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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.

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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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The President’s Band

by T.D. McCay, Ph.D.

Twitchy

I bet not many universities have a president who leads not only the “band” but a real rock-and-roll band.  It is made up of Ph.D. faculty, including a couple of deans.  We have always known that there is typically a connection between mathematics and music, that is why we started our music program a few years ago and it is doing very well.  It helps provide an additional outlet for our students that play/sing and entertain for the rest.  The president, the drummer, named the band TWITCHY based on the initials of the original members.  Now that does sound like something an engineer would do.  But don’t be fooled, some of them are also professional musicians and the band is pretty darn good.  They even have a CD out.  They are available from the bookstore if anyone is interested—the CD that is, not the band.

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University Astronautica

by T.D. McCay, Ph.D.

Winston Scott

I have seen at least a dozen ads from different universities about one of their graduates going into space.  At Florida Tech we have had a half dozen or so of those ourselves.  When I used to be a full-time faculty member I used to have a lot of students come with that as their goal and I would try really hard to make them see how difficult that is and not to plan a whole career at the age of 18 that had so little chance for success. Now several of those young people have made it and I now encourage rather that discourage.  The chances are still small but our graduates have a much better chance than those from other schools.  We even have three on our faculty, two that flew and one other that missed her chance due to the Challenger accident.  Those three have served as mentors for several others who made it.  With a new era dawning for space flight, we will have a new batch coming soon.  I am sure several of those will have Florida Tech diplomas.

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World’s Economy

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.

United Arab Emirates

Everyone has done some serious belt tightening over the last few years, including Florida Tech.  The few days spent in the United Arab Emirates show similar such behavior here.  Dubai overbuilt and now has 1,000’s of empty spaces available.  Abu Dhabi, the neighbor emirate, bailed them out but things are still lingering.  All the signs there are that the economic downturn is over and that things are slowly recovering.  They are concentrating on education in the recovery, positioning them to take leadership in several arenas.  They believe the best guarantee one can have is a quality education.  I firmly believe they are right and that is one of the main reasons I encourage everyone to stay in school until they finish.  The job market is now growing and everyone will want the best candidate which generally means the better educated candidate.

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