On Friday, I was honored to be asked to serve as a UCF College of Engineering alumni judge for the annual Senior Engineering Design Competition.
Over 200 senior students with engineering majors in Mechanical, Aerospace, Civil, Environmental, Electrical and others designed, built, tested and presented over 70 projects to a panel of 40 alumni judges. Since I majored in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, I was assigned to judge 5 projects presented by some very talented and creative people on those teams. The themes of the projects included a solar collector and space heater, a small throttle-able rocket motor and an enhancement for an industrial liquid pump.
It was fun to listen to their background stories and aspirations for post graduation. I had the opportunity to share some of mine from 30 years in my field. I was extremely proud to hear that some had already received employment offers from SpaceX, Tesla, Seimens Wind Energy and other very progressive technology companies.
Kudos to these young leaders of tomorrow and a big thanks to my UCF CECS alma mater for honing their skills!