Wright-Patt job shadow program inspires next generation of innovators

Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 9:28 AM


            Dr. Jeffrey Calcaterra (right), Structural Failure Analysis team lead for Air Force Research Laboratory Materials Integrity Branch, explains nondestructive inspection processes to (from left) Tristan Gilreath and Alexa Gebhardt, area high school students who were attending a job Shadow Day at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Oct. 27. The bi-annual event, put on by the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Educational Outreach Office, is designed for students to experience on the job real-life experiences and allow them to explore potential career field opportunities. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jim Varhegyi)
Dr. Jeffrey Calcaterra (right), Structural Failure Analysis team lead for Air Force Research Laboratory Materials Integrity Branch, explains nondestructive inspection processes to (from left) Tristan Gilreath and Alexa Gebhardt, area high school students who were attending a job Shadow Day at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Oct. 27. The bi-annual event, put on by the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Educational Outreach Office, is designed for students to experience on the job real-life experiences and allow them to explore potential career field opportunities. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jim Varhegyi)

Local junior and senior high school students amassed on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Oct. 27 to get a firsthand look at their possible future.

Since 1999, Wright-Patterson has organized Job Shadow Days, pairing students with mentors from the base.

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“The bi-annual event provides area juniors and seniors with an opportunity to experience on-the-job, real-life career prospects,” said Kim Stultz, Job Shadow Day program coordinator. “This event drew 165 students from 38 high schools. We were able to pair them up with 43 mentors and 32 co-mentors from 39 organizations throughout the base, allowing us to open up a myriad of career fields for students to explore.”

The day started at 8:30 a.m. at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force where students were checked in and paired with their mentors. The groups then ventured out across the base to learn about the variety of work being done at Wright-Patt.

“I love science, technology, engineering and math outreach and want to show students that STEM isn’t scary but is in fact fun and exciting, and want to encourage them to be a part of it,” said Segrid Harris, Air Force Research Laboratory’s Material Integrity Branch chief. “Our teams are the Air Force’s CSI for materials. If an Air Force member breaks something, or a component fails prematurely, it’s our job to figure out first why it happened, and then help determine how to keep it from happening again.”

Harris knows firsthand the value of programs such as Job Shadow Day and credits such programs for her career success. She came to the Air Force straight out of high school via the Junior Fellowship Program, first working at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, before earning a degree in electrical engineering from Tuskegee University. She went on to earn a Master in Business Administration, and attended the Army War College earning a master’s in strategic studies.

Harris hosted six students at her branch and turned them over to her three teams to get a hands-on look at what it takes to do their jobs.

“You’re not here for a tour; you’re here to job shadow,” announced Dr. Jeffrey Calcaterra, AFRL’s Structural Failure Analysis Team lead, as he and his team mentored their charges through nondestructive inspection procedures, and taught them how to determine the breaking point of a variety of materials.

“Creativity is an important part of our job,” said Calcaterra. “What we do here can affect lives out in the field.”

Besides structural failure analysis, students visiting Harris’ branch also learned about electrical failure analysis, and adhesives and composite analysis.

“Our goal was to provide the students a glimpse into what being an engineer really looks like,” said Capt. Justin Heppe, deputy chief of the Material Integrity Branch. “I am sure we can all remember high school and trying to decide what we want to do for the rest of our lives. It’s a tough decision to make and many times the only careers you are exposed to are those of your

family members.

“What if you dream of something different? What we wanted them to take away was that the work engineers do is critical. The work we do here saves lives. People put a trust in engineers that the aircraft, buildings and equipment they use will work,” said Heppe. “I hope they also took

away that an engineering career is more approachable than they might have thought.”

Several parents voiced praise for the program.

“Please know that we were very impressed with the Job Shadow Days,” wrote a parent of a past participant in a note to program organizers. “They were very well orchestrated and the content was excellent. They were especially helpful to my son to better understand job opportunities. He is now a freshman at Iowa State University in the aerospace engineering program, and he’s in Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. Thank you for contributing to his excitement to pursue both ROTC and aerospace engineering.”

“Thank you so much for allowing my son to participate in today’s event,” wrote another parent. “During the 20-minute drive home, he gave me details, details and even more details of his day. Whenever a 16-year-old boy will talk to you that much, and it is not about sports or girls it is a blessing.”

Students also had good things to say about their day of job shadowing.

“This experience is making me think about joining the Air Force,” said Tess McClure, a junior at Greenville Senior High School. “Today opened my eyes to all the stuff that the Air Force offers. I thought the Air Force was just about flying.”

McClure and fellow Greenville classmate Mariah Nicholas are pursuing medical careers and spent their day learning about Wright-Patterson Medical Center’s radiology department.

“The agenda was very interesting. I will definitely recommend the Job Shadow Day program to other students,” said McClure.

“Today was actually a big help with a capstone project I’m completing for graduation,” said Shawnda McGary, a senior at Dayton’s Ponitz Career Technology Center who wants to pursue a career in nursing “My program advisor recommended that I attend the Job Shadow Day. I learned a lot about radiology in the process. I would definitely recommend other students participate in the program.”

