My name is Eduardo Gonzalez and I bleed gray and crimson. I have walked the grounds of Florida Tech since the fall semester of 1998 when I began my journey to become an engineer. Since then I have earned, through hard work and dedication, degrees in ocean engineering (B.S. and M.S.) and engineering management (M.S.). I am currently working on my innovation and entrepreneurship degree (M.S.I.E., graduating in 2014). As an undergraduate student, I got involved in many extracurricular activities. I became a brother of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, joined the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and helped start local chapters of the Marine Technology Society and the Society of Naval Architect and Marine Engineers. Other clubs I helped organize include the Flag Football Club and Capoeira Club. As a graduate student, I was invited to join the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society.
At the end of fall 2008, I left school to pursue a professional career in engineering. Since then I have traveled through the U.S. working for structural, mechanical, electrical and marine engineering firms. With such a diverse background in engineering, I decided to come back to school to pursue my innovation and entrepreneurship degree. This program will give me the necessary tools, knowledge and connections to properly pursue several ideas which I plan to develop into products and businesses. And that puts me where I am today.
I am now back in school, ready for more punishment. Just kidding, I mean knowledge. I have since joined an intramural team (ARMY CoRec) and the Florida Tech Triathlon Club. Outside of school, I work a full-time job as a mechanical engineer for a renewable energy company. I also run a free fitness group out of my garage, coach the largest women’s flag football team in the state of Florida and participate in triathlons, marathons, obstacle races and other events on a weekly basis. I am a busy guy for sure and I hope my experiences on and off campus will allow my blog to serve as a guide for other students and their college career.