CAE hosts STEAM Leadership Cadre

On Thursday, March 10th, the College of Aeronautics and Engineering (CAE) had the opportunity to host the STEAEM Leadership Cadre from the Summit Educational Service Center (SESC) for a hands-on workshop and tour of the Aeronautics and Engineering Building, the FedEx Aeronautics Academic Center/Kent State Airport, and Design Innovation Hub. The SESC is an organization that is “dedicated to providing administrative, curricular, instructional, instructional technology, pupil personnel, and professional development services to the schools of Summit County and assisting them in reaching their educational objectives.”   

This visit was particularly exciting for the CAE as we genuinely enjoy collaborating with community organizations. Not only do we love showcasing all the innovative elements of our college, but we also love providing continuing education opportunities as it relates to STE(A)M. 

The group was first greeted by Dr. Maureen Mcfarland, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, who gave them an overview of the engineering and engineering technology programs found in the CAE. These are such programs as our bachelor's in Aerospace Engineering, Computer Engineering Technology, Mechatronics Engineering, and more.

As one of the lead persons on this collaboration, Dr. McFarland described this visit as an  “amazing opportunity to share CAE’s unique perspective on the synergy between aeronautics, engineering and engineering technology and are confident we were able to share information on education pathways and experiences that these teachers and administrators can immediately use in their own educational spaces.” Dr. McFarland continued, “we’re excited to welcome their students into our college in the next several years as we affect positive changes in the trajectory of the regional, national and global community.” 

The group also dove into the Robotics Laboratory and was able to learn about FANUC robotics and the certification opportunities we offer for industry professionals.  In this lab, trainees use simulation software to program and design industrial robots to improve any company's productivity and profits. Students who take the Industrial Robotics course will receive their FANUC Robotics certification upon course completion.

Following their tour and hands-on experience, the group was able to walk the Lester A. Lefton Esplanade to the Design Innovation Hub for lunch, followed by an open dialogue and tour with J.R. Campbell, Executive Director of the Design Innovation Initiative. The Design Innovation Initiative focuses on the application of innovation and creation to solve real-world problems and challenges. This is where some of the brightest minds at Kent State come together and collaborate on projects, by using critical thinking and multi-disciplinary action. 

STEAM Leadership Cadre at the Airport
Lastly, the group visited the FedEx Academic Center/Kent State Airport (1G3), a facility that has been in existence at Kent State for the last 100 years. The airport has gone through many changes since it first opened in 1920, but it continues to remain an essential component of CAE student's studies. Aeronautics and engineering are essential to each other and without one, there cannot be the other. Therefore, CAE works hard to creatively integrate these synergetic fields of study together within our student's education and coursework. Four lucky SESC members received flight simulator rides and were able to experience what it is like to fly an aircraft. 

The CAE is always thrilled to host community organizations and this event for the SESC is no different! We look forward to hosting more tours like this in the future.

If you are interested in learning more about the SESC, check out their website here. 

For more information about how to set up a visit like this for your organization or group, please email Adam Cooke at  

POSTED: Sunday, March 20, 2022 - 6:07am
Aleesia McKinney