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"Vaughn College is located in the greatest city in the world!" Luiny Duran chose Vaughn College because of its outstanding reputation for aviation programs.
Erika Barcenes took a roundabout path to Vaughn College. But now that she is here, nothing will derail her dream of becoming a pilot.
Achraf Ifinis made a random stop at Vaughn College while visiting from his hometown of Casablanca. Just like in the classic film, it "was the beginning of a beautiful friendship."
Jefferson Maldonado is the current president of the robotics club, but he had an interest in robotics long before he came to Vaughn College.

Faculty and Staff

Yougashwar Budhoo so appreciated his time as an undergraduate at Vaughn College that after earning his doctorate he returned here to teach.
A mentor to our students, Hossein Rahemi, PhD, chair of Vaughn's engineering and technology department, has assisted many students through their degree projects—from development through technical writing.
A native of Zimbabwe who was raised in South Africa, Dr. Lubner is an FAA-certified pilot and faculty chairperson.
A mountaineer who has climbed all 46 peaks in the Adirondacks, Dr. Paul LaVergne loves engaging nature and students.
A former corporate recruitment specialist, Philip Meade has returned to his roots in higher education. His advice to student and alumni job-seekers: Preparation pays off.
"Mathematics is an art," says Khalid Mouaouya of Vaughn College's department of engineering and technology. A native of Morocco by way of Belgium, he says math is the foundation of all engineering courses of study.
Professor Joseph Zych is still learning after 40 years as a classroom instructor. An Air Force veteran, he is among the longest-serving Vaughn College faculty members.
Adjunct instructor Robert DeGennaro, an air traffic control supervisor with two decades of experience, says Vaughn offers potential controllers an experience unmatched at any other school.
As Vaughn College's director of financial aid, Dorothy Martin is many things to many people. Most of all, she's committed to presenting the best financial options to Vaughn students and their families.
Dr. Raymond Addabbo has never wearied of teaching. A lover of jazz, drums and historical biography, he finds the lessons of Sir Isaac Newton as inspiring now as when he first arrived at Vaughn College in 1984.
Born in Egypt and emigrating to the United States more than a decade ago, Elzawawy is known for his love of teaching and ability to motivate students beyond what is required in class.
A combination of forces set Dr. Shouling He on a path to engineering early in life. As a mechatronics engineering professor, she teaches in the field in which she is most passionate.


"If I can do it, anyone can." At age 5, Kerry Dickson took his first plane ride from his small Caribbean island to the mainland of Grenada. He's been hooked on aviation since.
"It's a one-on-one experience you can't get anywhere else." A 2007 graduate, Shauna Lang describes her student days at Vaughn College as an unforgettable experience that had a major impact on her life.
"The aviation industry connections here are amazing." It wasn't until William Farrell came to Vaughn that he realized how deep the connections were–and how he would benefit from them.
Jessenia Diaz is one accomplished young woman. Vaughn's student commencement speaker graduated with bachelor of science degrees in airport management and general management after completing the flight dispatch program.
"I presented my mechatronics research to the world." Jose Bonifaz chose Vaughn College because he wanted a great degree that was dedicated to engineering.
Joseph Kamel is a man on a mission. And after a summer internship at NASA, he's ready to take off.
Adrian DeJesus came to the United States with little more than a work ethic. He now has a promising future in airport management.
As a child in Santiago Chile, Camila Turrieta imagined a career in aviation. As president of the College's chapter of Women in Aviation, she has inspired others to consider the same goal.
Brian Linhares knows that engineering is about imagination. An accomplished student while at Vaughn, he now works as a structural engineer for Embraer, the Brazilian-based aerospace technology firm.
Sandip Hodkhasa, a native of India, came a long way to attend Vaughn College. But this aeronautical engineering student knew a good thing when he saw it.
Recently elected as president of the Vaughn College Alumni Association, Kenneth Andwood has big plans for his organization, and his own future.
Bridgette Valencia's dream of working for NASA brought her to Vaughn. Now, she's flourishing in the engineering field.
From frigid Siberia, Ivan Alexandrov found his way to Vaughn College. Once he was here, he warmed to Vaughn's environment naturally.