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Jerome P. Keuper Distinguished Alumni Award

The true measure of a university's greatness can be found in the achievements of its alumni. Florida Tech has established a worldwide reputation for developing leaders and innovators across diverse fields, from academia to private industry to government. In that stratum of "the best of the best," Florida Tech alumni have gained their unique distinction through successes in their professions, service to the uiniversity, and contribution to their communities.

The Jerome P. Keuper Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes an alumnus or alumna whose career accomplishments honor the university's legacy of excellence. The award is presented each year at our Homecoming Gala on campus.

2019 Jerome P. Keuper Distinguished Alumni Recipient


Chip Heflich '73

 Chip Heflich 2019 JPK Distinguished Alumni Awardee

From Dreaming of Space to Shaping the Internet

The excitement of the space race and the moon landing set young Chip Heflich's sights on working in space technology. The brochures for Florida Institute of Technology featured beaches and its close proximity to NASA’s Cape Canaveral operations. Chip could not imagine anything better than studying space technology in the sunshine and warmth - he quickly applied to Florida Tech and was accepted.

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