Affiliated Researchers and Instructors

Jennifer Fu

Associate Librarian and GIS Lab Director

Jennifer directs the FIU Library's Geographic Information Systems Center (GIS Center), Maps & Imagery User Services (MIUS), and the Digital Collections Center (DCC). She is responsible for the development, administration, and supervision of GIS technology implementation campus-wide. Jennifer also coordinates GIS-related research projects and instruction in the GIS Center, and is the founding director of the FIU GIS Certificate Program. She earned her Master's in Information Science and Policy from SUNY at Albany.

James J. McGuire

Professional Consultant

James McGuire received his Bachelor of Science degree in Social Studies Education at Florida State University, his Masters in Rehabilitation Administration from the University of San Francisco and his Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. He is currently an adjunct faculty member at Nova Southeastern University. For more than 40 years, he worked in the field of Developmental Disabilities. The first 10 years of his career began with his position as an hourly rated direct support worker and subsequently several promotions to supervisor and management positions.

For almost 30 years, Jim McGuire led the Ann Storck Center from a service for 55 children in 1981 to multiple accredited services for over 300 children and adults through 2010. The Center became known as “Center of Excellence” through its commitment to excellence and the subsequent accreditations with accommodations, numerous awards and recognition, and most importantly through the documented well-being and satisfaction of those served and other stakeholders.

Among other personal awards and recognition received, Jim McGuire was honored in 1998 with a Life Time Achievement Award and in 2007 for the Honorable Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition for his outstanding service and advocacy on behalf of individuals with disabilities.

Dr. Roberto Rovira

Assistant Professor, School of Architecture

Roberto Rovira is Chair of Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design at Florida International University (FIU) and principal of the interdisciplinary Studio Roberto Rovira, recognized for its creative approach in the fields of landscape architecture, public art, and design. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in 1990, and a Masters in Landscape Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 1998, where he was Dean’s Scholar, recipient of the Award of Merit from the ASLA, and founder of the installation group Guerrilla Gardens. Roberto has lived in Latin America, Europe, and Japan and is a former U. S. Naval Officer, having served primarily in Asia and the Persian Gulf from 1990 to 1994.

As a professionally Registered Landscape Architect, he combines his knowledge from landscape architecture, engineering, technology, and fine art, to work at various scales and collaborate with interdisciplinary practitioners, community, city, state, and government organizations. His teaching, research and creative work often test the concepts of time and transformation, and the potential of landscape architecture to play a pivotal role in envisioning and shaping public space. Roberto has been lead designer in national and international projects in the U. S., Latin America, and the Middle East, and his work ranges from installations to urban projects.