Dr. Badir is an Associate Professor in the Environmental and Civil Engineering Department at the U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering in Florida Gulf Coast University. He earned his B.Sc. (1982) in Civil Engineering and M.Sc. (1985) in Structural Engineering from Alexandria University, Egypt. He also holds a M.Sc. (1989) and a Ph.D. (1992) in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Dr. Jiehong Liao is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). She earned a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in 2004 with the Rensselaer Medal award and as a member of the inaugural class of Gates Millennium Scholars. In 2011, she earned a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from Rice University. Before joining FGCU in 2015, she was a visiting Assistant Professor of Biotechnology in the Division of Science and Technology at the United International College (UIC) in Zhuhai China. She has been exploring and applying evidence-based strategies for instruction since her training with ASCE's Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) initiative in 2016. In addition to the scholarship of teaching and learning, her research interests and collaborations are in the areas of biomaterials, cellular mechanotransduction, tissue engineering, and regenerative medicine.
Dr. Galen I. Papkov is the Interim Associate Director of the Honors College and an Associate Professor of Statistics in the Department of Mathematics at Florida Gulf Coast University. He received his Ph.D. in Statistics from Rice University in 2008, an M.S. in Applied Mathematics from CUNY Hunter College in 2002, and a B.S. in Mathematics and Psychology from SUNY College at Geneseo in 1998. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Papkov was an actuarial analyst in New York City. His primary research focus is in the field of nonparametric density estimation with applications in the areas of classification & discrimination, bump hunting, and change-point analysis. He also has experience and interests in design and analysis of surveys, multivariate analysis, regression modeling, and data mining.
Dr. ROBERT (BOB) J. O’NEILL is Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering, U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering, Florida Gulf Coast University. He received a B.S. from the United States Military Academy in 1975, an M.S. in Structural Engineering and an M.S. in Geotechnical Engineering from Stanford University in 1984 and a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from Kansas State University in 1993. Prior to his coming to FGCU he was a Professor of Engineering at Roger Williams University and an Associate Professor and Director of the Civil Engineering Analysis Group at the United States Military Academy. Dr. O’ Neill is a retired Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He has been active at the national level with ASCE’s Technical Council on Computing and Information Technology (TCCIT), Committee on Faculty Development (CFD) and Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) initiative. Dr. O’Neill is a licensed Professional Engineer in California, Florida, Nevada and Virginia. He is a civil engineering program evaluator for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). He is an American Society of Civil Engineering Fellow (ASCE), a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.
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