A Message from Dean Bloebaum


Head Shot of Dean Christina Bloebaum

The start of summer here in the College of Aeronautics and Engineering (CAE) has been an exciting one with the official naming of the FedEx Aeronautics Academic Center at the airport kicking off events at the May Board of Trustees meeting. Look for an official Grand Opening invitation for Friday, September 6th! Grand Opening invitation coming soon!

We’ve concluded an extremely successful search for new engineering faculty, as well as a new Associate Dean who will focus on research success for our faculty and students. Summer session has begun and we have welcomed members of the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department and Emergency Management Team in our UAS Training Program, Flex Jet employees into our Dispatch program, K-12 campers into multiple STEM camps, and 335 students taking courses.

In the months of June and July, the CAE hosts four camps: The ACE Camp for high school boys and girls, the Girls Geared for Engineering Camp for middle school girls, the Nikki Kukwa Aeronautics Camp for high school girls and the Air Force Association CyberCamp for high school students. We are happy to teach middle school and high school students in our laboratories and watch as they receive hands-on experience building rockets, learning how to use computer-aided design, how to make molds in the foundry, learn about flight, and much more. To see their enthusiasm grow along with their knowledge is very rewarding.

I am proud to note that our Precision Flight Team won the American Airlines Safety Award at the National Intercollegiate Flying Association Safecon Competition, naming Kent State as the safest flight program in the nation. This was one of many awards the team won, making it the most successful competition yet. Additionally, Sydney Bihn, a senior aerospace engineering student, won the Brooke Owens Fellowship for women in aerospace and CAE students won two of three Ohio Space Grant STEM awards at the undergraduate research symposium.

June 18-21, two of our students, Kenzie Alge and Alex Johnson will fly a Cessna Skyhawk 172S Nav III in the Air Race Classic, a three-day, cross-country air race. You will be able to follow our students’ progress online in real-time.

Our Assistant Dean Jackie Ruller, Outreach Program Manager, Tom Southards and Lecturer Kim Holizna will represent CAE at the Paris Air Show – the largest airshow in the world. In Paris, we will network with aeronautics and engineering industries, manufacturers and peer institutions. We intend to leave a lasting impression on the prestige the College has established through programming, proven efficacy and investment in growth.

Your continued engagement and support through student mentorship and philanthropy allows us to offer an extraordinary education as well as state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to our students. We have remaining naming opportunities at the FedEx Aeronautics Academic Center and exciting plans for expansion of the Aeronautics and Technology Building.

I was able to meet many CAE alumni and friends during the Vision 21 Awards Ceremony in April and I hope to see you at the Kent State Airport this September for a series of can’t-miss events.  On Friday, September 6, the Grand Opening of the new FedEx Aeronautics Academic Center will follow the traditional One Golf Three sponsored golf event. The Alumni and Friends Dinner will take place directly after the Grand Opening. The Aeronautics and Engineering Expo will be on Saturday, September 7, and will appeal to kids of all ages – with a host of hands-on engineering activities (including line-following robot competitions, drone flights, FANUC robot demos, foundry activities, and more), along with our traditional aeronautics activities (classic and modern planes, plane rides, high-tech simulator rides, and more). Mark your calendars and be on the lookout for more information. It will be an exciting weekend!

Homecoming is September 21 and we can’t wait to welcome you back home as you tour the FedEx Aeronautics Academic Center as well as our engineering labs in the Aeronautics and Technology Building. Keep watch for more exciting information about these events and everything happening in CAE by visiting our website (Kent.edu/CAE) and following us in social media. Also, you can follow me on Twitter @AEDeanChristina.