Florida Tech Outstanding Alumni Achievement Awards
The Florida Tech Alumni Association recognizes distinguished alumni through the prestigious Jerome P. Keuper Distinguished Alumni Award. Alumni nominate candidates for this award which is presented at the Homecoming Gala each year. In addition, each college selects graduates who have made outstanding professional achievements in their chosen fields of endeavor to receive an Outstanding Achievement Award. These awards are also presented at the annual Homecoming Gala.
2014 Jerome P. Keuper Distinguished Alumni Award
General Ann Dunwoody (U.S. Army, Retired) '88 M.S.
In 2008, General Ann Dunwoody '88 M.S. earned the historic distinction of being the first woman in U.S. military history to achieve the rank of four-star general. She is the fourth generation of her family to serve in the U.S. Army.
Her distinguished 38-year military career culminated as the Army Materiel Command's commanding general, where Dunwoody led and ran the largest global logistics command in the Army comprising 69,000 military and civilians, located in all 50 states and more than 140 countries. She managed a budget of $60 billion and was responsible for oversight of approximately $70 billion in service contracts. She also prepared the Army's global supply chain in support of Iraq and Afghanistan and contingency operations in Haiti, Pakistan and Japan.
Today, she is president of First 2 Four, LLC, a leadership mentoring and strategic advisory services company and serves on the board of directors for L-3 Communications, Republic Services and Logistics Management Institute.
She serves on the leadership council of the Aspen Institute's Franklin Project, an effort to improve citizenship by giving every young person in America the opportunity to participate in a year of service, and she is dedicated to efforts that support returning veterans.
She earned her master's degree in logistics management from Florida Tech's Fort Lee site.
2014 Outstanding Alumni Awards
Mr. Bill Johnson '76
College of Aeronautics - Skurla Award
Outstanding Alumni Award
Mr. Johnson assumed his position as Executive Director of the Florida Airports Council in September of 2001. The Florida Airports Council is a state-wide professional association representing Florida's publicly-owned and -operated airports with a membership of more than three hundred airport, aviation, governmental, educational, and industry representatives.
Prior to joining the Council, Mr. Johnson was the Director of Economic Development for City of Tallahassee, Florida; where he had also served as Director of Aviation at Tallahassee Regional Airport.
Prior to assuming his position with the City of Tallahassee he served as the Aviation Manager for the Florida Department of Transportation, an Assistant City Manager and Director of Economic Development for the City of Fort Lauderdale and Airport Manager for Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.
In addition to his position with the Council, Mr. Johnson administers the FAC Education Foundation, providing scholarships and internships to students in Florida, where he also serves as liaison with the Council's two student chapters.
Mr. Johnson began his aviation career in 1978 at the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority. He has a Master's Degree in Aviation Education and Bachelor's Degree in Aviation Administration from Middle Tennessee State University and an Associate Degree in Flight Technology from Florida Institute of Technology.
Mr. Johnson is an Accredited Airport Executive (AAE) and licensed pilot.
Mr. Alan Prestwood '73, '80 MBA
Nathan M. Bisk College of Business
Outstanding Alumni Award
Alan is a Senior Vice President of Investments with Wells Fargo Advisors in Melbourne Florida. He has been a Financial Advisor since 1989, and is a graduate of Florida Tech with a BS and MBA in Business. His professional practice is centered on financial planning and portfolio management for individuals prior to and during retirement.
He serves on the board of directors in several community organizations including Health First, the Brevard Neighborhood Development Coalition, and the Evans Center. Previous community involvement includes 18 years on the Florida Institute of Technology Alumni Association BOD, Brevard Cultural Alliance (BCA) Board of Directors, The Masters Workshop Board of Directors and the Carriage Gate neighborhood association Board of Directors.
Alan is president of the Hosts of Brevard, and is active in ministries at his church. He enjoys action movies, jazz concerts, dancing, great restaurants and traveling the US and abroad with his wife, Katie.
Dr. David Mazurek '82, '84 M.S.
