Gator Theme Park Engineering and Design Club (Gator TPED)

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    UF Branch Officers:

    President – Ellie Scott
    Email:  president.gatortped@gmail.com

    Vice President – Sierra Simpson
    Email: external.gatortped@gmail.com

    Treasurer – John Francis
    Email: gatortped@gmail.com

    Faculty Advisor:

    Prof. Andie Cochran
    Email: acochran@ufsa.ufl.edu

    Activities

    Gator Theme Park Engineering and Design Club (Gator TPED) is a multidisciplinary student organization at the University of Florida focused on fostering the next generation of themed entertainment talent through professional, technical, and social opportunities. Our club events and activities include design teams, company tours, design competitions, industry guest speakers, social trips to parks, and much more.

    Our club members have been recognized as: Winning 1st Place Overall, Best Rollercoaster, and Best Mechanical Design at the 2018 Ryerson Invitational Thrill Design Competition presented by Universal Creative; 1st Place and 3rd Place in the 2018 Cornell Design Competition; and Semi-Finalists in the 2017 Disney Imaginations Design Competition. Our members have attended professional events such as SkyNext presented by Skyline, IAAPA, ASTM conferences, and TEA NextGen events. Many of our members have gone on to secure internships by actively participating in the club events and attending such professional events with the club. Some companies our students have interned or gone onto full time positions with include Universal Creative, SeaWorld Parks and Resorts, The Walt Disney Company, The Disney College Program, Skyline Attractions, Animax Designs, Entech Innovative, Nassal, BRPH, ThemeWorks, and many more!