Office of Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies

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Message From the Associate Dean for Research

Welcome to the College of Engineering’s Associate Dean for Research site. Our purpose is to support and promote the research and creative endeavors of our faculty. In particular we are here to assist our faculty and researchers successfully compete for external support through grants and contracts. This includes helping identify (and create) opportunities, promote interdisciplinary collaborations and partnerships - across the college, our parent institutions (FAMU and FSU), nationally and globally.

We are here to assist you, below are links to a number resources that you will find useful in identifying funding opportunities, preparing and submitting proposals. However, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you and working with you in growing your research.


To contact the Office of Associate Dean for Research, please email or call 850-410-6619.

Current opportunities & news

Current Opportunities

Fall Competition: GAP Commercialization Grant

The FSU Office of Commercialization is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2017 GAP competition. This is a competitive program and pre-proposal applications are due by Friday, September 22, 2017. Don’t miss your chance to join the 60+ FSU researchers who have already been GAP winners.

To learn more about GAP and what it takes to qualify and compete, please visit the GAP web page.


The Office of Proposal Development and University Libraries are partnerning to host “Research Support Office Hours”, a new drop-in consulting service from 11:30-1:30 every Tuesday. We are available to answer any questions faculty might have about the services that are available to help support their research.

This week we will be in the lobby of Foundation Building A at the Southwest Campus, and will alternate weeks with Dirac Science Library at the Main Campus. Did you know? Pivot is a tool you can use to create Funding Alerts and is one of FSU’s primary resources for identifying funding in any discipline. For more information about Pivot and other funding resources, please visit the Office of Proposal Development Funding Resources site:

See what our researchers are doing

New Insight on Nanoparticle Colloidal Gel Formation
Research Awards

College of Engineering Research Awards List

FAMU-FSU Engineering faculty are busy in the classroom and in their respective fields of research. For a complete list of recently awarded projects, please see the attached document.

New joint seed grant program in biomedical-bioengineering technologies
Student Research Spotlight

New joint seed grant program in biomedical-bioengineering technologies

Florida State University College of Medicine, the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering and Mayo Clinic Florida announces the Collaboration for Accelerated Innovation (CAI) program. The program is designed to cement new collaborations.

Engineering Research Report DOWNLOAD Annual Report

Searchable funding databases

Internal Funding



External Searchable Databases

The links below provide access to searchable databases with funding opportunities. The Pivot search engine, a comprehensive source of information about global funding combined with search tools for collaborators, requires a prior registration of users with the respective research office at either FAMU or FSU.

How to Apply for a Grant

Researchers at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering have their choice of processing their research proposals, and administering their awards, either through the FAMU Office of Sponsored Programs or through the FSU Sponsored Research Administration.

Once you have determined the institution through which your proposal will be submitted (and the award will be administered by), you may find some of the most crucial policies and procedures at the links below. If you have any pre-award and/or post-award questions, do not hesitate to contact our office.

Florida A&M University Florida State University
(Develop & Submit Proposal through FAMU) (Develop & Submit Proposal through FSU)
Proposal development SRA Staff, Forms, and Quick links
OSP Staff Cost sharing at FSU
Forms Proposal Resources
Cost sharing at FAMU Proposal Elements
FSU database of successful proposals
(password protected; access through myFSU)
Finding collaborators at FSU


Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies

Farrukh S. Alvi, Ph.D.
Don Fuqua Eminent Scholar and Professor of Mechanical Engineering
FAMU-FSU College of Engineering

Office: B 224B
Phone: (850) 410-6336 & (850) 644-0053
Fax: (850) 645-0112
Research Lab:

To schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Farrukh Alvi, please email Tiffany Pelletier to set up a time.

Program Director, Contracts and Grants

Mark Dobek, J.D., Ph.D.
FAMU-FSU College of Engineering
Office: B 224A
Office Phone: (850) 410-6616

Dr. Mark Dobek, acts on behalf of the Dean and the Associate Dean for Research and serves as liaison between faculty/principal investigators, chairpersons, and support personnel in engineering departments and programs and the offices of Sponsored Programs and Research Administration.


  • Dean's level approvals, as required, for pre- and post-award paperwork.
  • Assist with sponsored paperwork processing both in the pre- and post-award stages in the departments and programs of the College.
  • Review proposals to ensure compliance with College and University policies—particularly in the areas of cost sharing and appropriateness of proposal budgets. P.I.s are urged to contact Research Support Services staff for assistance early on in their proposal preparation process, especially for budget preparation and cost sharing, in order to identify any potential areas of concern that will need to be addressed prior to submission of their proposals.
  • Provide assistance to P.I.s and support staff in addressing post-award issues associated with creation and renewal of accounts, budgeting, compliance, and cost-share documentation.

Graduate Program Director

Deborah Gautier
FAMU-FSU College of Engineering
Office: B 226G
Phone: (850) 410-6613

Description: Be the focal point for graduate student matters at the Office of the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies. Working closely with all stakeholders, she will develop/enhance and implement graduate recruitment, retention, tracking and fellowships at the College level. She will work directly with department chairs, directors of graduate studies and graduate program coordinators, in the areas of recruiting, admissions, orientation, registration, academic advising, graduation, the dissemination and implementation of university policies and procedures and program management.