College of Engineering
Outstanding Alumni Award
Dr. Mazurek holds a B.S. degree in ocean engineering and an M.S. degree in civil engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. degree in civil engineering from the University of Connecticut. He was employed by General Dynamics' Electric Boat Division, where he provided submarine construction support, conducted engineering design and analysis associated with pressure hulls and other structures, and completed structural noise and vibration transmission reduction studies. He also taught for one year at Lafayette College just prior to joining the Coast Guard Academy's civil engineering faculty, where he has served for the past 24 years.
Dr. Mazurek's main area of research is in bridge engineering, having authored numerous papers on the subject. He has most recently collaborated with the Federal Railroad Administration to study improved methods for stress measurements of steel bridges. He has also studied vibration-based methods for detecting damage in bridges, ships, and towers. He has conducted structural forensics, investigating the collapses of several Coast Guard navigation and communication towers, as well as superstructure failures of submarines. He has studied risk assessment and building security issues, developing the rather unique undergraduate course entitled Structural Design for Extreme Events, which has blast-resistant design as the main emphasis. In 2005 he joined the Beer & Johnston engineering mechanics textbook team, and has since co-authored four editions of Engineering Mechanics: Statics, the first edition of Statics and Mechanics of Materials, and three editions of Mechanics of Materials.
Dr. Mazurek has served on several national technical committees, most notably being the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association's Committee for Steel Structures, for which he has been an active member since 1991 and is currently Chair of its Subcommittee for Coatings & Special Construction. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, a member of the Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society, and a founding member of Florida Tech's chapter of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. He was elected into the Connecticut Academy of Science & Engineering in 2013, and was the 2014 recipient of both the Coast Guard Academy's Distinguished Faculty Award and its Center for Advanced Studies Excellence in Scholarship Award. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Connecticut and Pennsylvania.
Mr. Jim Taylor '89
College of Psychology and Liberal Arts
Outstanding Alumni Award
Jim Taylor earned his master's degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (I/O) in 1989 from Florida Tech. He is currently Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Career Partners International - Florida & Caribbean. Jim directs the company's business development, executive search and executive coaching activities, and run a national 20+ person team for executive, professional and volume recruiting for multiple industries. He is a valued business partner with expertise in aligning people strategies with business goals. Jim has over 24 years' experience in talent management, executive recruiting, assessment, career transition and executive coaching. His experience also includes 10 years at Johnson & Johnson World-Wide Headquarters, in addition to a number of years in the Wealth Management practice of Merrill Lynch. Jim is on the Board of the Children's Home Society of Brevard. He served for two years as Board Chair and is currently Chairman of a Fund Raising Capital Steering Committee.
Mr. Tracey Bailey '88, '95 M.S.
College of Science
Outstanding Alumni Award
Tracey Bailey is the state director for Virginia Professional Educators (VPE), a nonprofit, professional association that serves Virginia's 100,000 teachers by working to improve public education through accountability and higher student achievement, and provides educators with professional support in the classroom.
Mr. Bailey began as a physics and space sciences major at Florida Tech, and in his junior year was offered a teacher scholarship from the State of Florida. He earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees at Florida Tech in science education with an emphasis on instructional technology. As a teacher at Satellite High School, Mr. Bailey won national recognition for his highly innovative science education programs. He developed Satellite High's first advanced placement (AP) program and introduced science research including molecular biology and DNA fingerprinting into the classroom. Within three years, the school's science research program was among the best in Florida, winning many national and international awards. Mr. Bailey was also a developer and author of Florida's state curriculum for instructional technology.
In part because of these successes, Mr. Bailey was named the 1993 National Teacher of the Year, among some 2.7 million teachers nationwide. He then served as the first director of the Center for Space Education at the Kennedy Space Center, later became the state coordinator for education reform programs in the Florida Department of Education, and then served as national director for the Association of American Educators (AAE). He is a member of the Florida Educators' Hall of Fame.
Throughout his career, Mr. Bailey has worked with education leaders nationwide to promote substantive education reform and an increased professionalism among teachers. Mr. Bailey has spoken to Congress on several occasions, and he is often invited to the White House to represent teachers on education reform issues.
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