Shane Lowney of Tampa, Florida in the United States is a native son. Born and raised in Tampa, Lowney is a true Son of the South, loyal to his native city and anxious to give back to the community which has warmed his body and life for all 34 years of it. Lowney loves flying, with a pilot’s license to operate his Cessna 182, and rock climbing and divining the mysteries of a working engine, which gave rise to Lowney leaving Tampa for the only time in his life, to attend the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida to earn his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Upon completion, Lowney returned to Tampa to pursue his career, with a new wife in tow, Christine. Together they enjoy the beauty of Tampa today.
Shane Lowney’s decision to enter Florida Tech was a natural progression of the insight and understanding of mathematics and science which he had displayed throughout his formative years in Tampa. Lowney entered an institution with a more recent history than most, firmly grounded in the study of mathematics, sciences and technology. The Florida Institute of Technology was founded as Brevard Engineering College in Melbourne, Florida in the United States in 1958, and by 1966 had changed its name. The Florida Institute of Technology is a private research institution which caters to elite engineering and scientific minds. The combined verbal and math SAT scores of the incoming freshmen in 2014 was 1131. At one point, the majority of employees of the NOAA were graduates of the Florida Institute of Technology. Today, over half of the student body is enrolled in its College of Engineering.
Only 75 miles from Cape Canaveral, the original site of the United States Space Program, the Florida Institute of Technology which Shane Lowney attended to cement his future profession as a mechanical engineer, has a symbiotic relationship with the Space Coast upon which it resides. FIT has named each of its new residence halls completed in 2003 after one of the seven fallen astronauts of the Shuttle Columbia disaster. The Emil Buehler Center for Aviation Training and Research at the Melbourne International Airport began in 2008. 2009 witnessed the founding of the Nathan M. Bisk College of Business, the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts, the Emil Buehler Center for Aviation Training and Research at the Melbourne International Airport, the Scott Center for Autism Treatment, the Harris Center for Science and Engineering and the Harris Institute for Information Assurance. FIT’s Jensen Beach Campus, the School of Marine and Environmental Technology, was located on the Indian River Lagoon in Jensen Beach, and at one time a majority of its students went to work for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.