Event Connects Students to Aviation and Aerospace

By: KOLOCares Email
By: KOLOCares Email

“Our partnerships with Sierra Nevada Corporation, the University of Nevada, Reno, the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, the Reno Air Racing Association, and the Challenger Learning Center of Northern Nevada help to further our mission to engage more young people in these skilled career paths.” Come and learn about...

  • Satellites
  • space transportation vehicles
  • space subsystems
  • careers in aerospace and aviation
  • kids and adults!

Pathways to Aviation takes place on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at the Joe Crowley Student Union.

Free to the public!

RENO, NV - Satellites, space transportation vehicles, space subsystems and careers in aerospace and aviation will be explored at “Pathways to Aviation,” an annual program to present aerospace and aviation related topics to industry, municipal, government and K-12 and university faculty and students, Wednesday, April 17, 2013 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at the Joe Crowley Student Union.

The 5th Annual Pathways to Aviation is a program of the Reno Air Racing Foundation (RARF) and the University of Nevada, Reno Raggio Research Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to develop the next generation of engineers, scientists, innovators, aerospace and aviation professionals.

Mark Sirangelo, corporate vice president for Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC’s) Space Systems, and Paul McFarlane, lead flight director for the Challenger Learning Center of Northern Nevada, are the featured speakers.

As head of SNC’s Space Systems, Sirangelo leads the company’s production of satellites, propulsion systems, space hardware and the Dream Chaser® Space System, an orbital crew vehicle currently being funded in partnership with NASA as a replacement for the retired Space Shuttle. Sirangelo has spent his career at the forefront of leading aeronautics, space and technology companies, including SpaceDev, Inc. He has been named to NASA/Space Foundation’s Technology Hall of Fame, the Defense Industry’s Fast Track 50 and is an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Associate Fellow. He served as an officer in the U.S. Military and is a licensed pilot.

McFarlane is the force behind the Challenger Learning Center of Northern Nevada, a non-profit, education organization that provides K-12 students and members of the community with STEM programs and spaceflight simulations. The Challenger Learning Center hosts spacesuit labs, the first mobile digital dome programs in Nevada, and the first Advanced Spaceflight Laboratory space transport simulator in the United States.

“As the education and outreach arm of the RARF, Pathways to Aviation seeks to inspire local youth through aviation and aerospace educational activities, grants and scholarships to pursue educational studies in STEM fulfilling careers in aviation and aerospace,” said Eric Henry, chairman of RARF. “Our partnerships with Sierra Nevada Corporation, the University of Nevada, Reno, the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, the Reno Air Racing Association, and the Challenger Learning Center of Northern Nevada help to further our mission to engage more young people in these skilled career paths.”

Pathways to Aviation begins at 6 p.m. with networking and refreshments in the Great Room on the fourth floor of the Joe Crowley Student Union. The program and speakers begin at 7 p.m. in the Theatre. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP your attendance to Audrey Goodnight at audreyg@unr.edu or 775-682-6002.


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