Robert Sullivan Named as Vice President of Design Engineering Division to Lead CDE

Effective March 11th, Robert M. Sullivan will be taking the lead for current and future projects at CDE. Robert is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Florida who enthusiastically accepted the position of Vice President for 8-koi’s Engineering Division. CDE became a wholly-owned subsidiary of 8-koi in 2019.

Robert joins the team in Merritt Island with over forty years of experience as an innovator in the fields of capital project contracts management, civil environmental, structural, and construction engineering, planning, forensics, emergency and reconstruction management, expert litigation support, and safety.

With over 25 years of service with the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department FEMA response team, Florida Task Force One (FL-TF1), Robert’s work as a Structural Specialist with this international response rescue team has been integral in the development of his operations management skill set to include accurate rapid assessment and detailed analysis to achieve mission-critical goals when time and resources are not always optimum.

“Robert brings a high level of industry expertise and keen understanding of senior/executive management to CDE and 8-koi. His multi-disciplinary experience and background in Earned Value Analysis (EVA) will be an asset to growing our Design Engineering capability for years to come,” stated Dean Rosenquist, 8-koi’s Chief Operating Officer.

With a portfolio that includes work on special capital projects related to construction of unique buildings/facilities, airport and airfield upgrades, harbor dredging, environmental and hazardous waste system upgrades, value engineering, roadway and bridge transportation project management, Robert will be tasked with aligning business development strategy to CDE’s in-demand capabilities.

My motivation and motto is: Plan the Work – Work the Plan,” says Robert. “I’m really looking forward to making the most of the next chapter in my career with this dynamic small business.”

Please help us welcome Robert to the Team and be sure to connect with him on LinkedIn to learn more about his work.

Rich Kube Named as Vice President of Design Engineering Division to Lead CDE

Effective today, Rich Kube will provide oversight for the programs of Cape Design Engineering (CDE) as Vice President of 8-koi’s Design Engineering Division and member of the company’s leadership team. CDE has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of 8-koi since March 2019.

An Air Force Veteran and lifelong Florida resident, Kube brings decades of experience in complex engineering and compliant operations for the government contracting industry to include aviation and aerospace. He is the former Director of Engineering and Senior Program Manager at Craig Technologies, and he supported NASA Shuttle systems engineering and maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) with United Space Alliance in Cape Canaveral for over a decade.

“Rich Kube is an inspirational leader and strategic thinker who will help us to capture and fulfill advanced engineering contracts as 8-koi and CDE continue to mature in the marketplace,” says company President Inga Young. “We are looking forward to incorporating Rich’s knowledge of quality standards and his experience successfully leading multi-disciplinary project teams so we can further improve our processes and take on work with a larger scope.”

As VP of Design Engineering, Kube will be supervising a team of eleven engineers, technicians, and administrative support personnel to meet customer requirements from design to delivery. The company’s project portfolio includes Space Launch Complex (SLC) systems and lab facilities for NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, airfield and submarine facilities for the US Navy in Jacksonville and Port Canaveral, and high-tech learning environments for Florida’s public institutions of higher education.

Kube earned a master’s degree in aeronautical science with specialization in aerospace/aviation management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, graduated from the Boeing Leadership Institute in St. Louis, Missouri, is a recipient of numerous technical achievement awards, and volunteers his time to support missionary work building schools and hospitals with his church.

Please join us in welcoming Rich to the team. You can connect with him on LinkedIn.

Rich Kube, VP of Design Engineering

Li Li Celebrates Twenty Years with CDE

Li Li (her first name is the same as her last) was recently celebrated for her loyalty and longevity marked this month by 20 years serving CDE and now the 8-koi team. Currently, Li works to support new construction, having worked on projects that included: Daytona Beach State College Hosseini Center, Palm Beach State College Technical Education Facility, Space Shuttle Processing Facility (SSPF) Science Annex at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, and the Eastern Florida State College (EFSC) Student Union and Health Sciences Building. She’s also worked on various renovation projects for EFSC, Brevard County School Board and Florida Power & Light.

“I like to work on different kinds of projects so I can always learn something new,” she said.

After earning her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at TsingHua University in Beijing, China, she continued her education in the US earning her Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.

In 2001, Li began working for CDE. With decades of experience, she’s skilled in handling projects through the beginning to end phases – from conceptual building, mechanical and plumbing system designs through the construction phase, and overcoming the challenges in between.

Around the Merritt Island office Li has a reputation for working smart and hard. She is the proud mother of her high school son, who has also earned a reputation for his smarts and she’s the wife to her husband engineer. When she’s not working, she enjoys gardening – planting all kinds of flowers, vegetables and fruit trees.

8-koi and CDE are grateful for Li’s dedicated 20 years of service to the team and customers. As 8-koi’s COO, Dean Rosenquist, put it, “There is no doubt that you have made your presence an invaluable one in our company. As you continue to commit yourself to uphold our values and vision, we won’t ever stop appreciating you.”

We congratulate you, Li Li, and thank you for 20 years with CDE!