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Aerospace Engineering Grad Lands Position as Shuttle Flight Controller

Laura Slovey Aerospace Engineering

Laura Slovey graduated from Florida Tech in 2004 with a degree in Aerospace Engineering.  She is currently a Shuttle Flight Controller for United Space Alliance.

"I currently work in the Space Shuttle Mission Control Center.  My group/call sign, MMACS ( Mechanical, Maintenance, Arm & Crew Systems) is responsible for all the mechanical systems on board the vehicle. The best part about studying aerospace engineering at Florida Tech is the relationship they have with the local aerospace industry."

Laura is also providing operational input for the new vehicle design in order to begin the transition from the Space Shuttle program. 

To learn more about Florida Tech's Aerospace Engineering program, Click Here.

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Education Without Borders

by T.D. McCay, Ph.D.

Editor’s Note: Dr. McCay recently returned from a trip to the Middle East where he visited with Florida Tech alumni and explored new partnerships for the university.

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The beauty of being at Florida Tech isn’t just that we have students from all over the world but we have graduates all over the world also.  I had a chance to chat with two alums that occupy director general positions in the Middle East.  Both have the responsibility to lead their nation in advancing the social and economic well-being of their country.  One is responsible for human services and the other for aviation programs, in separate countries.  Thanks to Florida Tech I got to hear about their plans first hand, and even be invited to include Florida Tech in some of their initiatives.  The Middle East is both hot and “cool” at the same time.

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Oceanography Graduate is Making a Splash with Her Degree

Rebecca Lynn Medvecky Oceanography

Rebecca Lynn Medvecky graduated from Florida Tech in 2006 with a degree in Oceanography.  She is currently a Chemistry Technician for Mote Marine Laboratory, a leader in marine research with seven research centers located throughout Florida. 

"I think my ability to do my own research as an undergraduate prepared me most.  It was a prelude to graduate school, but it was also a great introduction into the job world.  I currently work as a chemistry technician in Ecotoxicology's Chemical Fate and Effects Program at Mote Marine Laboratory.  I collect and process samples that we examine for toxins."

Mote's Center for Ecotoxicology investigates natural and man-made environmental toxins - where they come from, how they break down in the environment and what effects they have on humans and marine animals.  Mote has been actively involved in studying the effects of the BP Oil spill in the gulf.  Florida Tech is proud to have graduates who are truly making a difference in the world.

To learn more about Mote Marine Laboratory, click here.

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

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Florida Tech Alum Receives Harris Fellow Award for 2011

via the Alumni House

Mark Thompson, a senior scientist with the RF Communications Division of Harris Corporation has been named recipient of the Harris Fellow Award for 2011. The Harris Fellow Award is the company’s highest recognition for engineering achievement.

Thompson has been with Harris Corporation for 28 years and has been recognized for his expertise and ongoing contributions to sustaining Harris’ position as the leading provider of military tactical communications around the world. He has also played an instrumental role in the development of the company’s renowned Falcon family of radios.

Thompson received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He also holds master’s degrees in electrical engineering and systems engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology and Florida Institute of Technology, respectively. In addition, Thompson is currently working on a master’s degree in applied statistics at Rochester Institute of Technology.

"Mark Thompson has made significant contributions to the success of Harris RF Communications.  He is a great leader and mentor in our engineering community and the work he and his teams have done have greatly advanced the technology in the field of tactical voice and data communications for our customers around the world," said Dana Mehnert, group president, Harris RF Communications.

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Florida Tech Alum Named Airport Professional of the Year

via the Alumni House

Robert Ball

Robert Ball pictured with, Florida Tech Alumni Association Executive Director, Bino Campanini.

The southeast chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) has honored Florida Tech alum and Southwest Florida International Airport and Page Field Executive Director Robert M. Ball, A.A.E, as the 2011 Airport Professional of the Year at their annual conference in Mobile, Alabama. Mr. Ball holds a bachelor's degree in air commerce from Florida Tech and serves on the Florida Tech Alumni Association Board of Directors.

He is accredited by the American Association of Airport Executives. He is a past president of Florida Airports Council (FAC) and serves on its board of directors. Ball was honored by the Federal Aviation Administration as the 1998 Airport Manager of the Year for the Southern Region and by the Florida Department of Transportation as the 2009 Aviation Professional of the Year.

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