The Manassas Campus hosted the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP) Aviation Career Education Summer (ACE) Academy the week of July 11 to 22. OBAP staff and Manassas faculty planned an exciting two-week camp for 20 area youths ages 13 to 18. During the two weeks, students participated in an array of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities. Additionally, they took exciting off-site field trips to locations like the Manassas Airport, Mitre Corporation, the Aviation Institute and Udvar Hazy Air & Space Museum. On campus activities facilitated by Manassas faculty included: building mini quadcopters (drones), exposure to engineering concepts, cybersecurity and more. The students were very excited to be given an orientation on how to fly a real plane.
Faculty and staff members who played an integral role in programming included Science and Applied Technologies Interim Dean Diane Mucci, Science and Applied Technologies Associate Dean Ia Gomez, Mathematics and Engineering Professor Nina Lorde, Cybersecurity Professor Santwana Das, Campus and Community Relations Assistant Deidre Howard, Campus and Community Relations Specialist Ramunda Young, Academic Administration Interim Dean Heidi Adamson, SySTEMic Solutions Volunteer Outreach Coordinator Nadine Moscoso, Information Technology Faculty Don Smith and Acting Provost Molly Lynch.