Keiser University's eCampus program broadens scope of understanding on pool-related issues
Four industry professionals who work in different aspects of the pool/spa industry in the U.S. and Singapore received the first university degree specific to the pool and spa industry. Keiser University eCampus conferred the Associate of Science in aquatic engineering degree on Wendy Purser, Cynthia Burdett, Martha Galan and Terence Lei this summer. The graduation was held at the Fort Lauderdale Performing Arts Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
The two-year online degree covers subjects such as water hydraulics, electrical systems, chemistry, structure design and facility management. Centrella has played a significant role in the success and development of the online aquatic engineering degree program, now in the ninth year.
Cindy Burdett has worked as an aquatic engineer for the past 14 years. She met her current employer, D2 Marine Solutions, just two months prior to completing her degree, and moved 1,200 miles from Vermont to Florida. Burdett performs water quality management on cruise ships. Her primary focus currently is watching over the Princess Cruise Line, for which she travels widely around the globe. She got her start in the pool and spa industry working for the Trapp Family Lodge in Vermont and oversaw the construction of many Vermont resorts.
Martha Galan plans to one day own her own business designing and constructing contemporary swimming pools. She pursued the Keiser aquatic engineering degree after working for a number of years in civil engineering. She said the program has opened many doors in other related disciplines, such as landscape architecture, lighting design, consulting and construction. Galan will be continuing her studies at the University of Central Florida in construction engineering. She also is seeking a position with an organization that specializes in swimming pool design, construction and aesthetic entrance fountain features.
Terence Lei was already employed with Weei Ta Eng. in Singapore as a project engineer when he was encouraged by his supervisor to enroll in the two-year degree program as a means to improve his knowledge base and skills. Weei Ta specializes in all aspects of water treatment and features. Lei currently is employed as project director at Waterland Services (sister company to Weei Ta), a swimming pool and water feature specialist firm, working on several large-scale pool construction projects, most notably the Singapore Sports Hub, scheduled to open in April 2014.
Wendy Purser is an experienced pool professional who started work while in high school and never received a college degree. She decided to attend the Keiser University program to “complete something in my life that I always wanted: a degree.”