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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is the government agency responsible for overseeing air transportation in the United States. The FAA focuses on air transportation safety, including the enforcement of safety standards for aircraft manufacturing, operation, and maintenance.

The FAA Aviation Safety (AVS) STEM Career Symposium is designed to educate students about STEM/aviation-related career opportunities and encourage them to enter into these type of fields when considering their own career in the future.

The AVS STEM Career Symposium will include multiple guest speakers, interactive visual presentations, STEM engagement activities and opportunities for students to talk with aviation professionals. Participating students will learn about exciting careers such as aviation safety inspectors, aerospace engineers, medical officers, pilots, air traffic controllers, and mathematicians.


Thursday, April 28,2022 | 10:00AM to 4:00PM EDT

10:00AM – 10:25AM

A Day in the Life: STEM Careers in Aviation by Adam Henderson, Karen Lucke, Manny Manbahal, Linda Navarro, and Anna Hofmeir (Moderator)

Ever wondered how STEM plays a role in aviation? Join us for an excitingdiscussion on how STEM influenced the career choices of our four panelists, and hear what advice they have for future generations.

10:40AM – 11:05AM

Aviation STEM Trivia Game by Dara Gibson

Join us won’t you? Challenge yourself and learn new and exciting facts about aviation! Our “Aircraft Certification STEM Trivia” will test your knowledge of aircraft and aircraft certification.

11:20AM – 11:45AM

Not Just Meteorology – FAA Aviation Weather Research by Gary Pokodner

This webinar will present cutting edge aviation weather research being performed by FAA researchers. It will also discuss why researchers with expertise in meteorology, engineering, and human factors are needed to identify and resolve weather information and product gaps to improve operational safety and efficiency.

12:00PM – 12:25PM

Air Traffic Control Basics by Aubrey Farrar, Rebecca Best, Natalie Chapell, and Jerlysha Williams ‐ DC Flight Club

Do you like video games? Do you know there are different types of Air Traffic Controllers? Sit back, relax and prepare for takeoff as we explore the career and a day in the life of an air traffic controller! Let’s take a VIP all access tour of the tower to get a sneak peek behind the scenes. We will learn pilot/controller communication and other fun facts!

12:40PM – 1:05PM

Introduction ‐ Human Factors of Air Traffic and Subject Matter Expert Interviews by Chandra Smith, Tasha Beckford, and Sharon Foreman

Get to know the Prommi‐Mommi Foundation. Explore Human Factors in Aviation with our team and how different factors impact your day‐to‐day performance! Take a trip with a couple of other aviators as they educate you on their roles and experiences. Lastly, become a Human Factors Analysts and put your skills to the test. Let’s Go!

1:20PM – 1:45PM

Introduction to the University of Maryland Robotics Center by Lena Johnson

Join us to get a brief introduction to the Maryland Robotics Center. Experts will display examples of research and give an overview of robotics in general.

2:00PM – 2:25PM

Risky Business by Barrington Goldson, Mikosha Phoenix, Lynette Jamison, Cherise Ojo, Jesse Pasqualino, LaDonna Stanley, and MarQuisia Whorley

Get a look into how Air Traffic Safety Oversight ensure risk is managed in the National Airspace System, utilizing the DIAAT (Describe the System, Identify Hazards, Analyze Risks, Assess Risk, Treat Risk) model on a common, non‐aviation related example

2:40PM – 3:05PM

Drone Talk by Chris Swider, Achal Singhal, Chris Nassif, David Chen, and Cenely Jarquin (Moderator)

Meet our drone experts in the FAA and discuss any questions that you may have! Find out what to do and how to do it to fly drones in the US.

3:20PM – 3:45PM

How Human Factors Research Contributes to Safety by Dr. Chanda Sanders

The mission of the FAA Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI) is to assure civil aerospace safety through excellence in medical certification, research and education programs. Researchers at CAMI use the scientific method to ask safety‐related questions and explore answers that ensure the FAA manages the safest national airspace in the world. Pilots and air traffic controllers are recognized for their vital roles in aviation safety as they fly and direct planes respectively to their destinations; however, many are unfamiliar with the contribution of human factors research as an integral piece of the flight safety puzzle from when a plane leaves the jet bridge until it is parked at its destination

On Demand

Welcome from FAA Deputy Administrator, Brad Mims

FAA Deputy Administrator Brad Mims shares some encouraging words for students of all ages about STEM education, and how it can lead to exciting opportunities and a meaningful career at the FAA.

