EMU GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology students had a once-in-a-lifetime experience at Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
YPSILANTI – GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology at Eastern Michigan University organized a trip for 10 students to visit the world famous Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation in Savannah, Ga. Gulfstream is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics that designs, develops, manufactures, markets, services and supports some of the world’s most technologically advanced business jets.
Students representing majors in Aeronautical Flight Technology, Aviation Management Technology, Mechanical Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering learned about the aviation industry and possible future internships and careers with Gulfstream and other aviation companies.
“Industrial relationships like the one we have with Gulfstream are critical to the success of our college and our students,” said Mohamad Qatu, Dean of GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology at EMU. “Our students got a first-hand look at the internal operations of one of America’s premier aerospace companies. The tour gave students a glimpse into their life after graduation, and all students who attended came away very excited about their future career paths. Gulfstream officials have been very supportive of internship and career opportunities. »
Thanks to GameAbove, a group of dedicated EMU alumni, students were treated to a private jet flight to and from Gulfstream Georgia headquarters, departing in the morning from Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti and returning at the end of the day. While at Gulfstream, students viewed model aircraft, explored aircraft cockpits, visited aircraft component testing labs, and observed the assembly process of an aircraft. They also met with HR professionals and other prominent representatives during the tour, and were encouraged to apply for future internship and employment opportunities.
“It was amazing to see firsthand the inner workings of an aviation industry leader,” said Aidon Olligschlager, aviation management specialist. “Gulfstream is the best of the best, raising the bar for aviation every day. Discovering what aircraft has to offer inspired me to work hard enough to afford one of Gulfstream’s aircraft, and I strive to work for a company as unique and successful as theirs.
“The trip was a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said Preston Grew, an aviation management specialist at GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology in Eastern. “It was amazing to be able to fly in a G650 and see how they are built. I cannot express how grateful I am for this opportunity.
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation has produced more than 2,800 aircraft for customers worldwide since 1958. To meet the diverse transportation needs of the future, Gulfstream offers a comprehensive fleet of aircraft, while offering aircraft ownership services through Gulfstream preowned Aircraft Sales®.
About Eastern Michigan University
Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves over 16,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, honors, doctoral, and certificate studies in the arts, sciences, and professions. In total, over 300 majors, minors, and concentrations are offered by the University’s Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Social Services; and, its doctoral school. UEM is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University’s website.