several Fortune 500 companies and small businesses in the US and abroad.

Office: EC 2450B
Phone: 305.348.5976

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Laura Franco

Grant Administrator

Office: EC 2456
Phone: 305.348.6952

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Donaley Dorsett

Manager, Building Operations

Office: EC 2468
Phone: 305.348.1197

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Vanessa Faz

Grants Administrator

Office: EC 2458
Phone: 305.348.8414
Email : vfaz@fiu.edu

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Scott Graham

Assistant Director, Research Programs

Office: CASE 243B
Phone: 305.348.3946


Marilyn Torres

Grants Assistant

Office: EC 2457
Phone: 305.348.2066

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Lian Zhang

Finance Manager

Phone: 305.348.1038