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Giving a Tour of the OU Airport

Tim Napoli

Tim Napoli,
Junior, Aviation

Athens, OH 24 November 2019

This last Friday, I had the chance to give a tour of the Ohio University airport to a very enthusiastic group of students who were ready to learn. The group came from Meigs High School and was made up of students in the Special Education program at the school. The teachers were happy when they heard that we’d be excited to give them a tour.

The day started off by showing them around the maintenance hangar to see what the mechanics do on a day-to-day basis. They happened to be working on a few planes when we stopped by, and the students were happy to see that. Next, we went over to our main hangar where we keep all of the training aircraft. They had a blast when I let them take pictures in front of our planes and even let them sit inside. Finally, we went to our flight training facility and showed them our simulators.

It’s not everyday that I get to share my passion for flying, but to give a tour for these students made my day. To see all of their faces lit up with joy as they walked past all of our planes was priceless.

I know it can be hard for those with special needs to feel comfortable, but I could tell that every single one of them felt right at home. The chaperones would tell me that they were happy that they didn’t feel different; that they had someone to talk to. I never thought of them as anyone different from you or me. I saw them as students who wanted to learn and who wanted to see what it’s like to be a pilot here at Ohio University.

This is what I love so much about being an ambassador. I get to share my passion with everyone and anyone. I told them to please come back anytime to give them more tours and to chat with all of the students.

Spring Break Reunion

Haley Nau

Haley Nau,
Junior, Civil Engineering

Athens, OH 21 March 2019

This past spring break was one that focused on nostalgia. I stayed home for most of the week and reconnected with old friends. With my parents we stayed in most nights and had home cooked meals (which I didn’t have to prepare myself) and watched old movies we’ve already seen a hundred times, but never got old. A few of the mornings (where I didn’t sleep in) I would grab a coffee with whoever was available and hike the familiar trails in my area.


To reminisce, I met up with my close-knit group of friends from high school at midnight at our local 24-hour donut shop just like the old days. We talked about how much things have changed since our graduation and how much we hope that continues. (But we still vow to stay in touch.) To celebrate growing old, me and another close friend grabbed breakfast mimosas just to show off our brand new 21 IDs and made plans to vacation with each other in the summer.

In the day I would go on walks with my dog and a few times I went to my local library to check out a new book. It felt good to relax for a week with no pending obligations and do the same things I used to enjoy from high school.

Judging the Future City Competition

Kelly McCoy

Kelly McCoy,
Senior, Aviation

Athens, OH 24 January 2013 – Last weekend, the Engineering Ambassadors had a great opportunity to inspire younger students to be more involved in engineering and technology. On the morning of January 19, three of us traveled to Columbus to judge the Future City Competition. This competition is a national learning experience for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students where they work in teams with a mentor to deign futuristic models of large cities. 18 schools participated this year. Students incorporate current and future technologies and must include a variety of engineering ideas and disciplines, and must explain how their city will sustain itself. They use Sim City 4 Deluxe to make an interactive city, write a solution to an engineering problem, build a scale model of a section of their city using recycled materials, and show their work to a panel of judges with a short presentation.


As a judge, I got to see several presentations throughout the morning, and I was impressed with the thought and effort that some groups put into their projects. There were many models that incorporated a working electrical component, and the requirement of at least one moving part per model was fulfilled in very creative ways. Groups used materials such as cardboard, lightbulbs, bottles and lids, silverware, and various other common trash items to build their models.


This year the big engineering problem to solve dealt with water runoff in large developed cities. Groups used porous asphalt, rooftop gardens, and strategic reservoirs, among other things, to help solve the problem. Their models were judged not only for overall neatness and creativity, but for specific awards such as Most Innovative Design of Infrastructure Systems, or Best Communications Systems. The winner of this Regional competition would be sent to US Space Camp in Alabama and get the chance to compete in the National Competition in February.


These middle-schoolers definitely impressed us with their ingenuity and creativity, and it was fun to see their different interpretations of the future and their solutions to modern problems.