Rahul has over 25 years experience in startups, academia, and Fortune 500 companies. In academia, he has worked in areas such as STEM education, Autonomous Vehicle Technology, and SemiConductor Design. He has successfully led a number of startups (WiPower, PwrLite, Ocoos) and held senior corporate roles at Cadence and DEC (HP now). He has authored numerous technical papers, is named on over 24 issued patents, and has a Ph.D. from Harvard University (M.S./B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University).
Dr. Mustafa Ilhan Akbas serves as Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Florida Polytechnic University.
His research interests span various topics and applications, including the Internet of Things, wireless networks, complex adaptive systems, autonomous and connected vehicles and simulation and modeling. You can find more in-depth information on his work HERE.
Prior to joining Florida Poly, he was a research scholar at the Institute for Simulation and Training (IST) at the University of Central Florida (UCF). At UCF, he also worked as a Research Associate and Database Analyst at the Complex Adaptive Systems Laboratory. Dr. Akbas participated in projects simulating and modeling cyber-physical systems, as well as the testing of innovation networks and higher education data analysis. Learn more about that experience HERE.
He received his doctorate degree in Computer Engineering at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, UCF. Dr. Akbas is a recipient of the UCF Interdisciplinary Information Science and Technology Laboratory Fellowship.
Starting from his senior year in college, he worked as a systems engineer for over four years in the Military Communications System Engineering Department of ASELSAN Electronics Industries Inc., the leading multi-product electronics company in Turkey.
Dr. Akbas bachelor's and master's degrees are from one of the most elite polytechnic institutes in Europe, Orta Dogu Teknik Universitesi (METU), Turkey. He received both of these degrees through the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering.
He is a member of the Institute of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), to include the IEEE Communications Society, IEEE Internet of Things and IEEE Cloud Computing Communities and Complex Systems Society.
Dr. Arman Sargolzaei earned his Ph.D., M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering in 2015, 2012, and 2010 respectively. He is currently an Assistant professor at Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Florida Polytechnic University. He was a Research Assistant Professor at Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Florida International University (FIU) for a year before his recent position. Dr. Sargolzaei has more than 8 years of research experience. He has also worked in industry for several years and has been involved with research and development projects in the United States and South America. His work on industrial and research projects has led to several peer-reviewed high impact factor journal articles and book chapters, and he has given scientific presentation at different IEEE and ACM international conferences and symposiums. He has also organized a number of industrial and research workshops in the past several years. Dr. Sargolzaei has published more than 40 journal and conference papers. He has presented extensively in international and national conferences and workshops, chaired industrial and research workshops and training events, received research awards, grants and reviewed top quality journal papers. He is an editorial board member of the International Journal of Instrumentation and Control Systems, the Machine Learning and Applications: An International Journal. He is also a reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, IEEE Transaction on Cybernetics, IEEE Transaction on Industrial Applications, Asian Journal of Control and Journal of Energy and Power Engineering.
Dr Sargolzaei has an interdisciplinary background and experience emphasizing cyber security, nonlinear control and power systems, Cyber Physical Systems, unmanned Ground and Arial vehicle, control systems with time delays, and robotics.
Dr. Ala' "Peter" Jamil Alnaser brings a strong background as a professor and researcher in Cryptography and Algebraic Number Theory to his position as Assistant Professor of Mathematics. Previously, he served as an assistant professor of Mathematics at Trine University in Indiana for five years, and often utilized instructional technologies that included MyMathLab, WebAssign, MatLab and Scientific Graphing Calculators.
"I place an emphasis on creative thinking and the need to consider mathematics in a broad sense," Dr. Alnaser explained. "I always encourage my students to ask why certain problems are solved using certain methods, and where these methods come from. I have found that students are more interested in the material if the instructor allows them to arrive at the solutions by themselves."
Dr. Alnaser holds a Ph.D. and master's degree in mathematics from Kansas State University, completing his doctoral dissertation in the area of Algebraic Number Theory and developing new methods for finding upper bounds for Waring's number over the rational integers. His bachelor's degree is in Mathematics from Jordan University of Science and Technology. From 2003-2009, he worked as a graduate teaching assistant at Kansas State University, where the courses he taught included College Algebra, Calculus II and III, Linear Algebra and Applied Matrix Theory.
He is a member of the American Mathematical Society.
Dr. Dean Bushey is a recently retired Air Force colonel with 25 years of military, academic and industry experience. He has worked as a computer scientist, educator, pilot, and unmanned systems expert in the civilian sector and in the military. He has taught in a variety of capacities, including as assistant professor of computer science at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Dr. Bushey holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Clemson University (2007), with research and special interests in advanced technologies – unmanned systems, systems engineering and applied software engineering. He has demonstrated experience in advanced computer concepts, instructional methodologies, systems engineering and integration, and technical analysis. He has a master's degree in computer science from Clemson (1996), and his thesis was on "Discrete Event Simulation of the National Airspace System Using Java Threads." His bachelor's degree is in computer science from the U.S. Air Force Academy (1988).
