Professor Joe Dwyer, known for his breakthrough lightning research, has been named head of the department of physics and space sciences effective Aug. 1 and has been acting head throughout July. He came to Florida Tech in 2000 as an assistant professor and became a full professor in 2006. Dwyer was previously an assistant research scientist in the University of Maryland, department of physics. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Irvine, and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Chicago. He received a President’s Award for University Excellence in 2010 and the Faculty Excellence Award in Research 2002-2003.
Professor Kastro Hamed has been named head of the department of education and interdisciplinary studies. He is principal investigator and co-director of a recently funded $1.6 million UTeach grant for STEM teacher education. Prior to joining Florida Tech, Hamed was on the physics faculty at Georgetown University and at the University of Texas at El Paso. In 2003 Hamed received a certificate from Harvard University in Mind, Brain and Education; he has made more than 60 scholarly presentations on STEM teaching and learning, and has received several outstanding teaching awards for innovative teaching methods. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, a master’s degree from the University of Utah and a doctoral degree from Kansas State University.