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Enabling student participants to work under the mentorship of experienced faculty members along with post- docs, graduate students and other research assistants. By the end of the nine-week program, students will have gained valuable research skills through project contribution, seminars and workshops. The experience gained here will give students a competitive advantage in their respective disciplines as well as aid them in their preparation for graduate school.




award facilitates an investment for Florida A&M University (FAMU) in world class ‘dimensional’ printing technology with an emphasis on Cyber Physical Robotic (CPR) Systems. Due to an increased use of composite materials in civil construction, aerospace and autoassemblies, the FAMU-RISE program will facilitate student research in the following areas:

  • Hybrid composite manufacturing process development including fundamental modeling/simulation and optimization
  • Cyber-physical Systems (CPS) for multi robot collaboration
  • Reconfigurable CPR system for product variety via understanding organic manufacturing design

Potential Applicants

In addition to research opportunities in ‘dimensional’ printing, CPS, and CPR systems, FAMU RISE is also peer mentoring assistance program. Potential RISE scholars must complete an application and a competitive entrance exam to be considered. Additionally, RISE scholars must:

  • Maintain a competitive GPA(undergraduate ~3.0, graduate ~3.45)
  • Show evidence of active mentorship and instruction in outreach activities
  • Design outreach activities based on egagement with an evaluator
  • Demonstrate scholarly work in journal and conference submissions
  • Maintain a professional Portfolio

Program Advisors

Tarik J. Dickens, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor | 850-410-6353 | email


  • B.S.I.E., Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Florida State University, 2005
  • M.S.I.E., Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Florida State University, 2007
  • Ph.D., Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Florida State University, 2013

Research Interests

  • Multifunctional Composite Materials
  • Manufacturing Automation
  • Failure & Life-cycle analysis
  • Mechanical Testing & NDE

Hui Wang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor | 850-410-6387 | email


  • Ph.D., Industrial Engineering, University of South Florida, 2007
  • M.S.E., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2003
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China, 2001

Research Interests

  • Manufacturing Process Monitoring, Diagnosis, Design, Control, Automation, Process Control and Informatics

Carl Moore, Ph.D.

Associate Professor | 850-410-6337 | email


  • Ph.D., Northwestern University

Research Interests

  • Collaborative Robotics
  • Human-robot interaction
  • Haptics

Program Coordinators

Kunal Joshi


Madhuparna Roy


Scholars and Participants

Graduate Scholars

Marquese Pollard


Dr. Dickens

Arriana Nwodu


Dr. Dickens

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Kayla Oden


Dr. Dickens

Tamicka Augustine


Dr. Dickens

Sean Psulkowski


Dr. Dickens

Brianna Wylie


Dr. Moore

Cyron Ferguson


Dr. Moore

Marcus Cowan


Dr. Moore

Past Summer REU

Magreth Haji



Tyler Sanchez



Jacruelyn Howard





  1. Frketic, J.; Psulskowiski, S.; Dickens, T. Procedia Manufacturing Volume 10, Pages 1-1128 (2017) 45th SME North American Manufacturing Research Conference, NAMRC 45, LA, USA Edited by Lihui Wang, Livan Fratini and Albert J. Shih

  2. Frketic, J.; Dickens, T., “Automated Manufacturing and Processing of FRP Composites: An Additive Review of Contemporary and Modern Techniques for Advanced Materials Manufacturing”, Additive Manufacturing Journal (doi: 10.1016/j.addma.2017.01.003).

  3. Joshi, K., Pollard, M., Chiari, A., and Dickens, T. “Concrete-FRP Interfacial Bond Monitoring with Self-Triggering Fiber Optic Sensors”. Composites and Advanced Manufacturing Expo, 2017

  4. Gilanifar, M., Wang, H., Zhou, Y., Ozguven, E., Arghandeh, “Spatiotemporal Short-term Forecasting Using Combined Transportation and Electricity Load Data,” Submitted to ACM Transactions on Cyber-Physical Systems, 2017.

  5. Gilanifar, M., Wang, H., Zhou, Y., Ozguven, E., Arghandeh, “Short-term Electric Load Forecasting Using Multi-Task Bayesian Spatiotemporal Gaussian Process Model,” Submitted to IEEE.


It can be difficult to link science and mathematics with technology and engineering within K-12 classrooms. Research suggests that out of all aspects within a school’s control, the teachers’ expertise and effectiveness has the greatest impact on student learning. These programs offer an opportunity to STEM teachers, particularly those who majored in a non-STEM subject, an opportunity to learn more about cutting edge engineering technology and bring it into their classrooms. This professional development program enables participants to engage in meaningful discussions, planning, and practices. After the summer, the program participants will continue to be supported in implementing new inquiry-based methods in their classroom, following the National Science Standards. The research projects for 2018 will focus on 3D printers and 3D printing.

