Professional Dress

By Emily Ferraro

When it comes to dressing professionally, there are basic guidelines in place for “what to wear” and “what not to wear,” but it’s not always easy to assert what is right for each and every person. Just like any other day, choosing what to wear is about personal style, comfort, and setting. When trying to figure out what to wear to an interview or how to build your professional wardrobe, it’s best to keep the basics in mind and then let your style be found in the details.

Below are some simple guidelines to follow when preparing for an interview, followed by tips on how to build a wardrobe for business casual settings both in the office as well conferences and events.

Interview Dress Tips:

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  • Always wear a suit (it’s best to be formal no matter what the level of interview)
  • Men can wear two-piece matching suits in conservative colors such as black, navy, dark grey (wool, wool-blend and other quality fibers are best); to make the best impression, tailor it to fit you properly
  • Men should wear long-sleeve shirts in basic colors such as white, light blue, or conservative patterns
  • Always tuck in shirt
  • Socks should be mid-calf length in a dark color
  • Always match your shoes to your belt
  • Invest in nice pair of dress shoes; laces or loafers are appropriate
  • Keep hair out of face, well groomed, shaved and clean
  • Do not wear a strong fragrance/cologne

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  • Always wear a suit (it’s best to be formal no matter what the level of interview)
  • Women can wear skirt suits or pantsuits (black, navy, and grey are recommended)
  • Skirts should match blazer and should be no shorter than fingertip length when arms are down
  • Tops can be long-sleeve button-down, quality knit sweater, or shell under jacket (not see-through, and no cleavage)
  • Women should wear close-toed shoes (heels should stay under 3-4 inches)
  • Always match your shoes to your belt
  • Do not wear a strong fragrance/perfume
  • Make sure nails are well-groomed and, if painted, choose a light, neutral color
  • Keep hair out of face, well groomed and clean
  • Always tuck shirt into pants or skirt
  • Keep jewelry simple and minimal
  • Wear natural looking makeup (no bright lipsticks or smoky eyes)
  • Bag or briefcase should not be too large or bright/accessorized

Professional Dress Tips:

When it comes to creating your professional look, it’s recommended that you incorporate pieces that are versatile and can be worked into several different outfits. These tips are great for building a wardrobe that can be worn in any professional setting.

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  • Black dress pants, pencil skirt
  • One pair of black pumps/one pair of nude pumps (also try grey/navy)
  • One black, navy or neutral colored dress
  • Tailored blazer (recommend black or navy)
  • Dark wash denim jeans
  • Basic shells/camisoles
  • A few blouses that can be layered (basic colors and light patterns)
  • Some classic dress shirts
  • Cardigans for layering
  • Belts (black/brown)

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  • Formal basic suit
  • Casual blazers (khaki/navy/grey)
  • Dress shirts- standard button downs (basic colors, light patterns)
  • Oxford shirts
  • Light sweaters (browns/blues/greens)
  • Dark wash jeans
  • Natural colored chinos
  • Belts (black/brown)
  • Dress watch
  • Dress shoes (black and brown)
  • About 3 ties (matching colors in shirts)
  • Polo’s and basic T’s
  • Cuff links

What Not to Wear:

Lastly, always consider the fashion “don’ts” when putting together your outfits. Everyone has different tolerance levels for what they consider professional dress, so remember the basics and dress to your comfort level and personal style. Check out our Pinterest board on “What not to wear – Men and Women” for great visuals and advice on what’s a definite no-no in any professional setting.

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Emily Ferraro is new to the Career Services Office at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and serves as the Program Manager for undergraduate Aerospace Engineering students. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies as well as her Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction specializing in College Student Affairs at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. Emily enjoys working with students to help them achieve their personal and professional career goals and specializes in topics such as personal branding and resume writing.


Career Week 360° on the Daytona Beach Campus

Embry-Riddle students and alumni are invited to attend the various events occurring during Career Week 360° on the Daytona Beach campus.

Career Week 360° is an all-encompassing career-focused week, encouraging students to take a complete 360° look at their professional futures by exploring career development opportunities.

