FAU Honors 2012 Hall of Fame Inductee and Distinguished Alumni of the Colleges
BOCA RATON, FL (May 17, 2012) – The Florida Atlantic University National Alumni Association (FAUNAA) recently hosted a reception to honor distinguished FAU alumni. More than 175 guests attended the event, which was held at the Marleen & Harold Forkas Alumni Center on the Boca Raton campus. Alumni from eight of FAU's colleges were honored for their career accomplishments, and Jaime Borras, BS '74, BSEE '74, ME '81, was introduced as the 2012 inductee into FAUNAA's Alumni Hall of Fame. Since 1985, FAUNAA's Hall of Fame has served as a platform for recognizing alumni excellence.
Borras, a pioneer in the wireless telecommunications industry, overcame unthinkable odds to achieve his numerous accomplishments. After being separated from his family in Cuba, he arrived in the U.S. alone and penniless at age 14. A childhood fascination with electronics led Borras to become an innovator highly regarded for his leadership in discovering and driving new technologies to market. He began his career at Motorola, where he contributed to the first generation of cellular phones and ultimately the fourth generation of smartphones. Borras is CEO and founder of Wireless Silicon Group, Inc. and currently serves as chairman of the FAU Computer Science and Engineering Industry Advisory Board. He has been granted 42 U.S. utility patents and produced more than 50 technical publications.
"To me, FAU means discipline, opportunity and excitement," said Borras. "I thank FAU for providing me with the engineering skills and the scientific foundations for my humble accomplishments."
Representing eight of FAU's colleges are the following distinguished alumni:
Mathew Broadhurst, BA '10, College for Design & Social Inquiry – Broadhurst is a special agent for the United States Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General, Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations. He conducts criminal investigations relating to programs and operations of the Department of Labor, which are aimed at preventing and detecting fraud, waste and abuse within U.S. labor programs and operations.
Dr. Gerard M. Cuomo, DDS; BA '80, Charles E. Schmidt College of Science – Dr. Gerard Cuomo has been practicing dentistry in South Florida for more than 25 years. An innovator in the field, he created and designed a dental microscope system that is used in many offices and dental labs, and has lectured and published articles on the benefits of microscopic dentistry. Cuomo has been a participant in the FAU Pre-Dental Mentorship Program since its inception, generously donating his time to the school; teaching "Introduction to Dentistry," a unique hands-on dental course offered at FAU; and opening his private practice to pre-dental students for shadowing opportunities.
J. Randy Justice, CPA; BBA '73, College of Business – Justice is a retired partner of Ernst & Young, LLP. In his nearly 30 years with the firm, Justice served in the Ft. Lauderdale, Boca Raton and West Palm Beach offices, most recently as director of tax for the largest tax practice in the state of Florida. He currently operates a part-time private practice, offering tax preparation, business consulting, and tax planning for high net-worth individuals and their related businesses; and serves as chairman of the FAU Foundation Board of Directors.
John C. McDaris, BSE '72, College of Engineering & Computer Science – McDaris is president of L-3 Chesapeake Sciences Corporation, a technology company that designs and manufactures electronic data acquisition systems for use in anti-submarine warfare (ASW), ship self defense, acoustic ranges and geophysical exploration products. He previously served as president, CEO and chairman of Chesapeake Sciences Corporation, which delivered a profit each year, produced a 20 percent compounded annual growth rate from 2004-2009, remained debt free and was recognized by "Inc. 500" in 1999 as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the U.S.
Janet D. Moreland, MSN '98, PMC '05, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing – Moreland is the health center administrator for the Department of Health/Palm Beach County Health Department, C.L. Brumback and Pahokee-Glades Health Centers in Belle Glade and Pahokee, responsible for the day-to-day operations of the health center as well as the implementation of clinical indicators for the HRSA Migrant and Community Health Center Grant. She has more than 30 years of nursing and supervisory experience and has held the positions of senior community health nurse, community health nursing supervisor, senior community health nursing supervisor and ARNP coordinator.
Judith Ortiz Cofer, MA '77, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters – Ortiz Cofer is a contemporary writer, known for her fiction, nonfiction and poetry; and the Regents' and Franklin Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Georgia. Her work has appeared in The Georgia Review, Kenyon Review, Southern Review, Glamour and other journals, as well as numerous textbooks and anthologies including Best American Essays 1991, The Pushcart Prize and the O. Henry Prize Stories.
Juan Carlos Santana, BS '93, MED '94, College of Education – Santana is the director and CEO of the Institute of Human Performance in Boca Raton. His energetic approach to life and advanced knowledge of training and conditioning have made him a sought-after international speaker and consultant with more than 200 seminars and lectures presented in 15 countries, more than 200 articles and 15 books published on topics involving training methodologies and human performance, and more than 70 DVD titles.
Walteria Tucker, BA '04, MA '06, PhD '11, Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College – Tucker is a three-time graduate of FAU and the first Honors College student to receive FAU's highest undergraduate distinction, the Kenneth R. Williams Leadership Award. As a graduate student, she taught numerous courses at FAU, including Spanish and French language and culture, and upper-level seminars in Latin American literature. Tucker currently teaches Spanish at Palm Beach State College in Belle Glade.
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Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.