He has received the following training and professional development:
Executive Leadership Training, Air War College, 2007
Senior Leadership Training, Air Command and Staff College, 2000
Management and Leadership School, Squadron Officers School, 1995
Dr. Bushey has developed several capstone courses related to systems engineering and unmanned systems automation. He spearheaded the first-ever military academy for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) training and education program, which dramatically increased knowledge and acceptance of capabilities and operations. He has served as an instructor pilot in six different aircraft for the U.S. Air Force, including advanced unmanned combat aircraft. He is a pilot and instructor-qualified on the following aircraft: Lockheed C5 Galaxy, Beech C-12 Super King Air, C-20 Gulfstream, MQ-1 Predator, DA-24 Diamond and T-3.
Jake is the Founding Partner and a Senior Consultant with Two Blue Aces Consulting. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2015 as the Commander of the Ninth Air Force in South Carolina. Ninth Air Force comprises eight active-duty wings and three direct reporting units in the southeastern United States with more than 400 aircraft and over 29,000 active-duty and civilian personnel.
General Polumbo entered active duty as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1981. He commanded at the squadron, group and three times at the wing level including a deployment as Commander of the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing in the Middle East in 2009. He served in strategic planning positions in Europe as the Director of Strategy and Plans at U.S. Africa Command, and in the Pentagon as the Assistant Deputy Director for Global Operations on the Joint Staff. General Polumbo also served as a Task Force Commander in Afghanistan in 2012.
As an accomplished command pilot, Jake logged over 4,000 flying hours in all blocks of the F-16 Fighting Falcon, U-2S, and the MC-12W. With over 3,000 flying hours specifically in the F-16, Jake flew combat missions in Operation Northern Watch and also holds the distinction as the first and only Air Force general officer to fly the U-2S in combat, completing 21 missions in Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom.
Jake serves on the Board of the Central Florida Development Council and volunteers for his church in Lakeland in various capacities. He and his wife Sandra are Florida natives and have been married for 36 years. Their son, Chad and his wife Julie serve in the Air Force. Their other son, Erik, is a successful businessman in Florida and Virginia.
Dr. Shahram Taj is an accomplished academician and executive consultant with an expertise in business model innovation, lean and sustainable operations, strategic management, production systems design, systems optimization/simulation and supply chain management.
Dr. Taj has extensive tenure in academia. He was professor and Chair of the Department of Management and Marketing at Lawrence Technological University in Michigan from 2013-2016. Prior to that, Dr. Taj served as the Cameron Endowed Chair of Management and Marketing at the University of St. Thomas in Houston from 2008-2013. He previously taught for over 20 years at the University of Detroit Mercy and earned the University of Detroit Mercy President’s Award for Faculty Excellence. He also taught in the Global Entrepreneurial MBA Program at Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan from 2004 to 2006, and was a visiting professor at Peking University in China, teaching in the Beijing International MBA Program in 2004. Dr. Taj also taught at Baruch College, The City University of New York (the largest business school in the United States) from 1984-1987. Dr. Taj has also lectured in areas of simulation and lean manufacturing at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Dr. Taj has developed several world-class graduate programs such as the Master of Science in Product Development in collaboration with (MIT), Ford, Xerox and the National Science Foundation. He also developed graduate degree programs in Software Engineering, EMBA, and Supply Chain/Transportation Efficiency Systems (funded by the U.S. Dept. of Transportation).
Dr. Taj has conducted over 100 projects at Ford, Visteon, New Venture Gear ( a former joint venture of General Motors and DaimlerChrysler), GM-Holden, Baker Hughes and Schlumberger in the United States, Germany, Australia, and Japan. The projects have covered productivity improvements, implementing lean manufacturing and optimizing process design. In 1999, he earned the Franz Edelman Finalist Award for Achievement in Operations Research/Management Science. The award was based on projects that resulted in $15.5 million capital savings and a profit increase of over $2 billion for Ford Motor Company. From 1998 to 2000, Dr. Taj worked directly with the Executive Vice President of Worldwide Operations of the New Venture Gear Company to design a new lean automotive manufacturing plant in Leipzig, Germany. This plant supplied the powertrain to the Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg and its design resulted in a savings of $21 million (This plant has been designated by Porsche as the supplier of the year).
From 2009 to 2010, Dr. Taj served as an Executive Technical Advisor to executives in the new worldwide Supply Chain and Manufacturing Division at Baker Hughes in Houston.
Dr. Taj also collaborated with the Production System Design Laboratory at MIT, conducting research in the design and implementation of “lean production systems” in the automotive industry in the U.S. and Europe. Dr. Taj has served as Thesis Advisor/Reader for over 100 graduate students at the University of Detroit Mercy and he served on a doctoral thesis committee at MIT. He served as the track chair of the “Lean Manufacturing, Manufacturing Information Management, Supply Chain, and Product Development” for the SAE International in Ireland, Spain, and France. He has published 68 refereed articles in journals and proceedings of many international conferences. Recently, he published several articles on the adaptation of lean production in China, bank efficiency in Turkey, and most recently in areas of sustainability and business model innovation.
Dr. Taj earned his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of Massachusetts. He has a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Rhode Island and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics/Operations Research from the School of Planning and Computer Applications in Tehran, Iran.