On Tuesday, Nov. 29 Vaughn College hosted guest speaker Carlo Asaro for the Industry Connection Seminar series. Asaro is an avionics engineer at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, based in Stratford, Connecticut. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, and is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture, and service. He has more than 30 years of experience in the industry in research and development, testing and evaluation of rotor-wing electronics with primary focus on power electronics and weapon systems.

The seminar series assists students by connecting them with established professionals from the industries that they will work in after graduation. Dr. Hossein Rahemi, chair of the engineering and technology department, hosts this series, which brings guest speakers to campus each semester.

“We want students to be confident going into the workforce,” said assistant professor Mudassar Minhas. “The purpose of the seminar series is to aid students with advice and guidance from professionals who have a wealth of experience.”

Asaro’s presentation focused on current factors that are changing the way avionics designers are moving away from the design-from-scratch approach towards more advanced development processes, and what this change means for students who pursue careers in the aerospace industry.

“It is very important that before you go into the aerospace industry, you take courses in avionics,” said Asaro. “A lot of recent graduates come into the industry and don’t really know about the avionics side. Equipping yourself with that knowledge will definitely help you on your path.”

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Assistant Professor Mudassar Minhas, left, with guest speaker Carlo Asaro.