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Meet Florida Tech's First Football Coach, Steve Englehart

via Florida Tech Sports

After months of planning and a careful national search, Steve R. Englehart II is the man who will helm the Panthers’ new football program.

“I’m very excited to have this opportunity,” said Englehart, the former head football coach at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind. “It’s a rare privilege to be invited to literally build a program from the ground up. The Panthers have a proud athletic tradition, and fielding football is the next logical step—working together, there’s nothing we cannot accomplish.”

What people are saying about Florida Tech inaugural head football coach Steve Englehart

“He’s the best. In my four years at Rose-Hulman, he was like a brother to me. He was younger, so he could relate to an 18-22 year-old in a way that some coaches can’t. He’s a first-class person, he’s a family man. First and foremost, I respect the way he lives his life and goes about things. You can’t say enough about his character.”

Derek Eitel - Former Quarterback, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

“I think he’s definitely a player’s coach, but he will be firm with his players. He will make his players respect him and he will have discipline. Although he is still a young man, he will make them do the things that they need to do to be successful in the classroom and on the football field.

Jeff Jenkins - Athletic Director, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

“He is one of the best coaches I’ve been around. He’s very detail and goal orientated. He’s very organized. He listens to his coworkers. I saw him take an offense that was the worst in school history at Indiana State and turn it around in one season to the point that we scored the most points in school history, 351. I think that kind of sums up the one year I had a chance to coach with him, and his ability as a football coach. He’s a great fit for the Florida Tech football program.”

Mike Simmonds - Offensive Line Coach, University of North Texas

Please join us in welcoming Coach Englehart to the Florida Tech family!

Tags: Florida Tech Sports, Florida Tech Football

Florida Tech or FIT?

by T.D. McCay, Ph.D.

F.I.T, Florida Tech, Florida Institute of Technology, Florida Tech

Couple of interesting encounters lately made us rethink what we are called.  Nearly everyone knows our real name is Florida Institute of Technology but that is a long name so usually we just say Florida Tech.  Outside of the campus (and often on campus) people say FIT.  So what should it be?  On a golf course recently someone asked for what the FT on Bill Jurgens’ ball cap stood.  When we said Florida Tech he said he never heard of it, where is it.  We said over in Melbourne.  He then said, “Oh you mean FIT.”  We said yeah.  Then listening to the FIT, FIT, FIT chant as the crew team was cheered on to a close second place at the Dad Vail Regatta, FIT seemed to have a really nice ring.  So I guess we are both Florida Tech and FIT.  It would be simpler to have just one “brand” but life is never simple.

Tags: It's Not Rocket Science

Biological Science Assoc Professor Furthers Alzheimer's Research

Assoc Professor Shaohua Xu

An award from the Community Foundation of Brevard continues the foundation's generous support for the work of Shaohua Xu, associate professor of biological sciences. The gift was made possible by the Kenneth R. Finken and Dorothy Hallam Finken Endowment Fund for Research into the Cause and Cure of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Xu is using atomic force microscopy to test his unique theory of the origins of Alzheimer's disease. Despite many years of investments and research, there is no effective treatment for Alzheimer's because no one really understands its cause.

By examining the interactions of individual molecules, Xu has discovered the biochemical process that appears to drive the disease; something unsuspected by other researchers in the field. Xu's observations show that normal protein molecules can assemble by without any direction into spherical clumps that then join to form chains. These become the tangled treads that choke brain cells in Alzheimer's.

Working with Xu are Sam Durrance, a former astronaut and Florida Tech professor of physics; several Florida Tech graduate students; and Dr. Daniel Woodard, a physician from Kennedy Space Center,

“Everyone is in a rush for a cure. But without knowing what really causes the disease, we are just shooting in the dark. That's why Dr. Xu's ingenious new theory is so important,” said Woodard.

Tags: Tech Talk

Clinical Psychologists Utilizing Employment Tests, a New Frontier.

by T.D. McCay, Ph.D.


I have a personal interest in Psychology since I have a daughter with both bachelors and masters degrees in the field. Her first job was designing psychological tests for potential new employees. Her tests were designed to determine whether a person would fit the company agenda, whether they could get along with others, and if there were any deep seated issues which might cause the employer difficulties in the future; i.e., would they stay the course when the going is not so easy. 

I personally don't understand how one asseses that but apparently it is doable. So this screening really reduces the difficulties for the employer and saves a huge amount of money that would be wasted otherwise.

Florida Tech trains/educates about 25 new clinical psychologists per year. Most of them don't design test; they do treat patients, however, and hence work the other end, i.e., trying to deal with problems once they are uncovered. It's a challenging world out there, maybe we should see if we can graduate a few more than 25. 

Tags: You Don't Have to be a Rocket Scientist

Oceanography Degree Lands Grad Position at NSF

Cheryl Lynn Fossani Coastal Zone ManagementCheryl Lynn Fossani graduated from Florida Tech with her bachelors degree and her master's in Oceanography in 2006.  Cheryl is currently an Oceanographer/Science Assistant for the National Science Foundation.  The National Science Foundation is tasked with keeping the United States at the leading edge of discovery in areas from astronomy to geology to zoology.  The NSF is also responsible for 20% of college research funding so Cheryl is instrumental in helping identify transforming scientific research to better society.

"I am currently working as a 'science assistant' for chemical and physical oceanography programs for the National Science Foundation (NSF).  My position is working in science administration in the process that NSF follows to grant funding to scientists through peer panel reviews.  Part of my job is to help organize these panel reviews. I get to meet the top scientists in the chemical and physical oceanographic fields."

To learn more about Florida Tech's Oceanography degree program, click here

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