Spring 2014 Career Week Summary Flyer

Graduating Student Success Story: Arjun Gupta

Arjun Gupta recently graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in December 2013.  He completed the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree at the Daytona Beach campus.  He was an active campus leader, part of the Honors Program, on the Dean’s List, a tutor and more.  He completed two internships, one at Lufthansa Systems and one at Capgemini S.A.   He also completed numerous projects while on campus and made sure he participated in career development activities.  Arjun was an example student and job seeker.  He took advantage of many opportunities while in school while maintaining excellence throughout this campus experience.  Arjun recently accepted a Revenue Analyst position with United Airlines in Chicago, IL.  He made plans to continue his education and complete a master’s degree while working and to keep flying for fun.

As a graduating student, Arjun successfully navigated the career development and job search process.  He had some advice for current ERAU students about their time in school.

Open to Change

When Arjun started Embry-Riddle, he had many ambitions, from being a pilot to working in sales.  It took a while, but he was able to single out what he wanted using the campus resources available.  Several of the opportunities he took advantage of were the Industry/Career Expo, company information sessions and College of Business activities.  It was one of the United Airlines company information sessions that first caught his attention.  He was sold on the discussion about their corporate culture.  Even though he came in with a goal in mind, he researched and found what he wanted, which was not exactly what he entered school considering.  Arjun emphasized the importance of being open to other ideas since students never know what they might come across while in school.


Arjun actively participated in many campus activities. He took advantage of speaking to industry contacts, making friends with alumni and going to company information sessions.  He also attended the Industry/Career Expo, met employers, got business cards and followed up with them via email.  He enjoyed talking to them about topics of personal and professional interest.  Arjun was consistently involved.  He went to open house forums hosted by his college.  He was a member of the student Advisory Board for the College of Business, where he served as a student host to the Industry Advisory Board members.  Arjun felt he was, “lucky enough to get to do these things,” but he was diligent enough to take advantage of the opportunities presented to him.

Get Involved

During his Business 101 class, he was recommended by the professor to be a part of the College of Business Student Advisory Board.  He participated in Business Eagles, a program for high performing College of Business students.  He consistently volunteered; he was the Vice President of the Humanitarian Advisory Board.  Arjun emphasized that it was important to do more than just academics; it showed that he was good with time management and focused on supporting others.

Arjun also recommended several skills that he felt were useful for his success.

  • Time management: must come to college putting time management as a top priority
  • Organization: know your personal abilities and how to use them to keep yourself organized
  • Relationship building: get to know your professors, make friends and hold conversations

Arjun offered several additional tips for job search success.

  • Focus on getting recruiters to remember you, starting your freshmen year; Arjun stayed in contact with his connections and went back to say hello every time they were on campus
  • Create a target company list and continually evaluate the targeted companies; he looked at each company he pursued for fit, culture of the organization and how it related to who he was and what he wanted

Tips for Writing a Federal Resume

By Valerie Kielmovitch

USAJOBS2Applying for federal jobs is not a quick and easy process.  It takes time and patience to ensure your resume is ready and tailored to specific available positions.  To begin this process, I suggest you create a profile on  This website is where the majority of federal positions are listed.

A federal resume is typically anywhere from two to five pages in length and encompasses general and specialized skill sets you have obtained throughout your education and experiences.  In the past, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities statements (KSAs) were a separate document that had to be written, but now they should be intertwined in your federal resume.

Once logged into the USAJobs system, you have the option to ‘Build New Resume’ or ‘Upload New Resume.’  You can store up to five resumes in the system.  If you choose to build a resume in the system, it will take you through several pages to complete, including elaborating on your experiences, education, and references.  Upon finishing, you can preview and even print the document for your records.

