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Aviation Science Students Achievements


On May 7, 2016, Aviation Science Management students along with students for Public Affairs Emergency Management Homeland Security participated in George Bush Intercontinental Airport Tri-Annual emergency exercise. The tri-annual emergency exercise is required by the Federal Aviation Administration to test the airport’s response to aircraft emergencies. An exercise of this nature requires emergency response from numerous local, state and federal agencies responsible for life, safety in all types of emergencies that could result in mass casualties and loss of life. Participation in this exercise gave our students a behind the scenes look at what it takes to stage such a large scale event and the responses from the agencies involved.

Aviation Science students will be attending the 88th annual National Conference of The American Association of Airport Executives, which will be held here in Houston, Texas, from May 15-18, 2016, at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Aviation Science Management student Christopher Crutch was selected for a summer internship with the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) this past summer in Washington, D.C. at their national headquarters. Mr. Crutch, an outstanding student with a GPA of 3.61, worked in the office of Airport Training and Development from June 6 to July 29, 2016. Christopher Crutch graduated fall 2016 and began working for South Bend, Indiana International Airport in January 2017 as an Airside Operations Specialist.

Aviation Science student Jade Starr was selected for an internship at Morristown, New Jersey Municipal Airport July 5, 2016 – August 15, 2016. This internship is a direct result of our participation in the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) annual conference which was held here in Houston May 15-18, 2016, attended by students Raymond Allman, Christopher Crutch and Jade Starr, Program Director Vernon J. Baker, and instructor Mrs. Tasjah Hall.

Aviation Science Management students Ja’Derek Goldsby and Frederick Aferdi were named to participate in summer internships with the City of Dallas Aviation Department beginning May 23, 2016. The students worked at Dallas Love Field and Dallas Executive (formerly Dallas Red Bird airport). This is a first for TSU’s Aviation Science and Technology Department, as well as the City of Dallas Aviation Department. Mrs. Dawn Blair who is a Texas Southern University graduate and the Real Estate Manager-Property Manager for the Dallas Aviation Department contacted Mr. Vernon J. Baker, Program Coordinator for the Aviation Science and Technology Department after discovering Texas Southern University had an aviation management program. Mrs. Blair noticed that there was a lack of minority representation in the aviation industry and thought it was a great idea to offer internships to students studying aviation management. The Aviation Science Management program is always looking for opportunities for the students in the aviation industry and this will be another avenue for our students to learn and get hands-on experience in the field of aviation management. We are hoping for a long lasting relationship with the City of Dallas Aviation Department.

Aviation Science student Freddy Fuentes a 2015 TSU graduate is now working as an Airside Operations Specialist with the City of Dallas Aviation Department at Dallas Love Field. Mr. Fuentes was hired the summer of 2016.

Aviation Scienc senior Jesse Soto is interning with Southwest Airlines at their headquarters in Dallas, TX. in the Ground Operations-Safety, Standards & Regulatory department. Jesse began his internship on January 23, and will complete the internship on May 3, 2017; Jesse will graduate in May 2017.


Vernon J. Baker