FAMU Research Coordinator

Sara Simpson
FAMU-FSU College of Engineering
Office: B 206K
Phone: (850) 410-6397

Description: Assist COE faculty with pre-award and post award issues administered by FAMU.

SRA Grants Officer II

Rick J. Wagner
FAMU-FSU College of Engineering
Office: B 226B
Phone: (850) 410-6141

Description: Assist COE faculty with pre-award and post award issues administered by FSU.

Administrative Assistant

Tiffany Pelletier
FAMU-FSU College of Engineering
Office: B 224
Office Phone: (850) 410-6619

Research Areas

Chemical & Biomedical Engineering

  • Biomedical Imaging
  • Microscopy (MRM)
  • Cellular and Tissue Engineering Multi-Scale Theory, Modeling and Simulations
  • Nanoscale Science and Engineering
  • Plasma Reaction Engineering
  • Polymers and Complex Fluids
  • Renewable and Advanced Power Production

Civil & Environmental Engineering

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Hydraulic/Water Resources Engineering
  • Structural Engineering and Mechanics
  • Transportation Engineering

Electrical & Computer Engineering

  • Signal and Image Processing
  • Digital Systems
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electromagnetics and Optoelectronics
  • Microelectronics
  • Power Systems

Energy Research at College of Engineering

  • Advanced Materials for Energy-related Applications
  • Energy Systems Applications
  • Simulation and Modeling

Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering

  • Affordable Composites Manufacturing
  • Alternative Energy
  • Applied Optimization
  • Design for Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing
  • Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology
  • Quality Engineering
  • Scalable Nano-Manufacturing

Mechanical Engineering

  • Aeroacoustics
  • Active and Supersonic Flow Controls
  • Advanced Power and Energy Systems
  • Computational Materials and Mechanics
  • Cryogenics
  • Intelligent Systems, Control and Robotics
  • Magnet Design
  • Nanotechnology
  • Superconductivity Materials and Applications
  • Sustainable Energy

Research Centers, Institutes & Labs

Aero-Propulsion, Mechatronics and Energy

The Aero-Propulsion, Mechatronics and Energy (AME Center at the Florida State University will focus on the development of transformational research programs to foster cross-cutting technologies while integrating with exemplary educational and professional training programs.

Applied Superconductivity Center

The Applied Superconductivity Center (ASC) advances the science and technology of superconductivity and particularly superconductivity applications. We do this by investigating low temperature and high temperature materials through our research grants and through our collaborations with other universities, national laboratories and industry. We continually educate post-graduate, graduate and undergraduate students by our research and public service.

Center for Advanced Power Systems

The Center for Advanced Power Systems (CAPS , with funds from the Office of Naval Research, is the preeminent center for multidisciplinary research, development and education for advanced electrical power technologies serving transportation and utility systems. The Center has developed an academic-industrial consortium focused on recent advances in power semiconductors, materials, advanced controls and superconductivity applied to power system technologies.

Center for Intelligent Systems, Control, and Robotics

The Center for Intelligent Systems, Control, and Robotics (CISCOR, provides a cooperative approach for conducting interdisciplinary research in the automated systems area. The Center's goal is to provide a means for the state of Florida to achieve national recognition in the area of automated systems with application in such areas as robotics, process optimization, aerospace control, image processing, power systems, and structural control. With major collaboration from defense agencies, the Center focuses on the development and implementation of automated systems technology for transfer to entities capable of sustaining Florida's economic growth for both private enterprise and government sectors.

Energy Research at College of Engineering

The Energy Research at College of Engineering faculty members have engaged in many energy-related research topics ranging from batteries to green building technology. They have worked collaboratively with fellow researchers all over the world in many multidisciplinary research centers by establishing state-of-the-art facilities and organizing educational and outreach activities.

Energy and Sustainability Center

The Energy and Sustainability Center (ESC (formerly SESEC) is set up to address the most challenging energy issues related to the use of alternative energy through the development of innovative solutions for consumers and industry. In particular, the need for energy systems that have much lower emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse materials into the atmosphere is of paramount importance.

Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion

The Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion (FCAAP was recently formed to meet the needs of a rapidly evolving and highly competitive aerospace industry. The Center objectives are to help train and sustain the much needed, highly skilled workforce; to design and develop new technologies and products required to help sustain the aerospace industry; and to transition the technology to applications in a timely and efficient manner.

Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Systems Center

The Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM Systems Center, headquartered on North Carolina State University's Centennial Campus, is one of the latest Gen-III Engineering Research Centers (ERC) established by the National Science Foundation in 2008. The FREEDM Systems Center will partner with universities, industry, and national laboratories in 28 states and nine countries to develop technology to revolutionize the nation's power grid and speed renewable electric-energy technologies into every home and business.

High-Performance Materials Institute

The High-Performance Materials Institute (HPMI is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in developing cost-effective high-performance composite materials and systems.

Institute for Energy systems, Economics and Sustainability

The Institute for Energy systems, Economics and Sustainability (IESES, a research and policy group established earlier this year at The Florida State University to address sustainability and alternative power issues, has announced $6.5 million in grant awards for research in the areas of fuel cycles, governance and energy delivery systems.