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Jose Colom-Ustariz

(703) 292-7088
W 17104
Program Director

Program Responsibilities:
EPSCoR Collaborations for Optimizing Research Ecosystems Research Infrastructure Improvement Program (E-CORE RII)
EPSCoR Research Incubators for STEM Excellence Research Infrastructure Improvement Program (E-RISE RII)
EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII): EPSCoR Research Fellows
EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1 (RII Track-1)
EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement-Focused EPSCoR Collaborations Program (RII-FEC)
Future Manufacturing (FM)


Dr. Colom-Ustariz has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering with a focus in Microwave Engineering from the Penn State University, a MSEE from UMass in Microwave Remote Sensing and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from  the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. After more than 25 years of experience in academia, in both research and education,  as well as in administration, Dr. Colom-Ustariz joined NSF EPSCoR as a permanent Program Director.  As a Program Director in EPSCoR he oversees the National Science Foundation's "gold standard" merit review process and  help define new funding opportunities focusing in the EPSCoR community. Some of the key responsibilities include interacting with potential principal investigators, forming and facilitating merit review panels, recommending funding decisions, and overseeing active awards. 

His research interests are in the area of Weather Radars, and while at UPRM he participated in the NSF CASA ERC and also received an NSF MRI to develop a Weather Radar Network for the Puerto Rico West Coast.    Dr. Colom-Ustariz's email address is, and he can also be reached in extension 7088.