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Students

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Achraf Ifinis, Class of '14

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."

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Erika Barcenes, Class of '13

Erika Barcenes took a roundabout path to Vaughn College. But now that she is here, nothing will derail her dream of becoming a pilot.

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Jefferson Maldonado, Class of '16

Jefferson Maldonado is the current president of the robotics club, but he had an interest in robotics long before he came to Vaughn College.

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Luiny Duran, Class of '13

"Vaughn College is located in the greatest city in the world!" Luiny Duran chose Vaughn College because of its outstanding reputation for aviation programs.

Faculty and Staff

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Amir Elzawawy, PhD

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.

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Dorothy Martin, Director of Financial Aid

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.

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Hossein Rahemi, PhD

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.

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Joseph Zych, Professor

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.

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Khalid Mouaouya, Associate Professor

"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.

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Maxine Lubner, PhD

A native of Zimbabwe who was raised in South Africa, Dr. Lubner is an FAA-certified pilot and faculty chairperson.

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Paul LaVergne, PhD

A mountaineer who has climbed all 46 peaks in the Adirondacks, Dr. Paul LaVergne loves engaging nature and students.

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Philip Meade, Director of Career Services

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.

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Raymond Addabbo, PhD

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.

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Robert DeGennaro, Adjunct Instructor

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.

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Shouling He, PhD

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.

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Yougashwar Budhoo, PhD

Yougashwar Budhoo so appreciated his time as an undergraduate at Vaughn College that after earning his doctorate he returned here to teach.

Alumni

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Adrian DeJesus, Class of '12

Adrian DeJesus came to the United States with little more than a work ethic. He now has a promising future in airport management.

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Brian Linhares, Class of '12

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.

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Bridgette Valencia, Class of '12

Bridgette Valencia's dream of working for NASA brought her to Vaughn. Now, she's flourishing in the engineering field.

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Camila Turrieta, Class of '11

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.

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Ivan Alexandrov, Class of '11

From frigid Siberia, Ivan Alexandrov found his way to Vaughn College. Once he was here, he warmed to Vaughn's environment naturally.

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Jessenia Diaz, Class of '11

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.

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Jose Bonifaz, Class of '09

"I presented my mechatronics research to the world." Jose Bonifaz chose Vaughn College because he wanted a great degree that was dedicated to engineering.

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Joseph Kamel, Class of '11

Joseph Kamel is a man on a mission. And after a summer internship at NASA, he's ready to take off.

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Kenneth Andwood, Class of '09

Recently elected as president of the Vaughn College Alumni Association, Kenneth Andwood has big plans for his organization, and his own future.

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Kerry Dickson, Class of '05

"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.

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Sandip Hodkhasa, Class of '09

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.

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Shauna Lang, Class of '07

"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.

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William Farrell, Class of '10

"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.

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NEWS

September 15, 2014

US News Names Vaughn First-Tier Regional College

Vaughn Achieves Highest Ranking to Date

August 22, 2014

Vaughn's Mechatronic Engineering Program Receives ABET Accreditation

Bachelor of Science Degree Accredited

August 20, 2014

New Students Welcomed to Campus at Vaughn's Orientation Sessions

More Than 190 New Students in Attendance

July 30, 2014

Vaughn Students Take First and Third Place at LACCEI 2014

Students' Expertise Showcased at International Engineering Meeting

July 07, 2014

Vaughn Students Featured in Queens Chronicle Article

Spotlight Story Highlights Relationship Between Vaughn and Port Authority

June 19, 2014

Vaughn College Featured in NY1 News Spotlight Story

Campus Visit Highlights Relationship Between Vaughn and the Port Authority

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