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 Michael Grieves, executive director of Florida Tech’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Innovative Design, was a special guest speaker at HxGN Live 2018 in June. Grieves, according to a press release, spoke about “some of the misnomers around quality and proposed a new way of thinking to drive smarter, more productive ways of producing products with superior customer value.”

College of Aeronautics

Debbie Carstens, professor of aviation human factors, has received funding for a study which proposes a comparative analysis of the accident and incident risk assessments and the Human Factors Analysis and Classification System (HFACS) frameworks for analyzing aviation data. Analyses will focus on identifying the specific factors that contribute to near misses and accidents such as runway length, pilot fatigue, and specific weather conditions. Carstens will be working with Oak Ridge Associated Universities scientist Martin Barrie.

William Rankin, associate professor, was recognized with a NASA Certificate of Appreciation for his contribution to the Aug. 21, 2017, total solar eclipse from Thomas H. Zurbuchen, associate administrator at NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. Rankin, a Solar System Ambassador for NASA/JPL, set up his personal Hydrogen Alpha telescope for public viewing at a park in Greenville, S.C., attracting more than 100 people.

College of Engineering and Science

Shermineh Rostami Fairchild, assistant professor of physics and space sciences, was co-author of “Transition from linear- to nonlinear-focusing regime of laser filament plasma dynamics,” published in July in the Journal of Applied Physics. The article was featured on the cover of the journal’s online edition.

A paper in the Journal of Materials Science from Allen Henry Chair Martin Glicksman and co-author Kumar Ankit of Arizona State University was selected as the best paper in the journal for August. The paper, “Measuring solid–liquid interfacial energy fields: diffusion-limited patterns,” will compete with 11 other monthly finalists for the prestigious Robert W. Cahn Best Paper Prize, which recognizes “a truly exceptional original research paper” published in the journal in a particular calendar year.

College of Psychology and Liberal Arts

Travis Conradt, assistant professor of psychology, is president of the executive committee of the Friends of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Brevard Board of Directors. He and the board assisted the Space Coast Health Foundation in funding the renovation of a 30,000-square-foot building in Rockledge that was completed this summer. The state-of-the-art building called the Center for Collaboration serves as headquarters for Space Coast Health Foundation, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Brevard, and the United Way of Brevard and aims to provide a collaborative meeting space for all non-profit organizations in Brevard County.

Robert Taylor, associate dean and head, School of Arts and Communication, attended the U.S. Army ROTC Cadet Summer Training-Leadership Symposium held at Fort Knox, Kentucky, on June 12-15.

Taylor and Florida Tech colleagues Michael Finnegan, Debbie Lelekis and John Lavelle attended the Hemingway Foundation and Society 18th International Hemingway Conference Paris from July 22-28, hosted by the American University of Paris and La Sorbonne.

Office of Human Resources

Dondi Kuennen has joined Florida Tech as the Associate Vice President of Human Resources.  She brings over 20 years of experience as a human resources executive in higher education. Kuennen holds a Master of Science in Business Administration from Argosy University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Phillips University and she is Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) Certified. Kuennen and her family have relocated from Cincinnati, Ohio.

Office of the President Emeritus

Florida Tech President Emeritus Anthony James Catanese was elected as the chairman of the Board of Directors of the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne. Catanese said the King Center is “a jewel” in the crown of Brevard County and Central Florida.

“It brings world-class entertainment to the Space Coast, which enhances the quality of life here. I look forward to an exciting and active two years,” he said.

Former Florida Tech Board of Trustees chairman and current member Phillip Farmer will serve as vice chairman of the King Center board, and trustee William Potter will serve as immediate past chairman. Winston Scott, senior advisor to the president at Florida Tech, will serve as a board member as well.

Office of Research

Tristan Fiedler, associate vice president for research, and Florida Tech faculty members Meredith Carroll and Debbie Carstens, represented Florida Tech at the U.S. Air Force Science and Technology 2030 event at the University of South Florida on April 26. Carstens presented “Psychosocial Effects of Social Media Restrictions on Airmen in Secure Environments,” and Carroll presented “NGAUGE: Optimizing Training Effectiveness by Engaging Airmen in Learning – Anytime, Anywhere.”

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