New Academic Leaders

Rolando Flores

Dean, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

Most recent previous position: Professor and head  of the Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He also served as director of the Food Processing Center, a 32-year-old unique outreach program in support of the value-added food and agricultural programs in Nebraska and the nation.

Additional background: Flores worked first as a research food technologist and later as a research agricultural engineer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service’s Eastern Regional Research Center in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania. He has served as an associate professor in the Department of Grain Science and Industry at Kansas State University, where he also held the G.M. Ross Professorship. Previously, he was also an associate professor and bioprocess engineer in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University.

Degrees earned: Flores earned a Ph.D. from Kansas State University in grain science in 1989. He has a master’s degree in agricultural engineering from Iowa State University and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Universidad de Costa Rica.


Little-known fact: Flores was the first person in his family to attend college and is a strong supporter of the tremendous advantage of higher education.

Lakshmi Reddi

Dean, College of Engineering

Most recent previous position: Dean of the University Graduate School and professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Florida International University.

Additional background: Reddi has been director of the Academy of Graduates for Integrative Learning Experiences (AGILE) at Florida International University and has held numerous other administrative appointments throughout his career. He served as department chair and the Gerry and Ruth Hartman Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering at the University of Central Florida, and before that, was head of the Department of Civil Engineering at Kansas State University, also serving as a professor in the department. He also served as an associate professor in civil engineering at Kansas State University.

Degrees earned: Reddi earned a bachelor of technology in civil engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in India, a master of science in civil engineering from The Ohio State University, and a doctor of philosophy in civil engineering from The Ohio State University.

Plans for the college: Emphasize entrepreneurial and resourceful approaches and diversify revenue streams at the college. Reddi’s top goal is to increase research productivity.