Ashley Ross

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Ashley Ross

Ashley Ross

Engineer 1 / Gulfstream Aerospace
Embry-Riddle Class of 2013
B.S. Aerospace Engineering


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.



  • “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.”



“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.