ALUMNI news news Aviation Alumni Find Global Success Aviation has trained thousands of profes-sional pilots who fly commercial, private and cargo jets around the world, as well as flight instruc-tors who prepare future generations of aviators to take flight. Thanks to MDC’s Saul Eig and Lois Eig-Watson Scholarship Endowment, outstanding aviation stu-dents receive generous support that opens doors to lifelong, rewarding careers. Where in the world are these crème de la crème aviators now? Here is a status report from some of our high-flying alumni, and their heartfelt words on what MDC’s Eig-Watson Scholarship has meant for them. Nawaf Hafidh, ’00 First Officer, A380, Emirates Airlines Every day that I turn up for work, I do so with a smile on my face. Every achievement, every suc-cess that I’ve had in aviation is one I share with the Eig-Watsons and anyone who has believed in me and supported me along the way. Estefania Montoya, ’07 First Officer, B767, Amerijet I’m very grateful to Miami Dade College for the education I received there. I’m currently flying a B767. I’m very happy with what I do, and I’m very grateful for the MDC School of Aviation. Estefania Montoya SKY COMMANDERS M i ami Dade College’s Eig-Watson School of Andrew Gayle Alvaro Londono Nilupuli Andrahennadi Nawaf Hafidh Andrew Gayle, ’09 First Officer, CRJ 200, Express Jet Airlines I am a proud graduate of the Miami Dade Col-lege School of Aviation. Without the support of the Eig-Watson Scholarship, I would not be where I am. Scott Boykin, ’99 Pilot, Falcon 2000, NetJets I’m currently a pilot for a leading fractional on the corporate side. The Eig-Watson scholarships at MDC allowed me to fulfill my dreams of becom-ing a pilot and flying around the world. Alvaro Londono, ’09 First Officer, A330, Avianca Cargo The Miami Dade College faculty has done such an amazing job of training a lot of generations of professionals in the aviation industry. I was awarded the Eig-Watson Scholarship in 2008, and because of this, I was able to finish my flight training. Nilupuli Andrahennadi, ’11 First Officer, A330, SriLankan Airlines Because of the education I received at the Miami Dade College Eig-Watson School of Aviation, I managed to go to Embry-Riddle to do my bachelor’s degree in aeronautics, come back home to Sri Lanka and apply for my dream job, and I absolutely love it. – MR Scott Boykin High-Flying Alumni MDC’s School of Aviation has graduated thousands of pilots and other aviation specialists throughout the years. Here are just a few more notable alumni: Darrell D. Roberts , SFLA Technical Operations Manager, FAA-Air Traffic Organization Linda Pauwels , Pilot, American Airlines Ernest Taylor Jr. , Pilot, Delta Airlines Matthew Smith , Pilot, Delta Air Lines Robert Jedlinski , Pilot, United Airlines Esteban Arcila , Pilot, Avianca Christopher Corona , Pilot, Spirit Airlines Pedro Noguera , Pilot, FlyDubai Kurt Williams , Pilot, Etihad Airways Nilton Kodama , Pilot, Atlas Air Mariel Cordoba , Pilot, Emirates Airlines Jorge Cruz , Pilot, Southwest Airlines Travis Fiebelkorn , Air Safety Investigator, FAA Headquarters Andy Gold , Air Traffic Special Operations, FAA Headquarters Yandor Ramírez , FAA Air Traffic Controller, Miami Tower Stevie Parker , FAA Air Traffic Controller, Miami Air Route Traffic Control Center MIAMI DADE COLLEGE COLLEGE f orum September 2016 • Volume 20 • Number 4 Published by Miami Dade College, Office of Communications 300 N.E. Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132-2296 Send emails to firstname.lastname@example.org. Communications Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Juan C . Mendieta Marketing Communications Director . . . . . . . . .Irene Giménez Muñoz Editorial Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brenda Krebs, Ph .D . Copy Editors/Contributors . . . . . . . . . . .Nnéka Nnolim, Monica Roos, Anne-Margaret Swary, Walter Villa Graphic Designers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pasita Andino, Reynaldo Arroyo, Carmen Bosch, Catalina Figueras, Grizelle Paz Photographers . . . .Cristian Lazzari, Carlos Llano, Deborah Rodríguez Production Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Susan Smitherman For more information about MDC programs, call 305-237-8888 or visit www.mdc.edu.