GOING TO EMBRY-RIDDLE
I don’t remember how I originally found out about ERAU but it was definitely in middle school. Never really thought much of the school until I started looking into colleges more and more, ERAU seemed to be the right fit for what I wanted to major in. I knew at about 10 or 12 that I wanted to do Aerospace Engineering. Since ERAU was the #1 school for that major, that was my #1 option.
Growing up my parents had always told me that I WAS going to college: never was an IF I went to college. When they asked me what school I wanted to go to and I said ERAU, they said financially it couldn’t be done. I wasn’t happy with that answer so we found a way through scholarships and financial aid to afford it. In the end, going to ERAU cost me just as much as going to an in-state university like THE Ohio State University, my #2 choice school as I am a born-and-raised Buckeye. With ERAU Prescott being 2000 miles away from home, my parents were a bit nervous to let me go to school there but they admit now that it was the best choice I could have made and it was the best school for me.
- Went on to finish her final rotation as a Co-Op with Gulfstream in Savannah, GA.
- Began working in the Mechanical Systems Production Engineering Department for the G650 Program.
- Future goal is to work in a managemenet or leadership role within a company.
IN HER OWN WORDS
- “The greatest benefit going to ERAU was the connections into the industry. I did have to do a lot of work on my own when it came to getting my internships and co-op but the career services department was always able and willing to help with any questions I had. When I decided I wanted an internship with Gulfstream, I went to my career advisor (Vicki Fox at the time) and asked her if we knew anyone who worked there that might be able to help me. She gave me a whole list of names. The Director of my current department at Gulfstream is one of the 3 people who interviewed me when I was at school and is an ERAU Prescott Grad himself, Mr. Larry Hines.”
- “What I loved most about ERAU was the sense of family it gave me. In the fives years I was there, I met people who have been like sisters and brothers and mothers and fathers to me. They supported me when I was struggling and celebrated with me when I succeeded. Most of them I still talk to and we still see each other or have plans to. I’m a better person for knowing those people and I owe a great deal of my success at ERAU to them. My Embry-Riddle Family.”
- “I had a lot of extracurriculars at ERAU. I was a representative for SGA; publicity chair, vice director person, and director of BCA; I ran Riddle Vision, the campus’s movie channel for a year. I was a Campus Academic Mentor (CAM) for the College of Engineer for 2 years; helped bring the women’s ambassador program to the Prescott campus from Daytona Beach and was a member of Greek life withleadership roles on the Panhellenic council and the Greek Council. I also worked in the Admissions office as a tour guide and student assistant.”
- “Gulfstream is a very interesting company to work for. My job is in the Mechanical Systems Production Engineering Department for the G650 program. Basically I help fix design issues with the mechanical systems that occur during the initial build process of the G650 aircraft and that covers a lot more than most people realize. I help fix issues that range from landing gear, to flight control surfaces (flaps, ailerons, rudder), to simple brackets or non-primary structures. Most of my work is actually done in Catia V5, the same 3D modeling program that is taught at ERAU in EGR 200.”
- “In total, I had 3 semester-long rotations as a co-op with Gulfstream where I worked in 3 different departments as well as my time as a full-time employee. After my last rotation this past spring, I was hired as a full-time employee into the same department I worked in during my second rotation.”
ADVICE FOR FUTURE STUDENTS
“My advice to future students and females is don’t take no for answer if its what you really want to do. I was told “no” a lot growing up. I shouldn’t be an engineer, I shouldn’t go to that school, I shouldn’t apply for that job. But I always stayed true to my dreams and to myself. If I really wanted it, if I really wanted to succeed at something, no one could stand in my way. That feeling at graduation, knowing I was the first person in my family to graduate college and with the degree I wanted, was worth all the blood, sweat and tears. All those sleepless nights and panic attacks before final exams. I’m proud of myself for getting where I am, and it was definitely worth the struggle.” — Ashley “Stee V” Ross.