Ways to make your federal resume standout from other applicants:

  • Read the description thoroughly and tailor your resume based on the requirements and duties in the position.
  • As mentioned above, integrate your KSAs within the document.
  • Highlight your specialized skills and how they relate to the position.  Human Resources (HR) managers receive an overwhelming number of resumes and ensuring your document stands out from the rest is imperative.
  • Add keywords from the position announcement found in the mission, duties, and qualifications sections to align your resume with what the hiring manager is seeking.
  • Provide examples demonstrating your experiences within the field in which you are applying.  Highlighting past performance assists in proving good future work performance.
  • If able, really highlight your specialized experience on the first page of your resume, so HR is drawn to your document, which should entice them to continue reading the document.
  • Ensure the resume is easy to read and well formatted.  Spelling and grammatical mistakes could easily eliminate you from the candidate pool.

The biggest difference between a business resume and federal resume is the length.  However, a federal resume should be very detailed and descriptive to help HR ensure you fit the criteria and grade level of the position you seek in the federal government.

Prior to submitting your application, ensure you have provided all documents requested in the position announcement. Continue to monitor federal job postings as application timelines vary in length, and some are even a week at the most.

Remember to use your resources such as the Career Services website and the EagleHire Network.  Having others read over your resume prior to submitting will help catch any mistakes.

Valerie Kielmovitch has been working as a Program Manager in the Career Services Office at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University since 2010.  She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Central Florida and Master of Education specializing in Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of South Carolina.  Valerie has a diverse background in the field of higher education from residence life to career services.

Employer Advice Spotlight: Sometimes Overlooked Interview Items

By Joshua Pringle

Joshua Pringle is the Director of Marketing at CO2Meter, a leader in Carbon Dioxide metering, sensing, and detection.  CO2Meter designs, manufactures and distributes industry leading devices to consumers and companies in diverse business segments.  Mr. Pringle has put together a series of articles providing advice, from a company’s perspective, on interviewing.  The series will be added throughout the spring semester. 

78dc1fd7-7a8f-4b20-b084-8789c91af08dMost of what you read or hear about interviewing is about preparation, questions and speaking to your skills.  These items are 80-90% of the interviews success.  But the other 10-20% is often overlooked mostly because they are considered “soft skills” that most people are either not aware of or that make them uncomfortable.  Think of “cold calling”.  Most people think “telemarketer” and are repulsed by the idea of cold calling.  But those in business know it is a skill that is essential to the success of almost every organization.

Here are a few of the overlooked items that are important to your interviewing success.

1)      Take a look on the internet and study your interviewer(s).  LinkedIn is a great tool for this.  Best case scenario – you have a common connection that can recommend you.  Worst case scenario – you know the interviewers work history and where they went to college.  Knowing that they went to ERAU or MIT will make for an easier icebreaker than “wow, it’s hot out there.”

2)      Call or email the day before to confirm your appointment, the time, and location.  Confirming says to the interviewer that you are thorough and interested.  It also ensures that you are at the correct location on time.

3)      Be on time.

4)      Think about getting business cards for yourself.  Check out Vista Print.  Good cards will cost you $25-$30 and your University may have printing services too.  A card says you have planned and are serious.  It also ensures that you can exchange contact information with your interviewer.

5)      Get your interviewer’s card so you have all their contact information.  There is actually business etiquette to exchanging business cards.  Review it.

6)      Make eye contact.  Interviewers are turned off by people who don’t make eye contact.

7)      Bring a copy of your resume and any relevant work examples (see the Seven P’s).

8)      Ask the great questions you’ve prepared in advance.

9)      Please take a few minutes and ensure that you have a great business handshake.  Practice on friends and family.  “The Cold Fish” or “Grandmotherly” handshake is a kiss of death for your interview.

10)   Smile.  Research done in 2012 by professors at the University of Kansas has proven that smiling releases your AND others’ tension.

Most importantly you must write either a hand-written thank you note or an email within 24 hours of the interview.  This is an absolute.  No questions asked.  I can guarantee you that a spectacular interview gets knocked down several notches if the interviewer doesn’t receive a thank you note.

Your thank you is your opportunity to show gratitude for the interview opportunity, for you to rectify any issues the interviewer saw in your candidacy, and for you to reinforce your qualifications.  Not sending the thank you note screams unprofessional, rude, and a bad fit.

