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The Making of an Anniversary Book

For over six decades, Florida Tech has been renowned for the quality of the education and research that takes place not only our Melbourne campus but throughout the fourteen extended study locations and via our community of online learners.

So how does a university celebrate achieving a milestone of providing higher education and research for over six decades? We look to the over 60,000 alumni that embark on their careers after graduation.

Within their achievements, we see the breadth and depth of the engineers, scientists, astronauts, technology leaders, captains of industry, clinical researchers, athletes, and educators that stand out in nearly every field.

Learn about our sixty alumni, listed by the decade they graduated from Florida Tech, by clicking on their name:

1958 -1969

Reagan DuBose, Jr.

Julius Montgomery

Al Kaltman, PhD

Richard "King" Barnard

Terence Murdock

The 1970s

 Jim Thomas

Henry "Chip" Heflich, Jr.

David Force

Leonard Whitlock

Deborah Ayars

Robert Phebus, Jr.

Joseph Caruso, Sr.

Jeffrey D.  Grant

Gene Ferraro

Jeanne Flanagan

William "Randy" Muns

The 1980s

 Mike Shawcross

Wadad Dubbelday, PhD

R. Adm. Jonathan White

Catharina Haynes

Jorge Mesquita

Julian Field

Huntley Lawrence

Khaled Al Kamda

Tom Bohrer

Jonathan Zung, PhD

Gen. Ann Dunwoody

Vikram Verma

Duane De Freese, PhD

Scott Henderson

Fahri Diner

David King

Tim Wakefield

The 1990s

E.  Davon Kelly

Max Mutchler

Mike Moses

Ali Tino Alavie, PhD

Tom & Mary Folliard

Fidgi Haig

Bino Campanini

Alvaro Fuster

Elizabeth Webbe Lunny

Steven Atkin, PhD

Tracey Bailey

Sunita Williams

Svafa Gronfeldt, PhD

Raymond "Gene" Apelado

Hugh Thompson, PhD

The 2000s

 Johnny M. Moore, PhD

Sungjin Park, PhD

Christian Marin-Muller, PhD

Jennifer McCarthy

Sean McGeough

James Wong

Daniela Iacobelli

The 2010s

Jennifer Gillette

Mert Kutlu

Chelsea Harms-Tuohy, PhD & Evan Tuohy, PhD

Joseph Bussenger

Kim Day

Foreword & Introduction

Setting the stage for the alumni stories to unfold is Professor Gordon Patterson. Dr. Patterson creates the context for our book in the foreward, taking us on the wild ride that defines our humble beginnings to our incredibly accomplished present.

President McCay shares his vantage point of how meaningful our alumni are to our university's story, reinforced by meeting our proud Panthers at every alumni reception hosted each year throughout the world.

The Cover

Celebrated artist, Derek Gores, created the stunning collage from torn pages of Florida Tech magazines, brochures, photos, posters, yearbooks, and advertisements. The collage is an eight-foot by eight-foot replica of the Florida Institute of Technology university seal. Each of the alumni featured in the book appears within the artwork, along with a treasure trove of history to complete the insignia.

Currently hanging at the Foosaner Museum in Melbourne, Florida, the collage’s future home is in the new Alumni Center. We encourage all alumni to stop by and take a selfie in front of this iconic artwork while on campus!

You Are a Part of the Story!

Most books have a beginning, middle, and end, but the chapters at Florida Tech will continue to unfold. We invite you to order a copy, view it online, and visit the Alumni Center for a photo to add to your experience here at our university. Without the vision of our founding president, Dr. Jerome P. Keuper, and all alumni who have passed through our doors, we would not be the great university we are today. Our heartfelt thanks to President McCay for encouraging the storytelling of Florida Tech with this anniversary publication!