Fostering the Next Generation of Engineering Students

Rockwell Collins gives funding to eight student engineering organizations

Rockwell Collins senior systems engineer Diarmuid Strasser (’91, DB), (second from right) recently presented a $14,000 check to the College of Engineering for student organizations. Also pictured, from left: Charles Reinholtz, chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering; Lyndse F. Costabile, director of Corporate Relations and Development; Maj Mirmirani, dean of the College of Engineering; and Tim Wilson, chair of the Department of Electrical, Computer, Software and Systems Engineering. (Photo by Alan Cesar)

Eight student-engineering organizations got a boost in funding, thanks to a $14,000 check from Rockwell Collins presented April 22 to Embry-Riddle College of Engineering faculty. “We are always trying to foster and develop the next generation of leaders, innovators and engineers,” said Diarmuid Strasser (’91, DB), a Rockwell Collins senior systems engineer.

Rockwell Collins gave funding to the following groups:

  • The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • RAER Robotics Association projects
  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • Society of Women Engineers
  • Artificial Intelligence Club
  • SAE Partnership
  • Veterans Association
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
A team of Rockwell Collins representatives heard presentations by the student groups during a campus visit in January.

We are always trying to foster and develop the next generation of leaders, innovators and engineers.”

Diarmuid Strasser (’91, DB), a Rockwell Collins senior systems engineer

“We are heavily reliant on industry partnerships, especially because our programs are so hands-on,” said Maj Mirmirani, dean of the College of Engineering. “It’s important our students get involved in projects related to industry. It enriches their quality of education and it makes them more marketable."

Mirmirani, plus other College of Engineering faculty and corporate relations staff, met with Strasser, who also serves on the Department of Electrical, Computer, Software, and Systems Engineering’s (ECSSE) Industry Advisory Board, during a visit to the Daytona Beach Campus.

For more than 25 years, Rockwell Collins, a global provider of smart communications and aviation electronics solutions, has helped fund everything from engineering scholarships to clubs and special projects at the Daytona Beach Campus. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based company has also supported the Electrical Engineering Center at the Prescott Campus.

“It’s made a real difference for our student organizations,” said Tim Wilson, ECSSE chair, of the company’s support. Embry-Riddle’s engineering program is unique because it is very hands-on, Strasser said, adding that it was energizing to see students create and innovate as they worked on their respective projects. “As an alumnus, the school will always have a deep and abiding place in my heart,” Strasser said.

Currently, Rockwell Collins employs 175 Embry-Riddle alumni, including 95 at the company’s Cedar Rapids headquarters, according to the company’s figures. The company also has a co-op program for Embry-Riddle students.

“Rockwell Collins is generous not only financially, but also with their interactions with students,” said Charles Reinholtz, chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. “It’s just really a strong positive relationship overall.”

“We’d like to have our own research lab,” said Holden.

Questions? Contact:
Melanie Stawicki Azam
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Communications
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