I actually suggest two thank you’s.  The first is electronic sent within 12 hours of your interview, a quick thank you that informs your interviewer you are sending a hand-written note.  The second is the hand-written note that is your main follow up tool.

Conventional wisdom is that hand-written notes are out of date and old news.  Business professionals know that hand-written notes leave lasting impressions of professionalism, class, and respect.  I have cemented dozens of business relationships simply by sending a hand-written thank you note.

Be prepared.  Have great questions to ask.  Be ready to address your skills.  Also, consider some of these areas that are often overlooked.  As a reminder, be classy and respected, not old news.

10 Common Mistakes to Avoid in an Interview

By Lauren Burmester

interview mistakesPreparation is essential to ensuring a successful interview.  Common mistakes made in an interview can be avoided by being prepared ahead of time. Below is a list of the top 10 common mistakes made in an interview and how to avoid them.

1. Unprepared for the Interview

Not doing your homework and not preparing adequately for the interview beforehand gives the impression that you are a disinterested and unprofessional candidate.

Be prepared to talk about your experience, education, skills, etc. listed on your resume and how they tie into the company and position in which you are applying.  Research the company so you can adequately talk about why you are interested in the company and how you fit in the company culture.

2. Inappropriate Dress for Interview

The most common mistake made by individuals is to show up dressed inappropriately to your interview. The first thing an employer will notice about you is the way you dress.  Showing up to an interview not dressed appropriately can give the impression that you are unprofessional or not taking the opportunity seriously.

You can find tips on how to dress professionally for an interview at:

3. Tardiness

Being late to your interview will create a bad and lasting first impression to the employer.  You will have to work even harder during the interview to make up for the initial bad impression.

Research the location you will be interviewing at ahead of time.  If you are unsure of the area, make a practice run beforehand.  Make sure you know the directions, travel times, and transportation options so you can arrive on time.

4. Inability to Articulate Interview Answers

Being unable to clearly articulate your responses to the questions gives the impression that you are not prepared for the interview and may have poor communication skills.

Avoid this mistake by preparing and practicing your answers to typical interview questions beforehand.  Record yourself answering the questions so you can hear how you sound, if you use inflection in your voice or if you sound too rehearsed.  You can also practice with a friend, family member, or roommate and have them give you constructive feedback in preparation. 

5. Failing to Ask Good Questions

Failing to ask good questions can be as detrimental as asking no questions in an interview.  Having no questions at all indicates that you are not interested or have not taken the time to think about the opportunity.  Asking bad questions or simple questions that could have been easily answered by looking at the position description gives the impression that you are not fully interested in the position and did not prepare.

In preparation for the interview, think of questions that you want to ask so you can arrive with questions already in mind.  Ask questions about specific details of the position to show the interviewer you have a genuine interest in the position and the company.

6. Talking Too Much

Talking too much and telling the interviewer more than they need or want to know can make them lose interest quickly.  Make sure your answers are concise and relevant to the question.  The best way to ensure this is to practice answering interview questions before hand.

Practice with a friend or roommate.  Think about or write down your skills, education, and experience that tie into the job.  The information will then be fresh in your mind, and you will be well prepared.  You can also set-up a mock interview with a trusted adviser.

7. Being Over-Anxious

The simple fact is that interviews are stressful.  Nervous or over anxious behavior can be distracting to the interviewer.  Nervous or anxious mannerisms can distract the interviewer from what you are articulating.

Practicing and being well prepared for your interview can help take away some of the nervous feelings.

8. Being Negative

It is important to keep a positive tone throughout the interview.  Do not create a negative impression by complaining about previous jobs or former co-workers and managers.  When asked tricky or negative questions, make sure to be optimistic and do not get defensive.  Interviewers understand no one is perfect.  It is okay to talk about challenging or failed situations, but remember to remain positive and enthusiastic about what you learned from the experience.

