T. Dwayne McCay (Ph.D., Auburn University) became Florida Institute of Technology President July 1, 2016. Previous service included Provost, Chief Academic Officer, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He is also a Professor in Physics and Space Sciences and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
Before joining Florida Tech in 2003, McCay was Vice President for Research and Information Technology for The University of Tennessee System overseeing statewide research and information technology and the UT-Battelle management contract for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He also served The UT Space Institute as Alumni Distinguished Service Professor of Engineering Science, Program Chair of Engineering Science and Mechanics, and chief executive officer.
His early career included: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (senior engineer, branch chief, division chief); Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory (senior research physical scientist) and ARO, Inc. (research engineer).
McCay has authored over 100 technical publications including two books and holds 16 patents.
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Born in the Island of Jersey, located in the English Channel 14 miles from the coast of Normandy. My father was born and raised in Italy and my mother in England. I left Jersey in 1986, after high school, to accept a soccer scholarship from FIT. I was part of the first wave of international recruits that would transform the FIT soccer program into one of the premier programs in the nation. I was a member of 2 National Championship teams (1988 as a player and 1991 as a coach) and 4 Regional Championship teams. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Business Communication (1990) and Master of Business Administration in 1992.
My career began in 1993 with a full service architectural and engineering company, Stottler Stagg & Associates, located in Cape Canaveral. Initially working in the marketing and business development area, I took over as the Chief Executive Officer in 2000. Very proud of 2 projects that we performed for FIT; the design and engineering for the Scott Center for Autism Research and Treatment and the Emil Buehler Center for Aviation Training and Research.
Served as Chairman/President for various local nonprofit organizations including LEAD Brevard, Space Coast Tiger Bay and Merritt Island Rotary Club.
I have a 30+ year relationship with FIT that spans from my student and coaching days, through serving on the Florida Tech Alumni Association Board of Directors, Panther Athletic Advisory Board, College of Business Board of Overseers, and the Board of Trustees, to today as VP for alumni affairs and annual giving.
In 1985 he graduated from Florida Institute of Technology with a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and in 1995 he achieved an MBA from Cranfield School of Management.
He worked for 20 plus years with Emirates Airlines beginning in 1985 as an Assistant Manager of Information Technology. He helped to grow the airline, was consistently promoted with his title becoming the Senior Vice President of Corporate Development in 1995.Some accomplishments prior to his final year at Emirates Airlines in 2006 were:
He continued on the path of regional development as a Vice Chairman of Istithmar World and then as Group Managing Director of Dubai Islamic Bank. This is the first bank to adopt Islamic rules. For nine years from 2009 he was the Director General of the Community Development Authority where the focus is to the raise the levels of social development and enhance the roles of nationals and resident in Dubai.
I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and when I was four my family moved to Caracas, Venezuela where I lived until starting at FIT in 1980. I graduated in 1984 with a double major in Electrical and Computer engineering after which I worked in the oil industry in Africa for four years. Following this, I obtained an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.
After a career in the aerospace and furniture industries in Europe, I founded Furniture123.com which I ran for 13 years. The company was Europe's first online furniture retail business which was built from a start-up into a multi-million dollar operation, the business was sold in 2012. I am currently a Board Director of two start-up businesses, one is designing a solar powered car for mass production and the other is in the education sector. I am also a member of the International Advisory Board of Florida Institute of Technology. My leisure interests include tennis, skiing, writing and sailing. I am a Yachtmaster with the Royal Yachting Association and in 2005 I sailed across the Atlantic. I live in England and am married with two children.
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Born in Madrid, Spain and married Beatriz Mira in 2012, father of 3 children: Alvaro (5), Beatriz (4) and Victoria (2). Both my parents are from Spain. I spent seven summers (1978-84) at Kawanhee Camp (Weld, Maine) where I was elected the first foreign Captain ever (1985) of one of the two teams that compete throughout the summer and led and motivated the near 100 children on my team to victory after 7 weeks of a variety of sports competitions. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering (1992).
I am President of AESA and Managing Director of CAESA, the third-generation of a family-owned business, focused on representing top foreign Aerospace, Electronics and Defense manufacturers like McDonnell Douglas, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Honeywell, Flir Systems, CAE, among others… with overall sales in Spain of over $6B.
