Key Contacts

The following list of personnel may be useful to answer various types of question you may have:

Photo of Khaled Y. Z. Abdelrahman Khaled Y. Z. Abdelrahman Lecturer
(305) 284-8184
Photo of Samara B. Alfonso Samara B. Alfonso Financial Analyst
(305) 284-2405

Salaries, Start-Up

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.…

Photo of Francisco M. Duarte Francisco M. Duarte Sr. Desktop Support Technician
(305) 284-2267


Daviane Lastra Sponsored Programs Specialist
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.…

Photo of Ailen Parera-Ruggiero Ailen Parera-Ruggiero Office Manager
(305) 284-2408


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.…

Photo of Maria Rojas Maria Rojas Program Coordinator
(305) 284-2908

Research proposal Submissions

Photo of Odalis A. Ruiz Odalis A. Ruiz Executive Assistant
(305) 284-6035

Odalis Ruiz is executive assistant to the dean and serves as coordinator for all administrative aspects of the dean’s duties and functions.…

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.…

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