9. Appearing Distracted

Avoid fidgeting with objects or anything while listening to or talking with the interviewer.  Clicking your pen, tapping your foot, playing with hair or clothing can all be distracting and irritating to the interviewer.   You want them to focus on what you are saying rather than what you are doing.  Using wild gestures or unnatural body language can be disconcerting and leave a bad impression.

10. Leaving on the Wrong Note

Closing the interview on a positive note is as important as opening positively.  You want to leave the interview making a good impression on the interviewer.  Leaving the interview with confidence and thanking the interviewer will ensure that you are remembered as a good candidate.   Don’t forget to follow-up after the interview by mail or e-mail reiterating your interest in the job and the company.

Review tips and advice on how to prepare for an interview so you can ace the interview and make a terrific impression on the interviewer by visiting the Career Services Office website at:

Lauren Burmester is the Aviation Program Manager in Career Services.  She has been an employee with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University since 2006 working in Advising and Admissions.  She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Studies with concentrations in Aviation Safety, Space Studies, and Business Administration, as well as a Master of Science degree in Aeronautics with a specialization in Safety Systems at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, graduating with distinction.  Lauren’s passion for the Aviation and Aerospace industry is instrumental in assisting students achieve their personal and professional goals.

Faculty Spotlight: Lisa Davids

Lisa DavidsLisa Davids is an Associate Professor in the College of Engineering and serves as the Program Coordinator for the Department of Engineering Fundamentals on the Daytona Beach Campus.

What motivated you to pursue an engineering vocation, and when did you know you were interested in that field?  Were there professionals who encouraged you to attain that goal?

My dad was a foreman for my grandfather’s pool construction company (Burley Built Pools), and he and my uncle used to work on the construction blueprints together; I remember being fascinated by the drawings and wondering how they knew where to put things and create those detailed and complex drawings.  I believe that started my interest in design.  When I was in junior high (middle school), one day our toaster broke at home.  Before my Mom went to get a new one, I had taken it apart, figured out what was wrong and fixed it.  That was the first time I showed signs of mechanical curiosity and learning how things worked…I was starting to become an engineer before I knew what engineering was.  By the time I was in high school, I enjoyed my mathematics and science courses the most.  I excelled at chemistry, enjoyed physics, and couldn’t get enough of math.  My counselor suggested engineering, and I looked into it.  Mechanical Engineering sounded the most intriguing to me so that is what I pursued in college.

Tell us about your background and what motivated you to pursue your vocation as a faculty member at ERAU?

Becoming a professor at ERAU was never a goal before I started teaching here.  I knew I enjoyed tutoring and explaining ideas and processes to people as I was a graduate assistant and enjoyed that part of the job.  I, in fact, did look for a few teaching jobs before landing my project engineering position for an organization that, at the time, was owned by Westinghouse.  This organization was responsible for the design, fabrication, installation maintenance and disposal of the nuclear power plants for our Navy’s submarines and aircraft carriers.  This was an exciting job and truly a wonderful experience.  The only problem was that it was located in up-state NY, and I was a native Floridian (actually, native Daytonian).  This new weather and culture was so different to my husband and I that we never quite adapted to it.  So when our son was born, we decided to move back to Florida to be near our families.  Once we moved back here, I had an interview for an adjunct position for ERAU.  I taught one section of Fluid Mechanics, and that was it; I was in love with teaching.  Since then I have been promoted to Instructional Specialist, then Instructor, to Assistant Professor and now to Associate Professor and currently serve as the Program Coordinator for the Department of Engineering Fundamentals.

Why did ERAU develop a First Year Program for Engineers?  What advice would you give to First Year Engineering students?

The College of Engineering at ERAU decided that a First Year Engineering Program would be essential to properly prepare students for their future engineering coursework.  It was also driven by the desire to ensure as common as a first year curriculum as possible (common across all engineering degree programs), to allow students to transfer between degree programs without losing credits, or to afford them the chance to consider all of the programs offered here before settling on a decision by the end of their first year.  The best advice I can give to first year engineering students is to practice and study all of their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) courses everyday.  Whether they have assigned homework or not or whether they’ve finished their homework or not, they should rework problems, reread their chapters and practice (for short bursts of time) the subjects everyday.  This is how one not only becomes proficient, but it increases their ability to recall the concepts at will.