Since 1998, I have been the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Spanish Power SL, pioneers in the renewable energy sector, headquartered in Madrid with a strong global presence. The company focuses on wind power, solar photovoltaic installations and energy efficiency with a large track-record of projects amounting to 1300+MWs with generation facilities in Spain, Scandinavia and Mexico. I am also a Founder and Board Member of SPAWER OIL, focused on trading and brokerage of commodities like crude oil and refined oil derivatives, and specialized in the international trade market of food products, additives and industrial ingredients.
Member of the Board of Trustees of Santa María de los Rosales School (Madrid) since 1990 and currently serving on the Florida Tech’s International Advisory Board since its recent creation in 2018. These two positions make me both proud and humbled by the responsibility that derives from being able to influence in the education of future generations, which I clearly consider the building block of a decent, responsible and successful society.
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Born and raised in Iceland and shaped by the untamed nature of the land of fire and ice, I was soon destined to be an entrepreneur. Working my way through school enabled me to continuously integrate academic learning and practical application which ultimately has become the focal point of my career and the life I have built for myself and my family. Throughout, I have been fortunate to work with innovative and passionate people all around the world, building global companies and at the same time serving students and faculty in universities in Europe and the United States.
It all began when I entered a graduate program at the Florida Institute of Technology. As an international student in America, I encountered people and projects that expanded my horizon and opened my eyes to a whole new world of possibilities propelling me onto a new trajectory. Since my Florida Tech days, I completed a PhD from the London School of Economics while participating in the creation and development of three companies. The first was a local research company followed by an opportunity to join a team creating a global life science company, where I eventually became Deputy to the CEO until relocating back to Iceland to serve as President of Reykjavik University (RU). Following my tenure at RU, another entrepreneurial opportunity came knocking. A team was being put together to create a new global life science company where I currently serve as a member of the executive team. In addition to my executive responsibilities, I have been a member of various boards and advisory boards. Currently living in Boston, serving on the Board of Directors of a NASDAQ OMX listed company in Copenhagen and the Florida Tech Board of Trustees. Furthermore, I serve as chairman of the advisory board for an innovation accelerator program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Architecture and Planning where I also serve as the Senior Advisor to the Dean on Entrepreneurship.
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Radhika Krishnamurthy, Psy.D., ABAP was born and raised in Bombay (now Mumbai), India. After completing her master’s degree in North Carolina and doctoral degree in Virginia, both in Clinical Psychology, she joined Florida Tech as a faculty member in 1994. She is currently Professor of Psychology in Florida Tech’s College of Psychology and Liberal Arts. Her teaching, research, and clinical training activities are in the Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) doctoral program, centered on the specialized area of personality testing and psychological assessment. Dr. Krishnamurthy served as Program Chair and Director of Clinical Training in 2003-2006 before resuming her faculty role. She is the recipient of Florida Tech’s 2018 Faculty Excellence Award in Service.
In her external professional service roles, Dr. Krishnamurthy is current Chair of the Women’s Issues Committee and Executive Committee member of the National Organization of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology. She also serves as an Advisory Board Member to the Test Division of the University of Minnesota Press and on the Testing Advisory Group of the American Psychological Association’s Practice Directorate. She was President of the international Society for Personality Assessment in 2011-2013, and of the Assessment section of the American Psychological Association’s Society of Clinical Psychology in 2008. She has an advanced diplomate granted by the American Board of Assessment Psychology, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Assessment Psychology as well as the Society for Personality Assessment. She is currently a Consulting Editor for four assessment journals, former Associate Editor for two assessment journals, and co-editor/co-author of a 2018 book titled Diversity-Sensitive Personality Assessment.
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Mert Kutlu earned his bachelor of science in aviation management from Florida Tech in 2010 and has since gone on to become the youngest first officer with Turkish Airlines. He achieved the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airmen Certification, given to pilots who have exceeded the FAA’s educational, licensing, and medical standards.
In 2016, just five years after joining Turkish Airlines, Mert became the company’s youngest captain candidate ever with more than 4,000 hours of flight time. “Eventually, my career plan is to be involved in the political side of the transportation industry. I want to incorporate what I learned at FIT and other institutions into legislation and making people’s lives easier,” he said.
