Dr. Irma Becerra

Meet the Provost

Dr. Irma Becerra-Fernandez was appointed to the position of Provost at St. Thomas University on October 1, 2014.  Dr. Becerra-Fernandez is well known in the higher education community in Miami-Dade County and nationally.  She is a recognized scholar who has served in many positions at Florida International University and in the community at large. Her credentials, experience and vision will support our progress in becoming the leading Catholic university in the Southeast.
 
Her research focuses on knowledge management (KM), KM systems, business intelligence, enterprise systems, disaster management, and IT entrepreneurship. She has studied and advised organizations, in particular NASA, about KM practices. She founded the FIU Knowledge Management Lab and has led multi-million dollar projects as principal investigator from the National Science Foundation, NASA (Headquarters, Kennedy, Ames, and Goddard Space Flight Center), and the Air Force Research Lab to develop organizational KM strategies and innovative KM systems. 

She has published extensively in leading journals including the Journal of MIS, Decision Sciences, Communications of the ACM, European Journal of Operational Research, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, ACM Transactions on Internet Technology, Knowledge Based Systems, International Journal of Expert Systems Research & Applications, and others.  She is an author of the books Business Intelligence: Practices, Technologies, & Management (Wiley, 2010), Knowledge Management: Systems and Processes (M.E. Sharpe, 2010), Knowledge Management: Challenges, Solutions, and Technologies (Prentice Hall, 2004) and co-editor of the monograph Knowledge Management: An Evolutionary View of the Field (M.E. Sharpe, 2008). She has delivered many invited presentations and keynote speeches at many NASA Centers, the NAVY Research Lab, universities around the world, and many international conferences with both an academic and a practitioner focus. She was a prior faculty director for the Masters in MIS and the MIS Ph.D. programs, and serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Knowledge Management, International Journal of Knowledge and Learning, and the International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation among others.

Dr. Becerra-Fernandez was the recipient of the 2014 Miami Today Bronze Medal Award for outstanding contributions to Greater Miami, the 2013 Educator of the Year by Great Minds in STEM, the 2012 In the Company of Women Award for Education and Research by the Mayor of Miami-Dade County, the 2011 Engineer of the Year Award by the Association of Cuban Engineers, the 2004 Outstanding Faculty Torch Award, presented by the FIU Alumni Association, the 2006 FIU Faculty Teaching Award and the 2001 FIU Faculty Research Award. She served as the Americas Region representative to the Association for Information Systems Executive Council. She has served as the faculty director for the Masters in MIS and the director of the MIS Ph.D. Program. Finally, Dr. Becerra-Fernandez was the first female to receive a PhD from FIU’s Engineering Program. She earned her Ph.D in 1994 in electrical engineering and her Masters and Bachelors, also in electrical engineering, from the University of Miami.