Engineers Week 2016 Profiles

As part of Engineers Week, we’re highlighting our many alumni, staff and student’s contributions and passion for engineering.

Shafagh Jafer

Thomas Gorgia

Lenny Phillips

Ravi Gondaliya

Eric Coyle

Constanza Cuneo

Robert Deters

 

Engineer Shafagh Jafer is an Electrical, Computer, Software, and Systems Engineering and member of the Women’s Engineering Institute at ERAU.

“I have always loved math, science, and the logic behind them. During my high school years, computers and the Internet boomed. I knew that there were not many girls going into to technology programs, so I wanted to give it a chance and so far I am loving it!

Software Engineering is a wonderful discipline that allows you to build invisible things — like computer programs — that our lives depend on every day. I am really looking forward to seeing more and more women in IT. Diversity in engineering will enhance and significantly improve quality of life.

Shafagh Jafer
Assistant Professor of Electrical, Computer, Software, and Systems Engineering and member of the Women’s Engineering Institute at ERAU

 

Thomas Gorgia Embry-Riddle engineering student and engineering manager for ERAU EcoEagles

As part of Engineers Week, we’re highlighting our many alumni, staff and student’s contributions and passion for engineering.

“I got involved with EcoCAR because I felt that this project gave me the experience an industry would desire. Cars are a big part of my life and hybrid technologies is a growing field that I would love to help pioneer for the automotive industry. The future of the automotive industry excites me. 

The ERAU EcoCAR 3 team is building a Camaro with a 4 cylinder Ecotec engine and 2 electric motors feeding into an 8 speed transmission. This car is 350 horse power with 657 pounds of torque. It goes 0-60 miles per hour in 4.9 seconds with 53 miles per gallon of gasoline equivalence. The performance hybrid is what I am looking forward to in the future.”

Thomas Gorgia
Embry-Riddle engineering student and engineering manager for ERAU EcoEagles

 

Lenny Phillips is an ERAU Civil Engineering graduate and Structural Analysis Engineer at The Boeing Company

As part of Engineers Week, we’re highlighting our many alumni, staff and student’s contributions and passion for engineering.

“I work as a structural analysis engineer to support the Large Aircraft Engineering and Sustainment program at The Boeing Company. It was an interest in the design and planning of infrastructure projects that initially caught my attention to pursue an engineering career.

The future of engineering relies solely on the future engineer. Students entering college today have so much more engineering tools to use throughout their college career. What interests me most about the future of engineering is that we will be able to design more sustainable and environmentally-friendly products that will ultimately help our environment.”

Lenny Phillips
ERAU Civil Engineering graduate ('10) and Structural Analysis Engineer at The Boeing Company

 

Ravi Gondaliya is an ERAU master’s student in Aerospace Engineering and graduate of ERAU’s bachelor in Aerospace Engineering program.

As part of Engineers Week, we’re highlighting our many alumni, staff and student’s contributions and passion for engineering.

“My passion for learning the basic scientific governing principles behind everyday items and a strong desire to research cutting-edge breakthroughs drew me to Aerospace Engineering. The future of engineering looks promising as the world becomes more and more globalized. 

New interdisciplinary fields like bioengineering and mechatronics are evolving which will provide a platform for the engineers from all backgrounds to collaborate. Innovative and collaborative engineering will be the driving force behind 21st century economies and the constant breakthroughs will propel and excel the prospects for the future of engineering.”      

Ravi Gondaliya
ERAU master’s student in Aerospace Engineering and graduate of ERAU’s bachelor in Aerospace Engineering program.

 

Engineer Eric Coyle works on an autonomous systems boat at Embry-Riddle Prescott

As part of Engineers Week, we’re highlighting our many alumni, staff and student’s contributions and passion for engineering.

“As a kid, I always wanted to know how things worked and then rebuild them and make them better. Now that I’m an engineering professor I get to solve problems no one has ever looked at before and help others figure out how things work.

What excites me most is the growing use of unmanned technologies in so many areas of society. Most people realize the radical changes it can bring to our transportation system, but it also has the potential to improve commerce and how we impact our environment.”

Eric Coyle
Assistant professor of mechanical engineering, lead advisor for the ERAU Maritime Challenge, advisor of the Robotics Association at ERAU, and advisor to student teams involved in engineering events such as the NASA Robotic Mining Competition and the International Ariel Robotics Competition.

 

Constanza Cuneo is a civil engineering student and treasurer for ERAU’s American Society of Civil Engineers chapter.

As part of Engineers Week, we’re highlighting our many alumni, staff and student’s contributions and passion for engineering.

“I became a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers because I thought it would be a great way to network with other engineers and to get the hands on experience on projects before going out and working in the industry. My involvement with ASCE has allowed me to gain experience in civil projects involving design and management aspects of the engineering field. 

As I walk down the streets, I admire every element that a structure consists of. It excites me to be able to identify the problems that deal with science within a structure such as stability, weight, temperature, and support, and find solutions. As a future engineer in training, I will be able to not only collaborate with others to analyze, test, and develop improvements in future product designs but will go beyond designing to ensure the safety of the people.”

Constanza Cuneo
Civil engineering student and treasurer for ERAU’s American Society of Civil Engineers chapter.

 

Engineering graduate Robert Deters

As part of Engineers Week, we’re highlighting our many alumni, staff and student’s contributions and passion for engineering.

“I have always wanted to know how things work.  Once I learned that engineering would teach me this and also allow me to design newer and better technology, I was hooked. What excites me most about the future of engineering is that we can never really know where technology is headed. 

Computers, cell phones, and the internet all started off as things only a few people had and now it is hard to imagine the world without them.  In aerospace we are starting to see this with small aerial vehicles.  What started as just a hobby for some has grown where everyone can easily buy and fly small aerial vehicles. I am excited to see what the next technology will be that everyone must have.”

Robert Deters
Assistant Professor of Engineering Sciences for Embry-Riddle Worldwide