Mert is currently a board member with Lens Yapi, a leading building and development firm in Istanbul. The firm is building the largest residential and commercial project in Turkey as well as building one of the tallest buildings in Europe.
In addition to his time at Florida Tech, Kutlu also studied sustainability at the University of Westminster—particularly related to future uses of London Olympic Stadium—and global politics at the London School of Economics in the Middle East. He is currently pursuing graduate study in political science in Turkey.
Born in Jamaica and attended FIT in 2011. Graduated in 3.5 years with Summa Cum Laude in Business and Technical Communication, second in class. Worked on PR campaign for sea turtles and assisted with the first live internet broadcast of a sea turtle laying eggs on Melbourne Beach.
Worked as a technical writer for the Chief Information Office in the USDA. Currently responsible for various arms of university compliance, and I also work as the University Ombudsman. Slowly pursued an MBA in the FIT online program and graduated in 2015.
Member of the Trails and Greenways committee for the Town of Grant-Valkaria, FL.
I was born in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1964. After graduating from Istanbul University with a BA degree in Public Finance in 1990, I came to America initially for flight training. Witnessing the college life and education system here I decided to leave flight training and go for a master’s degree in aviation.
The following year I attended University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg Missouri and graduated with an Aviation Safety Masters in 1993. I returned to Turkey the same year and accepted a college teaching position at the newly established College of Aviation and Aerospace at The Anadolu University in Eskisehir, Turkey. During the next six years I completed my PhD in civil aviation management, worked as assistant professor, and became the associate dean of the college.
In 1999 I joined the small group to build the second international airport in Istanbul under the Turkish Defense Department’s Undersecretaries of Defense Industries. For the next three years I became the COO/Managing Director of the company overseeing the construction, opening, and the operation of the SG International Airport in Istanbul. Currently this airport was sold under build-operate-transfer contract to an international group and processing over 30 million passengers a year as one of the top 20 airport in Europe.
In 2002 I left the airport company and came back to America. After working over a year at a local banking company I decided to go back to teaching and applied to a few aviation colleges. In 2004 Florida Tech hired me as an assistant professor. In 2007 I became the graduate program chairman. In 2008 I took over the division director of undergraduate studies position. One year later I became the associate dean of the college and that same year I became an associate professor. Finally, I was appointed as the dean of the college and the executive director of the FIT Aviation LLC in 2013 and has been working in this capacity for the last five years.
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In conclusion, I have over 30 years of aviation, education, business, and management experience. I am a licensed private pilot, glider pilot, and I am also multi lingual (English, Turkish, and German).
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Sungjin Park, PhD
The most unique places inspire Dr. Sungjin Park. As the president and CEO of The Vine Corporation, he created technology that was inspired by an unlikely source: the bobcat. The Vine Corporation offers “Voice Improvement Neural Engine” software solutions that improve the audio clarity of cell phones and other electronic devices. When Dr. Park learned that the bobcat has a keen sense of hearing and the ability to catch very small signals that other animals cannot detect, he went on to develop the “Consonant Restoration” filter. This catches very small consonant signals and restores them in real-time. The filter has been patented and licensed to more than fifty million devices.
Sungjin earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Florida Tech in 2003. During his PhD program, he conducted an infrasound research program focused on developing signal processing filters to classify very small infrasound events. Sungjin notes that the infrasound project experience at Florida Tech made his ideal of the consonant restoration filter a reality.
Dr. Park worked for LG Electronics where he directed/co-directed research and development projects in Israel, India, Russia, Switzerland, and the U.S. In 2003 and 2004, he was a visiting professor at Florida Tech, teaching electrical circuits and conducting research for The Boeing Company with Dr. Fredric Ham, dean of the College of Engineering.
Throughout his career, Sungjin has been recognized for his contributions and industry leadership. In 2011, he received the Men of the Software Industry Merit Award from the South Korean Ministry of Knowledge and Economy, and he recently earned the Authentication of Merit from the Korean governor and presidential candidate.
Dr. Rassoul, a veteran space physicist, joined the Florida Institute of Technology in the 80’s following research fellowships at two major universities and then at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
He is a graduate of the University of Texas, with a PhD in Space Physics. At the time, Dr. Rassoul was driven by dreams of space travel. He was working for NASA on construction of the state-of-the-art Imaging Spectrometric Observatory (ISO) that ultimately made the trip aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-45. Rassoul regards with justifiable pride the space science research and education team that he has built in Florida Tech, including one of the best research groups of its kind – the Geospace Physics Laboratory – a collection of 4 major laboratories in space sciences and instrumentations.
