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.

Objectives
  • 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.
Members
Photo of José Abreu BSCE ’78, PE José Abreu Senior Vice President, Gannett Fleming, Inc.

José Abreu, PE, F.…

Photo of Rodney C. Adkins BS, MSEE Rodney Adkins President, 3RAM Group

Rod Adkins is president of 3RAM Group LLC, a privately held company specializing in capital investments, business consulting services and property management.…

Photo of Osorio Adriano BSCE ’57 Osorio Adriano President, Grupo Brasal

Osorio Adriano Filho is a distinguished former student of the College of Engineering’s Department of Civil Engineering.…

Photo of José P. Bared BSME ’64 José Bared UM Board of Trustee Member and Chairman at Farm Stores, Chief Executive Officer (ret.)

José P.

Photo of Ivan M. Botelho PE, BSEE Ivan Botelho

Ivan M.…

Photo of Alice Bravo BSCE ’92, PE Alice Bravo Director

Alice N.

Photo of Laura G. Coulter-Jones BBA ’80, MBA ’90 Laura Coulter-Jones UM Board of Trustee Emeriti

Laura Coulter-Jones was the former president of and, for more than 25 years, an employee of the Coulter Corporation (now Danaher, Inc.), a medical device and diagnostics company founded by her late father, Joseph Coulter, and her uncle, Wallace Coulter; she has focused in the areas of finance, research and development, and regulatory compliance.…

Photo of Salvador A. Jurado BSCE ’73, MSCE ’76 Salvador Jurado President, Building Components Group Inc.

Salvador A.

Photo of Pete Martinez BSEE ’75 Pete Martinez Chairman and CEO, Game Changer Tec LLC

Pete Martinez serves as chairman and CEO of Game Changer Tec LLC, a high-innovation enterprise at the intersection of sports, health, technology and big data analytics.…

Photo of Manuel D. Medina Manuel Medina Founder and Managing Partner of Medina Capital

Manuel D.

Photo of Manuel “Manny” Miranda BSME ’82, MBA Manuel Miranda Sr. Vice President, Florida Power & Light Company

Manuel “Manny” Miranda is senior vice president of power delivery for Florida Power & Light Company (FPL).…

Photo of Peter Montadas Peter Montadas President & Co-CEO

Peter Montadas has more than 20 years of experience in Enterprise Applications Development & Integration, IT Business solutions Development, Business Analytics & Data Warehousing solutions, and Project Management.…

Photo of Michael J. “Pete” Piechoski BBA ’76, MBA Michael Piechoski Senior VP & Chief Financial Officer (ret.), Peter Kiewit Sons’, Inc.

Pete Piechoski was the senior vice president and CFO for Peter Kiewit Sons’, Inc., a $12 billion construction company headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska.…

Photo of Leonard Pinchuk Leonard Pinchuk Research Professor
Photo of Robert E. Sanchez BSEE ’87, MBA Robert Sanchez Chairman and CEO, Ryder System, Inc.
(305) 500-3726

Robert E.

Photo of Joseph A. Sendra BSIE ’93, MBA ’95 Joseph Sendra Worldwide Vice President Manufacturing Engineering & Technology

Joseph Sendra is currently worldwide vice president manufacturing engineering and technology at Johnson & Johnson.…

Photo of Alan N. Sirkin MSCE, PE, GC Alan Sirkin President, Sirkin Building Corp., Sirkin Engineers and Sirkin Enterprises

Alan Sirkin (BSCE from the University of Miami and MSCE from Georgia Institute of Technology) grew up in a family of builder/developers.…

Photo of Gary J. Spulak BBA ’76, MBA Gary Spulak President, Embraer Aircraft Holding Inc.

Gary J.

Photo of Albert “Al” Vara BSEE ’79, MSEE ’85 Albert Vara Founder, Co-Owner and Vice President, Tropical Trailer Leasing LLC

Albert Vara is co-owner and vice president of Tropical Trailer Leasing, one of the oldest transportation leasing companies in South Florida.…

Photo of Ana VeigaMilton BSEE ’87, JD ’93 Ana VeigaMilton UM Board of Trustees Member | President, José Milton Foundation | Philanthropic and Community Liaison

Ana VeigaMilton is proud to call Miami home.…

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

Ed Williamson is the president of Williamson Cadillac-Buick-GMC, currently ranked as the No.…

Photo of Michael Xie MS Michael Xie Co-Founder, President, and Chief Technology Officer

Michael Xie is the co-founder, president and CTO of Fortinet, Inc.…

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