Florida Tech Honors Graduate School Teacher

By  //  May 29, 2012

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John E. MIller Award Recipient

Brice Orange, right, receives the John E. Miller Award from James Gering. (Image courtesy of Florida Tech)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Astrophysics doctoral candidate Brice Orange was awarded the John E. Miller Award at Florida Institute of Technology’s annual Honors Convocation.

The award is for excellence in graduate student teaching and outstanding academic excellence.

Orange, who earned a master’s degree in space sciences at Florida Tech in May 2010, works in the introductory physics laboratory under the supervision of James Gering, director of undergraduate physics laboratories.

“Brice presents himself in a very competent but laid-back manner, which students appreciate,” Gering said. “He understands how to hold students to high standards while keeping them motivated.”

Orange conducts his doctoral research with Hakeem Oluseyi, assistant professor of physics and space sciences.

He earned a Florida Space Grant Consortium award for research on structures in the Sun’s atmosphere which occur in the extreme ultraviolet portion of the spectrum, as well as for understanding what generates them.

His doctoral thesis work will be about the development of software that automatically detects, analyzes, classifies, and catalogues EUV structures in the sun’s atmosphere.

His is from Oakley, S.C. and graduated from Berkeley High School in 2001. He completed a bachelor’s degree in physics from College of Charleston in 2005.

As a surf instructor, he worked in 2007 and 2007 in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

The John E. Miller Award was established in 1995 in memory of a former physics professor and the university’s longtime vice president for academic affairs.

Miller also briefly was university president between the terms of Jerome Keuper, founding president, and Dr. Lynn Edward Weaver.