His current research interests include x-ray and gamma ray emissions produced by thunderstorms and lightning, initiation and propagation of lightning and electrical discharges, terrestrial gamma-ray flashes (TGFs), solar modulation of galactic and anomalous cosmic rays, and instrument development. He has an excellent international reputation, with extensive and well-cited publications. His research has been extremely important to advance fundamental science as well as betterment of technologies and safety of society worldwide.
Dr. Rassoul is co-discoverer of x-ray emissions from lightning, a discovery that has had profound importance in atmospheric sciences. In addition to leading the above research projects, and some occasional teaching, particularly in the Classical Electrodynamics and Planetary Sciences, Dr. Rassoul has served Florida Tech as the Dean of Science (January 2005-Dec 2017). He is currently a Distinguished University Professor in Physics.
Muzaffar A. Shaikh is Associate Provost of Industry Partnerships, Associate Vice President of International Partnerships, and a Distinguished Professor of Systems Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology (FIT). He received his Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne with a perfect score. In February of 2018, he completed his 50 years of uninterrupted service in the American workforce. After over 19 years in the industry, Dr. Shaikh joined FIT in May 1987 where he has been for over 31 years. He has held various administration positions for over 26 years. He has consulted for over 20 years during his service at FIT.
Under the George W. Bush Administration, Dr. Shaikh was appointed by the Secretary of Commerce to the Race and Ethics Advisory Committee where he served for three (3) years. Dr. Shaikh has been awarded ten (10) college- and/or university-wide awards.
Dr. Shaikh has led and continues to lead the university effort in starting a total of 36 graduate degree programs in engineering and business for the industry. He also continues to lead the university effort in seeking academic partnerships with the universities and institutions in the Middle East and India.
Dr. Shaikh has authored /co-authored over 100 articles in journals and conference proceedings including a textbook. He has supervised 13 Ph.D. dissertation and 4 M.S. theses students. He has served on a total of 112 Ph.D. committees and 151 M.S. committees. Dr. Shaikh has been quoted over 100 times in newspapers, radio and T.V.
1. Appointed by the Hon. U.S. Commerce Secretary, Donald Evans to the U.S. Race and Ethnic Advisory Committee (2003-2005)
2. Recipient of three President’s Award for University Excellence (2003, 2004, 2005)
3. Recipient of the inaugural Walter M. Nunn, College of Engineering Teacher of the Year Award (2002)
4. Recipient of the Kerry Bruce Clarke FIT Teacher of the Year Award (2002)
5. Recipient of the Provost’s Academic Leadership Award (2005)
6. Recipient of the Outstanding Teacher award by the School of Business (1991)
7. Recipient of the School of Business Teacher of the Year Award (1995)
8. Recipient of the Dr. Andrew A. Revay University Award for Service (2014)
9. Recipient of the Best Faculty Award, given by the University International Student and Scholar Services (2018)
10. Faculty Advisor of nine (9) international student organizations within the university.
Vik Verma is Chief Executive Officer at 8x8, Inc., the world’s first cloud communications company, empowering over 1 million business users to communicate and collaborate across dispersed locations to deliver exceptional customer experiences. 8x8 is a pioneer in unified communications and customer engagement solutions with 150 patents (highest in the industry), driving global innovation in how companies communicate with their employees and customers.
Vik is an engineer at heart who began his career at Savi Technology, Inc. (Savi), a leader in RFID and cloud-based technologies as a design engineer and went on to become the Chief Operating Officer and eventually the Chief Executive Officer of Savi in 1997. He holds eight patents and was named one of 40 “Technology Pioneers” by the World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland in 2003 for a successful track record in building profitable businesses around emerging technologies.
Vik joined 8x8 as a board member in 2012 and was appointed Chief Executive officer within a year to lead the company’s global expansion. He is the driving force behind 8x8’s market leadership in a 50 billion dollar unified and contact center communications market and its continued push for innovation in areas like Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and data analytics. Under Vik’s leadership, 8x8 has evolved into a global player in unified cloud communications from its inception as a Silicon Valley startup.