What are the highlights of your career so far?

Creating enduring friendships and professional relationships with some of the amazing students who have walked through the doors of ERAU.

What advice would you give students about the importance of participating in clubs/organizations as part of their educational program…and are there specific ones you would encourage?  Tell us about your involvement with some of the clubs for which you’ve been the faculty sponsor.

Becoming involved in your University’s co-curricular programs is essential to your success both as a student and as a professional.  I always recommend that students should become involved (over an extended period of time) in at least one student chapter of a professional organization (for example, Society of Women Engineers or American Society of Mechanical Engineers) and one hands-on, design-oriented competitive organization (for example, The Women’s Baja SAE team here at ERAU).  The professional affiliation is excellent for introducing students to members of the professional field and providing networking opportunities.  Most memberships come with a journal subscription, giving students insight and cutting edge news into the professional field in which they are interested.  The hands-on competitive clubs provide engineering students the chance to apply the theory they’ve learned to a full-cycle project.  It often times requires that they learn beyond the introductory concepts covered in class and requires they practice their teamwork skills.  It is in this environment that students truly learn what it means to be an active engineer as a part of an engineering team.  They learn skills that simply cannot be taught in a traditional classroom setting but are best acquired through trial and error and through the struggle of doing it themselves.

You’ve won a number of teaching awards.  Name some and is there one you are most proud of?

Oh man – this is one of those questions you really just love being asked, but are a little embarrassed to answer!   The most meaningful awards are those that recognize what I enjoy the most – teaching.  I have won several College of Engineering Faculty Member of the Year Awards, voted on and presented by the graduating class for that year.  Truly, those awards mean the most to me as they came from the students themselves, the ones with whom I am in the classroom the most.  I have also been awarded the Faculty-selected Outstanding Teaching Award.  Of course, I am very proud to have been recognized by my peers for my teaching strategies and style, but the student awards are truly the best to receive.

Daytona Beach Students…Apply for the Co-op/Internship A$$istance Award

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Apply for the Co-op/Internship A$$istance Award

Daytona Beach students can apply for a Career Services-sponsored Co-op/Internship A$$istance Award (up to $500) to help defray some expenses they may incur when they go on a Co-op or Internship experience during the summer semester. Money could be used for gasoline to travel to the industry site, for professional clothes to wear at work, to help pay rent, to pay for lodging if they non-rev to Paris, or even to dine at Chick-Fil-A.

Companies, alumni, and ERAU staff members have made tax deductible donations to the Co-op/Internship A$$istance Program in order for Career Services to offer several deserving Co-op/Intern students a little extra money for expenses during the summer Co-op/Intern semester. Their generosity has helped to minimize a student’s financial concern, relieving a little bit of the financial burden and therefore allowing a student to get the maximum benefit from the practical work experience. The Program began in 2003 and will continue each summer semester, as long as funding is available. Last summer, 10 students were each awarded $100-$400.

At the time of application, candidates must comply with University Co-op/Intern policy and be registered in EagleHire Network with an approved resume uploaded.  They must have already had a mandatory advising session to verify co-op/intern eligibility including GPA and credit hour requirements. Applicants must have signed a Student Agreement and be degree-seeking DB students enrolled full-time in the current and past semester in order to be considered.

ESSAY (one page max/double spaced); answer ALL of the following:
-If you are awarded co-op assistance, explain how this financial award (up to $500) would benefit you.
-How important has financial assistance been in your pursuit to complete your education?
-Are there situations or circumstances that are challenging or hardships that you have had to overcome?

Submissions of Resume, Transcript, and Essay are due by Friday, April 4, 2014.

