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Aviles named president of architecture and engineering of the BRPH
BRPH, a nationally-ranked architecture, engineering and construction firm based in Palm Shores, announced that Raul Aviles Jr.is the firm’s new president of architecture and engineering.
Aviles has over 25 years of experience leading medium to large companies engaged in architecture, engineering and construction.
Most recently, he served as Chief Operating Officer and Corporate Vice President for Latin America for AECOM in Phoenix, where he led the operations of a multidisciplinary, 650+ person international operation with an extensive portfolio of multi-million dollar complex design and build infrastructure. projects.
Previously, he was Director of Delivery and Vice President of CDM Smith, where he was responsible for building the company’s West Coast Design and Build Center and expanding operations.
“BRPH is experiencing phenomenal growth, and Raul has both the experience and the heart to lead our architecture and engineering team, as we continue to provide our clients with extraordinary solutions to their most pressing challenges” , said Brian Curtin, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of BRPH. “Raul’s empathetic leadership style embodies the core of our mission and values, in line with the mindset of the founders of BRPH. We look forward to seeing the positive impact Raul will have on our team members and clients. »
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Commenting on his new role, Aviles said, “I am excited to lead our creative and innovative architecture and engineering team through a period of strong growth and market investment. These are very exciting times at BRPH, and we have an incredible team of architects, planners, engineers, technicians and managers who are recognized as some of the most talented in our industry. We have a long and proud history of delivering exceptional results. I am honored to be tasked with continuing our legacy and taking BRPH to new heights.
Aviles holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Arizona, a master’s degree in engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, as well as many certifications in several states. He has published several articles and technical presentations on energy conservation throughout his career.
BRPH is a creative, technically-focused architecture, engineering and construction firm that provides solutions to mission-driven client programs. BRPH operates regional offices in Orlando; South Florida; Atlanta; Charleston, South Carolina; Huntsville, Alabama; Seattle; Phoenix; and Palmdale, California.
For more information, visit brph.com.
Credit Union Appoints Jaenke as Chief Information Officer
Space Coast Credit Union recently announced the appointment of Chad Jaenke as the new Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President. Jaenke has 25 years of experience leading and mentoring international IT and security operations teams.
“I’m delighted to be here,” Jaenke said. “I look forward to leading this talented team in developing improvements that benefit our operational efficiency and ensure we are at the forefront of security and technology capabilities.”
In his new role, Jaenke will lead various information technology divisions, which include operational systems, security, support and development.
“Chad’s wealth of expertise positions him well for SCCU’s leadership team,” said Timothy Antonition, President and CEO of SCCU. “We are confident that his future perspective will enhance our information technology services.”
Jaenke joins SCCU from Georgia’s largest full-service credit union, where he served as vice president of information technology operations and service management.
He was responsible for overseeing technical strategy for an operations support department of over 40 people, achieving multi-million dollar expense reductions.
Jaenke was the winner of the 2021 Celent Model Bank for Retail Digital Transformation and the 2021 Tekkie Award for COVID-19 Response; and has been recognized for member satisfaction above the national average.
Jaenke’s previous experience includes service at the world’s leading airline communications and information technology solutions company, where he started as Senior Director of Global Data Center and Data Center Operations. network, and rose to the position of director of global data center and infrastructure.
Jaenke graduated in 2007 from Metropolitan State University with an MBA and in 1997 from DeVry University with a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications management.
The Space Coast Credit Union, established in 1951, is based in Melbourne. It has over 540,000 members with assets of over $7 billion. The credit union has a service delivery network of 64 branches, nationwide ATMs, call centers and 24/7 online access.
A group of Florida marine science educators honor Hunsucker
Kelli Hunsucker was recently awarded the John Beakley Florida Marine Science Educators Association “Marine Science Educator of the Year” award.
The association presents the award to an educator who has demonstrated dedication to the promotion and development of marine science in Florida. The award began in 1986 before being renamed in 1999 in honor of Beakley, a professor of marine science resources in Palm Beach County and one of the founders of the Florida Marine Science Educators Association.
Hunsucker said it was an honor to receive the award, which was made even more special because a former student nominated her.
“It just makes you feel really good. You don’t do what you do every day to receive recognition and rewards, but you want to make a difference, and you hope what you do touches people and has an impact,” Hunsucker said.
“I was very touched when I found out that I was nominated and had received the award, that my colleagues in the state thought enough of what I had done to recognize me and bestow on me this incredible success,” she added.
Hunsucker has been an assistant professor at Florida Tech since 2018 and has impacted the university through her teaching and three main areas of research: biofouling, ecological engineering, and outreach.
She has been involved in research on biofouling of ship hulls, as well as the use of ultraviolet-c light on these hulls to control fouling. She has also researched ways to improve the water quality of the Indian River Lagoon.
The flexibility to develop programs that could come from outside the university is one of the things Hunsucker enjoys being a professor.
This has led to the opportunity to do various educational activities in and out of the classroom, such as working with the Space Coast community through the Living Docks program.
Since 2016, Hunsucker, alongside Associate Professor of Ocean Engineering Robert Tisserand and Florida Tech’s Indian River Lagoon research team, in partnership with the local community through the Living Docks program.
The program invites residents to wrap the pilings of the quays with oyster carpets. The mats facilitate the growth of oysters, barnacles and sponges, all of which are filter feeders that help remove excess nitrogen from the waters by incorporating it into their shells and tissues as they grow.
“One of the things that I absolutely love about being a teacher is that you have a lot of autonomy and the ability to do a lot of different things,” Hunsucker said. “Yes, you work at the university and you teach undergraduate students, but also graduate students, and there are so many opportunities for outreach. So, you are not only working with students at this college level, but you also have the opportunity to reach high school students, college students, and members of the community.
The fieldwork Hunsucker has done with his students has also given them real-world experience that prepares them for a career.
She mentioned a recent graduate student who worked in one of Indian River Lagoon’s programs.
Thanks to the oyster restoration work the student had done at Florida Tech, she now works at Stuart, with work that mirrors some of the research she did at Florida Tech.
“So that experience that they get while they’re at Florida Tech really helps them open up a career, and it’s not just her,” Hunsucker said.
“Other students I’ve worked with more on the biofouling side and navy-related projects have also gotten great jobs, whether in government for the navy or at universities.”
Hunsucker hopes to continue making an impact in college and beyond. She received a grant for two ocean-themed children’s books to promote literacy among kindergarten students.
She also recently applied for a grant that would help start a program to engage students across the university in hands-on science and engineering-related projects in the lagoon and offshore.
She is also developing two new courses, estuarine ecology and ocean biology for engineers.
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