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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.

middle east

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.

Tags: Awesome Alumni, It's Not Rocket Science

Why am I So Proud that Florida Tech is an Internationalized University?

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.

Emirates Tower in Dubai

Well, when I look out my window on the 22nd floor of Emirates Tower in Dubai I am reminded.  The tallest building in the world is in full view, along with enough construction cranes to build Disney World and Universal all at once in probably less than a year.  What does that have to do with us? Well, we have degrees in construction management, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, etc.  Several of our graduates are already over here contributing.  How are they going to power all this?  Well they are planning on several nuclear plants to come on line in the next 10-15 years.  That is one of my jobs while I am over here, setting up a nuclear engineering concentration in Abu Dhabi.  The CEO of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, Mohamed Al Hammadi, just happens to be a Florida Tech graduate.  Oh—and this expensive hotel where I’m staying?  Don’t worry—I’m a guest of the Minister of Higher Education, and this is where he put me!

Tags: It's Not Rocket Science

The NASA Connection.

by T.D. McCay, Ph.D.

space launch

It is interesting that NASA and Florida Tech are the same age, going on 53 years old. It is not a coincidence since Florida Tech (the Brevard Engineering College) was founded for the purpose of educating NASA employees; degrees were limited but highly valued.  Now our old friend has come under a lot of criticism because space flight has become so expensive and some of the new commercial ventures (SpaceX for example) are offering low cost alternatives to the NASA overseen space flight opportunities.  I had the chance a couple of years ago to spend a few hours wit the SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk , and must admit he is exceptionally bright and focused.  We should not forget, however, that he is standing on the shoulders of giants and his company has taken advantage of the many  years of development activity conducted on behalf of the space agency.  So before we throw out the baby with the bathwater we should at least give the agency a chance.  What do you Florida Tech graduates and students think?

Tags: It's Not Rocket Science

The Florida Tech Scott Center for Autism in Dubai.

by T.D. McCay, Ph.D.

Dubai

We recently had a chance to visit Dubai and do a little work with one of the Florida Tech Alumni, Director General Khaled Al Khamda.  Mr Khaled works directly for the sheikh and looks stunning in his snow white garb which indicates he's an Emirati. He directs all the social programs for the city, state and introduced us to the Dubai program for children with disabilities such as autism.  A quick overview of the successes taking place at the Scott Center for Autism Treatment here on campus convinced Mr. Khaled that a partnership would be highly beneficial to Dubai to conduct an assessment and lay out a formal partnership.  This will present opportunities for our students and faculty but more importantly, will provide improved treatment for the young Dubai participants who suffer from this malady. 

I have been lucky enough to travel to a great many cities over the years but Dubai is among my favorites. The city is sort of like Las Vegas on steroids.  Our applied behavior analysts will help make it a better place for the Emirati children. 

Tags: It's Not Rocket Science