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:
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.
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!
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!