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The Florida Tech Career Hall of Fame

Dr. Alvin Kaltman

Mathematician

 M.S. Applied Mathmatics, 1964

Inducted to the Hall of Fame in: 2019

Among the earliest students of Brevard Engineering College (BEC), the precursor of Florida Tech, Al earned his master’s degree in 1964 and also served as an undergraduate teacher.

Prior to Al’s enrollment at BEC, he joined RCA as a junior mathematician—even though his undergraduate degree was in social sciences, which he earned at the University of the Philippines while serving in Air Force intelligence. He soon learned senior scientists working at Cape Canaveral were setting up an engineering college offering graduate courses in the evening, and he enrolled in the applied mathematics master’s degree program in the fall of 1960. At the invitation of Ray Work, acting dean of BEC, Al also taught a general college chemistry course at what was to become Florida Tech. He then went on to earn his doctorate in political science from George Washington University in 1970.

Dr. Kaltman was featured in Florida Tech’s 60th Anniversary special edition book, “60 for 60: Celebrating Sixty Years of Alumni at Florida Institute of Technology.” Copies are available for purchase here.