Dr. Michael Georgiopoulos
Dr. Michael Georgiopoulos, PhD received a Diploma in EE from the National Technical University in Athens, his MS degree and Ph.D. degree in EE from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, in 1981, 1983 and 1983, respectively. He is currently a Professor in the Department of EECS at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL. From September 2011 to June 2012 he served as the Interim Assistant Vice President of Research at the Office of Research and Commercialization. From July 2012 to mid-May 2013 he served as the Interim Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science and since mid-May 2013 he has served as the Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science.
His research interests lie in the areas of Machine Learning and applications with special emphasis on neural network and neuro-evolutionary algorithms, and their applications. He has published more than 60 journal papers and more than 170 conference papers in a variety of conference and journal venues. He has been an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks from 2002 to 2006, and an Associate Editor of the Neural Networks journal from 2006 to 2012. He has served as the Technical Co-Chair of the IJCNN 2011
Robin has served CareerSource Flagler Volusia and its previous designations for more than twenty years and is currently the organization’s President and CEO. She is responsible for creating and implementing the employment and training programs offered through the Flagler and Volusia Career Centers.
An active advocate of her community, Robin holds the title of Past President from several local organizations and has served on the boards of United Way’s Women’s Initiative, Family Renew Community, Early Learning Coalition, National Association of Women in Construction – local chapter #284, and Inspiration Grant. Robin currently serves on the Executive Board of the Children’s Advocacy Center, Volusia County Women’s Network and serves as the President for Project SELF, an organization she founded in May 2008 that supports youth as they age out of foster care.
Robin has helped bring in over four million dollars into the community through her collaborative grant writing efforts. She has been a resident of Daytona Beach since 1986, after moving here from Wisconsin and earning her MA at University of Central Florida.
Mimi Coenen has worked in workforce development for 15 years and has held a variety of positions in workforce development which has prepared her for the role of Chief Operating Officer at CareerSource Central Florida headquartered in Orlando. A critical component to Mimi’s success in her role is an understanding of the community she serves – this is accomplished through her active participation on the Community Action Committee and Leadership Orlando. Additionally, her day to day responsibilities include overseeing all team members focused on operational aspects of the organization, providing support to the President and CEO with all Board of Directors activities, and delivery of strategic oversight on administration and service delivery for all federal, state and local workforce development programs and grants. Coenen earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business from Northwood University and is a member of South Florida Business Professionals and National Association of Workforce Development Professionals.
Angela Pate is the President & CEO of Focused Management Solutions, Chief Information Officer for CareerSource North Central Florida, CoFounder of Startup Quest, and Executive
Chair OwnForce,Inc. Pate is a leader in developing world class workforce policy. She brings over 15 years experience to the field. She is renowned for bringing efficiency to complex government processes and establishing effective public-private partnerships that lead to new and innovative
datadriven programs in entrepreneurship. Her effective use of data collection and analysis has secured more than $34 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Labor to support training, paid work experience and internships, and selfemployment training into her community.
Pate is a contributor to 10 Strategies for a Workable Future, a shared vision of a world of Positive Platforms for work—platforms that enable good, dignified, and sustainable livelihoods for workers. She is also a member of the federal Workforce Information Advisory Council where she and other national leaders in workforce advise U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez on strategies for collection and analysis of labor market information.
An experienced entrepreneur, Pate has led and sold construction development and technology companies with nationally recognized projects including simulation and analysis services. She has provided realtime simulation systems to the Armed Forces and private sector clients. She published the first PC based architectural rendering in Computer Graphics World in 1989 and won numerous international awards.