MELBOURNE, FLA. — Michael Rywalt, employed by Melbourne-based AuthenTec, has been named Florida Tech Co-op Student of the Year. His supervisor, AuthenTec
co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Dale Setlak, recommended him for the honor because of his solid work ethic and significant contributions to
AuthenTec’s software development team.
While working at AuthenTec, Rywalt optimized new image processing algorithms for use with AuthenTec’s tiny fingerprint sensors. Rywalt will graduate this
May with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and has already accepted a position at AuthenTec, worldwide provider of fingerprint sensors.
Zeeshan-ul-hassan Usmani, employed at ECMTek Inc. as a programmer, was named Florida Tech Off-Campus Student Employee of the Year. His supervisor, Imran
Khanzada, said of Usmani, “Not only is he a programmer with excellent communication and presentation skills, he is also a good ambassador of Florida Tech.
. .We are looking forward to hiring him (and other Florida Tech students) this summer.”
Usmani is a doctoral student in computer science and has completed a master’s degree in that field from the university. ECMTek headquarters are in New
Two other Florida Tech student employees also were singled out for exceptional 2007-2008 service. They were: Best Federal Work Study, Timothy Mersch, and
Best On-campus Student of the Year employed through College Roll, Tanja Cebic. Each won a $150 scholarship donated by Coca-Cola. All nominees were honored
at an April recognition event and awarded $15 Barnes & Noble gift certificates.
Marge Richardson, learning center receptionist in the Academic Support Center, won in the Supervisor of the Year category for the third consecutive year.
She was awarded a lifetime “Supervisor of the Year” certificate and a year of monthly bagel breaks at Panera Bread Co.
Approximately 1,000 students work on campus during the academic year. In 2007-2008, 170 employers hired Florida Tech student for internships or co-op
experiences. About 70 percent of Florida Tech students complete some type of major-related experience, such as an internship or co-op, prior to graduation.
With more than 25 million fingerprint sensors sold, AuthenTec is the leading provider of fingerprint sensors for use in PCs, cell phones, access control
and other high-volume consumer applications.
The ECMTek Company specializes in developing content management systems, clinical research data analysis software and portal solutions for managing Web
projects and multifunctional information systems for maintaining commercial content management activities on the Internet.