With more than 25 years of industry and management experience, Vik has successfully transformed several technology businesses through organic growth, international expansion and strategic mergers and acquisitions. Prior to 8x8, he was President of Strategic Venture Development at Lockheed Martin where he led early-stage technologies to new global commercial markets through collaborative incubators, intellectual property portfolio licensing and strategic partnerships with multi-national companies. Prior to this, Vik was the President of the IS&GS Savi Group, a Lockheed Martin technology and information services division providing real-time supply chain management and security solutions for government and commercial markets worldwide. His journey with Lockheed Martin began when he was Chairman of the Board and CEO of Savi, that was acquired by Lockheed Martin in 2006.
Vik holds a B.S.E.E. degree from the Florida Institute of Technology, an M.S.E. degree from the University of Michigan in electrical engineering, and the post-graduate degree of Engineer in
Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Subsequently, in keeping with Silicon Valley tradition, Vik left his PhD program at Stanford to join the startup world. He is also an alumni of the Executive Management programs for CEOs at Harvard Business School, Stanford University, and the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Vik’s Florida Tech honors include being a recipient of the Faculty Honors Award (Co-Valedictorian) Class of 1987, the 1987 Tau Beta Pi Williams Fellowship, the 1999 Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, and being selected as a commencement speaker in 2002. He served on the Florida Tech Board of Trustees from 2002 to 2007 and rejoined the board in 2015.
Vik is a big soccer enthusiast and can be found cheering Barcelona and the Florida Tech Panthers on Twitter. Follow him @VikVerma8x8.
Born in Pasadena, California. Left Hong Kong high school for the University of Washington in 1980 where I finished with a degree in Economics, followed by a Juris Doctor from the University of California’s Hastings College of Law in 1988. While in College, I served variously on the Boards or as the President of the Asian Student Association, Chinese Student Association, and Asian Pacific Law Students Association. Following Law School, I was first an Associate at Baker and McKenzie (then the world’s largest law firm) and then as a Senior Consultant at Price Waterhouse Coopers (now the world’s largest accounting firm) in the Corporate and Tax departments. Hearing the siren song of the internet boom, I co-founded a website called Able-2-Buy.com in 1996 that pioneered online consumer finance. I had to make things up as the operations partner while supervising our software development team. The startup brought me to the UK for a few years but was ultimately sold in 2003, a casualty of the first internet bust.
After returning to the US, I looked for a formal education in software development and came across the new Masters of Information Systems program at FIT. At that time, I worked as the Associate General Counsel for Intex Corporation (world’s largest above ground pool manufacturer) and could only study online. After completing my degree in 2007 (GPA 4.0), I visited Melbourne for the first time to attend commencement. The degree helped me land a bigger job on the e-Discovery Team at Toyota Motors (then world’s largest car manufacturing company).
In 2010, I was called back to Hong Kong to look after the family business where I am currently the Executive Director of the Chinney Group. Our four publicly listed Hong Kong subsidiaries: Hon Kwok Land (0160.hk), Chinney Investments (0216.hk), Chinney Alliance (0385.hk), and Chinney Kin Wing (1556.hk) are focused on high-tech Engineering, Construction, Trading, Investments, and Real Estate. The businesses range from building our 80-storey Hon Kwok Tower in Shenzhen to installing the air traffic control systems at the Hong Kong Airport. Our stock prices have risen by up to 600% since my return.
I am proudly approaching my 15th year working with FIT as a student, faculty member, and most recently as a member of the Board of Trustees.
Ran Zhou graduated from Tongji University, China with B.S. in Thermal and Power Engineering, and then later on earned his Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology. His dissertation, “Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Liquid Behavior in Moving Containers” with major topics about slosh dynamics in rocket cryogenic fuel tanks, was published in 2010.
After graduating from FIT with his Ph.D. degree, Ran joined Lighting Science Group. He is the Director and Senior Researcher at the company and currently leading Research and Development business unit activities including thermal management, system design, integration and innovation for solid state lighting technology related products.
He has over 20 patents and numerous publications. He has participated in various R&D Engineering projects with a focus on sustainability, energy efficiency and human health. Ran also has years of experience working with manufacturing and engineering firms in China. With the capability of understanding both the engineering world and the culture, he has helped the company successfully build partner relationships with multiple companies in China.