Angela Alban, president and CEO of SIMETRI, Inc., has been appointed to the Dean’s Advisory Board (DAB) in the College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) at the University of Central Florida. The DAB is comprised of community leaders and industry stakeholders who have supported the university’s mission in a variety of ways, including education and research.
“I look forward to learning more about the CECS and its plans to impact the workforce of tomorrow,” said Alban. “As an engineer and entrepreneur, I would like to offer input and perspective that help future generations of engineers and computer-science professionals.
“The learning styles of students have and continue to change, so it is important that we adapt to their needs and to the needs and demands of the job market.”
With background in engineering and business, Alban is interested in building opportunities for students, while also supporting the university’s philanthropic efforts.
A UCF graduate, she encourages more colleagues to invest time and talent at the university by offering advice and experience in formal and informal settings.
“Once a Knight, always a Knight,” she said. “There are plenty of students that need more of us to step up and help them map out realistic and meaningful career choices in parallel with their academic plans.”
Michael Georgiopoulos, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at University of Central Florida, said: “I am pleased and excited that Angela has agreed to join our DAB. Her experience and success will be an asset to existing board members as well as our college overall. Her story is inspiring and can help our students set aggressive, highly obtainable goals.”
While Alban is eager to learn about CECS’ roadmap and vision, she believes her insights will support the university’s inclusive approach.
“I would like to see more female engineering students pursue and complete their degrees,” she said. “This will increase the number of women working in the profession and teaching, where they can serve as role models for all students.”
Alban has experience in engineering, including research and development, system design and development, production, and fielding. She is chair of the board of directors of the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce, charter school board chair of United Cerebral Palsy of Central Florida, member of the National Center for Simulation Board of Directors, member of the Samaritan Resource Center and member of the Florida FIRST Robotics Competition – Orlando Regional Executive Advisory Board.
SIMETRI, Inc. is a woman-and minority-owned small business that develops creative, realistic technologies to improve critical medical training or fill gaps with cost-effective solutions based on sound training effectiveness evaluation. Founded in 2009, and located just outside of Orlando, Fla., the nation’s capital for modeling, simulation and training, SIMETRI offers end-to-end training solutions that are conceptualized, researched, developed and manufactured in an on-site laboratory. http://simetri.us/about-simetri/