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Inside Chemical Warefare Research

Professor Andy Knight

Andy Knight, associate professor of chemistry, was awarded a five-year, $963,777 contract from the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Washington, D.C. With collaborators at the Center for Bio/Molecular Science and Engineering at NRL, Knight and his Florida Tech research group are studying the cooperative effects of organic and inorganic coordination complexes on the catalytic degradation of organophosphorus compounds. These compounds are of interest because of their similarities to a number of phosphorus-containing chemical warfare agents such as Sarin and VX.

Knight's approach is to use gold nanoparticles as a platform for controlling the spatial positioning of molecules around catalytic metal centers. It is much like nature's version of catalytic systems, a three-dimensional arrangement of molecules around a metal within enzymes. 

Knight's group, funded by DTRA since 2006, has been working in the broad area of antiviral and antibacterial therapeutics based on metal complexes.

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Flight Training School

by T.D. McCay, Ph.D.


Funny how word gets out around the world—sometimes better than at “home.”  Florida Tech prides itself on the education it provides its flight students as well as the flight training.  Our graduates in aeronautics are suited for much more than being airline and charter pilots.  They have the background to provide leadership in several areas including airline management, airport management, airport design, meteorology and many others.  We now have significant programs underway or in planning with several major airlines.  Some of the interesting ones are COPA (Panama), TAL (Turkey), Airlingus (Ireland), Qatari (Qatar) and China Air (China).  Pretty much covers the globe, so maybe we really are better known outside the U.S. than inside.

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Environmental Studies Grad Making Sustainability Attainable

Krystal Forgenie Environmental Resource Management

Krystal Forgenie graduated from Florida Tech in 2007 with a Master of Science degree in Environmental Resource Management. Krystal currently works as a GIS Specialist/Environmental Scientist for CDM. CDM is an employee-owned consulting, engineering, construction and operation firm headquartered in Cambridge, MA with 120 offices worldwide. CDM is committed to providing sustainable solutions for their clients, check out one of their podcasts to learn more about what they are doing to decrease our environmental impact.

"Some of the unique benefits of an environmental major are the wide range of industries you can work in.  Additionally the combination of business gives you the platform you need if you desire to move into a project management role."

To learn more about Florida Tech's Environmental Resource Management program, click here.

If you or someone you know is an awesome Florida Tech alumni, we want to hear your story.

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Human-Centered Design in the College of Engineering

Professor Guy Boy

How best do humans interact with machines? That’s the concern of human centered design and human factors.

The person to ask at Florida Tech is University Professor Guy Boy, director of the Center for Interaction Design in the College of Engineering. Much of Boy’s work there is on a project funded by more than $1 million over four years from AREVA, an international energy company that offers solutions for nuclear power generation. Now there’s an area where the absence of human error is most welcome.

Under the grant, Boy and his graduate students are exploring the ergonomics and human factors in the design and development of nuclear power plant control and management. They are proposing human factors approaches and techniques for the safer, and more reliable and accountable control of modern nuclear power plants.

Boy came to the university in 2009 to develop a doctoral program focused on human-centered design in life-critical systems. He is author of four major books, is a permanent member of the Air and Space Academy and in 2010 was appointed chief scientist for Human-Centered Design at NASA-Kennedy Space Center.

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Florida Tech Football is Taking Shape....

by Florida Tech Sports

Florida Tech Football

Florida Tech just announced the 42 recruits who are signing on and ready to be part of the Panther's first football team.

“Recruiting is the lifeblood of any program. We are excited that these players are not only an incredible group of gifted athletes but also young men of high character who are strong academically,” said Director of Football Operations John Thomas.
The recruits are as follows:

Florida Tech 2011 Recruiting Class

LB John Armellini Merritt Island High School Merritt Island, Fla.

 OL Michael Peavler Wellington High School Wellington, Fla.

 LB Shaun Searcy Gulf Shores High School Gulf Shores, Ala.

 RB Jace Browne Osceola High School Seminole, Fla.

 FB Ian Spek Apopka High School Apopka, Fla.

 DE William Hastings Harmony High School Kissimmee, Fla.

 QB Sean O'Neal Auburndale Senior High School Auburndale, Fla.

 OL Sky Lermusiaux Monarch High School Margate, Fla.

 OL Constantine Giannopoulos Holy Spirit Preparatory School Atlanta, Ga.

 DB Jomo Daniels Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School Cocoa, Fla.

 WR Aaron Couture Villages High School Ocklawaha, Fla.

 LB Mitchel Herrador Moanalua High School Honolulu, Hawaii

 WR Peter Zappala Fort Hamilton High School Brooklyn, N.Y.

 TE Craig Hinkley Saint Joseph Central High School Pittsfield, Mass.

 LB Jonathan Rabenold Lehighton Area High School Lehighton, Pa.

 DB Carson Stewart South Broward High School Hollywood, Fla.

 LB Ivan Camara Mater Dei Catholic High School San Ysidro, Calif.

 FB Darrien Walker Lyman High School Apopka, Fla.

 WR Ryan Sparks West Islip High School West Islip, N.Y.

 LB Rasheed Oliver Middleburg High School Middleburg, Fla.

 OL Chris Dumas Victor Central High School Farmington, N.Y.

 OL Michael Williams Middleburg High School Middleburg, Fla.

 DB Joshua Kempton Fleming Island High School Fleming Island, Fla.

 DT Kiley Shouse Eaton High School Eaton, Col.

 DB Anthony Lockett Moanalua High School Honolulu, Hawaii

 WR Zachery Martinez Deane Bozeman School Southport, Fla.

 LB Zachary Morris Sebring High School Sebring, Fla.

 WR Gregory Parmer Auburndale Senior High School Auburndale, Fla.

 OL Clayton Rushing Twin Falls High School Twin Falls, Idaho

 LB Nicholas Kerkorian Warren Township High School Waukegan, Ill.

 DB Tyler Graham Jensen Beach High School Jensen Beach, Fla.

 LB Benjamin Blach Merritt Island Christian High School Cocoa, Fla.

 DB Shane Dembinski Saint Clair High School Saint Clair, Mich.

 OL Allen Conrad Bishop Mclaughlin Catholic Hs Tampa, Fla.

 DB David Cicco Saint Edwards School Vero Beach, Fla.

 TE Doug Heath Titusville Astronaut High School Titusville, Fla.

 LB Josh Rice Vero Beach Senior High School Fort Pierce, Fla.

 DT Davantae Williams Jensen Beach High School Stuart, Fla.

 WR Zachary Henderson Sunlake High School Land O Lakes, Fla.

 DE Devin Lucky, South Fork High School Hobe Sound, Fla.

 DT Mike Lanford Florida Air Academy Melbourne, Fla.

 ATH Kenrick Walters, Pine Ridge High School, Deltona, Fla.

Now the question is, are you ready for some football?

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