May M. Mansy Ph.D.

May M. Mansy Ph.D.

1275 Center Drive, Biomedical Sciences Building J289, Gainesville, FL 32611

T: (352) 273-5305
F: (352) 273-9221

Instructional Assistant Professor &
BME Learning Assistant (LA) Program Director

Neural engineering, bioelectrical signals & systems, engineering leadership & ethics


B.S., Systems & Biomedical Engineering, Cairo University, Egypt, 2009
Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida, 2019

Research Summary:

Dr. Mansy’s doctoral research is motivated by recording neural activity on the ensemble and cellular levels, using optical methods like two-photon imaging, epi-fluorescent imaging, and Fiber Photometry. Her focus is the systematic device characterization of Fiber Photometry, appraising its sensitivity, dynamic range, and spatial detection extent. Mansy is well-versed in a wide range of neuroscience research techniques, including stereotaxic cranial surgery and implants, histological analysis, neural data analysis, neural device design, and peripheral nerve surgery and stimulation. While completing her PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Mansy was a teaching assistant for three graduate and undergraduate courses with the Biomedical Engineering department and the Electrical and Computer Engineering at UF.

Dr. Mansy is currently the primary instructor for Biomedical Instrumentation (lecture and lab), Biomedical Signals and Systems, and Educational Methods for BME Learning Assistants. She views teaching as an art extending existing cognitive frameworks in students’ minds. As a trained neuroscientist, her approach integrates neural insights with Kolb’s Experiential Learning Theory, focusing on a four-stage learning cycle: concrete experience, reflective observation, abstract hypothesis formulation, and active testing. She supports this cycle through diverse classroom experiences tailored to individual learning styles, fostering sensory engagement to optimize memory and attention. I promote reflective and abstract thinking through personalized interactions and collaborative problem-solving, aiming to resonate with students’ interests and emotional drivers, encouraging more profound understanding and retention. Mansy’s methods not only aim to fulfill academic goals but also nurture a supportive, emotionally aware educational environment, ensuring that students are academically and holistically prepared for their futures.

Mansy is the founder, developer, and driver of a BME LA program and has been successfully running it since Fall 2021. The LA model is a collaborative learning strategy that aims to train undergraduate frontrunners who succeeded in a course with a strong showing to assist the next cohort of students in learning the course content. The BME LA program in our department is the first LA program in the Wertheim College of Engineering at the University of Florida and, according to the LAA database, the only discipline-specific LA program for Biomedical Engineering. The program trains undergraduate frontrunners on research-based learning strategies to help their peers navigate foundational BME courses.

Dr. Mansy has numerous leadership experiences and is certified in Engineering Leadership by the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering at UF.


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Certificates and Awards:

  • Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering Undergraduate Teacher of the Year, University of Florida, 2023-2024
  • Service Excellence Award, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida, 2022
  • BME Department Teaching Excellence Award, University of Florida, 2021
  • Margaret A. Ross Award, 2019
  • Engineering Leadership Certificate, 2018