The Industrial Advisory Board is an important and crucial role as part of the greater process designed to strengthen the research and educational efforts of CIS, and to achieve our long-term goals. Our distinguished, engaging and committed Board will produce significant impact on our program design and execution, student training and placement, research collaboration and funding, and visibility. More specifically, we look to the Board's support and insights in the following areas:

  • Serve as advocate for the CIS programs to FIU administration, industry, and funding agencies; and help to enhance CIS/FIU visibility to industry in national and local venues.
  • Help to advance CIS research programs by identifying or providing opportunities of collaboration and funding in basic research, technology development and technology transfer through industry and government agencies.
  • Provide industry feedback and insights on the direction, design and execution of our research and education programs.
  • Promote opportunities for the School's students to become exposed to industry. Provide practical training to our students by creating co-op programs, mentoring programs and internships. Help to identify and/or provide employment opportunities for our students.
  • Help to identify, solicit and/or provide financial sponsorship to CIS faculty endowment, research/teaching laboratories, and student scholarships.


Board members meet quarterly in South Florida, where they will discuss program development activities with the CIS Director and FIU Administrators, and interact with CIS faculty and students.

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For membership information please contact Steve Luis: or 305-348-6215.

  • Pete Martinez, IAB Chair, Senior Vice President for Technology Development and Board Chairman, Palm Beach Medical College

  • Dr. Roy Gerber, IAB Vice-Chair, Managing Member, L3W, LLC

  • Jaime Borras, CEO, Wireless Silicon Group and Senior Fellow at Motorola Mobile Devices

  • Ruben Bravo, Managing Partner Kennetropy, LLC

  • Michael Buchenhorner, P. A., Patent Law

  • Dr. Khaled El-Maleh, Senior Director of Technology, Qualcomm inc.

  • Christopher Fleck, Vice President of Community and Solutions Development

  • Jose Machado, Director of IT Software Engineering, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

  • Dr. Hanafy Meleis, President of Palmetto Capital Fund, LLC and Former CEO, Trendium, Inc.

  • Thomas Packert, VP of Information Management, Orthosensor

  • Steven Reid, Vice President of Software Engineering, Ultimate Software

  • Max Schmidt, IT Infrastructure, Operations and Information Security, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

  • Michael Shen, MD, MS, FACC, FASNC, Head of the Section of Cardiac Imaging and a staff physician, Department of Cardiology, Cleveland Clinic Florida

  • Bert Silvestre, Vice President, North America Business Partners Systems and TEchnology Group, IBM Senior Location Executive IBM Corporation