On Demand

Welcome from Executive Director of FAA Office of Quality, Integration, and Executive Services, Suzanne Chandler

Our host for the event, Suzanne Chandler, welcomes you by explaining that the FAA is not just about pilots

On Demand

Welcome from Executive Director of AIR Traffic Safety Oversight, Mike O’Donnell

Watch as Mike O’Donnell provides a warm welcome to students and a brief overview of the FAA’s Air Traffic Safety Oversight Organization

On Demand

Airport Surface Anomaly Investigation Capability (ASAIC) by Laura Bachurski

ASAIC is our airport surface and terminal area replay tool for monitoring safety and reviewing safety‐related events. It shows movement of aircraft, represented by scaled 3D models, and vehicles on or near the airport surface using a geospatial map of the airport. Learn more about how this tool is used by FAA Accident Investigators to review past events.

On Demand

We are Aviation Safety

FAA's Aviation Safety Organization is comprised of some of the most dedicated professionals in the aerospace industry. Learn more about these public servants who keep our skies the safest in the world.

Aerospace Medicine

Please be sure to visit all of our booths to learn about various programs and careers offered in STEM/Aviation

Visit us to learn more about the exciting work performed by doctors in Aerospace Medicine. Also, take a virtual tour of our Civil Aerospace Medical Institute.

Aircraft Certification

Visit us to get a walkthrough of how Air Traffic Safety Oversight interacts with and oversees the Air Traffic Organization. We have teacher worksheets for STEM projects as well!

Quality, Integration, & Executive Service

Did you know adults and aviation professionals have report cards and an allowance too? Visit us to learn how we use math, science, problem solving and leadership to keep aviation safe. We also have fun virtual learning packets and engineering assessments that students can practice at school or home!


The FAA’s Office of Rulemaking helps write regulations based on STEM‐ related subjects. Visit us to learn about the importance of rulemaking and how we keep everyone safe, those flying in the air and those on the ground.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office

What’s that in the air? It’s a drone! Drones are becoming an increasingly important tool in our world. Stop by our booth to find out more about what the future of drones will look like and learn how you can get involved!

Accident Investigation & Prevention

The Office of Accident Investigation and Prevention develops tools, analyzes data, evaluates actions, and investigates accidents and incidents helping you get to your next destination safely. Visit us to see how the FAA’s ASAIC accident/ incident replay tool is used to visualize these events in near‐real time.

Flight Standards Service

Visit us to learn about our Flight Standards Service, from cabin and runway safety, to the jobs performed by Aviation Safety Inspectors.

FAA College Career Center

There are many ways to get your professional life off the ground at FAA, and you don't have to have years of flying or aviation experience to do it. We offer various entry‐level careers, training and development programs, as well as internship opportunities for students and college graduates. Visit us to learn more about various careers in aviation and student programs offered by the FAA

Air Traffic Organization

Visit us for a showcase of the exciting opportunities available in the Air Traffic Organization. We are a diverse workforce comprised of Air Traffic Controllers, Airway Transportation Support Specialists, Engineers, and Support Staff to keep the National Airspace System operational.

Office of Civil Rights Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Visit us to learn more about the FAA’s Diversity and Inclusion, Federal Women’s, and Disability Programs. We’ll also share information about on‐ the‐spot hiring, Aviation Development Program, and National Employee Forum.

Security & Hazardous Materials Safety

The Office of Security and Hazardous Materials Safety mission is to ensure aviation safety, support national security, and promote an efficient airspace system through the development and administration of policies and programs. One of the ways we are able to do this is through our Cyber Investigations and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drones) Digital Investigations Branches. Come learn more about what we are doing in this digital age to support the FAA.

Academy of Model Aeronautics

Learn more about Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS) with the Academy of Model Aeronautics, a world‐class association of modelers organized for the purpose of promotion, development, education, advancement, and safeguarding of modeling activities. Finding a career in aviation starts with an understanding of aviation, and what better place to start than model aviation? From Free Flight to advanced turbine jet aircraft, our members know a thing or two about aviation; in fact, we’ve been around as an organization since 1936. Check out some of the Academy of Model Aeronautics’ free resources and learn how to find a club in your area to get involved in a great hobby, competition outlet, or aviation career involving unmanned aircraft!

Code Ninjas

Code Ninjas helps kids learn to code while building their own video games. They gain problem‐solving, critical thinking, and STEM skills in a fun, safe, and inspiring environment. Visit us today to learn more.

DC Flight Club

Come fly with us! We will spend a virtual day at the airport learning about aircraft characteristics, principles of flight, and actually fly in our Nation’s Capital Airspace. This immersive experience will take you from your seat to the airplane cockpit! Stop by and buckle your seatbelt for your virtual flight tour to learn more from pilots and air traffic controllers.

Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals

Visit us to learn more about the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals and the various programs, resources, and support offered for youth interested in aerospace.

United Airlines

Visit us to speak with United Airlines pilots and professionals and learn about pathways to careers in aviation.

University of Maryland Robotics Center

The University of Maryland Robotics Center will be presenting information about their center's robotics research in the form of an instructional video, robotics‐themed activities, and access to websites and social media pages.


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