Professor Andres Tremante is the new director of the Center for Diversity and Student Success in the College of Engineering and Computing (CD-SSEC). In this position, Dr. Tremante is responsible for all aspects of the College’s K-12 programs and pre-college STEM activities, working closely with the college advisors and associate deans to improve student success, graduation & retention rates and in advancing the mission of the college. He will also support the Industry-University Cooperative Programs and the ERC’s Diversity and Inclusion areas for PATHS-UP and CELL-MET. He is also the deputy director of the CELL-MET Culture of Inclusion Thrust Area.
Professor Tremante received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Universidad Simon Bolivar and his doctoral degree from Arts et Métiers Paris Tech. He joined FIU in 2008 after 25 years of experience in Europe and Latin America, mostly in academia and the oil industry. He brings forward a long record of teaching, scholarly research, academic service and strong credentials for leadership as the director of CD-SSEC.
Research Interests: Cardiovascular disease and mechanobiology, Cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions, Tissue engineering, Molecular imaging
Research Advancements: Joshua Hutcheson studies cardiovascular disease mechanisms.
Research Area: Basic Research in Tissue Engineering Model Systems
Lab: Cardiovascular Matrix Remodeling Laboratory
Associate Director of Academic Services
Andrew Green serves as the associate director of academic services for the Center for Diversity and Student Success in Engineering and Computing. In this capacity, he supports the center in all aspects of the college’s K-12 programs, pre-college STEM activities, and the student success initiatives. Andrew comes to the center after previously working with the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the dean’s office as program director for strategic initiatives. He earned his master’s degree in business administration from FIU and he’s currently enrolled in the higher education doctoral degree program.
Program Coordinator of Undergraduate Education
Julie Vallejos serves as the Program Coordinator of Undergraduate Education within CD-SSEC. She is the event lead for the Annual Engineering Expo and manages the school visits for the Engineers On Wheels program. Julie acts as the College’s liaison for all Engineering & Computing Student Organizations, assisting them with university wide and community engagement, leadership training, and fundraising strategies. Julie is also the primary liaison for all college-wide and minority based scholarships. Julie received her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Psychology Behavioral Sciences, received a certificate in Applied Behavior Therapy. Prior to joining us at FIU, Julie spent 6 years working in the medical field helping children on the Autism spectrum and learning disabilities. She has been with FIU for 5 years and is pursuing a Master’s Degree from Purdue University in Higher Education Administration with a focus on Student Affairs.
Director, FIU-ENLACE/Children's Trust Project
Francisco Fins serves as the director for the FIU-ENLACE / Children’s Trust Project for the Center for Diversity and Student Success in Engineering and Computing. In this capacity, he supports the center’s outreach efforts in all aspects of the college’s K-12 programs and pre-college STEM activities. Francisco has extensive experience in the area of k-12 pre-college educational programs and has been involved with managing and directing pre-college programs for the College of Engineering for the past 22 yrs. He earned his bachelors degree in business administration with a minor in accounting from FIU and has completed school-age Childcare Certificate training with the Florida Department of Children and Families.
Program Assistant, FIU-ENLACE
Kristian serves as the Program Assistant for FIU-ENLACE. Kristian maintains the online database for The Children’s Trust and acts as a Parent Liaison at Kendale Elementary for the afterschool program. With The Children’s Trust, Kristian assists with data entry; monitoring student’s intake forms, attendance, and tracking student growth in their individualized tests throughout the school year. For the Kendale Elementary afterschool program, Kristian is involved with student tutoring, updating parents as a Parent Liaison, administering Trust Central’s required tests, and assisting the Site Coordinator.
Assistant Professor, SUCCEED
Trina Fletcher has an interdisciplinary background with both her education and full-time experiences. Fletcher holds a doctorate in engineering education from Purdue University, a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), a master’s degree in operations management from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and a second master’s degree in engineering management from George Washington University. Her industry experience includes completing the Global Operations Leadership Development Program with Johnson & Johnson, a management position with Eaton Corporation and serving as the director of pre-college initiatives for the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). Prior to FIU, Fletcher was an assistant professor and the engineering program coordinator at UAPB. Her areas of research interest include:
- research, policy and practice in K-12 STEM education
- equity, diversity and inclusion in STEM education
- STEM education at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs)
- online learning and STEM education