Email documents to:

A committee of Career Services staff members will select the Award recipients. Recipients will be awarded a Co-op/Internship A$$istance monetary Award for Summer 2014, provided the recipient has been selected by a company/organization for a Summer 2014 Co-op/Internship AND completed a  Co-op/Intern contract to register for university credit. This contract must be completed with Career Services by Friday, May 2, 2014 in order to receive the Award.

Contact Sally Richards for information.  To make an online tax deductible contribution to the Program, go to this link:

Spotlight on the Co-op Assistance Award Program Winners

The Co-op Assistance Award Program provides financial awards to a few deserving students each summer who participate in the University’s Co-op/Internship Program.  The Program helps students minimize their financial concern by helping them defray some additional expenses that would be incurred during the work term and allowing the students to get the maximum benefit from a great co-op or internship opportunity.  The Award Program funded by employers, alumni and the Career Services team has been in existence since summer 2003 with $13,550 awarded to 46 students.  Congratulations to the 10 Daytona Beach students who received a Co-op Award during the summer 2013.

Award_Albano_Justin_Software_Engineering_sum_2013Justin Albano, Software Engineering
Harris Corp, Melbourne, FL; Software Technician
Justin was presented with the opportunity to work with this team to build a cloud network for the collection and parsing of FAA flight and weather data.  He was tasked with two major responsibilities:
automating the installation and scaling of the distributed cache software for the cloud network under development and applying this distributed cache to an adapter component in the cloud network.
“I feel I have learned a great deal in the way of technical knowledge. I feel that I have gained even more experience in the non-technical aspects. It is these skills that will, in the end, mean the difference between an average engineer and a successful engineer.”

Award_Gondaliya_Ravi_Aerospace_Engineering_sum_2013Ravi Gondaliya, Aerospace Engineering
Spirit Airlines, Miramar, FL; Technical Operations Department Co-op
Ravi did two rotations of an Engineering Co-op with Spirit Airlines. He worked as a Fleet Specialist in the Technical Operations Department.  Fleet Specialists have expertise in a variety of diverse aircraft sciences like Structures/ Interiors, Avionics, Systems and Powerplant engineering.  He was assigned tasks from the engineers working in all of the above fields of engineering. “The main thing about airline engineering is that every day is filled with excitement because one never knows which part of an airplane will need maintenance.”  He learned about new airplane components, new regulatory compliance policy and new internal Spirit documentation contents.

Award_Huang_Shizhen_Computer_Engineering_sum_2013Shizhen Huang, Computer Engineering
Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAVAIR), Orlando, FL; Naval Research Engineering Intern
Shizhen was introduced to the Concept Develop Integrate Laboratory (CDIL), which mainly developed prototype trainers that focus on military communication systems. CDIL is currently developing projects that involve communications and interactive interfaces, collaborating with Lockheed Martin 3D Animation. As a summer intern, Shizhen worked alongside the CDIL team members in HCOT prototype development. When first introduced to HCOT (Helicopter Control Officer Trainer), he wasn’t familiar with systems, therefore  had many things to learn and many questions that needed to be answered.  His responsibilities at the beginning of the internship were mainly to maintain the HCOT computers and to configure the hardware. This included System Configuration, HCOT system testing, and HCOT system troubleshooting.

Denean Kelson, Aerospace Engineering
Dassault Falcon Jet, Little Rock, AR; Engineering Intern/Design
Denean worked on multiple projects to learn about engineering error including an analysis of rework for the engineering department.  She presented her findings to the Vice President of Engineering at DFJ. Her analysis resulted in an enhancement to the process of charging rework.  She also worked on a project to correct engineering error and the processes involved. This included times when engineers made mistakes or builders found improvements to the design.  Communicating with other departments within the facility and to the facility in France were required.

Award_Mullary_Glenn_Aerospace_Engineering_sum_2013Glenn Mullary, Aerospace Engineering
Eagle Flight Research Center, Daytona Beach, FL; Engineering Intern
Glenn spent the internship testing the feasibility of an electrical-aircraft motor. The motor was designed, mounted, tested, and went through vigorous verification processes. At the end of the internship, the findings concluded that a fully electrical-aircraft motor was not a viable option to use in the aviation industry at this time.

