Benjamin Flores - Professor and Interim Dean of the Graduate School

Benjamin Flores is Professor of electrical and computer engineering and over the course of 18 years of service, has sustained effective mentoring and guidance efforts that have significantly enhanced the participation of underrepresented groups in STEM disciplines. Dr. Flores has been a dedicated counselor and guide for the local student chapters of the Institute of Electrical and Computer Engineers, the Electrical Engineering Honor Society, the Engineering Honor Society, the National Society of Black Engineers, the American Society for Engineering Education, the Society of Women in Engineers, and the Mexican Student Association. Dr. Flores is also responsible for implementing the Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) program, which provided support to 250 undergraduate female students. Through WiSE, Dr. Flores developed activities that reached out and promoted STEM careers to more than 300 middle school girls and their parents. In addition, Dr. Flores directed the first centralized undergraduate STEM research program on campus which supported 303 undergraduate students between 1996 and 2003.