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Professor AndricOleg Andric is full-time faculty in the Electrical Power Technology program at Palm Beach State College. Oleg has achieved a Ph.D. Candidate status in Electrical Engineering at Florida Atlantic University. He obtained his Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Electrical Engineering from Florida Atlantic University, although the majority of his undergraduate work was done at the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Oleg spent 14 years at Motorola where he was a member of Motorola Labs research teams working on various research projects on all aspects of technology development: from conceptualization through design to development and customer trials. His experience is in wireless sensor networks, self-organizing self-healing low-power low-rate wireless networks, cognitive radio, speech recognition, speech coding, and signal detection.  Oleg was part of the team that led the development of IEEE802.15.4 and ZigBee standards, which are also used in Smart Grid power technologies. He holds multiple patents and publications. He translated a book of fiction from Bosnian to English (The Second Book by Muharem Bazdulj), nominated for the Best Translation into English by the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL), 2006.

 

john polywoda John Polywoda is Adjunct faculty in the Electrical Power Technology program at Palm Beach State College. John is a controls engineer for Florida Turbine Technologies in Jupiter, FL. Professor Polywoda received his BS and MS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Florida.

His MS concentration was in dynamic systems and controls. Professor Polywoda develops code and operates systems for multiple applications at the Florida Turbine Technologies facility including, hydro turbine rigs, infrared inspection processes, and wind tunnel testing.

 

 

 

 

Professor RockJohn Rock has been Adjunct Professor at Palm Beach State College for over 5 years. Starting with the Construction Technologies Program at the Lake Worth campus and currently associated with the Electrical Power Technology program at Palm Beach Gardens Campus. John received his Bachelors Degree in Building Construction from the University of Florida and a Masters Degree in Quality Systems Management from the National Graduate School. Professionally he spent 15 years in the private sector with top 5 ENR (Engineering News Record) rated construction company's advancing to Project Manager and Southeast Regional Manager.

He's currently employed with South Florida Water Management District as Principal Cost Estimator for the Everglades Restoration Department. John is also a Certified General Contractor in the State of Florida and a Project Management Professional (PMP). Professor Rock strives to provide real life experiences in the class room environment so that students can apply what they have learned to their future endeavors.

 

ed knucklesEd Knuckles is an Adjunct Instructor in the Electrical Power Technology program at Palm Beach State College. He has a Bachelor's degree in Physics from Florida State University and a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida with studies concentrating in thermal-hydraulic and materials science.

Ed has more than 40 years of experience in the production of electrical power and propulsion utilizing nuclear energy. His expertise covers a broad range of disciplines that include management, operations, engineering, and safety analysis. After retiring from Florida Power & Light Co. in 2011, he continues to provide services related to nuclear energy as a consulting engineer and provides volunteer assistance to the Palm Beach Co. Medical Reserve Corps.

Ed is a member of the American Nuclear Society and a veteran of the US Navy where he operated and maintained a nuclear reactor aboard the USS Sunfish (SSN-649) after completing studies at the US Naval Nuclear Power School.

 

 

greg kellerGreg Keller is an Adjunct Professor in the Electrical Power Technology Program at Palm Beach State College. Greg has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida, a master’s degree in Engineering Management from the University of South Florida, is a graduate of the Naval Nuclear Program and proudly served in the Navy Submarine Service. Greg is also a Professional Engineer, registered in the State of Florida.

Greg retired from NextEra/Florida Power and Light after working 30 years in a variety of engineering and management positions. He was the project engineer for several large combined cycle power plants and a small photovoltaic plant. Outside of Florida, Greg worked on the acquisition, development and operations of combined cycle power plants and wind farms on NextEra’s fleet of independent power producers. Greg has also worked in the regulatory compliance area, assuring compliance with Nuclear Regulatory regulations and National Electric Reliability Council requirements and in the Transmission Siting Group, identifying and evaluating routes for high voltage transmission lines.

 

Professor MorrisDan Morris has been using solar energy since his early years. After gaining degrees in Marine Engineering from Florida Keys Community College and Electrical Engineering from Florida Atlantic University, he formally began designing, installing, selling and engineering systems ranging from solar powered water fountains to utility-scale photovoltaic projects.

While employed at a distributor in Miami and the only engineering firm exclusively designing solar systems in South Florida, Dan gained experience in photovoltaic use worldwide. As the industry has been maturing, the time for him to educate on a more formal level has led him to positions in education. Dan emphasizes a practical approach of the fundamentals to his students, as well as the design and implementation of alternative energy systems.

Dan is currently instructing both at Miami Dade College and Palm Beach State College. He also continues to work in the industry and consult on projects throughout South Florida.

 

Dr. Ray PacovskyDr. Raymond Pacovsky is a Biology/Microbiology Professor at Palm Beach State College. He is the liaison to the Sugar Technology Institute (Glades) and teaches Biofuels at IEES (Gardens). Ray received his PhD in Plant Sciences from Michigan State University for his work on modifying plant oils through selective trans-gene expression. He received a Masters in Environmental Microbiology from the University of California specializing in endomycorrhizal and/or nitrogen-fixing symbiosis to reduce fertilizer requirements in low-input agriculture. Originally a Microbiologist with the US Department of Agriculture, he was also a visiting researcher at Odense University, Denmark, and a Collaborating Professor at the University of São Paulo. More recently he taught Chemistry at the College of Alameda and City College of San Francisco, in California.

Ray has held editorial positions at Plant and Soil and Sciencia Agricola. Later he initiated an award-winning course entitled Publications, Grants and Presentations in Science at the Univ. São Paulo. He has been an organic farming consultant with the grape-growers in California & Brazil and is interested in transforming urban & agricultural residues into sustainable fuels.

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