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Mitchell B. Waldman External Advisory Board Member

Mitchell “Mitch” Waldman is the Principal of MBarnet Advisors, LLC, where he provides strategic and advisory services to clients in the aerospace and defense sector. He retired in the fall of 2021 from Huntington Ingalls Industries, where he served for over a decade as executive vice president of government and customer relations and was a member of the corporation’s management team.…

Matthew Walters Associate Director, Administrative Services
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Dr. Yu Wang Assistant Professor

Yu Wang is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida (UF) and the Group Lead of Autonomous and Connected Vehicles of the UF Transportation Institute. He was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and M.S.…

Dr. Peter Wass Research Scientist
(352) 392-6746

Professional Memberships and Fellowships
American Physical Society, Member

Carol Weber External Advisory Board Member

I love to tackle problems no one else wants to touch. I enjoy digging into the complexities of a challenge to understand it, bringing a team together to address it, and delivering a groundbreaking solution to resolve it. I am honored to have been able to work on several projects throughout my career that each delivered a first-of-its-kind product, and in those situations, it’s the collaboration with talented teams, exceptionally hard work, and changing the landscape of an industry that gets me excited about going to work each day.…

Stephanie Wells Student Assistant
Dr. Gloria J. Wiens Associate Professor
(352) 392-0806

Professor Wiens is currently conducting research in the area of human-robot collaboration for smart factory, integrating AI with robot control in providing augmented intelligence of robots interacting with humans, other robots and machines. She has also been conducting research in the areas of intelligent and autonomous robotic systems, innovative mechanisms and controls for automation, space robotics/small satellites, manufacturing and micro-electro-mechanical systems.…

Dr. Lakiesha N. Williams MAE Affiliate Faculty / Professor & Associate Chair for Graduate Studies in Biomedical Engineering
(352) 273-8125

Characterizing the structure and property relationships of biological tissues for implementation into physics-based constitutive models. Studying injury mechanics and damage mechanisms associated with high impact loads. Specific expertise includes biomechanics, tissue and bone mechanics, bio-inspired materials research, orthopedics research and material characterization.
B.S., Biological Engineering, Louisiana State University, 2001
Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 2006
Honors and Awards

  • Research Excellence Award, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida, 2022
  • Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), 2020
  • National Role Model Faculty Researcher Award, Minority Access Inc., 2017
  • Mississippi Business Journal Top in Technology, 2017
  • Mississippi State Institutions of Higher Learning–Diversity Educator of the Year Nominee, 2015
  • Mississippi’s Top 21 Most Wanted in Technology, 2014

Selected Publications
Chen, J., Bryn, B.…

Andrew Willis Adjunct Assistant Professor


  • Ph.D., Scientia Machina (Electrical Engineering), Brown University, 2004
  • M.S., Applied Math, Brown University, 2003
  • M.S., Electrical Sciences, Brown University, 2001
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering cum laude, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1995
  • B.S., Computer Science cum laude, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1994


  • Computer Vision
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Image Processing
  • Computational Geometry in Multiple (>2) Dimensions

Selected Publications:

  1. Willis, A., Computational Analysis of Archaeological Ceramic Vessels and their Fragments, in Digital Imaging for Cultural Heritage Preservation: Analysis, Restoration, and Reconstruction of Ancient Artworks, CRC-Press, pp.
Amy Wolff Research Administrator II
(352) 392-3105


  • 2023 Superior Accomplishment Award