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“We are thrilled to invite you to tune into our new Futureproof Focus podcast which focuses on the latest news, career opportunities and insights in the exciting fields of engineering, technology, management and aviation. Through unscripted, honest conversations with prominent industry, student, faculty and alumni guests, we will explore diversity, equity and inclusion in education and employment, and the forces that drive personal and career growth.”

HOST: Dr. Sharon B. DeVivo
President and Chief Executive Officer
Vaughn College

Latest Episodes

Phil Rugile Discusses Career Pathways in Composites, Advanced Manufacturing and Offshore Wind

33:10  |  November 30, 2023

In episode 10, Phil Rugile, Executive Director of the Institute for Workforce Advancement and the OSW Supply Chain delves into the world of composites and offshore wind careers. Rugile outlines initiatives to bridge the gap between the kind of careers students are exposed to and the actual opportunities that exist in composite manufacturing and offshore […]

Suraiya Nawaz ’24 Discusses Sustainability and Female Empowerment in Engineering

21:33  |  September 18, 2023

In episode 9, Suraiya Nawaz ’24 discusses how her several internship experiences (at LaGuardia, the Port Authority, Tesla and Whirlpool) helped to realize the type of work she wants to do with her mechatronic engineering degree from Vaughn.

Hear How Philip Bredu ’22 is Using His Mechanical Engineering Degree to Deliver Power to Millions

20:14  |  July 6, 2023

In episode 8, learn how Philip Bredu ’22 came all the way from Ghana at age 18 to attend college in the US and pursue his passion for science, math and physics. He quickly transferred to Vaughn and fell in love with mechanical engineering. Vaughn helped him land an internship at Georgia Power which led to a job, which he currently holds today. Tune in and get inspired by Philip’s success story!

Migdalia Gonzalez Discusses How the FAA is Helping to Improve Diversity and Inclusion in the Aviation Industry

39:19  |  May 31, 2023

In this podcast, Migdalia Gonzalez, Hispanic Employment Program Manager at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), shares how she is educating Hispanic students (especially women) about aviation career opportunities at the FAA. Hispanic women are one of the most underrepresented groups in the aviation industry because they don’t have access to aviation education and the FAA is working to change that.

How Eric Santos-Silva ’21 is Climbing to the Top of His Aviation Maintenance Career

24:19  |  February 14, 2023

Check out this inspiring conversation with Eric Santos Silva ‘21 about how his passion for aviation maintenance grew in the Air Force, continued at Vaughn and how he is now climbing his way to the top of his career as an aircraft maintenance technician at Delta Air Lines. He provides tips and insights from his perspective as a first generation American to those aspiring to join the field.

Gagandeep Munder’s ’14 Journey to Becoming a Pilot – Never Give Up Your Dreams

33:45  |  January 23, 2023

See how Gagandeep Munder ’14 didn’t give up on his dream of becoming pilot, quickly rising in the ranks after graduating from Vaughn College. He started out as a pilot instructor and now, was just hired by American Airlines, one of the three legacy carriers, where he will be flying a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Check out this truly inspiring conversation about his journey!

A Look Inside the Air Cargo Industry with Atlas Air: Demand, Trends, Diversity, the Workforce and the Future

18.55  |  November 4, 2022

Check out this insightful conversation with Patricia Goodwin-Peters, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Atlas Air Worldwide. She discusses the pivotal role the air cargo industry played throughout the pandemic and how the demand for aviation professionals extends far beyond pilots and flight attendants to crew planners and schedulers, R&D and maintenance.

Booming Aviation, Engineering and Management Job Markets: How Vaughn is Answering the Call

28.57  |  October 18, 2022

We speak with Chaundra Daniels, Director of Career Services at Vaughn to learn about the in-demand career fields in engineering, technology, management and aviation, and how students should begin preparing for their careers early.

Top Health and Wellness Tips for College Students

32.22  |  August 24, 2022

In the second episode of our podcast, we speak with Vaughn’s Director of Counseling and Wellness Dr. Stacey Dutil and Athletics Coordinator Omari Wright about all the mental health issues facing college students today and the various services and offerings Vaughn provides to help its incredibly diverse population of students be successful in college and beyond.

A Conversation with Kirei Watson ’18 on Breaking Barriers in the Field of Engineering

31:06  |  July 21, 2022

Hear how Kirei Watson ’18 is living her dream as a rotational program engineer at Collins Aerospace, and how she’s breaking barriers in the industry every step of the way. Check it out!