– Four members of the Florida Tech community, who have taught at the university for a cumulative 79 years, have retired and been given the title Faculty
Emeritus. They were honored at the university’s Honors Convocation on April 20.
Rong-sheng Jin, associate professor of physics and space sciences, joined the faculty in 1969. While teaching and
conducting research at Florida Tech, he was a senior faculty research fellow at the Naval Oceanographic and Atmospheric Research laboratory during the
summers of 1991 and 1992; a visiting professor of physics at the University of Florida 1990-1991; and a faculty research fellow at the Goddard Space Flight
Center during the summers of 1972 and 1973. Prior to coming to the university, he was an associate research scientist for the Lockheed Missile and Space
Company. Jin earned a doctoral degree in physics from Ohio State University in 1965.
Raghvendra Deshmukh, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, joined the university in 1982 and is a
consulting engineer in the state of Florida. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in computer engineering and has been the graduate coordinator
for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research interests include parallel processing, high-performance computer architectures and
microprocessor applications. Deshmukh earned a doctoral degree in 1979 from Oklahoma State University. He was a postdoctoral fellow there that year.
Rudolph Stoeckel, professor of humanities, joined the university in 1983. A past chair of the social sciences
division of the Florida Academy of Science, he is also a member of the Renaissance Society of America, the Dante Society and the Wallace Stevens
Association. In 1991 he won the Florida Tech Teacher of the Year Award. His research interests include Shakespeare and the Elizabethan miniature as well as
literature of the English Renaissance. Stoeckel earned a doctoral degree in English literature from Loyola University in 1976.
Joyce H. Stottler was a humanities instructor from 1990 to 2005. A member of the Department of Humanities and
Communication, she taught freshman composition and business communication. In her early years at the university, she taught speakers of English as a
second language in the Academic Support Center. She also was a representative of her department to the university’s faculty senate and was chair of that
body’s scholarship committee. Stottler earned a bachelor’s and two master’s degrees-in English and English Education- from Western Maryland College, near