– Ambika Palaniyandi and Ravindran Palaniyandi, M.D., an affiliate with Space Coast Cardiology, recently pledged $100,000 to Florida Tech’s endowment for a
named scholarship. The couple has already made two $25,000 installments on the pledge. The Palaniyandis were introduced to Dr. Thomas Fox, Florida Tech
senior vice president of Advancement, by Dr. Kunal Mitra, a Department of Mechanical and
Space Engineering faculty member.
“We are thrilled to know this generous couple and grateful that a new scholarship fund will be available to help worthy students,” said Fox. Mrs.
Palaniyandi, noting her interest in supporting scholarships, said, “We make our living in this community and our philosophy is that education is the best
way to give back to our community.”
Back row, L to R: Dr. Thomas Fox, Florida Tech senior vice president of Advancement; Dr. Anthony J. Catanese, Florida Tech President; Ravindran
Palandiyandi, M.D.; and Dr. Kunal Mitra, Florida Tech associate professor of mechanical engineering. Front Row: Ambika Palaniyandi and Palaniyandi Pillai,
Florida Tech is the only independent, technological university in the Southeast. It was named A Barron’s Guide “Best Buy” in College Education, is listed
America’s best colleges in U.S. News & World Report, and was ranked by the American Physical Society as among the top 5% of all U.S. institutions
awarding B.S. degrees to women in physics.