Dr. Ali P. Gordon is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Associate Dean for Graduate Affairs in UCF’s College of Engineering and Computer Science. His principal research activities focus on the development of microstructurally-informed, continuum-level models to predict behavior and durability of materials and structures subjected to complex conditions. To support these activities, he has accumulated funding from sources such as: NSF, ONR, ARO, AFRL, NASA, and numerous industrial partners. Ali is a four-time awardee of the AFOSR Summer Faculty Fellowship with on-going collaborations with the AFRL in Wright-Patterson, Ohio. Five of Ali’s PhD students hold faculty positions. He and his students have authored over 100 peer-reviewed technical articles and two have been recognized as best papers in American Society of Mechanical Engineers journals. Ali has taught 11 different courses and currently leads an engineering-based study abroad course in Brazil. Ali is well-known for engaging undergraduates in research, and he is UCF’s 2019 Champion of Undergraduate Research inaugural awardee. In his role as Associate Dean, his primary responsibilities pertain to recruitment, professional development, program assessment, and new curricula/programs. Just before joining UCF as an Assistant Professor, he earned a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. His degree in Mathematics was attained from Morehouse College.