Zach Quandt, B.S., ME, ’84

As director for GP Strategies Corporation at Kennedy Space Center, Zach provides acquisition strategies, general management direction and oversight to engineering, adult learning, and business process solutions.

Zach acts as the Chief Design Engineer for Ground System Equipment owned and operated by the Mid Atlantic Regional Spaceport and their active space launch site at Wallops Space Flight Center in Virginia.
He leads teams in the technical operations and maintenance training development for large and complex industrial applications, including: coal gasification, natural gas liquefaction, and space launch facility operations.

He has co-authored technical papers published through the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors. He is registered as a Professional Engineer in multiple states.

Zach met his wife Cindy at UCF in 1983. Two of his three daughters are enrolled at UCF, and his third daughter is “soon to be.”

He volunteers his time at his church and various organizations that enrich the community and students, including: Society of American Military Engineers; UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science Alumni Chapter, serving as Chairperson from 2007 to 2011; Orlando Shakes Theater; and the UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science Dean’s Advisory Board.

He is a recipient of the Jefferson Award for Public Service at UCF. Zach holds a UCF bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.