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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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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.

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Aviation Management Graduate Flying High.

Austin Roland Holt Aviation Management

Austin Roland Holt graduated from Florida in 2006 with an Aviation Management degree.  Austin is currently a pilot, flying for Mesa Airlines, Inc. 

"I am an airline captain and at my job I could work 16 hours in a row and fly anywhere from two to eight legs for a total of 8 hours of flying."

Austin averaged 250-300 flight hours in his time at Florida Tech and was able to learn in great year-round flying conditions.

"The coolest thing that my friends and I would do is while we were building our flight time we would go to the airport early in the morning and fly somewhere for breakfast or fly down to the Florida Keys and spend the weekend."

To learn more about Florida Tech's Aviation program, click here.

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Florida Tech Alumnus Named to Key Obama Administrative Post

Jeanine Jackson

President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate four individuals to key administrative posts. One of which includes Florida Tech Alumnus Jeanine E. Jackson.  Jackson has been nomimated as the Ambassador to the Republic of Malawi for the U.S Department of State.

“These individuals have demonstrated knowledge and dedication throughout their careers. I am grateful they have chosen to take on these important roles, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.” - President Obama

Jeanine E. Jackson is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service and currently serves as the Minister Counselor for Management at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.   Prior to this role, Ms. Jackson served as U.S. Ambassador to Burkina Faso.   Since joining the U.S. Foreign Service in 1985, her other overseas assignments included Management Counselor at Embassy Kabul; Supervisory General Services Officer at Embassy Nairobi; Personnel Officer at the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong; Chief of the Consular Section at the U.S. Consulate in Jeddah; General Services Officer at Embassy Lagos; and Vice Consul at the U.S. Consulate in Zurich.  During Washington assignments, she served in the Bureaus of African, European and Near East Asian Affairs.  Currently, Ms. Jackson holds the rank of Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve.  She earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education from Hastings College.

Florida Tech is proud to have educated such a distinguished alumnus and wishes Colonel Jackson luck as she embarks on her new mission.

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Civil Engineering Grad on the Road to Success.

Matthew Bolyard Civil Engineering

Matthew Bolyard graduated from Florida Tech in 2003 with a degree in Civil Engineering and is currently a Project Manager for Southway Builders, Inc.

"Going to London for an elective class was fun, but definitely the most inspiring was winning the regional concrete canoe competition with the best teammates one could ever hope for.  What I like most about civil engineering is it's probably the only major where you can walk into any room, or dive on any road, and know that a civil engineer had something to do with it."

Florida Tech's Civil Engineering program provides students with several hands on learning projects.  Some of them include the Steel Bridge Competition and the Concrete Canoe Competition.  To see what we're talking about, check out some footage from past competitions.



To learn more about Florida Tech's Civil Engineering program, click here.

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