– Dr. Hamid Rassoul, Florida Tech space physicist and professor of physics and space sciences, has been appointed
associate dean of the College of Science, effective January 1st, 2006. Rassoul, who earned a doctoral degree from the
University of Texas-Dallas, in 1986, came to Florida Tech in September 1988 after a two-year NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship at Marshall Space Fight Center in
At Florida Institute of Technology, Provost T. Dwayne McCay (L) and President Anthony J. Catanese (R) flank 2006 Outstanding Junior Jennifer Kissinger and
2006 Outstanding Senior Diane Thompson.
“Rassoul is a versatile educator,” said College of Science Dean Gordon L. Nelson. With his colleagues, he rebuilt the space sciences curriculum to include
geophysics topics with an emphasis on space physics. He also founded space physics at Florida Tech.
He has actively sought colleague support to expand the research diversity and external funding to more than $4.2 million for the Geospace Physics
Laboratory. Demonstrating a commitment to many service activities, Rassoul has created many interdisciplinary courses for students and created student
clubs. He has served on department- and university-wide organizations and made himself available to public and professional communities.
Twice in the last decade, Rassoul has earned the annual Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching. He earned his college’s Teacher of the Year Award in 1995 and
the Andrew W. Revay Award for Excellence in Service in 2004.
In his new role, Rassoul will assist College of Science faculty to develop and expand interdisciplinary research. He will work with faculty in outreach
activities and will assist faculty in the development of new and expanded educational offerings.