Stultz said the Job Shadow Program continues to grow each year and that they are always looking for more mentors who want to help encourage future Air Force innovators.

Besides Job Shadow Day, the Educational Outreach Office provides a myriad of ways to get involved as mentors. Check out their programs at the following links: http://wpafbstem.com and www.facebook.com/wrightpatteo.

Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 3:56 AM
Updated: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 2:30 PM

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  • Alex-Bell Road will be closed for work on the Washington Twp. bridge over Holes Creek until Nov. 30. More information, including detour information, is available here.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east
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  • SR 705 near Groff Road, Daily lane closures Nov. 27 - Dec. 11 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.
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Trump tweets he 'took a pass' at being named Time's person of the year

Published: Saturday, November 25, 2017 @ 1:34 AM

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President Donald Trump said he "took a pass" at being named Time's Person of the Year.(NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

President Donald Trump tweeted Friday that he “took a pass” at being named Time magazine’s “Person of the Year,” but the company’s chief content officer said there “wasn’t a speck of truth” in the president’s social media comment, CNN reported.

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“Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named ‘Man (Person) of the Year’ like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot,” Trump tweeted from his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, where he is spending his Thanksgiving holiday. “I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!” Trump wrote. 

The magazine issued a statement that disputed the President’s tweet, CNN reported.

“The President is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year. TIME does not comment on our choice until publication, which is December 6,” the magazine wrote on its Twitter feed.

Time Inc.’s chief content officer, Alan Murray, tweeted that the President's tweet didn't have “a speck of truth.”

“Amazing. Not a speck of truth here — Trump tweets he 'took a pass' at being named TIME's person of the year,” Murray tweeted.

The President was named Time’s “person of the year” in 2016 after his victory over Hillary Clinton. 

Man in stable condition after motorcycle crash in Greene County

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 10:50 PM

UPDATE @ 12:55 a.m: One man is in stable condition at Miami Valley Hospital after being flown by a medical helicopter from a motorcycle crash on Jasper Road Friday evening.

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The incident occurred around 10:40 p.m.

According to The Ohio Highway State Patrol, the individual has a few broken bones and is expected to recover.

INITIAL REPORT

A medical helicopter has been called to a motorcycle crash on Jasper Road this evening.

Emergency crews responded to the 2800 block of Jasper around 10:40 p.m.

Initial reports indicated at least one person was injured.

We’re working to learn more.

Florida teen in custody at border, is ‘person of interest’ in grandmother’s death

Published: Saturday, November 25, 2017 @ 1:05 AM

Tyler Logan Mott, left, and his grandmother, Kristina June French, had been missing since Monday, officials said.
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Tyler Logan Mott, left, and his grandmother, Kristina June French, had been missing since Monday, officials said.(ActionNewsJax.com)

A 15-year-old Florida teen is in custody at the U.S.-Canada border, hours after police discovered the body of a woman believed to be his missing grandmother in a shallow grave near the boy’s home, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office reported.

Logan Tyler Mott was detained by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection as he tried to enter Canada from Buffalo, New York, sheriff’s deputies said.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office had called Mott “armed and dangerous” and a person of interest in the death of his grandmother, 53-year-old Kristina June French.

Mott was being watched by French at her Neptune Beach home while his father, a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office corrections officer, was on vacation.

Mott’s mother, Carrie Campbell-Mott, said the boy’s father, Eric Mott, was on vacation with his girlfriend. Eric Mott took an Uber home from the airport Wednesday after French never showed up to get them, Campbell-Mott said.

When they got home, the door to their home was open and the house was ransacked, Campbell-Mott said.

Eric Mott's guns were missing from a gun safe, Campbell-Mott said. French’s home in the Mayport area also was ransacked. Her weapons were gone, along with her Dodge Dart.

Mott and French were reported missing after Logan didn't show up to high school on Monday or Tuesday. French also didn't show up for work Monday or Tuesday. A warrant was issued for his arrest Thursday on a charge of auto theft, deputies said.

Originally, deputies believed that Tyler Mott and French may have been traveling together in the Dodge Dart. A missing child alert was issued by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

The teen and the missing vehicle were spotted Thursday on surveillance video in south central Pennsylvania, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office reported.

In a statement, Campbell-Mott she was “relieved” that her son was in custody.

“We just ask for everyone to give us time to sort out what happened,” Campbell-Mott said. “That no matter what, Logan is our child and we love him and are standing by him to help in any way. We want to find out what happened to Kristina and we need time for that to happen.”

Campbell-Mott said a sheriff’s detective will fly to meet Logan on Saturday.

In a statement, the May Institute, a nonprofit organization that employed French, said it was “truly devastated” to learn of her death.

“Kristina was a friend and a role model to so many people. … She was a true champion for people with disabilities and advocated tirelessly for human rights.

“We have lost a beautiful person and she will be dearly missed. It is a very sad day.”