Welcome to the fall semester! At our first meeting we are honoring William "Bill" Francis, PE as our keynote speaker. Mr. Francis has a diverse track record with over 28 years experience in the planning, design, construction, inspection, and material testing of large-scale civil engineering projects in both the public and private sectors. This meeting is from 1-2:30 in 11-238!
We welcome Diego Mera, Aerospace Engineer from the Navy's Training Systems Division in Orlando, to speak from 1-2:30pm in 11-238. Mr. Mera graduated from the University of Maryland in 1990 where he acquired his BS degree in Aerospace Engineering. Since then he has worked as a contractor for private industry in acquisitions and flight test support as well as a Flight test engineer for the Navy at the Naval Air Station in Patuxent River, Maryland. He is currently an Aerodynamics engineer for the Navy at the Training Systems Division in Orlando supporting test and evaluations on various fixed and rotary wing flight simulators. We hope to see you there!
At this meeting, the E-Board and Senators describe their roles in the FES Valencia Student Chapter. This meeting is from 1-2:30pm in 11-238.
Darek Brandt, P.E., Principal Consultant at Professional Service Industries (PSI) is our guest speaker for this meeting. He was recently on the Q&A Panel for E-Week. Darek attended the University of Central Florida and graduated in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. He has worked at PSI for 10 years and during that time has gained experience in Geotechnical Engineering, Construction Materials Testing and Building Envelope Consulting.
Currently, Darek serves a dual role as Regional Engineer and Principal Consultant for PSI Orlando’s Facilities Engineering department. As Regional Engineer, he provides technical leadership for PSI offices throughout the Eastern United States. As Principal Consultant, he provides risk management, scope development, document review, protocol authoring and research into testing methods and equipment.
Areas of expertise include building envelope commissioning and consulting, remedial design, field performance testing, quality assurance inspections, forensic investigations, infrared thermography, ground penetrating radar and facility condition assessments.
Originally from Kentucky, Darek has lived in Central Florida for 17 years and currently resides in Orlando, Florida with his wife and two daughters, where he enjoys volunteer coaching for his children’s’ soccer teams, fishing and golfing.
At this meeting we will be going over a few details of the Lockheed Martin tour on the 22nd, as well as a recap of what happened at E-Week. We will also be hosting a microcontroller workshop, where you will be learning how to program and build a basic circuit on an Arduino. This meeting is from 1-2:30 in room 11-263.
Engineers Week 2016 is here! This is one of the largest events of the year! The event takes place the week of February 8th, and showcases Engineering projects, a Q&A where you can ask questions to actual Engineers, and much more! Click here to learn more about E-Week 2016!
We welcome George Cera, P.E. as our guest speaker for this meeting. George Cera is a manager at Lockheed Martin with his degree in mechanical engineering. As many of you already know, Lockheed Martin is a global security company with specializations in aerospace engineering. Mr. Cera will be speaking to us about his perspectives on internships, how to apply for an internship or a job, and advice on how to have a successful interview. This meeting is from 1-2:30pm in room 11-238. See you there!
Xavier Miranda, P.E., Department Manager at Professional Service Industries (PSI) will be joining us for this meeting. Mr. Miranda has 23 years of experience in the field of Engineering and holds 4 Professional Engineer (P.E.) Licenses. He has received two Bachelor’s degrees which include a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Earth Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Mr. Miranda joined PSI in the spring of 2015 bringing with him the experience he gained spanning a variety of project types including the Department of Defense, High-Rise and Commercial, and Educational (K-12) Projects. This meeting is from 1-2:30pm in room 7-114.
Our next meeting on November 17th from 1-2:30pm in 11-239 features Richard Settle, Flight Fidelity Subject Matter Expert from the Naval Air Systems Command. Mr. Settle tests and installs aircraft training simulators, and has a degree in Aerospace Engineering from Auburn University.
The Physics Haunted House is right around the corner! This is the largest event of the year, and we need as many volunteers as possible to make it work. We are accepting any Valencia student as a volunteer, so tell your friends! Members will gain points for volunteering. Volunteers will assign themselves roles of either helping with the set up, guiding people around the different exhibits, helping us clean up, or a combination of these. Please sign up here!
Our fourth meeting scheduled for October 27th from 1-2:30pm in room 11-239 features Paula Stenzler, Director, Engineering and Safety at Universal Orlando Resorts. Universal Orlando Resorts as well as Islands of Adventure is home to some of the most exciting rides and attractions in Central Florida. Ms. Stenzler will show us the planning and engineering concepts that go into their most popular attractions.
Our second bake sale will be Wednesday, October 14th from 10am to 6pm. We are sporting a halloween theme with this one, and if you would like to volunteer, or just bring something to sell, please volunteer here!
Our third meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, October 13th from 1-2:30pm in 11-239 will feature several employees from Leidos, a leading engineering firm who works extensively with the US Department of Defense. With divisions in power efficient, smart power grid systems, systems engineering, and cyber security, this meeting is one you won't want to miss.
At our second meeting on Tuesday, September 29th in room 11-239, we welcome Mr. Juan Pineda, Project Manager at Siemens to speak. Siemens is a leading engineering firm, and the largest engineering company in Europe.
Our first bake sale of the year will be on Wednesday September 23rd, 2015 from 10:00am until 6:00pm. We need as many volunteers as we can get to ensure we always have someone to help customers. If you have class, be sure to select a time slot where you will have ample time to go to your class. Time slots are available for every half hour from 10 to 6, so you can schedule yourself appropriately.
To kick off the new year, we'll be holding our first Member Meeting on Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 in room 11-106 at 1 pm to 2:30 pm. At this meeting, we'll be welcoming Tony R. Geach, Director of Business Development & Design Build at the Hubbard Construction Company to speak about his work in the industry. Hubbard is Florida's largest heavy civil construction company, and has started expanding outside of Florida, gaining the Atlanta Northwest Corridor contract which is scheduled to begin in 2018.