UCF awards suite to trustee for influence on students
The UCF Harris Engineering Center's dean's suite was recently dedicated to honor the positive influence impacting The College of Engineering and Computer Science.
The suite was awarded to Beverly J. Seay, the chair of the CECS Dean's Advisory Board, by UCF President John C. Hitt in early April.
Through her generous support and donations towards CECS, Hitt recognized the board of trustees member for her remarkable leadership at the university.
So far, Seay has fostered the growth of students with STEM majors, excelling in various areas of engineer and computer science.
Brandon Naids, an industrial engineer graduate student, met Seay in May 2014 at the Dean's Advisory Board dinner and said she gave him and his team several networking opportunities.
"She invited us over to her house for social gatherings with industry professionals, and even brought presidents of companies by our booth at trade shows we exhibited at," Naids said.
Since then, Seay and her husband have helped Naids' senior design team to pursue its business venture, Talon Simulations.
As a long-time supporter for CECS, Seay has implemented mentor programs and advocated for the support of CECS.
"Since [she's became chair], a new air of 'we can do' and 'we want to help CECS' has permeated our board meetings," said Dean Michael Georgiopoulos from the College of Engineering and Computer Science.
According to College & Campus News, Seay has more than two decades of experience in the engineering profession.
She serves as the vice president and general manager for global professional services at CAE Integrated Enterprise Solutions, which is an engineer services company that employs more than 8,000 people in 30 countries.
Previous to her position at CAE, she worked for Science Applications International where she managed development, simulation and training for clients such as the U.S. Department of Defense and NATO.
"Because of Trustee Seay's efforts in 2011, we started the WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) mentoring program at UCF," Georgiopoulos said. "Since then, 25 to 35 STEM women interact with female professionals who reaffirm to the young women that they have made a good decision."
In 2013, she was appointed as a member of the UCF Board of Trustees, where she has been benefiting the university through her dedication and support.
"Helping to set up our next generation for success is something that just makes me feel good when I get up every morning," Seay said at the ceremony.
A plaque acknowledging Seay as an integral part of CECS will be placed permanently outside of the dean's suite entrance.
Shanae Hardy is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Email her at ShanaeH@CentralFloridaFuture.com.