MELBOURNE, FLA.—Sophomore Lloyd Becker has earned Florida Tech’s James G. Potter Award for Excellence in Physics. He qualified for the award by earning the grade of “A” in all four introductory physics courses and laboratories and by his top score in a physics question and calculation competition.
A resident of East Patchogue, Long Island, N.Y., Becker is an aerospace engineering major with a 3.92 grade point average. He is treasurer of the student chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a member of the Phi Eta Sigma honor society and Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout when he was 14.
Potter, the award’s namesake, retired as head of the physics department at Texas A&M University and became head of the physics department at Florida Tech in 1968. In the 1980s, he retired as department head, but continued operating the physics laboratories and training graduate student assistants as instructors.
The Potter Award has been given in his memory since his death in 1992.
Florida Tech has consistently been named one of America’s best colleges by U.S. News & World Report, a “Best Buy” by Barron’s Best Buys in College Education, and is ranked as a Best Southeastern College by The Princeton Review.