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“My bachelor’s degree from KSU’s technology program provided me with an invaluable combination of a high-tech learning environment, hands-on industrial experience and an effective approach to managing resources.”

-Tony Zalar, 2005 B.S. Applied Engineering, Foundry Operations Manager, The Babcock & Wilcox Co.

Favorite memory you would like to share: "Hanging out with my fellow members of the KSU AFS student chapter. Favorite staff members: Michael Dragomier, Tom Cobett, Tom Kalo, Lawrence Epps and Michael Gershe." Shawn is now a Project Engineer at Charlotte Pipe and Foundry, Charlotte, North Carolina.

-Shawn Taylor, 2015 B.S. Applied Engineering concentration in Applied Engineering and Technology Management

Favorite memory you would like to share: "Traveling to Florida to compete in the NASA Robotics Mining Competition was the most influential and eye opening experience I had at Kent State University. Getting to meet the NASA employees, Astronauts and the other Robotics team members from across the US gave me the opportunity to see many different paths my journey could take."
"I was hired as a Systems Engineer for RoviSys after I graduated. Then moved to California in April 2017 to help the company set up a new West Coast Office near LA."

-Joshua Ishihara, 2016 B.S. Applied Engineering concentration in Computer Engineering Technology, RoviSys Systems Engineer I

photo Jeremiah Kearns 2006 graduate"My favorite classes were Dr. Verna Fitzsimmons'. She kept them light, but drilled into the detail necessary to learn the material and think about how it would apply in the real world. I believe her classes had influence when I sought employment after graduation, where I would eventually apply concepts such as LEAN manufacturing, design for manufacturability, automated manufacturing, etc. Currently, I'm the Quality Manager for Rexnord Aerospace, Precision Gear in Twinsburg. We successfully transitioned to AS9100:2016 in the last month, which is a major milestone for the company."

-Jeremiah Kearns, 2006 B.S. Technology, Rexnord Aerospace Quality Manager



“Kent State’s aviation program has not only been one of the best experiences of my life but also has ingrained into my daily life the academics that give me specialized knowledge of my trade.”

-David Lochner, 2007 B.S. Aeronautics, Air Traffic Control Specialist

"(speaking about Aircraft Dispatch) As far the program itself, I thought it was organized extremely well. The most difficult thing (about taking it over the summer) was how quickly the material was covered. In spite of that, I thought you did a great job at explaining things on a simplistic level in order for students to understand. I also felt with your weather background that helped many of us grasp a deeper level of understanding certain weather charts, concepts, etc."

"I think you continued to improve the program even more following the semester I took it. I think the mock examinations were highly beneficial to the students and in fact most of the students I helped told me the mock orals were more difficult than the actual examinations. If there is one thing I would say could use improvement (which there really isn't much) I would say perhaps later in the course, particularly with weather, don't be afraid to really dive deep into the theory and understanding of certain concepts. I remember my examiner asking me certain questions that dug deeper than a base-level understanding (if I remember correctly he asked me about what LLWAS was and how it worked, I knew what it was but not exactly what it looked like or even how it really worked besides a basic understanding. He then asked about how they forecast LLWS now and what they use...the answer being Doppler radar, those funny looking massive golf balls). I would say later in the course try to include more practical applications and deeper explanations about certain concepts."

"As for how the course helped me, being an ATC major, taking the dispatch course did nothing but make me more marketable in the Aviation & Aerospace industry. In fact, for most jobs, regardless of what it is, employers want applicants with FAA certificates (especially Dispatcher's Certificate). I am also a firm believer that adversity makes you stronger as a person. Taking both dispatch courses over the summer pushed me to study harder than I had before and really push myself. It is a rewarding feeling once you walk out of those examinations and look back at what you've accomplished."

-Kyle Ferguson, 2016 B.S. Aeronautics Concentration Air Traffic Control, Minor in Aircraft Dispatch

photo Ryan Green headshot class of 2016 testimonial"The Kent State University dispatch program is, in my opinion, an elite level course. It provides comprehensive and complete instruction on aircraft dispatch and prepared me thoroughly to complete the ADX written, and practical exam. This resulted in me receiving a dispatch license. Within six months of completing the course I was offered, and accepted, a Flight Dispatcher position with Netjets Inc. I could not be happier. Thank you Dr. Richard L. Mangrum, and thank you Kent State University."

-Ryan Green, 2016 B.S. Aeronautics Concentration Air Traffic Control, Minor in Aircraft Dispatch

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