Dr. Roger B. Sidje is Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Alabama. His responsibilities include diversity and multicultural programs for the college as well as serving as the A&S coordinator for the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity conference. Dr Sidje also serves as Professor of Mathematics. His research interests include computational mathematics and applications in Markov chains, computational biology, and computational engineering. He has published more than 50 papers, including one that has more than 600 citations. In 2013, Dr Sidje received a research grant worth $200K from the National Science Foundation to develop a software package to simulate biochemical reactions within cells.  The package featured a mathematical model that sought to accurately mimic behaviors associated with key molecules within cells during specific situations. Prior to joining the Alabama faculty, Dr. Sidje worked at the University of Queensland in Australia and the University of Minnesota.