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  • STEM teachers from middle and high schools
  • US Citizens and Permanent Residents only
  • Ability to commute to HPMI (parking is provided, HPMI is also a stop on the FSU and StarMetro bus service)
  • Participants must be available for the duration of the program (June 11th - July 27th). There will be no program activities on July 3rd or 4th in recognition of Independence Day. Please plan accordingly for family vacations, travel, and other activities.
  • Prior research experience or scientific training is NOT required

2018 RET Timeline

  • Application available: Now
  • Application deadline: April 15, 2018 or positions filled
  • Summer experience: June 11 – July 27, 2018
  • School-year follow up: Fall 2018 – Spring 2019

RET Provides

  • 7 week summer experience with faculty and graduate student collaborators
  • Funds for classroom materials distributed during the school year
  • Support for classroom activity development
  • Hands-on research experience
  • Training in materials engineering and entrepreneurship


To apply, fill out the application available here: https://goo.gl/forms/AmwmH1MUq2RaEqep2

Required information includes (1) personal contact information, (2) current school information, (3) professional history information (including description of recent leadership roles, research experience if any, and reference information), and (4) statement of purpose (including your approach to teaching and teaching philosophy).


Participants are expected to commute to the High-Performance Materials Institute daily (M-F) during the program. During the summer experience, 35-40 hours per week should be dedicated to the research, entrepreneurship project, and curriculum development. Teachers will present monthly updates on their research and curriculum development progress and join the RETREAT REU participants for the end-of-summer Engineering Entrepreneurship (Engipreneurship) Competition.


Teacher selection will be based on their personal statements on why they are applying, the principal’s recommendation, their resume, and the assessment of interviews. The RET supplement project will work with our REU site to introduce participants to the importance and rewards of creating novel technologies and moving the technologies into the marketplace. This will be achieved through organized seminars on entrepreneurship delivered through the FSU Business School. The internships will take place in conjunction with our 10-week REU period in the summer of 2018. During the following academic year, the PI will work with the teachers and schools to convey their training into the classrooms.

Nature of Activities

The proposed RET supplement project will mirror the REU program and engage in activities that focus on bridging the gap between materials engineering innovations and their market potential. This will be achieved by combining lab based research with seminars. The research component will focus on innovative developmental work in multiscale-multifunctional materials. This hands-on experience will allow the participants to develop a curriculum for classroom/lab-based learning for K-12 students.

The program will begin with seminars on Research Methodology and Ethics, Safety Training, an Introduction to Advanced Composites Materials, and briefings on various research projects. Specialized components will include presentations on best practices regarding legal and ethical standards for sharing data and transferring information to industry and other entities and avoiding scientific misconduct. The participants will learn to apply basic statistical methods, including the design and analysis of multifactor engineering experiments for their assigned projects. HPMI will offer training seminars on statistical analysis, engineering data analysis, experimental design and modern statistical software packages. The seminar sessions will focus on preparing the interns and teachers to plan, design, conduct, and analyze experiments as part of their projects. The teachers will also create and demonstrate a curriculum for secondary school students, with support from CPALMS.

The participants will develop their business skills through seminars provided through the Jim Moran Institute of Global Entrepreneurship in the College of Business at FSU. Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (TEC) seminars will be held once a week. The participants will discuss their research with the TEC faculty mentor who will help them develop a business plan for taking their research to market. Through this, the teachers may use this to inspire their students by conveying the potential financial rewards through the STEM disciplines.

Research Environment

The proposed activity will be facilitated through FSU’s High-Performance Materials Institute (HPMI), which is recognized as a leader in developing cost-effective high-performance composite materials and systems. The institute has a close working relationship with the composite and nanomaterials industries and government laboratories. HPMI has state-of the-art composite and nanomaterials design, processing and characterization equipment and is housed in the 45,000 square foot Materials Research Building. The PIs and the participants will use HPMI’s manufacturing equipment, high-resolution SEM, and other characterization equipment in carrying out the proposed activities.

Sustained Follow Up

Once the teachers are paired to the projects, HPMI personnel will meet with the participants to discuss their research plans. They will be asked to rate the teachers’ progress during monthly progress presentations (gate reviews). Before the final gate review, the teachers will be required to build a curriculum for their students incorporating their summer research and training. This developed curriculum will then be packaged and provided for the teachers to use in the fall 2018 semester, and perfected in the spring 2019 semester. The teachers will continue to receive stipends for the ensuing fall and spring semesters. They will continue to be mentored by the PI and the FSU team to ensure proper implementation and assessment of effectiveness. Data will be collected and analyzed on the number of impacted students, and the ability of the program for directing them to STEM baccalaureate programs.