Only 6 percent of airline pilots worldwide are women, according to Boeing and The International Society of Women Airline Pilots. Educational institutions believe that a key solution to this shortage is to introduce girls to successful females currently active in aviation and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
To highlight the importance of STEM education, The Fulton WomYn EmPOWERment Series is introducing professional women in STEM related fields to over 200 Phoenix area students during their Dreams Soar – Global Flight for STEM event on Monday, November 7 from 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the ASU Polytechnic Campus Cooley Ballroom in Mesa, Arizona. Sponsored by Honeywell Aerospace and The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University, these students from Stanfield Elementary, Stapley Jr. High, ASU Prep High School and Chief Science Officer students’ from various schools in Arizona will learn about careers in technology and aviation. The event will feature an interactive session with Captain Shaesta Waiz, founder of Dreams Soar and the first certified civilian female pilot from Afghanistan, who is attempting to fly solo around the world.
“Our partnership with Dreams Soar and Arizona State University provides the opportunity to inspire students to pursue an exciting STEM career in aerospace, as well as encourage young women to seek careers in male-dominated fields,” said Kiah Erlich, certified pilot and director, Flight Support Services, Honeywell Aerospace. “Our students today will be the critical minds advancing the aviation industry tomorrow, and we want to encourage them to chase their dreams with full throttle and never let a little turbulence slow them down.”
Targeted for spring 2017, Captain Waiz will make 30 stops over five continents, in 18 countries, in 90 days with more than 25,000 miles flown. Founded by Waiz in 2014, Dreams Soar is a nonprofit organization that will partner with strong female role models along Waiz’s upcoming route around the world, and together, promote the importance of STEM and aviation education globally.
Additional presenters will include female engineers and leaders from Honeywell who will participate in a career panel discussion with local students and individuals from ASU organizations – chapters of Women in Aviation, Women in Science & Engineering and the Society of Women Engineers. Also in attendance will be 2016 Honeywell Educators at Space Academy alumni Hermelina Liddell, a science teacher at Stanfield Elementary and Peggy Lord, a science teacher at Stapley Jr. High.
“ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering is excited to partner with Honeywell to promote the Dreams Soar event and is ecstatic to have Shaesta Waiz interacting with our community,” said Jade Silva, Coordinator Senior- Student Engagement. “This is an opportunity to highlight the success of women innovators who set out each day to break the glass ceiling. The Dreams Soar event gives us the opportunity to build positive self-efficacy among our female and future students while also promoting inclusion within our schools, all of which promotes student success and engagement.”
About Honeywell Aerospace:
Honeywell Aerospace products and services are found on virtually every commercial, defense and space aircraft, and its turbochargers are used by nearly every automaker and truck manufacturer around the world. The Aerospace business unit develops innovative solutions for more fuel-efficient automobiles and airplanes, more direct and on-time flights, safer flying and runway traffic, along with aircraft engines, cockpit and cabin electronics, wireless connectivity services, logistics, and more. The business delivers safer, faster, and more efficient and comfortable transportation-related experiences worldwide. For more information, visit www.honeywell.com or follow us at @Honeywell_Aero and @Honeywell_Turbo.
About the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering:
The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University include more than 20,300 students and more than 327 faculty members who conduct nearly $100 million in research, spanning a broad range of engineering, construction and technology fields. Our six schools offer 23 undergraduate and 39 graduate programs on ASU’s Tempe and Polytechnic campuses and online. The schools’ research and educational programs emphasize problem solving, entrepreneurship, multidisciplinary interactions, social context and connections.
About Dreams Soar Inc.:
Dreams Soar Inc., is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization founded by Shaesta Waiz, a dual-graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, whose mission is to inspire the next generation of STEM and aviation professionals, globally. The global solo flight is the first phase of Dreams Soar’s worldwide effort to empower the next generation to pursue degrees and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and aviation. Supported by her Dream Team of collegiate students and young professionals, Waiz aims to be the youngest woman to circumnavigate the globe, as well as the first Afghan women to fly solo around the world. Departing from Daytona Beach International Airport (KDAB), the global flight intends to raise additional dollars to award scholarships for young women and men worldwide in pursuit of STEM and aviation education. For more information about Dreams Soar, visit dreamssoar.org.