College Leadership

Photo of Mohamed Abdel-Mottaleb Mohamed Abdel-Mottaleb Professor and Chair
(305) 284-3291
Photo of Ana M. Ayala Ana M. Ayala Director, Finance and Administration
(305) 284-4458

Ana Ayala became the College of Engineering’s director of finance and administration in 2009. She was previously the senior division administrator at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine for 15 years, serving in the Department of Medicine. Ayala worked in the  chairman’s office for nine years as assistant to the finance director before transferring to the division of infectious diseases.…

Photo of Daniel Berg Daniel Berg Distinguished Research Professor and Interim Dean
(305) 284-4215
Photo of Victoria Coverstone Victoria Coverstone Professor and Chair
Photo of Ann M. Helmers Ann M. Helmers Director, Career Services
(305) 284-2058

Ann Helmers is the director of career services and alumni relations at the College of Engineering. Her responsibilities include advising students in all areas of professional preparation for career success and administrative supervision of the student organizations within the College. The College of Engineering is the only undergraduate unit within the University that has its own career resource center, and the placement rate for engineering graduates eligible for permanent employment is one of the highest at the University, with partner firms including  Microsoft, Google, Johnson & Johnson, NextEra and many other leading technology and business firms.…

Photo of Fabrice Manns Fabrice Manns Professor and Chair
(305) 284-2335
Photo of Lisa Merritt Lisa Merritt Executive Director, Major Gifts
(305) 284-1563

Lisa Merritt has more than 10 years of experience in strategizing organizational business development growth. She has been with UM’s School of Architecture for more than a year, where she developed strategic fundraising plans for chair and scholarship endowments, as well capital renovations. Before joining UM, Merritt was the director of development at Florida International University’s College of Communications, Architecture + The Arts.…

Photo of Antonio Nanni Antonio Nanni Professor and Chair
(305) 284-3391
Photo of Vincent Omachonu Vincent Omachonu Professor and Chair
(305) 284-2372
Photo of David T. Poole David T. Poole Director, Admissions
(305) 284-4773

David T. Poole has served as director of admission for the College of Engineering since March 2001. A graduate of St. John’s University with a Bachelor of Science degree, Poole began his professional career in media marketing and research in 1982. In 1987 he transitioned to enrollment management when he accepted a position at the University of Miami in the Undergraduate Admission Office.…

Photo of Helena Solo-Gabriele Helena Solo-Gabriele Professor & Associate Dean for Research
(305) 284-2908
Photo of Troy R. Thompson Troy R. Thompson Director, Building Facilities
(305) 284-4115

Troy Thompson has served as director of the Office of Facilities and Equipment at the College of Engineering since September 2014. He is responsible for management of the College’s facilities and equipment and for supervision of the student machine shop. He is also an essential liaison between the College and University divisions such as the Office of Facilities, Design and Construction, the Physical Plant Services Department, the Office of Environmental Health and Safety and the Office of Emergency Management.…

Photo of Derin N. Ural Derin Ural Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Professor in Practice
(305) 284-6385
Photo of Robert “Bob” F. Williamson Jr. Robert “Bob” Williamson Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Robert “Bob” F. Williamson, Jr. is an entrepreneur-in-residence at the University of Miami, and is a founder and treasurer of New World Angels, an early-stage investment group. During his career, he has played key roles in more than 30 startups, including founding, managing and funding. He has extensive experience in public and private technology companies and is qualified under NYSE and NASDAQ rules to chair audit committees.…

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