Student Spotlight

The College of Aeronautics and Engineering recognizes and celebrates the personal achievements of its most outstanding students.


Jake Rabinowitz portrait

Jake Rabinowitz

Jake Rabinowitz, an Unmanned Aircraft Systems Flight Operations student, harbored an unwavering fascination with aviation. His early adventures, including trips to Florida and flying cheap drones with friends, fueled his love for flight.





Isabella Hinz portrait

Isabella Hinz

Isabella Hinz, an Aeronautics student at the College of Aeronautics and Engineering, didn't let attending a university far from home stop her from continuing to pursue her hobbies and passions.





Phil Hirst portrait

Phil Hirst

Phil Hirst, an Aeronautics major with a concentration in Unmanned Aircraft Systems, is highly involved with extracurriculuar activities focusing on professional development in the field of aviation.





Julia DiNunzio portrait

Julia DiNunzio

Julia DiNunzio, an aeronautical systems engineering major at the College of Aeronautics and Engineering, is highly involved in interdisciplinary activities and groups on campus despite her academically rigorous major.





Cooper Flora portrait

Cooper Flora

Cooper Flora, an aerospace engineering student at the College of Aeronautics and Engineering, was impressed by the greenery on Kent State's campus and the class sizes in his major when touring universities for the first time.





Ruth Miller portrait

Ruth Miller

Ruth Miller, an aerospace engineering student at the College of Aeronautics and Engineering, hit the ground running as just a freshman, co-founding the Women in Engineering Club and getting involved with multiple other organizations on and off campus.





Michael Parker portrait

Michael Parker

Michael Parker, a senior Mechatronics student, was recently accepted into a year-long internship, in computer-aided sheet metal design for Bessamaire HVEC, a Heating, Ventilation, and Evaporative cooling company.





Laurel Praeter portrait

Laurel Praeter

We would like to take a moment to brag about senior mechatronics student Laurel Praeter. Making the most of her time at Kent State’s College of Aeronautics and Engineering, she’s consistently looking for new experiences to grow her portfolio.





Sai Chittimala portrait

Sai Chittimalla

Aviation Management Student is Ahead of the Curve. Sai Chittimalla, an aeronautics senior became the first Kent State University aviation management student to pass the American Association of Airport Executives: Airfield Operations Certification exam, and in record time. 





Cassette Le’Shaunne Pitmon

Cassette Le’Shaunne Pitmon

Cassette Le’Shaunne Pitmon, a junior in the air traffic control program and a double minor in aircraft dispatch and unmanned aircraft systems was chosen as a McNair Scholar for Kent State University’s Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program.





Steven Westlake portrait

Steven Westlake

Steven Westlake, a senior mechatronics student at the College of Aeronautics and Engineering has worked with Darwin Boyd, Ph.D., to design industrial robots and considers Mechatronics II to be his favorite class.






Alex Johnson portrait

Alex Johnson

As an aeronautics major with a concentration in flight technology, Alex Johnson spends a lot of time around airplanes. In addition to working at the Kent State University Airport, she recently spent the majority of her day for four days in a 172 Cessna flying across county in the Air Race Classic (ARC).






Samantha Battaglia portrait

Samantha Battaglia

Junior applied engineering foundry technology student Samantha Battaglia is one of the most involved students at the College of Aeronautics and Engineering (CAE). She serves as a mentor and volunteer in college activities and creates engagement events on her own with a special interest in educating and encouraging girls to pursue careers in engineering.






Sara Roman portrait

Sara Roman

Sara Roman, junior mechatronics engineering major, took part in an internship with NASA at the John Glenn Research Center in Cleveland as a High Data Rate Architecture (HiDRA) thermal and mechanical design intern.






Patrick Baker portrait

Patrick Baker

My favorite class is Introduction to Sustainability, because it shows students how they relate to the environment and how they can positively/negatively impact it, but also it helps develop the skills and mindset necessary for students to achieve a cleaner future.