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GBM: L3Harris Guest Speaker Presentation

You won’t want to miss the General Body Meeting this Friday, February 4, 6:00 pm, when we welcome guest speakers from L3Harris! 

Eight members from L3Harris’ Integrated Product Support Team will share their experiences working at one of the nation’s largest aerospace and defense companies. The meeting will include a presentation about technical writing at L3Harris followed by a Q&A session. 

Join us to hear from these guest speakers: 

  • Marty Sisson, Engineering Manager IPS 
  • Melissa Rios, Sr. Manager IPS 
  • Stewart Brandt, Assoc Manager IPS 
  • Sally Jecmen, Lead IPS 
  • Luke Gilbert, Specialty IPS
  • Natasha Rosario, Specialty IPS 
  • Hunter Plante, Associate IPS 
  • Melissa Olds, Associate Tech Writing

Meeting details:

Friday, February 4, 6:00 pm

Zoom link: https://ucf.zoom.us/j/94513652385 

Meeting ID: 945 1365 2385

See below for the full bios of the L3 Harris Integrated Product Support Team.

Martin C. Sisson
Department Engineering Manager

Marty has been with L3Harris for 3 1/2 years in his current role as Engineering Manager. Prior to his time with the company, he retired from the United States Air Force with over 23 years of service in the Aircraft Maintenance and Logistics career field. In addition, he spent two years as a public-school teacher (Electronics) and nearly three years with the US State Department working on logistics projects around the globe.

You can connect with Marty on LinkedIn.

Melissa Rios
Sr. Manager, Integrated Product Support

Melissa graduated from UCF with a BA in Technical Communications in 1995. She has over 25 years’ experience in the Technical Writing field with most of that time in the defense industry. 

She has worked for L3Harris Technologies for a total of 20 years doing a variety of tasks from Technical Writing, Training Development, Logistics, Proposals, Business Development, Integrated Product Team Lead, and Group Leader. She is also the L3Harris POC for the UCF Technical Communications partnership.

You can connect with Melissa on LinkedIn.

Sally Jecmen
Lead, Integrated Product Support

Sally has been with L3Harris for 18 years. Prior to that, she worked for Lockheed Space Operations at Kennedy Space Center developing online training in support of Shuttle and Rocket Operations.

Sally graduated from UCF with an MA in Instructional Systems Technology and undergraduate work in Software Engineering. 

Currently in our Robotics Enterprise, Sally has worked in several positions as Integrated Product Support Lead, Integrated Logistics Support Manager, International Pursuit Lead, Proposal Manager, Learning & Development Manager, Employee Resource Group Manager, Instructional Systems Design Specialist, Training Specialist, Technical Writer, Group Leader, and Logistics/Depot Support Engineer. She also serves as an L3Harris United Way Ambassador. 

You can connect with Sally on LinkedIn.

Luke Gilbert
Specialty Integrated Product Support

Stewart Brandt
Associate Manager, Integrated Product Support

Stewart has been working with L3Harris for almost 5 years as a Technical Writer and Integrated Product Support Engineer where he leads a program on all IPS matters.  He also supports proposals within the IPS arena and is a Group Leader for personnel around the country. Stewart has also been a Field Engineer and Technical Trainer for communication equipment with a previous company.  He is also a member of the Georgia Air National Guard.

You can connect with Stewart on LinkedIn

Natasha A. Rosario
Integrated Product Support Specialist

Natasha graduated from UCF in 2011. She was hired at L3Harris in 2016 and has served L3Harris in Technical Writing, Logistics/Supply Support. She is currently supporting a Proposal, Item Drawings and Material Planning.

You can connect with Natasha on LinkedIn.

Melissa Olds
Associate Technical Writer, New College Grad

Melissa started working at L3Harris last year after graduating from UCF with a BA in English/Tech Comm. Before that she completed a Tech Writing Internship with L3Harris over the summer of 2020.

Melissa’s focus is in technical editing and complex document development.

You can reach Melissa at Melissa.Olds@L3Harris.com.

Hunter Plante
Associate, Integrated Product Support

Hunter graduated from UF in 2019 with a BS in Industrial & Systems Engineering. He was hired in 2019 specializing in Technical Writing, Process Improvement, Logistics, and Metrics. He also received his Maintenance Management Certification through Life Cycle Engineering.

You can connect with Hunter on LinkedIn.

GBM: Q&A Speaker Series featuring John Paz

Join us for the first installment of FTC’s Industry Q&A Speaker Series featuring technical writing professional and UCF alumnus John Paz. This series will kick off on Friday, January 21, 6:00 pm on Zoom: https://ucf.zoom.us/j/94513652385.

John Paz has over 15 years of experience as a technical communicator and content designer – a career that has taken him around the world and back. He is passionate about sharing his story and helping aspiring tech professionals enter the industry. 

Read John’s full bio below: 

John Paz graduated from UCF in 2008 with a B.A. in English and a focus in Technical Writing. He has over 15 years of experience working in the tech industry as a Technical Writing and Content Designer. He worked extensively as a short-term contractor in Orlando for some of the more reputable simulation and training defense contractors in the area for nearly a decade. In 2015 John accepted an offer from an Australian tech company to relocate him and his entire family to Sydney. Then, the Aussie Pazzies relocated again, to San Francisco, and once more back to Orlando, where he resides today. Technical Writing has taken him around the world, and he wants to share his story and help aspiring tech professionals with practical advice to help land more interviews and secure a lucrative job working in tech. John is also passionate about diversifying tech and regularly gives talks about how underrepresented folks can break into tech, and how working in technology can help break generational cycles of poverty. 

@SrContentDesign (Twitter) 

@tiocafecito (Instagram) 

https://www.johnapaz.com/ for portfolio, resume, blogs, etc.

Introducing FTC Publications

The Future Technical Communicators club was established in 2000 as the product of two technical communication students at UCF with a dream. They both sought to make a student organization that offered itself as a place for technical communication students to sharpen the skills they would need when they enter a career in technical communication. Beyond that, the club sought to help its members find and get a job in those very careers. Since then, it has grown to offer an array of programs from workshops to guest speaker events and networking opportunities, all while still pursuing that same goal. Whether you are a freshman or senior, graduate or undergraduate student, technical communication major or otherwise, FTC always seeks to provide you with opportunities to gain something practical that can’t be gained in the classroom alone. We want you to give you a push that makes you not just an excellent student but a prepared professional.

We want to add one more asset to our repertoire of resources for members. Our club’s current website was established fairly recently, back at the end of Fall 2020. While it has information about the club itself and houses some of our content, it never had a definitive purpose. The officers have wanted to make the website a proper home for FTC content, and in doing so, we had the idea of giving it something unique too — something you could only find here and something that was useful for students at the same time. One idea led to another, and then we got to work.

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