Advisory Board

The University of Miami’s College of Engineering has an advisory board comprised of current and former corporate executives, and civic and community leaders. Each member brings a unique experience, business connections and perspectives and provides valuable input and support. They act as ambassadors for the College, strengthen the academic reputation, increase our financial resources and connect us to leaders in their organizations.


  • Advise and counsel the dean, faculty and administrators to help the College continue to excel in research, education, innovation and service; to respond to employment realities; to encourage design thinking and problem solving; and to prepare culturally competent leaders ready to serve their community, the nation and the world.
  • Act as ambassadors to strengthen the College’s academic reputation, to increase financial resources and to promote collaborations among businesses, community organizations, government agencies and other institutions.
  • Assist in acquiring resources by identifying and cultivating donor prospects - including alumni, individuals and corporations - to support various initiatives and key priorities of the College.


Photo of José Abreu BSCE ’78, PE

José Abreu

Senior Vice President, Gannett Fleming, Inc.

Photo of Rodney C. Adkins BS, MSEE

Rodney Adkins

President, 3RAM Group

Photo of Osorio Adriano BSCE ’57

Osorio Adriano

President, Grupo Brasal

Photo of José P. Bared BSME ’64

José Bared

UM Board of Trustee Member and Chairman at Farm Stores, Chief Executive Officer (ret.)

Photo of Ivan M. Botelho PE, BSEE

Ivan Botelho

Photo of Alice Bravo BSCE ’92, PE

Alice Bravo


Photo of Laura G. Coulter-Jones BBA ’80, MBA ’90

Laura Coulter-Jones

UM Board of Trustee Emeriti

Photo of Salvador A. Jurado BSCE ’73, MSCE ’76

Salvador Jurado

President, Building Components Group Inc.

Photo of Pete Martinez BSEE ’75

Pete Martinez

Chairman and CEO, Game Changer Tec LLC

Photo of Manuel D. Medina

Manuel Medina

Founder and Managing Partner of Medina Capital

Photo of Manuel “Manny” Miranda BSME ’82, MBA

Manuel Miranda

Sr. Vice President, Florida Power & Light Company

Photo of Michael J. “Pete” Piechoski BBA ’76, MBA

Michael Piechoski

Senior VP & Chief Financial Officer (ret.), Peter Kiewit Sons’, Inc.

Photo of Leonard Pinchuk

Leonard Pinchuk

Research Professor

Photo of Robert E. Sanchez BSEE ’87, MBA

Robert Sanchez

Chairman and CEO, Ryder System, Inc.

Photo of Joseph A. Sendra BSIE ’93, MBA ’95

Joseph Sendra

Worldwide Vice President Manufacturing Engineering & Technology

Photo of Alan N. Sirkin MSCE, PE, GC

Alan Sirkin

President, Sirkin Building Corp., Sirkin Engineers and Sirkin Enterprises

Photo of Gary J. Spulak BBA ’76, MBA

Gary Spulak

President, Embraer Aircraft Holding Inc.

Photo of Albert “Al” Vara BSEE ’79, MSEE ’85

Albert Vara

Founder, Co-Owner and Vice President, Tropical Trailer Leasing LLC

Photo of Ana VeigaMilton BSEE ’87, JD ’93

Ana VeigaMilton

UM Board of Trustees Member | President, José Milton Foundation | Philanthropic and Community Liaison

Photo of G. Ed Williamson II BSAE

G. Ed Williamson II

Visiting Committee Chair and UM Board of Trustee Member, CEO, Williamson Cadillac-Buick-GMC

Photo of Michael Xie MS

Michael Xie

Co-Founder, President, and Chief Technology Officer

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