Newsletter March 2018

Welcome to the College of Aeronautics and Engineering Newsletter for March 2018.

photo Dean Robert Sines headshotLooking Toward Tomorrow

It’s a great time to be a part of the College of Aeronautics and Engineering. For five years, we’ve pursued funding to build a brick and mortar facility at the airport. I am pleased to say that we have secured the capital to proceed with construction, and if all goes as planned, we will have classes in the new Airport Academic building by fall 2019.

Following my retirement in July, Christina Bloebaum, Ph.D. will become the Dean of CAE on Aug. 1, 2018. We are very excited about her arrival -- she has great things planned for the college.
As we continue to secure funding for the Airport Academic building, we are looking forward to fundraising for a 15,000-square-foot addition to the Aeronautics and Technology building. This addition will bring new laboratories and research space to the college along with additional classrooms and a 150-seat auditorium.

We are also in the process of having Kent State’s second engineering degree approved at the state level. This new degree is a B.S. in Mechatronics Engineering. There are other curriculum changes taking place in Applied Engineering as well. After state approval, we will offer a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology, a B.S. in Computer Engineering Technology and a B.S. in Mechatronics Engineering Technology. These changes will allow the college to seek Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accreditation for each of these programs.

We will keep you updated on all of these exciting new developments. Have a great summer and thank you for your support of the college.

Robert G. Sines, Jr.

Head shot of Dean Christina Bloebaum
Welcome Our New Dean: Christina Bloebaum

Kent State University has chosen an accomplished aerospace engineer to serve as dean of its award-winning and growing College of Aeronautics and Engineering. Christina Bloebaum, Ph.D., currently serves as interim department chair of aerospace engineering and the Dennis and Rebecca Muilenburg Professor for Aerospace Engineering at Iowa State University. She will join Kent State on Aug. 1, 2018. Read the full news article on CAE's new dean.

image proposed Airport Academic Building aerial viewThe New Airport Academic Building

On March 7 The Board of Trustees approved the Kent Campus Master Plan concept and the initial financing strategy, which includes the College of Aeronautics and Engineering new Academic Building at the Kent State Airport. This new building will include 18,050-square-feet that will house collaborative spaces, classrooms, briefing rooms, simulator rooms and faculty and staff offices. It will provide rooms for current and additional courses and, most importantly, allow for growth in the program’s enrollment. The college anticipates breaking ground this spring. Get all the details on how you can support the new Airport Academic Building.

Join Us at Vision 21

April 27, 2018 marks the College of Aeronautics and Engineering’s 20th Vision 21 Awards Banquet. In his final awards banquet as dean, Robert G. Sines Jr. will recognize outstanding, notable and accomplished alumni and friends of the college at the Kent State University Hotel from 6 to 8 p.m. President Beverly Warren will also join us. This year, nine awards will be given, including: The Corporate Hall of Fame Award (this year’s winner is the FedEx Corp.), Distinguished Alumni Award, Young Alumni, Professional Achievement Award, Van Deusen Award, Distinguished Contributor Faculty and Staff Awards. Vision 21 Tickets and Information.

photo Boy Scouts at Youth Aviation AdventureYouth Aviation Adventure

The inaugural Youth Aviation Adventure, hosted by the College of Aeronautics and Engineering, will take place April 21, 2018 at the Kent State Airport. At this event, students and their chaperones will learn about the exciting world of aviation, in an engaging and educational program. Students aged 13 to 18 will participate in 10 learning stations to receive hands-on experience in different areas of aviation. Activities at the event also qualify for specific Girl and Boy Scout badges.

CAE Has a Camp for Every Kid


photo FIRST Tech Challenge 2018 match in progressRobotics Weekend and the FIRST Tech Challenge

On Feb. 2 and 3, more than 24 teams from grades 7 to 12 competed in the FIRST Tech Challenge at the Kent State University Student Center. The lauded STEM event was hosted by the College of Aeronautics and Engineering. Student teams are challenged to design, build, program and operate robots to compete in a challenge. Coaches and mentors guide students as they share ideas, develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles. Teams raise funds, design and market their team brand, and do community outreach for which they can win awards.

Head shot of Richard Mangrum
Professor Rick Mangrum Receives Outstanding Teaching Award

Richard Mangrum, Ed.D., professor and graduate program coordinator, focuses his teaching on guiding students to help achieve their goals. During his classes, he asks himself, “Would I be okay with these students flying, controlling and managing a flight with my family on board?” Dr. Mangrum continues to remain qualified and relevant in the aeronautics industry in order to educate students to take part in the global industry of transporting goods and people. He believes his teaching must facilitate an environment that produces capable, competent and critically thinking professionals to ensure only well-qualified people graduate. Read the full news article on Professor Mangrum.

logo Brightline BagsFlight Team Fundraiser

Members of Flight Team are required to carry a lot of equipment, and sponsor BrightLine Bags allows students to carry it all. BrightLine is helping our flight students fundraise through a special offer, which offers a discount to buyers. If you’re a Kent State alum, use Coupon Code KSUPFTBLB1718 at BrightLine Bags' website for 10 percent off your purchase. Visit the Kent State University Precision Flight Team website.