Transportation Secretary Praises Kent State’s College of Aeronautics and Engineering as ‘Future of Aviation’

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Transportation Secretary Kent State Visit 2024

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg visited Kent State University on Monday, touring the College of Aeronautics and Engineering and telling students that “the future of aviation leadership is in your hands.”

It was Secretary Buttigieg’s first visit to Kent State. He was accompanied by U.S. Representative Emilia Sykes, a 2007 Kent State alumna whose 13th Congressional District includes the Kent State University Airport.

Buttigieg met with President Todd Diacon, Christina L. Bloebaum, Ph.D., dean of the College of Aeronautics and Engineering, and a contingent of students and professors from aeronautics, as well as a group of local officials including the mayors of Akron, Euclid, and Reminderville in Northeast Ohio.

Commenting after touring the college, Buttigieg said: “As cool as the technology is, the really memorable thing is the passion that you see in the students. You can just see it in their eyes.” He noted how Kent State students will be critical in whether America maintains its edge as the world leader in aviation technology.

President Diacon commented on the importance of Buttigieg’s visit because it acknowledges Kent State’s role in the development of an aeronautics workforce that is in great demand in the United States.

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The Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Maintenance Management is a completer program designed to prepare certified aviation maintenance technicians with the necessary knowledge and skills to develop professionally further and advance their careers in the areas of leadership, communication, and management.

This program will teach students the working knowledge of aircraft repair, aviation technologies, aviation safety programs, and aviation management concepts.

Note that admission to this major is selective. Students can complete the bachelor’s degree in under four years; however, applicants must hold Airframe and Powerplant certificates issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) or the equivalent certification from an International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) member state.

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Employ requisite knowledge, skills, and techniques to supervise the inspection, repair, and return of aircraft to service.
  2. Integrate skills and knowledge essential to managing aircraft maintenance programs with a focus on safety and efficiency.
  3. Incorporate skills and knowledge needed to effectively lead and manage a team of people working in a maintenance repair organization.

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Enroll today in the Master of Science Degree in Aviation Management and Logistics at Kent State University

The Master of Science degree in Aviation Management and Logistics prepares graduates to perform at an advanced level in organizations that move people and/or goods via air transport.

This degree is perfect for working professionals or those about to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree. This program prepares students for management and aviation operations and was designed in response to the significant increase in the transportation of people and goods by air transport. The International Air Transportation forecasts a doubling of air traffic to 7.8 billion trips per year by 2036. Air Cargo is expected to reach 150 million tons shipped per year in the same forecast.

Students in the program examine the business of aviation logistics and its role in the global supply chain. In addition, they learn the techniques necessary to understand and develop an aviation logistics model for producing an accurate and effective forecast for the demand for aviation services.

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