Dr. Gustavo Roig
Awarded 2012 LACCEI Academic Merit Medal on Thursday July 26, 2012
LACCEI has awarded the Medal of Merit Scholar LACCEI 2012 to Dr. Gustavo Roig for outstanding achievement and impact to Engineering Education in the Americas.
Gustavo Roig is currently a Professor of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, at Florida International University. He earned his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Florida.
For the last several years, Dr. Roig has been one of the top five researchers at FIU in terms of dollars brought into the university through sponsored training and research grants. But more importantly he has helped to mold hundreds of pre-college students into success stories through the numerous special programs he runs and through his actions as an exemplary mentor and coach.
Dr. Roig has received three of the four highest awards that can be given to a faculty member of Florida International University for Teaching, Service, and Research. He has received the University’s Access and Equity Award and has been honored with the prestigious FIU Presidential Award. He was the first recipient of the Community Service Award from FIU’s Black Employees’ Association in 1996, and also received the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Award in 1991.In addition he received FIU Presidential Award in 2003. He also was recipient of the FIU Medallion in 2010. Last year he received from Great Minds in STEM (HEENAC), the Dr. Albert V. Baez award, an award that honors engineers and scientists with outstanding technical achievements and service to humanity.
He has served as a member of the Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE), National Science Foundation from October 2000-September 2003. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS) from 2000-2001, and has been a member of the Advisory Committee for Engineering, National Science Foundation.
Dr. Roig’s most outstanding accomplishments and contributions are in the area of Human Potential Development and include: founding Florida Action for Minorities in Engineering (FLAME) a program that provides a year-round program for minority students who aspire to enter the engineering profession. This program is the oldest, continuously running program at FIU dedicated to serving pre-college students. To date, over 1000 students have become engineers due to the preparation provided by this program. He also part of the Florida Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (FGLSAMP), a scholarship program for undergraduate students in the areas of Math, Science, Technology and Engineering, and National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) a scholarship program for engineering students. Dr. Roig is a founding member of Latin American Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI). Throughout his career Dr. Gustavo Roig has authored or co-authored over 37 articles and publications in journals and conferences. He is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, ASEE, and IEEE.