Global Technology Outage Raises Concerns About Ease of Future Cybersecurity Attacks
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by Madeline Taylor
2d ago
The world came to a standstill after a technology outage reported Thursday grounded airplanes, disconnected hospitals and shut down banks across the globe. A faulty software update was to blame, not cybercriminals, but Florida Tech assistant professor TJ O’Connor said the outage’s cascading effect points to larger concerns about our society’s reliance on the internet.   The outage, which affected users’ ability to access Microsoft 365 applications, was traced back to a defect found in a software update from cybersecurity company CrowdStrike. CrowdStrike quickly released a statement confir ..read more
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Florida Tech Acquires Scaled Model of Naval Research Vessel to Further Education on Hydromechanics
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by Madeline Taylor
3d ago
A new vessel will be docking at Florida Tech’s Mertens Marine Center: a 1/23rd-scale self-propelled model of the U.S. Navy’s R/V Melville, a research ship built in 1969. Now, ocean engineering students will get to analyze the ship’s maneuverability on a smaller scale. The model was acquired in an agreement between Florida Tech and the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division. It arrived on campus at the end of June and is undergoing refurbishing in the L3Harris Student Design Center before heading to the anchorage. Travis Hunsucker, assistant professor of ocean engineering, said he pla ..read more
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Florida Tech, KSC Visitor Complex Partner for Space Education, Community Impact
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by Adam Lowenstein
3d ago
An agreement finalized this week between Florida Tech and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will bring the heavens just a bit closer to Earth for the denizens of Central Florida and beyond. Florida Tech President John Nicklow and KSCVC Chief Operating Officer Therrin Protze signed an agreement July 15 flanked by their respective mascots, Pete the Panther and SpacePerson. Through this partnership, led by the university’s Ortega Observatory, organizers plan to create new and expand existing educational opportunities on space sciences for researchers, students and the general public. “This ..read more
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Sean McGeough Returns to College of Aeronautics to Teach “Careers in Aviation with a Focus on Sustainability”
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by Florida Tech
2w ago
The College of Aeronautics at Florida Tech is pleased to announce that two-time graduate Sean McGeough ’95 ‘05 MS is coming back to campus as an adjunct faculty member. A distinguished leader in the aviation industry, McGeough will be teaching “Careers in Aviation with a Focus on Sustainability,” allowing him to leverage his extensive industry experience to help guide the next generation of aviation professionals. “Understanding sustainability is essential for future aviation leaders as the industry adapts to global environmental standards,” McGeough said. “This knowledge drives eco-friendly i ..read more
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Florida Tech, Risepoint Partner to Offer Array of Online Degree Programs
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by Florida Tech
2w ago
MELBOURNE, FLA. — Florida Tech has enlisted the educational technology company Risepoint to support its deep portfolio of online degree programs, the university announced today. With Risepoint’s support, Florida Tech will offer online programs designed to meet the needs of students looking for an alternative to on-campus learning. Florida Tech’s accomplished professors will lead these asynchronous courses to help working adults learn the skills necessary to excel in a competitive workforce. The university offers 35 degree programs for undergraduate and graduate students in a host of fields, a ..read more
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Florida Techcelerator Summit to Showcase Innovation Ecosystem July 15-16
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by Adam Lowenstein
2w ago
MELBOURNE, FLA. — weVENTURE Women’s Business Center at Florida Tech will host a powerful and informative two-day summit July 15-16 to showcase the Space Coast innovation ecosystem and the unique resources available to high-tech innovators. The Florida Techcelerator Summit is free to attend but requires registration. It will feature a variety of events, starting with an open house at the university’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Innovative Design (CAMID) and happy hour at ecosystem partner Groundswell Startups on July 15. July 16 will begin with a keynote presentation by Brevard entrep ..read more
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Study: Florida Tech Generates $1.6 Billion Annual Economic Impact
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by Adam Lowenstein
3w ago
MELBOURNE, FLA. — Known for producing highly skilled, in-demand graduates who help fuel the evolving economy in the Sunshine State, Florida Tech is itself a remarkable powerhouse of economic activity and impact in Florida, according to a new analysis by the Regional Economic Consulting (REC) Group. Among the key findings is that Florida Tech annually generates $1.6 billion in economic impact from spending by the university and its students and alumni. As a result of that impact: Florida Tech’s economic activity creates 12,144 jobs. Florida Tech’s economic ripple effects produce $512.6 million ..read more
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Florida Tech Names New Vice President for Administration and Finance/Chief Financial Officer
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by Madeline Taylor
3w ago
Kimberly D. Williams, who has more than 20 years of experience in finance, higher education and law, has been named Florida Tech’s vice president of administration and finance and chief financial officer. Williams most recently served as the vice president for business affairs, CFO and treasurer at the University of Findlay in Ohio. She will start at Florida Tech on July 8. “The campus community feedback received when Kim visited us was overwhelmingly positive,” President John Nicklow wrote in an email to the university announcing her hire. “I’m confident that she has the skill set to help mov ..read more
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Summer Lecture Series to Explore Earth’s Complicated Future
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by Adam Lowenstein
3w ago
MELBOURNE, FLA. — A series of five lectures set to begin Thursday explores the challenging future for planet Earth by examining key facets of its future, including resilience, urban planning, space and water resources. The lecture series is titled, “Protecting Our Plant-Animal-Human Biosphere: 2050 and Beyond.” It is intended “to be a visionary examination of our universe, what challenges we must overcome in order to create a resilient biosphere that is healthy, safe, secure, and sustainable for nearly 10 billion residents who will be inhabiting our earth’s ecosystem in 25 years,” says organiz ..read more
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Student Spotlight: Keith Holloway ’99 M.S.
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by Mary-Lou Watkinson
1M ago
Keith Holloway ’99 M.S. Keith Holloway ’99 M.S. is wrapping up his time in Florida Tech’s DBA program. Part of Cohort 7, which includes six other students, he chatted with us about why he chose Florida Tech, his recent dissertation defense and his life outside of school. What are you currently working on in the DBA program? I have completed all of the requirements of the DBA program, including the defense of my dissertation and participating in my final seminar. I am currently working as a research fellow with the business school via the Center for Innovation Management and Business Analytics ..read more
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