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Alumnus Story: Derek Duzoglou, MSME ’06

Current City:      Miami, Florida

Major/Class:      Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering ’06

What did you do in the year immediately after graduating?
I was hired by Bertram Yacht and put in charge of designing all mechanical systems for the entire line of boats, ranging from 36 feet to 80 feet.

What do you do for a living now? What does a typical work week look like for you?
I currently own my own company, D Squared Engineering, and our focus is sustainable development solutions – everything from “green” manufacturing solutions and efficiency optimization planning to sustainability plan development for companies and organizations. A typical work week has us meeting with existing clients, networking to grow our portfolio and dedicating time to R&D (for new inventions and processes).

What got you interested in a career in engineering?
I’ve always been fascinated with disassembling mechanical and electrical devices, and seeing how I can put them back together in a more streamlined manner, hence the focus on efficiency.

Describe your most memorable moment as a student at the College of Engineering (CoE).
My junior year, I took a robotics class. The objective of the entire semester was to build a robot that could successfully perform a task, which we would have to demonstrate for the final. A majority of the class structure was dedicated to time in the machine shop, which was incredible. It helped tremendously for jobs I’ve held in the past, and it created a dynamic link between theory and application.

What advice would you give to younger alumni or current students who aspire to follow a similar career path?
With everyone I talk to currently pursuing a degree in engineering, I always recommend doing an internship – especially those majoring in mechanical engineering. Because the field is so broad, it is a great way to see where your interests lie, thus better equipping you for career decisions post-graduation.

In what ways did your CoE experience have an impact on your career and who you are today?
The CoE expanded my ability to efficiently optimize my schedule, and it provided me with a core understanding of the mechanical field that has served me well across the several industries I’ve worked in (marine, aviation, manufacturing and government).

How would you describe the College of Engineering in seven words or less?
Dedicated to cultivating the future in engineering.