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Ronald F. DeMara is a Professor in the College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) where he has been a faculty member of Electrical and Computer Engineering since 1992.  In addition to teaching and research, he serves as the Computer Engineering Program Coordinator, the founding Director of the Evaluation and Proficiency Center (EPC) in CECS, and is an iSTEM Fellow.  He has also completed one or more terms as ECE Associate Chair, Graduate Program Coordinator, ABET Assessment Coordinator, on the UCF Faculty Senate and Graduate Council.  He has completed over 170 technical and educational publications, and established two sustained research laboratories.  He teaches courses on Computer Organization, Computer Architecture, Evolvable Hardware, and Parallel Processing, and advises graduate students in these areas. He has completed 38 students as Ph.D. dissertation and M.S. thesis advisor, of which 7 have become full-time faculty themselves, including two ECE department chairs and one Dean of Science and Engineering.

Professor DeMara has been developing STEM curricula since 1993, including 7 Computer Engineering courses which have been added to the UCF catalog as the sole developer, plus as the co-developer of two courses.  In addition to research funding of $6.3M as PI or Co-PI, he has obtained roughly $600K in laboratory equipment, including the FPGA boards and software tools used in two courses.  He innovated a pilot program to develop the EPC for his undergraduate gateway course EEL3801: Computer Organization.  He was awarded CECS Distinguished Research Lecturer, received Faculty Advisor of the Year in CECS, the university-level Teaching Initiative Program (TIP) Award three times, Research Incentive Award (RIA) twice, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) award. He received the IEEE Outstanding Engineering Educator Award in Region 3, which is the highest educator award bestowed upon 30,000+ IEEE members in the Southeastern United States. Research and teaching website:  http://cal.ucf.edu

Ron’s interests include innovations in engineering testing and tutoring, individualized, adaptive, and personalized learning pedagogies, development and evaluation of emerging instructional technologies, contemporary societal and historical influences on career paths in technology-related fields, and instructional strategies in online blended courses and virtual laboratories.