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Dr. Sylvia Wilson Thomas
University of South Florida
College of Engineering
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, ENB118
Tampa, FL 33620-5350
(813) 974-4011 office; (813) 974 5094 fax
Dr. Sylvia Thomas

Dr. Sylvia Wilson Thomas is currently an Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering and former Assistant Dean (Engineering) at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, Florida. She holds B.S./M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Howard University. Dr. Thomas leads the Advanced Materials Bio and Integration Research (AMBIR) laboratory at USF. Dr. Thomas' research and teaching endeavors are focused on advanced materials for alternative energy sources, sustainable environments, aerospace, and bio-applications from the micro to the nano scale.

Author of several technical/non-technical articles, Dr. Thomas holds 3 patents and has over twenty years of global experience in academia and industry, assisting in the advancement of companies and organizations as Agere Systems/Lucent Bell Labs, the National GEM Consortium, ITT Technical Institute, Kimberly Clark Corp., IBM, and Procter & Gamble. Dr. Thomas is the USF GEM Consortium representative, a former GEM recruiter, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation program mentor, and board member of the Florida Education Fund for McKnight doctoral programs. Dr. Thomas has been involved in various organizations, such as IEEE, AAES, ASEE, NACME, SWE, NSBE, SHPE, and WEPAN.

In addition, Dr. Thomas is a motivational speaker/consultant for STEM education, continued/graduate education, K-12 efforts, career transitioning, mentoring and professional development, and she provides inspirational lectures to community organizations and professional societies. Her involvement and constant dedication to STEM education and professional development have led to her recognition in national news and publications and the success of several undergraduate and graduate students.

Current Doctoral Students



Samuel Perez

Majdi Ababneh

Manopriya Subramanyam

William Serrano-Garcia

Kavyashree Puttananjegowda

Current MS Students

Current underGraduate Students



Katty Pierre-Charles


Shamima Afroz

Paula Algarin Amaris

Brandon Richard

Henry Cabra

Yanay Pais

Nikhil Raj Bandari
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