UWF degree and year of graduation:
BS Electrical and Computer Engineering, ’06
As you look back at your days at UWF, describe your best memory.
Outside of the obvious things, such as late nights in the robotics lab with the sweet smell of burning circuit cards and mass amounts of Mountain Dew, my best memory was probably working on and off campus with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. This organization contributed a great deal to my leadership and personal growth.
While you were at UWF, what did you think was its most outstanding and/or unique quality?
Some of the better qualities of UWF were the smaller classroom sizes, its location on a nature preserve and proximity to the beach (saltwater and circuits don’t mix) and the ability to build tight-knit and continuing relationships with fellow students.
As you reflect, did your education at UWF have an impact on where you are today?
To date, I have utilized the skills I learned from every technical class I ever had, including the Electrical and Computer Engineering curriculums. The skills attained there have been an advantageous foundation to build off of in the workplace. Other than that, if it weren’t for my education at UWF, I may not have met my wife, without whom I probably would not function today.
Describe what you do/did professionally including the type of company you work for.
I am an electrical engineer for Harris Corporation, a government communications company. I have worked on everything from embedding programming of microcontrollers for miniature radios, circuit card design and miniaturization, to VHDL for data processing applications. I also have participated in organizations like the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the International Microelectronics and Packaging Society (IMAPS).
What advice would you give students today who were looking at studying one of the disciplines in the School of Science and Engineering?
Any student looking at Computer or Electrical Engineering should get involved with the robotics teams as soon as they can. Those projects provide great hands-on experience, give purpose to the classroom teaching and make great résumé and job interview material.
Share one thing about yourself that would give others insight into your interests, hobbies, etc.
I co-lead a youth group of about 20 kids for my church, I ballroom dance with my wife on occasion and I play soccer when not pondering ideas for home projects.