UWF degrees and years of graduation:
BS Chemistry, ’83
MS Computer Science: Systems and Controls Engineering,’91
As you look back at your days at UWF, describe your best memory.
I especially enjoyed my classes with Drs. Birdwhistle, Tanner, Gurst, Gawronski, Bezdek and Elbert.
While you were at UWF, what did you think was its most outstanding and/or unique quality?
I think that both the Chemistry and Systems and Controls Engineering programs challenged students to push their boundaries. I don’t remember many, if any, classes being “easy.” The instructors always made themselves available outside of class. What better combination to provide the highest value in education to those who will take advantage of it?
As you reflect, did your education at UWF have an impact on where you are today? Absolutely. After 24 years in chemical manufacturing, I was laid off. In a short time, my Computer Science degree helped open the door to a new career in Information Technology. Lauren Loeffler in the UWF Career Services department was a big help, I might add.
Describe what you do/did professionally including the type of company you work for.
I spent five years in polymer research and development followed by 19 years in manufacturing technical management, process engineering, production management and a brief period as acting plant manager. I am currently employed as a business process analyst with a major government contractor.
What advice would you give students today who were looking at studying one of the disciplines in the School of Science and Engineering?
Be a full-time student, if possible. Challenge yourself to absorb as much knowledge and master as many skills as you can. Get to know your teachers and classmates. Let your participation at UWF help you and your classmates be successful in learning and enable your teachers to be successful at teaching. Learning how to learn and to teach are the greatest enabling competencies you can have.
Share one thing about yourself that would give others insight into your interests, hobbies, etc.
Being a leader in Boy Scouts of America has given me an opportunity to extend my family of four sons to twentyfold, to experience the exhilaration of performing music to an appreciative audience, to learn and practice great lessons in leadership that you can’t get in a seminar and to come to a much more intimate understanding of God.