Florida Tech Outstanding Alumni Achievement Awards
The Florida Tech Alumni Association recognizes distinguished alumni in two very important categories; through the prestigious Jerome P. Keuper Distinguished Alumni Award and the GOLD Award given to an alumnus or alumna who has distinguished him/herself and graduated within the last decade. Alumni nominate candidates for these awards which are 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.
2011 Jerome P. Keuper Distinguished Alumni Award
Mr. Dettmer is a partner in the law firm of Krasny and Dettmer, Melbourne, Florida. Mr. Dettmer's practice is concentrated in the areas of business law, real estate and estate planning. He is board certified in taxation by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education and is "AV" rated by Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating for legal ability and ethics.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana in 1967; a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida in 1971; and a Juris Doctorate with honors from the University of Florida in 1973. He is a member of the University of Florida Law Review.
Mr. Dettmer is a member of the Florida Bar and the Brevard County Bar Associations. He is admitted to practice in the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, and the United States Tax Court. He is also a member of the Tax Section and the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar.
Mr. Dettmer serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida; Chairman of the Board of Health First Foundation, Inc. and past Chairman and a member of the board of directors of the Community Foundation of Brevard, Inc. Mr. Dettmer is a member of the Board of Directors of BankFIRST, a community bank, and of The BANKshares, Inc, a bank holding company, both of Winter Park, Florida. He is past President and a member of the Board of Directors of the Melbourne Kidney Center, Inc.
Mr. Dettmer has practiced law in Melbourne, Florida since 1974. He is married to Pamela Joan Dettmer and has three children. He enjoys cycling, traveling and reading.
2011 Skurla Award
David Allen Cruciger
David Cruciger graduated from the College of Aeronautics in 1984 with a bachelor's degree in aviation. He currently works for US Customs and Border Protection in Homestead ARB, Florida as an Aviation Interdiction Agent.
Mr. Cruciger is a standardization instructor pilot in Citation C-550, King-Air BE200, and Dehavaland DHC-8 aircraft. He is responsible for training and evaluation of all Fixed-Wing Pilots at the Miami Air Branch. He provides training for Sensor Operators in C-550 aircraft using advanced Infra-red and radar systems and flies coastal patrols around South Florida, the Bahamas and Caribbean islands and South America.
Mr. Cruciger was instrumental in developing the program for operating the Bombardier, DASH-8 (200 and 300) in hostile environments. He was designated as Subject Matter Expert (SME) in the DASH-8. He worked closely with FlightSafety and CBP's training and standards division to ensure the safe and effective operation of this critical ground breaking law enforcement asset. His program set the standard for DASH-8 crew training and proficiency, and also for the law enforcement tactics used in Miami Air and Marine Branch operations.
In his spare time, Mr. Cruciger serves the public as an emergency medical technician (EMT/Paramedic), working as a first responder helping to save lives in South Florida.
2011 Outstanding Alumni Awards
William G. Roy
Nathan M. Bisk College of Business
Outstanding Alumni Award
William Roy is a former attorney for Dow Chemical Corporation. Mr, Roy began at Dow first as their international attorney, then as corporate counsel at their world headquarters. During this time, he served on the presidential commission for review of all federal government procurement laws, rules and regulations. Prior to working for Dow, he was employed at the Martin Company at their Test Division, Cape Canaveral, FL, for missiles and rocket testing, as well as similar work for the Air Force. He was then heavily involved as contract manager/director in both NASA's Gemini Project for the launch of two astronauts into space and the Apollo Moon Project at Cape Kennedy. Mr. Roy received a master's degree from the Nathan M. Bisk College of Business at Florida Institute of Technology in 1970.
Amvrossios (Ross) Bagtzoglou, Ph. D.
College of Engineering
Outstanding Alumni Award
Prof. Bagtzoglou earned his Diploma at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1985, his Master's of Science at Florida Tech in 1987, and his PhD at the University of California at Irvine, in 1990, all in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Water Resources. After his Ph.D., he worked for five years at the Southwest Research Institute funded by the US NRC. His academic career spans the University of Texas at San Antonio, Columbus University and, for the last nine-plus years, the University of Connecticut. At the UConn department of civil and environmental engineering, he has served as ENVE director, associate head of the department and department head. He has authored over 100 referred publications, directed numerous research projects, totaling over $6 million, and served as editor or associate editor for 10 journals. His extraordinary career accomplishments have been recognized through m ny prestigious appointments, honors and awards.
College of Psychology and Liberal Arts
Outstanding Alumni Award
Kathy Meehan graduated from Florida Institute of Technology in 1992 after earning her Associate of Arts from Brevard Community College. She currently serves as vice mayor for the City of Melbourne, is president of the board of directors for the Space Coast League of Cities for 2009-2010, and serves as a member of the Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization. Prior to election to the City Council, Vice Mayor Meehan had served the city as a member of the Planning and Zoning Board and has been actively involved with several local community organizations. She is employed as a sales representative with Meehan's Office Products and has also worked as a case manager with Community Care for the Elderly.
Vice Mayor Meehan has been married since 1984 to Dennis. They have a son who attends the University of Central Florida and a daughter who attends BCC.
Michael W. Sole
College of Science
Outstanding Alumni Award
Mike Sole is vice president for state governmental affairs with Florida Power and Light. Prior to his joining FPL, Mike served as secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. During his tenure as secretary, he led Florida's initiative on climate change; helped lead the state's efforts in coordinating, preparing and protecting Florida from the largest man-made environmental disaster caused by the Deepwater Horizon Incident.
During his 19 years as an environmental manager, he has undertaken responsibilities ranging from marine turtle protection, beach preservation, wetland protection, petroleum cleanup and waste management.
Mr. Sole was a captain in the United States Marine Corps, serving our nation during the Gulf War. He received his Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from Florida Institute of Technology.