Award_Porter_Brian_Aerospace_Engineering_sum_2013Brian Porter, Aerospace Engineering
GE Aviation, Lynn MA; Engineering Co-op
Brian was assigned to Configurations Design within the Lynn PIC (Product Integration Center) Group. In the PIC, engineers worked with fuel, air, and oil exterior systems along with owning the components that coordinated these systems.  Specifically, the Configurations Design Group dealt with the routing and delivery methods incorporated into the systems to keep the engine running smoothly.  These systems ranged from cooling the engine core to supplying fuel to the spray bars, all of which were crucial for operation.  Responsibilities of his group included properly mounting and designing these delivery systems to withstand in-flight conditions in addition to a lifelong supporting role to ensure their overall function.  These responsibilities stretched over a number of engine lines such as T700 helicopter engines, F414 fighter engines, to NPI (New Product Integration) engines that GE was developing.  He gained an abundance of skills in GE’s engineering 3D design software programs, spending a lot of time learning how to properly design in Unigraphics and 3D Visual Mockup in which he would transfer models to check interfaces and complete trade studies.

Award_Quintero_Nathalie_Aerospace_Engineering_sum_2013Nathalie Quintero, Aerospace Engineering
Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Seattle, WA; Engineering Intern
Nathalie worked as an Engineering intern in the Configurations group which was part of Payloads/Interiors Engineering organization,  the largest engineering group within the Boeing Commercial Airplanes organization.  The team worked from the initial stage of an airplane order all the way through the airplane building process.  Her group was responsible for the interior configuration of the 747, 767 and 777 series of commercial jetliners. She realized communication was key to engineering.   She communicated with other Boeing teams across different commodities such as Customer Engineering, Price and Offerability, LOPA designers, Galleys, Seat Engineering, Lavatories and interior décor to verify and testify that the documents to be handed back to the airline customers were correct.

Award_Shi_Fengyi_Aerospace_Engineering_sum_2013Fengyi Shi, Aerospace Engineering
Zodiac Aerospace, Gainesville, TX, and Tianjin, China; Manufacturing Engineering Co-op
After working a semester as a manufacturing engineer co-op in TX, Fengyi was sent to China with Zodiac Aerospace to a brand new facility that just opened in Tianjin, China. This new factory would produce aircraft seats for several China airlines. He was in charge of a group of 9 people and taught seat assembly training for the operators of the China facility. He gave them blueprint reading training, assembly training and basic English training based on lessons he had learned in the U.S. and assisted in communications between China and the U.S. facilities.

Award_Smelsky_Aaron_MS Aerospace_Engineering_sum_2013Aaron Smelsky, M.S. Aerospace Engineering
Dassault Falcon Jet, Teterboro, NJ; Engineering Co-op
Working as a Sales Engineering Intern taught Aaron about professionalism in the work place and what to expect in industry. His group’s main function was completing Work Requests the sales team received from clients and companies all over the world. The various requests were for aircraft performance calculations such as takeoff and landing capabilities from specific airports or Dassault’s aircraft and some competitors.  The sales team relied on the sales engineering staff to produce high quality professional work to back up their figures in order to sell aircraft.

Award_Worsham_Elizabeth_Mechanical_Engineering_photoElizabeth Worsham, Mechanical Engineering
Rolls-Royce, Indianapolis, IN; Engineering Co-op
Elizabeth worked her first co-op rotation as a member of the Repair Engineering group in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Because of the diversity of Repair Engineering, she was able to work on many different engine models, including the AE Series, 501K series, and the Rolls-Royce LiftFan, and work with various Customer Facing Business Units (CFBUs). “My greatest value to the company was that I was able to save them approximately $50,000 in Technical Variances alone.”  Elizabeth completed 18 assignments during her rotation and had several more that were in progress when she left.  She had the opportunity to contribute to both short and long-term projects for various CFBUs, and her work on projects such as the AFRL liftng projects and the feasibility study will have an impact on future results.

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