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Corporate Outreach

Gretchen Sauerman

Office of Research/Vice President, Corporate Sponsored Programs

Gretchen Sauerman

Gretchen holds a master’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering and serves as Florida Tech’s Assistant Vice President for Corporate Sponsored Programs. Prior to joining FIT, for more than 20 years, she held leadership roles in business development and market analysis for aerospace, oil & gas, environmental and advanced & renewable energy industries. Gretchen’s role at the University includes serving as a liaison between corporate partners and our world-class researchers. Previously, Gretchen was Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Florida Tech’s Office of Development, where she forged philanthropic relationships with industry partners nationwide.

gsauerman@fit.edu

Robert E. Salonen, CEcD

Director, Global Business Development

Robert E. Salonen, CEcD

Robert E. Salonen is Director, Global Business Development for the Florida Institute of Technology connecting the talent and technology development capabilities of the university to community and corporate interests worldwide. Rob consults with companies, organizations and government to facilitate co-location in the east central Florida region, develop programs to support advanced industry and foster partnerships with the principal offices of Florida Tech.

rsalonen@fit.edu

Academic Leadership

 

Dan Kirk

College of Engineering/Associate Dean for Research

Dan Kirk

Dr. Daniel R. Kirk, Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Associate Dean for Research, joined Florida Tech in 2004. Dan completed his Ph.D. and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics under a National Science Foundation Fellowship. Dan’s research interests focus on air-breathing and rocket propulsion, experimental and computational fluid dynamics, and advanced and additive manufacturing for existing and new aerospace applications. Dan has obtained over $4 million dollars in external funding, produced over 80 conference and journal publications, served as a visiting scholar at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and NASA Kennedy Space Center and has managed research projects with NASA, the United States Air Force and the Office of Naval Research. In collaboration with NASA and MIT, Dan’s research group is directing experiments onboard the International Space Station to study how liquid propellant slosh behavior affects the dynamics of rocket motion.