Frank J. Effenberger, ’95, Ph.D. | VP, Access Lab, Futurewei Technologies
The UCF Alumni Association and College of Optics and Photonics presented their 2015 Professional Achievement Award to Frank Effenberger at the annual Black & Gold Gala on Oct. 22.
Frank is considered a world expert in the field of fiber access networks and passive optical networks.
In 2008, he became the chairman of International Telecommunication Union, the United Nations’ specialized agency for information and communication technologies. In 2011, he was named as Huawei Fellow, and, in 2015, he was named as a fellow of both the OSA and the IEEE. He holds 60 U.S. patents.
Before joining his current company in 2006, Frank was a systems engineer at Motorola. Prior to that, he served at Quantum Bridge Communications, where he managed the system engineering group. He also held other positions in the fiber optics industry, with Science Application International Corporation, Bell Communications and Discovery Semiconductors.
He earned his undergraduate in engineering and engineering physics in 1988 at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., and a master’s degree in optics from the University of Rochester in 1989, ranking first in his class.
More than 5,000 University of Central Florida students are expected to graduate Dec. 12-13 during three commencement ceremonies at the CFE Arena.
The ceremonies will be:
Friday, Dec. 12, 9 a.m.
College of Education and Human Performance
College of Health and Public Affairs
Rosen College of Hospitality Management
Friday, Dec. 12, 2:30 p.m.
College of Arts and Humanities
College of Graduate Studies
College of Nursing
College of Sciences
Office of Undergraduate Studies
Saturday, Dec. 13, 9 a.m.
College of Business Administration
College of Engineering and Computer Science
College of Medicine
College of Optics and Photonics (CREOL)
Doors open 90 minutes before the ceremonies, and graduates begin processing 20 minutes before the ceremonies, which are expected to last about two hours each.
The Friday morning speaker will be Alan Ginsburg, a real estate developer who founded The CED Companies, which has built more than 85,000 affordable apartment residences. He is active in many professional and charitable organizations, and his philanthropic contributions have benefited causes all over Central Florida, including The UCF College of Medicine Capital Campaign. The college’s Harriet F. Ginsburg Health Sciences Library is named in honor of his late wife. During the ceremonies, Ginsburg will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service.
The Friday afternoon speaker will be Rick Walsh, ’77, a founding member of the UCF Board of Trustees and a former senior vice president for corporate affairs of Darden Restaurants. Today he is president of the KnobHill Group, a strategic counseling and development company. He received the 1985 UCF Distinguished Alumnus Award and has served on the UCF Foundation board for more than 10 years. During the ceremonies, Walsh will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Commercial Science.
The Saturday speaker will be Beverly J. Seay, a business executive in the Central Florida modeling and simulation industry for more than 25 years and a member of the UCF Board of Trustees since last year. She also serves as a board member on the Florida High Tech Corridor Council and on the Steering Committee of the UCF Downtown Campus. She chairs the dean’s advisory board for the UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science, and has helped to establish the UCF Women in Science and Engineering program.
Of the 5,067 students who filed an intent to graduate, there are 4,308 seeking bachelor’s degrees, 659 master’s degrees, three education specialist degrees, 11 educational doctoral degrees, 80 Ph.D.s, and six Doctor of Nursing Practice.
With these expected graduations, UCF will have awarded 271,257 degrees since classes began in 1968.
Each guest attending the ceremonies, including children and infants, must have a ticket to enter the arena. Tickets are available from graduates. Guests who do not have tickets can view a live telecast of the ceremony via closed circuit television at the UCF FAIRWINDS Alumni Center, Student Union and on Campus Cable Channel 21.
Parking for guests will be available in garages C, D and H.
Michael Mielke, Ph.D., ’00, ’03 | Chief Scientist, Raydiance
Professional Achievement Award 2014
Designing and building laser-based solutions may sound like a dream job, but Michael Mielke had obstacles to overcome in order to attain his position at Raydiance in Northern California. After finding the telecommunications field in fiber optics no longer viable upon graduating UCF’s College of Optics and Photonics, Mielke was forced to “re-focus” his career path. Fortunately, CREOL’s education went beyond optics, and provided the necessary preparation for Mielke to now integrate disparate fields of study for a common goal.
The UCF Alumni Association will present its annual awards during Homecoming week
For the past 34 years, the UCF Alumni Association has been honoring Knights who “Reach for the Stars.” Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing the stories of this year’s recipients, who will be presented with their Knighty statues (as seen above) at the 2014 Black & Gold Gala on Thursday, Oct. 23.
The Distinguished Alumnus/a award is the association’s top award, given to someone who has risen in his/her profession to a national level. The Distinguished Student award is given to a current undergraduate student who is active on campus and in the community, and has displayed leadership and academic success. The Service to UCF award is given to an alumnus/a who has served UCF over a number of years either as a volunteer or lifetime employee. The Professional Achievement award winners are selected by each individual college and are given to alumni who are standouts in their respective fields.
Check out this year’s awardees:
Lesa Roe, ’91 | Deputy Associate Administrator, NASA
Cynthia Florentino, ’14 | Google Policy Fellow, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce