Alicia Boymelgreen

Assistant Professor

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Research interests: Micro/Nanofluidics, Lab-on-a-chip, Soft Matter, Active colloids, Micro/nanoscale cargo transport and delivery, Electrochemical sensing, Janus particles, Electrokinetics.

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Darryl Dickerson

Assistant Professor

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Research interests: Mechanical characterization of biological interfaces, design of bioinspired materials, modeling of biological interfaces, natural biopolymer-metal complexation, model-informed in vivo bioreactor biomaterial design, biophysical control of induced pluripotent cells

Pezhman Mardanpour

Assistant Professor

Research interests: aeroelasticity (experimental and theoretical), design based on constructal theory, fluid-structure interaction, structural dynamics, thermodynamics.aeroelasticity (experimental and theoretical), design based on constructal theory, fluid-structure interaction, structural dynamics, thermodynamics.

Phone: (305) 348-6103
Email: Pezhman.Mardanpour@FIU.edu

Website: https://mardanpour.fiu.edu/


Aaron Tallman

Assistant Professor

Dr. Aaron Tallman’s expertise is in developing data-driven methods that leverage mesoscale computational modeling of metals. Dr. Tallman has authored several peer-reviewed articles, in which he developed data-driven methods to address problems in engineering design, uncertainty quantification, and characterization. In his postdoctoral work, Dr. Tallman has developed LaRomance, a suite of data-driven constitutive models of the primary and secondary creep of structural steels intended for use in high-temperature applications. Dr. Tallman has also developed data-driven methods for predicting dislocation content from diffraction peak broadening, methods that notably bypass physical idealizations used in traditional diffraction line profile analysis models of dislocation broadening. Dr. Tallman graduated in 2018 from Georgia Institute of Technology with a Ph.D. in Materials Science Engineering.

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Stephen D. Secules

Assistant Professor Secondary Appointment

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Stephen Secules uses critical qualitative, video-based, participatory, and ethnographic methods to look at everyday educational settings in engineering and shift them towards equity and inclusion. He has ongoing research projects related to the critical analysis of dominant cultural norms in classroom spaces and facilitating critical reflection on co-curricular support practice.
Stephen holds an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Engineering, a Master of Science in acoustics, and 5 years of industry experience in acoustical engineering. He completed a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Maryland, where his dissertation (co-chairs Ayush Gupta and Andy Elby) focused on culture and equity in engineering education. After his Ph.D., Stephen spent a year each respectively at the University of Georgia and Purdue University working as a visiting/ research faculty in engineering education.
Stephen is a former Chair of the American Society of Engineering Education Student Division and a recipient of the Educational Research and Methods (ERM) Division Apprentice Faculty Grant. He has served on the ERM Best Paper and Best Diversity Paper committees and the Accelerating Systemic Change in Higher Education Network Committee on Equity and Inclusion.

Phone: 305-348-4705
Email: ssecules@fiu.edu

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Alexandra Coso Strong

Assistant Professor Secondary Appointment

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Research interests: Human-Centered Design Methodologies, Complex Systems Design, Engineering Design Education, Faculty Development, and Graduate Student Experiences.

Alexandra Coso Strong works and teaches at the intersection of engineering education, faculty development, and complex systems design. Strong completed her doctorate in aerospace engineering at Georgia Tech in spring, 2014. While a doctoral student, Strong was a National Science Foundation graduate research fellow and a member of the Cognitive Engineering Center. The goal of her doctorate research was to improve students’ abilities to think more broadly about complex systems design and to take into account stakeholder-related considerations within their design projects. Prior to attending Georgia Tech, Strong received a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from MIT (2007) and a master’s degree in systems engineering from the University of Virginia (2010). For her master’s degree work, she developed a mixed methods research design to examine undergraduate engineering students’ prior knowledge about interdisciplinary approaches to design and problem-solving. Strong comes to FIU after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Georgia Tech’s Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) and three years as a faculty member at Olin College of Engineering in Massachusetts. Strong’s research aims to improve the design of educational experiences for students by critically examining the work and learning environments of practitioners. Specifically, she focuses on (1) how to design and change educational and work systems through studies of practicing engineers and educators and (2) how to help students transition into, through and out of educational and work systems.

Phone: (305) 348 - 2480
Email: alexandra.strong@fiu.edu