EJ Castor

Show Host and Producer for Florida Tech's International Student Spotlights and Florida Tech Faculty and Staff Profiles

EJ Castor is originally from northwest Texas. She left Texas 2 weeks after high school graduation and moved to Heidelberg, Germany. For the next year, she worked in the Heidelberg American community to pay for opportunities to travel throughout Europe. 

Upon returning to the states a year later, EJ first attended the University of Texas at El Paso before transferring and graduating from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. With a BA in English and an ROTC commission, she began what would become a 20-year career in the United States Air Force. While in the Air Force, EJ also earned a BA in Psychology  from St. Leo University and a Master's Degree in Science Administration from Central Michigan University. EJ was stationed in Texas, Louisiana, Honduras, Virginia, Florida, and Germany.  After Germany, she was assigned to the Special Operations Command in Tampa, Florida, where she eventually retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Post-retirement, EJ accompanied her then-active duty husband on two more assignments, first to Washington, DC and then to the US Embassy in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). While in the UAE, EJ had the opportunity to work for a local Emirate company; again, in several positions ranging from deputy program manager to executive support and marketing officer, and finally as office manager for the company's CEO.

Upon completion of this assignment, the Castors retired to Micco, Florida; where EJ eventually found her way to Florida Tech and the Global Strategic Communication Graduate Program.  This is where she was introduced to WFIT and became an avid volunteer, eventually being presented with the opportunity to host and produce Florida Tech's International Student Spotlight (which can be heard during NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered on Wednesdays).  Seeing a need to introduce our Palm Bay / Melbourne Community to the amazing talent represented by the Florida Tech faculty and staff, EJ initiated the weekly Florida Tech Faculty and Staff Profiles (which can be heard on Monday mornings, also during NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered).  

In August 2015, EJ became a Florida Tech Adjunct Instructor in the School of Arts and Communication.  This has provided EJ with additional opportunities to engage directly with our international students and with our Florida Tech Faculty and Staff.  EJ Castor can be contacted at ecastor2014@fit.edu. 

Ways to Connect

Florida Tech Faculty

Dr. Andy Stanfield is the Assistant Vice President for Assessment, Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation, as well an an Adjunct Professor in the Humanities Department.  Prior to arriving at Florida Tech, he pursued a Doctoral Degree in Instructional Design and Development and upon graduation, he eventually made his way to our Florida Tech campus (via South Dakota).  Dr. Stanfield's true passion is his music.

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Hirad Ahmed is a first-semester student, majoring in Chemical Engineering, and from the country of Pakistan.  Hirad has been an enthusiastic student, embracing the American culture and making many new friends, while at the same time, staying true to his religion, Islam.  He was able to quickly adapt from the British system to the American system of instruction and  achieved high marks on all his courses during his first semester.

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Jixing Zheng is a graduate student from Beijing, China, and is majoring in Computer Science and Operations Research at Florida Tech.

Dr. Jacob Ivey

Dr. Jacob Ivey is a visiting Assistant Professor of History in the School of Arts and Communication.  He is at Florida Tech for one year to teach courses in Western Civilization and in the Spring 2016 semester will teach a course on Modern Africa.  Dr. Ivey's interest is in British Imperial history in Africa.  In his childhood, he was influenced by the events occurring in Africa, particularly Nelson Mandela and the rise of democracy in South Africa.


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Richard Griffith, an international student from Trinidad, is majoring in Mechanical Engineering at Florida Tech.  Like so many young people these days, his interest in robotics was inspired by