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Oleg 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 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.

 


John Sheetz is an Adjunct Professor in the Electrical Power Technology Program at Palm Beach State College. John has a bachelor’s degree in Marine Engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of South Florida, and is also a Professional Engineer, registered in the State of Florida.

John retired from NextEra/Florida Power and Light after working 27 years in a variety of engineering and management positions. He concluded his career with NextEra/FPL as the construction project manager of an 800 MW combined cycle co-generation power plant near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

After retirement, John returned to work for several years as a consultant with Sargent & Lundy Engineers, working on photovoltaic power plant development projects, solar-thermal power plant development projects and numerous nuclear power plant upgrade projects throughout the US.

Prior to NextEra/FPL, John was a chief nuclear test engineer for the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation. He specialized in construction, startup, testing and operations of submarine nuclear reactor plants.

 

Stephan Stacco an Adjunct Physics Professor at Palm Beach State College. He specialize in computational electrodynamics through his research for the Navy and for the Florida International University Electrical Engineering Department. In this position he created three-dimensional time-dependent models of electromagnetic waves emitted by permanent magnet motors using Finite Element Analysis. The goal of this project was to mitigate the radiated Electromagnetic Interference induced by high frequency switches in all-electric vehicles. Using a suite of computer modeling software including COMSOL, MATLAB, and Mathematica he solved and animated the propagation of transient electromagnetic radiation from the motors' circuitry, through the vehicles' frame, and into the surrounding environment. Currently, professor Stacco modeling the relativistic curvature of space-time induced by the stress-energy tensor associated with a group of phased-array current loops, with applications as a plasma accelerator.

Stacco recieved his Master of Science in Physics from the University of Tennessee where I worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to increase the sensitivity of microcantilever gas sensors. There he used Focused Ion Beam milling procedure to mill microscale grooves onto uncoated microcantilevers. Stacco also researched a ferroelectric polymer thin film used as a conductance switch with Scanning Tunneling Microscopy while obtaining my Bachelor of Science in Physics from Florida International University.  Stephan Stacco also enjoys drawing, painting, and archery.

 

Ricardo Castellano

Ricardo Castellanos holds a bachelor's degree in Electronics from Xaveriana University located in Bogota, Colombia.  He also earned a Master's degree in Computer Engineering and second Master's degree in Electrical Engineering, both from Florida Atlantic University.  He is currently a PhD Candidate in Electrical Engineering at Florida Atlantic University working in Digital Signal Processing.  Ricardo currently works at Nova Southeastern University helping with development, design and conduction of research projects involving the development of computational algorithms for the statistical analysis of cognitive and biological data.

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