Author: Adam Lowenstein, FIT News Bureau

African Drum and Dance, Kanga Cloth History on Tap from Funk Center at Florida Tech

The Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts will host an African drumming and dance workshop on Oct. 19 and a Friends of Textiles Lecture Series presentation on the history of kanga cloth Nov. 6 as the Florida Tech museum offers two events in conjunction with its current exhibition, Wandering Spirit: African Wax Prints.

FIT’s ‘Girls in Aviation Day’ Event Set Oct. 13 at Orlando Melbourne International Airport

Young girls interested in aviation and the possibilities of flight are invited to Girls in Aviation Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at F.I.T. Aviation, 801 Harry Goode Way at Orlando Melbourne International Airport.

Florida Tech Launching Accelerated Business Programs, Bachelor and MBA in Four Years

Florida Tech’s Bisk College of Business is launching Accelerated Business Programs that will allow participants to finish degrees faster and get into their careers sooner – all while saving up to $55,000 in tuition and overall costs when compared with a standard-paced approach.

Don Platt Named Florida Institute of Technology’s Director of Spaceport Graduate Center

Don Platt, an aerospace entrepreneur, assistant professor and longtime director of the Space Systems Master’s Programs at Florida Tech’s School of Extended Graduate Studies, has been named director of the university’s Spaceport Graduate Center.

Indian River Lagoon Focus of Technical Conference on Coastal Water Quality Sept. 28 at Florida Tech

Scientists and researchers from around Florida will discuss the latest efforts to fix the ailing Indian River Lagoon as Florida Institute of Technology’s Indian River Lagoon Research Institute convenes its fourth annual Technical Conference on Coastal Water Quality on Friday, Sept. 28.

Florida Tech Class of ‘87 Alumni Vik Verma to Receive Distinguished Alumni Award

Vik Verma, who earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at Florida Tech in 1987 on his way to becoming a successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur and executive, will receive the Jerome P. Keuper Distinguished Alumni Award at the university’s 60th Anniversary Homecoming Gala Oct. 13.

Florida Tech to Celebrate 60th Anniversary Sept. 22 With Founders Day Fireworks Display at Olin Quad

Florida Tech will light up the night Sept. 22 in recognition of the university’s 60th anniversary. An 8 p.m. Founders Day fireworks display is set for Olin Quad, just off University Boulevard between Babcock Street and Country Club Road.

EDUCATION SPOTLIGHT: Nathan Hadland, Noah Nodolski Named Florida Tech’s Astronaut Scholars

Astrobiology major Nathan Hadland and aerospace engineering major Noah Nodolski have been named Florida Institute of Technology’s Astronaut Scholars for the 2018-19 academic year. This prestigious, merit-based honor reflects the students’ exemplary academic performance, ingenuity and unique aptitude for research.

Walmart Supply Chain VP Headlines F. Alan Smith Lecture Sept. 11 at Florida Tech

Greg Smith, executive vice president for supply chain at Walmart U.S. will headline the fall F. Alan Smith Distinguished Lecture Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne.

Florida Tech’s Scott Center, Brazilian State of Paraná, Launch Autism Training Program

The Scott Center for Autism Treatment at the Florida Institute of Technology, along with the Brazilian state of Paraná, launched the Autism Training Program this week. The two-year partnership involves online training modules and face-to-face training in Brazil for people who work with autism and other developmental disabilities, created by experts at the Scott Center.