Gulfstream Donates $25K to Embry-Riddle Student Engineering Projects, Co-op Program

Embry-Riddle students, faculty and staff gathered with representatives of Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation at its Savannah, Ga. headquarters on Feb. 19-20. Gulfstream presented a $25,000 check to support student projects and co-op opportunities.

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"Gulfstream’s generosity will have an immediate positive impact on electrical engineering and maintenance students who want to do internships but can’t because of financial reasons."

Alicia Smyth, Executive Director, Career Services

After hosting Embry-Riddle students, faculty and staff for a Feb. 19-20 weekend of tours and networking events at its Savannah, Ga. headquarters, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation presented university officials with a $25,000 donation to help fund student co-ops and engineering projects.

"Offering hands-on educational opportunities in a real-world setting is a priority for Gulfstream, and we gain great talent as a result," said Mark Bennett, senior manager of Community Investment and Public Affairs at Gulfstream. "Our support of Embry-Riddle helps us promote student success and build the business aviation industry's future workforce."

The funds will support the ERAU Motorsports, SAE Formula Team project, the Senior Aircraft Design Capstone course and the Co-op Assistance Award program for aviation maintenance science and electrical engineering students.

“As an executive institution with Gulfstream Aerospace, we are privileged to work with their experts, leadership and engaged alumni on various student and faculty projects helping to solve industry needs and challenges,” said Lyndse Costabile, Embry-Riddle director of development. “Gulfstream’s charitable efforts with Embry-Riddle are strategic, and we appreciate their desire to address and measure return on philanthropic investment.”

Gulfstream also partners with Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus on a Multidisciplinary Master of Science in Engineering program, which is tailored to the company’s needs and enables Gulfstream employees to earn a master’s degree in engineering while working full time. Started in 2010, the program also allows Embry-Riddle professors, who teach on site in Savannah, an opportunity to gain industry experience and participate in corporate research.

“Gulfstream’s generosity will have an immediate positive impact on electrical engineering and maintenance students who want to do internships but can’t because of financial reasons,” said Career Services Executive Director Alicia Smyth of the Co-op Assistance Award program funding.

Nearly 60 students and administration from Embry-Riddle and its partner, Aircraft Society of Appraisers, toured the Gulfstream and FlightSafety facilities. The Embry-Riddle students represented the

aviation maintenance science department and the colleges of Business, Engineering, and Aviation.

“This trip marked one of the largest Embry-Riddle contingents to visit a corporation, with six student professional organizations joining our faculty, advisors and staff,” Costabile said.

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