School of Integrated Science and Humanity
The mission of the SISH Advisory Board Members to the Board of the College of Arts, Sciences & Education (CASE) is to provide counsel, guidance and leadership to the directors and deans in support of the college's teaching, research and public service missions.
By contributing their vision, expertise and support, Advisory board members work together to strengthen ties between SISH, CASE, the local community, the private sector, and alumni. They seek out innovative partnerships and research collaborations between the school, the college, and external entities and help to identify and secure new sources of private and public funding.
The Advisory Board members help to enhance and enrich the quality of the school’s educational programs, research endeavors and service activities in the College of Arts, Sciences & Education.
SISH Advisory Members to the CASE Board:
Dr. Steven Dinh received his B.E. from Cooper Union, M.S. from Cornell University, and Sc.D. from MIT. He currently serves as Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer at Noven Pharmaceuticals, Inc. His track record of success includes taking multiple products from basic research and technology innovation to product approval and commercialization. These accomplishments have impacted advances in science, technology, and innovative pharmaceutical products. As a scholar with an established record of scientific excellence, he has made highly significant contributions to the research and applications of the basic principles governing drug delivery technologies. He publishes widely in peer reviewed journals and his research efforts in innovations for drug delivery technologies and product development have resulted in 15 issued US patent. In addition, his work has contributed to 4 New Drug Applications approved by FDA, 2 ANDA filings, and the successful commercialization of 4 pharmaceutical products. He serves on the Editorial Board of Therapeutic Delivery. He is a Fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, and a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.
Robert "Bob" Fitzsimmons
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Richard M. Standifer is Executive Territory Business Manager, Virology at Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. (BMS). With almost 20 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry, Mr. Standifer has managed numerous functions of the business, including sales, marketing, community affairs, and learning and development. Most recently he designed and delivered online training for market access managers in South America, and he was instrumental in leading major organizational change within his business unit. Prior to joining BMS he managed marketing and public relations in both hospital and specialty pharmacy settings. Mr. Standifer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts degree in Art History from the University of Delaware.
Carl Stocker is an emeritus Miami-Dade College professor of physics. After earning degrees from Loyola University of Chicago (B.S.), University of Illinois (M.S Physics, M.S. Chemistry) and Nova Southeastern (Ed.D.), he held positions at the Bell Telephone System's Chicago Hawthorne Labs, RCA (now Stanford University's David Sarnoff Labs), and Rider College of Princeton, New Jersey. He is an astute stock analyst and investor as well as an accomplished pianist. During his retirement, he has processed years of technical readings for the Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, and served as executive director on the board of the Hearing and Speech Center of Florida. Having been Florida's Scrabble Champion, he remains a competitive player and director of the local Scrabble Club, which he founded. Dr. Stocker's transformational gift made the FIU Stocker AstroScience Center possible. The center will expand research and educational opportunities for students, while offering community members up-close encounters with the stars through public events.
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Cenk Tuncay was born in Istanbul, Turkey. He graduated from the University of Istanbul and majored in Economics and Business Administration. Cenk came to the United States in 1968 and put his experience in international work to use with the United Nations for four years. In 1988, he began to lead Trigon International, Inc., a New York based corporation. Since then, he became the President and CEO of the corporation, which works with international sales of armored carriers, fire trucks, and more. His corporation is now engaged in Geothermal Energy exploration and the assembly of electric production plants in Turkey, Peru, Mexico, and beyond. Trigon is also heavily involved with the Export Import Bank of the United States of America in the financing of large export transactions.
Tuncay has been active in charity work with the Archdiocese of Washington D.C., and has put his extensive international expertise towards the advancement of the School of Integrated Science and Humanity, with a particular interest in the international arena of human brain research activities.
Mine Üçer is a philanthropist with a special interest in projects targeting the education of girls and young women. She was born in Ankara, Turkey. After completing an Economics degree at Gazi University in Ankara, she worked at the British Embassy as a Commercial Officer. Mine and her husband are passionate about expanding the reach of education in Turkey and elsewhere. They support valuable projects aimed at bright high school and university students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Mine is the sponsor of the Mine Üçer Women in Science Lecture Series. In 2016, she was the recipient of the FIU Medallion.