Faculty and Staff News — 10 September 2013
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College of Engineering

The NSF, facilitated by Georgios Anagnostopoulos, hosted the summer research experience, Advances of Machine Learning in Theory & Applications, on campus. The 10-week program, for science and engineering undergrads interested in machine learning and its applications, culminated with a full-day symposium of research presentations and poster presentations.

John Hearin will participate in the Space Coast Saunter, Oct. 10-13, walking from Sebastian Inlet to Port Canaveral over four days to raise awareness and donations for Surfrider Foundation and Keep Brevard Beautiful. More information is available at https://www.facebook.com/SCSaunter.

Ron Reichard earned a NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium award for the project, Quick Connect Composite Structural Joint.

Michael Workman, formerly of the Nathan M. Bisk College of Business, is now on the faculty of the College of Engineering. He is also executive editor for the Journal of Information and Security Policy and seeks scholarly submissions. The site is at http://jisecpol.org.

College of Aeronautics

The college is offering its first Ph.D. program, the Ph.D. in Aviation Sciences degree, which was recently approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

College of Science

Doctoral student Lorian Schweikert, working in the lab of Michael Grace was awarded a Phi Kappa Phi \”Love of Learning\” scholarship. Schweikert is also the recent recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Student Research Fellowship, and a PEO Scholarship.

Andrew Palmer earned a spot at an NSF Advanced Technological Education Workshop on incorporating genomics and bioinformatics into the classroom. The week-long workshop provided him with new ideas of how to improve and refocus our biotechnology and molecular biology programs.

Rich Aronson will present the monthly free Public Science Lecture,“The Magical Marine Life of Antarctica,” Friday, Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. in the Engineering Auditorium, EC118.

College of Psychology and Liberal Arts

Rich Griffith presented “Global Leadership: Influencing Across Borders\” for the South Brevard chapter of The Society for Human Resource Management.

Frank Webbe has been reappointed to the state Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Committee. His new term ends Feb. 13, 2015.

Nathan M. Bisk College of Business

Samuel Doss was quoted in an npr.org story about Paula Deen.


Hank Hughes celebrates 44 years at Florida Tech as of Sept. 22. Congratulations, Hank!

Online Learning

Criminal Justice instructor Keith M. Touchberry has been selected as the new Chief of Police for the City of Fellsmere, effective September 30. He retires as a captain from the Vero Beach Police Department Sept. 24, following 24 years of distinguished service. He has served Florida Tech Online since classes began in March, 2008, and was recognized in 2009 as online Instructor of the Year.


Gretchen Sauerman has been elected to the Board of Directors for the National Space Club Florida Committee. More information is at:http://www.nscfl.org/About.aspx.

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