College of Engineering
Executive Administrators and Staff
Dr. Glicksman joined the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Washington, DC, in 1963. He established NRL’s Transformations and Kinetics Branch in 1967, and was appointed Associate Superintendent of their Solid State Division in 1972. Glicksman was Chairman of Materials Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute from 1975-86. In 1986, Rensselaer appointed him the John Tod Horton Distinguished Chair in Materials Engineering. Dr. Glicksman has held visiting professorships in the US, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Israel, Greece, and Brazil. In 2006, he was appointed Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida, and selected as a Florida 21st Century Scholar in 2007. FIT appointed him as Allen S. Henry Chair and University Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in 2011, and Interim Dean of Engineering in January 2014.
Research Interests-Professor Glicksman’s research activities include solidification of metals, atomic diffusion in materials, and phase transformation kinetics. His was awarded AIAA’s 1998 National Space Processing Award for his experiments flown aboard space shuttle Columbia. He received in 2002-3 an Alexander von Humboldt senior research prize, to be a resident fellow at the Institute for Metal Physics, RWTH-Aachen, Germany, where Glicksman conducted research on grain growth. In 2003, ASM International awarded him their International Gold Medal in recognition of his numerous contributions to materials research, and in 2009 conferred Honorary Membership for his lifelong involvement in materials research. In 2010, Glicksman received the Sir Charles Frank Prize of the International Organization for Crystal Growth for fundamental contributions to the subject of dendritic growth. In 2012-2013 the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science awarded him a research fellowship to assist scientists at Hokkaido University with their Ice Crystal-2 experiment on the International Space Station. Dean Glicksman is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and was elected Chair of NAE’s Materials Engineering Section from 2011-2012.
Education-NAS/NRC Postdoctoral Associate, 1961-63; Ph.D., Physical Metallurgy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1961; B. Met. Engr., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1957
I have over 30 years of academic experience at Florida Tech and serve as the Associate Dean of Academics for the College of Engineering. I direct the General Engineering Program and teach the Introduction to Engineering course, a graduate course in geotechnical engineering and undergraduate courses in soil mechanics and foundations, and civil engineering materials.
My undergraduate degree is in civil engineering from the University of Maryland and my graduate degrees are from the University of Massachusetts. I am a registered professional engineer (P.E.) in Florida with expertise in soil mechanics, foundation design, concrete materials, waterfront construction and waste stabilization. I have served as a consultant and expert witness, and have five years of engineering experience with the US Navy. I am an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society for Engineering Education, Chi Epsilon and Tau Beta Pi (the engineering honor society).
I am married and I have two sons both of whom are engineers, although one is currently in medical school. I enjoy woodworking and refinishing oak furniture as a hobby. I love snow skiing and will go just about anywhere for good snow.
Pierre Larochelle joined Florida Tech in 1994. He received his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from University of California at San Diego (1989), his Masters of Science (1991) and Ph.D. (1994) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Irvine. In addition to serving as Associate Dean, he is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering with expertise in the design of robotic mechanical systems.
He is the founder and director of the Robotics and Spatial Systems Laboratory (RASSL). He has more than 100 publications, is the holder of a US patent, and has served as a consultant to a number of companies in the areas of robotics, automation, machine design, and computer-aided design. He is currently serving as an Associate Editor for the ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics as well as the journal Mechanics Based Design of Structures & Machines. Prof. Larochelle serves as an ABET program evaluator and he is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Dr. Daniel Kirk, Professor and Associate Dean
Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the Florida Institute of Technology. Prior to joining Florida Tech in 2004, Dan completed his doctorate of philosophy (Ph.D.) and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics under a National Science Foundation Fellowship. He was the Valedictorian of the class of 1997 at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he majored in mechanical engineering with minors in astronomy and philosophy.
Dan’s research interests focus on air-breathing and rocket propulsion, experimental and computational fluid dynamics, shock tubes, combustion, and heat transfer. Dan has obtained over $3.5 million dollars in external funding, produced over 70 conference and journal publications, served as a visiting scholar at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) and NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and has managed research projects with NASA KSC, NASA MSFC, the United States Air Force and the Office of Naval Research. In collaboration with NASA and MIT, Dan’s research group is directing experiments onboard the International Space Station to study how liquid propellant slosh behavior may affect the dynamics of rocket motion. During the past 5 years, Dan has also developed a novel shock tube experimental methodology to study blast-induced traumatic brain injury mechanisms and modeling for Banyan Biomarkers, Inc. and the National Institute of Health. In 2009 Dan was selected as a Boeing Welliver Faculty Fellow.
Each year at Florida Tech Dan has won at least one teaching award, culminating in the 2008 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Ralph A. Teetor award for integration of research and teaching. He serves as the Florida Zeta chapter advisor for Tau Beta Pi, the National Engineering Honor Society, and he has planned multiple community service projects to expand the mission of the chapter. Dan is also an Associate Fellow in the America Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and he is serving as the 2013 Joint Propulsion Conference Academic Technical Chair. In his spare time, Dan enjoys studying the Polish and Russian languages, playing baseball, tennis, surfing, chess, running marathons and he is currently training for the Ironman Triathlon.
James E. Tryzbiak, Director of Laboratories
Jim came to Florida Tech in July of 2008 as a machinist/instructor until moving to present duties in late 2013. Married in 1965 and joined the USAF in 1966. Jim comes from a mechanical background in tractors and power equipment as well as construction site preparation. A bit more exciting were his years as the facilities manager at Caribbean Marine Research Center on Lee Stocking Island in Exuma, Bahama. Jim and wife Judy spent many years self-employed while raising 4 children that have also followed the same pattern in their lives.
Judy L. Tryzbiak , Assistant to the Dean
Judy Tryzbiak has been with Florida Institute of Technology since April 2009. Prior to joining Florida Tech she worked in various administrative and business office management positions. She worked in the islands handling the logistics for supplies and repair schedules. Judy is a long term resident of Melbourne. Her organizational skills are commitment to Florida Tech are a great addition to the Dean's office. She enjoys working with the students and works hard to make sure their needs are met.
Sheila M. Spirito, Manager of Academic Services
Sheila has been with Florida Institute of Technology since February 2008. She was born and raised in Melbourne, Florida and attended the University of Central Florida where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. While at Florida Tech she earned her Master's in Public Administration and Master's in Project Management. She is delighed to interact with students, faculty and staff on a daily bases while supporting the College of Engineering. Sheila is also an adjunct professor in Computer Information Systems for FL Tech Online.
Sheila has two wonderful children that keep her busy. She enjoys a good book, being outside and quality family time.