His innate curiosity that drives innovative technological solutions for government and commercial clients, such as NASA, led the Florida High Tech Corridor to name David Sykes of Mainstream Engineering Corporation as one of the 2014 “Faces of Technology.”

With its beginnings in 2008, the Corridor’s Faces of Technology initiative recognizes the efforts of high tech scientists and technologists at organizations that drive diverse clusters of innovation throughout the 23-county Corridor.

Sykes is senior mechanical engineer for Rockledge’s Mainstream Engineering, a research and development company focused on producing products for thermal control, energy conversion and turbo machinery.  Sykes creates and modifies emerging technologies to fit client needs, from making a thermal management system to keep NASA electronics cool on Venus, to inventing an automotive-style diesel engine that is reliable and energy-efficient for use in military generators or all-terrain vehicles.

“We are proud to recognize brilliant individuals like David Sykes, who have provided and continue to drive significant contributions to the technological landscape of our state, our nation and our world,” said Randy Berridge, Florida High Tech Corridor Council president.  “Our Faces of Technology represent the strength and commitment of our high tech industry, making the 23-county Corridor a dynamic region for research, discovery and development.”

Sykes is one of 12 “Faces” featured online in the Faces of Technology video library at www.FacesofTechnology.com and in the Corridor’s annual magazine, florida.HIGH.TECH 2014.  Also included in the pages of this publication are stories of high tech research and innovative companies such as Melbourne-based Mesdi Systems, whose research partnership with the University of Central Florida is advancing its protective spray coatings for microbatteries.

The 2014 class joins “Faces” of previous years to mark 112 individuals recognized since inception, including Brevard County innovators like Carol Craig of Craig Technologies in Cape Canaveral, and Dr. Rainer Meinke of the Advanced Magnet Lab in Palm Bay.