Peter Zappala Named MVP for August

Peter Zappala, director of operations and projects for the College of Engineering and Science, has been named Most Valuable Panther for August.

In announcing the award, the Office of Human Resources said:

“Peter Zappala was promoted from Assistant Director of Student Projects to Director of Operations and Projects for the College of Engineering and Science (COES) in July of 2023. He is in charge of all aspects of COES office/lab space allocation and planning, in addition to his responsibilities for the L3Harris Student Design Center.

Peter’s premise of a successful operation is based on teamwork and fair play. This has set him apart as an effective leader and charismatic member of the Florida Tech management team.

Peter has been quick to respond to COES faculty and staff needs for space allocation and equipment moving, earning him praise from the COES departments. In one such instance Peter responded quickly when there was a critical need to move a faculty member from one office to another. The destination office was filled with unwanted furniture and other items and needed painting. Peter was able to get it all done in days instead of expected weeks.

A highlight of Peter’s hard work is the successful outcome of the 14th annual Northrop Grumman Engineering and Science Student Design Showcase. This year’s event included more than 100 projects across multiple science and engineering disciplines. Peter took on an enormous amount of planning and coordination leading up to the showcase. This included working with student project teams, faculty advisors, external industry event judges, and Florida Tech administrative staff. Peter went above and beyond his normal duties, working nights and weekends alongside the student teams to ensure the safe completion of their work.

Dedication to the design showcase helps illustrate Florida Tech’s commitment to students’ learning and makes Peter Zappala our Most Valuable Panther.”

The Most Valuable Panther Program recognizes employees who embody the university’s standards for innovation as demonstrated by their excellence and quality service.

Please consider nominating the next MVP. Include specific and concrete details in your nomination. How exactly does the nominee benefit the organizational unit, department or university? Providing specific examples, numbers, facts or anecdotes about the candidate’s contributions will clearly paint the picture of why the individual deserves to be recognized. 

Submit nominations HERE by the 20th at 5 p.m.

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