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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