2017-2018 BEC Executive Board
President – Brandon Rosenthal
3rd Year – Computer Science
I’m a rising senior, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering. Over the past three and a half years, it’s been my mission to serve and enable students in the College of Engineering to reach their professional and involvement goals. I have pursued this by serving on various College and University leadership and advisory boards and served as an executive officer in several engineering student organizations. I have been heavily involved in the Benton Engineering Council since my freshman year at UF, so I am extremely excited to see how this organization grows over the next year. Our member societies are a major part of what makes the UF engineering community great, it’s my hope this executive team can propel our societies to greater and greater heights of achievement. This summer I will be interning with Procter and Gamble’s Auburn, Maine facilities engineering department, where I will be working on downstream research and development.
Vice President of Communications – Vrushank Desai
2nd year – Mechanical Engineering
I’m a rising sophomore that’s a Mechanical and Aerospace engineering dual major. On campus my main involvement is with the design team Solar Gators. I find the diversity in engineering organizations represented by BEC simply astounding and am very excited to work with all BEC societies to make the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering even better throughout this upcoming year!
Vice President of Programs – Susanna van de Graaf
2nd Year – Civil Engineering
I am pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering with a minor in Sustainability and the Built Environment. I am interested in “green” building materials and looking into innovative ways to utilize existing structures. I have built my life around three principles: service, knowledge, and character. I am active in Golden Key, Chi Epsilon, and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies, participate with the American Society of Civil Engineers Concrete Canoe team and work with Habitat for Humanity. Over the summer I am interning in test systems engineering at Pratt & Whitney in West Palm Beach. I am excited to start off on this adventure with the Benton Engineering Council. Working towards providing events that connect, unify and benefit. Connect engineers and our member societies to events that unite the College of Engineering to be one, one College where all events benefit not only the College but the University, and the community.
Treasurer – Calvin Kroese
3rd year – Industrial & Systems Engineering
Upcoming fifth year Mechanical and Aerospace major, volunteer researcher in the micro air vehicle lab and involved with Aerogators and the international engineering ambassadors. Over the next year I look forward to helping student organizations manage their budget in order to advance societies within the college of engineering.
Secretary – Parth Patel
2nd Year – Computer Engineering
I’m Parth, and I’m excited to be your BEC Secretary this year! As part of the BEC E-Board, so I look forward to getting to you know all of you. One of my favorite quotes is from Gandhi: “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change.” My primary goal for this year is to continue to empower the community of engineering students and give you the opportunities you all want to succeed as both students, leaders, and individuals. In my downtime, I like to hang out with friends, eat out, and nap!