I am pleased to announce that Leonel E. Lagos, Ph.D.,PMP® has been promoted to Director of Research of the Applied Research Center (ARC) effective November 24, 2012. The Director of Research will support the ARC Strategic Plan to better position ARC for growth, and to improve the ability to secure external funding, expand collaborations with schools and centers within FIU, and better oversee and coordinate proposal writing, and research efforts among the ARC technical staff. In this position, Dr. Lagos will have various duties which will include: planning and securing research funding across FIU by supporting the Executive Director in the development of business opportunities and external funding proposals; work with ARC staff and FIU faculty in the development of proposals to increase current levels of funding for sponsored research; assist the Executive Director to successfully secure a minimum of $500K – $1M annually in external funding; and he will work with ARC’s Executive Director and FIU’s Division of Research and Governmental Affairs Office in developing marketing plans and strategic investment opportunities for FIU growth in areas of ARC focus.
Dr. Lagos will also direct ARC research direction to continue to improve the quality and quantity of research publications at ARC, encouraging joint papers with other FIU faculty and journal publications; organize program reviews with agencies and clients funding all major research programs at ARC; review all outgoing research proposals to ensure that they align with ARC’s strategic plan and to provide input for strengthening proposals; and continue developing and directing Workforce Development programs at ARC.
Dr. Lagos brings over sixteen years of experience as a researcher at the Applied Research Center to this position with a proven track record of outstanding project management. Dr. Lagos is the Principal Investigator of a $24M/5 year Cooperative Agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and FIU in support of DOE’s Environmental Restoration Program. Dr. Lagos built the successful DOE Workforce Development Program from inception as the Director of the DOE-FIU Science and Technology Workforce Development Program. As Director to this prestigious signature Workforce Development Program, Dr. Lagos trains and mentors FIU science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) minority students and provides them with “hands-on” applied research, internships, professional development, and employment opportunities. Dr. Lagos has a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering as well as Project Management Professional Certification (PMP®).
Dr. Lagos’ accomplishments at FIU-ARC, include the development of environmental technologies for the treatment of radiological contaminated surfaces and disposal of nuclear waste. His research has resulted in U.S. and European patents of a Mobile Integrated Piping Decontamination and Characterization System. He has developed and implemented innovative methods for the environmental cleanup of DOE radiological contaminated facilities and conducted over 200 technology demonstrations, evaluations, and deployments at ARC’s Large Scale Testing Facility, DOE sites, and commercial nuclear facilities. Dr. Lagos has also co-developed the Knowledge Management Information Tool (KM-IT), a web based D&D knowledge management system developed for the D&D community worldwide.
Dr. Lagos is an active member of DOE’s Energy Facilities Contractors Group, an advisory group supporting DOE’s environmental restoration mission, and serves as a group member in EFCOG’s D&D and Facility Engineering Working Group. Dr. Lagos also serves as an active Program Advisory Committee (PAC) member for the Waste Management Symposia organization, and is a member of American Nuclear Society (ANS)’s DD&R, and Robotics and Remote Systems divisions.
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Leonel Lagos on his promotion to the Director of Research at the FIU Applied Research Center.
Dr. Ines Triay
Applied Research Center