What is your current job title and responsibilities?
I am currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. As a faculty member, I teach courses in the computer science and computer engineering programs and conduct research in areas such as wireless networks, Internet of Things (IoT), privacy, and STEM education. I’ve been serving as the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology coordinator for the computer engineering program since 2008. Additionally, I am very active with professional service activities at UCF and within my research community.
What is your history at UCF and before UCF?
I joined UCF as Assistant Professor in 2002 and became an Associate Professor in 2008. During my sabbatical, I was a visiting faculty researcher at Imperial College in London and at University of Rome – La Sapienza in Italy.
What is your academic background?
I have received BS, MS, and PhD degrees from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at UT-Arlington before joining UCF in August 2002 as Assistant Professor.
What is your favorite UCF memory?
I met my wonderful husband here!
If you could change one thing at UCF, what would it be?
Provide better support for female faculty for improved work-life balance.
What is one piece of advice you would like to share with your colleagues?
Stand up for yourself.
Who at UCF would you like to thank for your success?
There are really too many to name.
Name and describe a teacher or researcher from your past who truly inspired you and why.
My family, more specifically my mom, who was a math teacher and my aunt who is a faculty member.
What undergraduate or graduate class/program/experience inspired you the most and why?
My undergraduate research assistantship with Professor Karen Harbison (deceased) from UT-Arlington gave me my first opportunity to be part of a research team as an undergraduate. I later became a project leader of a research team in her research center as a Ph.D. student. My teaching experience as a Ph.D. candidate also prepared me for my teaching duties as a UCF faculty member.
What is your favorite restaurant or food?
Steak and seafood.
What is your favorite movie, book or music?
It’s hard to pick a favorite but these days, I’m recommending everyone read Bossypants by Tina Fey.
What is your favorite vacation destination?
Anywhere with pristine beaches.