2015 Keynote Speakers

You've reached the archived version of the Kent State Aeronautics Fair from 2015.


Keynote Speakers

  • Roy S. Richardson

    "Tuskegee Airman shares experiences about WWII's segregated Military"

    Roy. S. RichardsonA member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, Roy S. Richardson worked the flight line pre-flighting, taxing, and performing aircraft maintenance during WWII. Mr. Richardson joined the United States Army Air Corp out of high school with the dream of becoming a member of the 766th Army Air Corp band. After basic training, he was assigned to the all black 332nd Fighter Wing at Lockbourne Air Base in Columbus, Ohio. He volunteered for a unit being formed as the 2221st Special Service Group, a popular USO Tour that entertained servicemen across the world. No one knows how many Tuskegee Airmen are still living. Their valor and success protecting the bombers on combat missions was instrumental to the integration of the United States Military. Mr. Richardson was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 2007 by President George W. Bush and he now travels around NE Ohio teaching the history of the Tuskegee Airmen.

  • Ken Ramsay

    "My Personal Experiences in the Military and Beyond"

    Ken RamsayCommissioned as a USAF Second Lieutenant through Air Force ROTC from Montana State University, Ken Ramsay was a USAF Tactical Fighter Pilot of the F-100 Super Sabre. Between 1962-68 he was on armed alert during the Cuba Missile Crisis, armed nuclear alert overseas, and armed combat support in Vietnam. He's been an instructor pilot and trained Vietnamese and USAF pilot in the air-to-ground combat operations. He is a life member of MAPS Air Museum and completed a seven-year restoration of an F100D Super Sabre. He is currently restoring an A-26 Invader (WWII twin engine attack aircraft).

  • Irena Wentzel

    First Officer, Delta Airlines

    "Dreaming for 35,000 Feet"

    Irena WentzelIrena Wentzel grew up in Lakewood, Ohio and attended Kent State University from 2001-2006 as a double major in Flight Technology and Aviation Management. Upon graduation in 2006, Irena was hired at ExpressJet Airlines as a First Officer on the Embraer 145. She lived in Houston for 6 years, and in 2012 was upgraded to Captain where she moved back to Cleveland and also spent some time being based in Newark. While at ExpressJet she is involved with both the Safety and Recruiting Departments.

  • Robert Priestley

    Assistant Professor, Aeronautics

    "Cleared to Land: Air Traffic Control and the NextGen"

    Robert PriestleyA Kent State Air Traffic Control Faculty member since 2013, Robert Priestley is the principle Air Traffic Instructor for Terminal Operations, Control Tower and Approach Control. He has provided his expertise and analysis of new air traffic training platforms being considered by the FAA. Prior to coming to Kent State, Rob held positions with the Federal Aviation Administration in Pittsburgh and the FAA Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City.

  • Joshua Eyring

    Manager Aircraft Maintenance, KSU Airport

    "Cleared to Land: Air Traffic Control and the NextGen"

    Joshua EyringJoshua Eyring, Manager of Aircraft Maintenance at the KSU airport, will give a behind-the-scenes demonstration of airplane maintenance. See the insides of a plan and learn how Kent State's aircraft maintenance crew keeps our aircraft safe. Held in the airport's maintenance garage located next to the hangar, kids of all ages will see how airplanes are inspected, overhauled, and repaired.