April 2015

UAS Field is Taking Flight

Eyes above the sky are becoming more common thanks to Unmanned Aerial Systems. But for the latest CJ STEMM Idol, the technology is not something new, it's been a passion of his for many years.

Ben Sears is an Assistant Professor of Unmanned Aerial Systems at Sinclair Community College. Sears has been with Sinclair for 7 months but has been an advocate of UAS for several years. While at Sinclair, Sears teaches students how to build, maintain, and operate UAS. There is a growing demand for knowledge in this field as the FAA begins to see how drones could be used in everyday life.  Part of Sears' job is to have an understanding of the constant changes to the rules and guide students in this growing field.

"This is a completely new arena for job growth... we have the opportunity to be at the forefront of this field," Sears said about Sinclair's mission to educate students in this topic.

Sears graduated with a Bachelor of Science focusing on Aviation Flight Science. He has been working in this field for 16 years and spent time with the military as a civilian contractor. Sears was in Afghanistan and Iraq for a combined three years as the MQ 5B Aircraft Commander. He is affiliated with the National Association of Flight Instructors, the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and the Civil Air Patrol. Sears has also been an integral part with the Dayton Hoopla and has exhibited UAS during the Hoopla STEM Challenge which is held at CJ.

During his presentation, Sears told students "the sky is the limit" when it comes to the future of UAS.

"Lifeguards can use a UAS to deliver rescue equipment to swimmers rather than going into rip tides and potentially getting caught in them," Spears suggested as one example of future UAS use. "If paramedics are stuck in traffic, they could us drones to deliver defibrillators to people standing at the scene of an accident and those people could then help a victim."

Sinclair is trying to make scenarios like those become a possibility with the training and curriculum that will be implemented soon with the addition of their National UAS training and Certification Center. Sears is helping with this expansion process using his expertise in the UAS field.

Are you interested in becoming a CJ STEMM Idol Speaker Series presenter? Contact Meg Draeger, CJ STEMM coordinator, at (937) 461-3740 x487, or at mdraeger@cjeagles.org.


Donation Drive For Goodwill

Calling all spring cleaners! Creative CJ seniors are partnering with Goodwill to create an exciting donation drive this April.

After last year’s successful e-cycling drive, seniors Connor Bramlage, John Mescher, Anthony Genovesi, and Zakery Shrewsbury have decided to follow in the footsteps of their predecessors. This group of dedicated young men has decided to use their Senior Capstone project as an opportunity to gather donations from the community and educate others about Goodwill and the donation drive process.

Inspired by last year’s e-cycling drive, the current seniors have decided to up the stakes. This year’s drive will be accepting any of the following items:

  • gently used clothing, household items,
  • jewelry, shoes, accessories, furniture, toys, books, DVDs, CDs, computer accessories, electronic devices (no TV’s, please),
  • durable medical equipment,
  • and vehicles for the Goodwill Auto Auction.

Not only are the seniors expanding the event, they have also partnered with Dayton Access Television to create a promotional video explaining the donation drive process.

“We started off with just the donation drive,” said Connor Bramlage. “But then we decided to shoot a video about the donation drive process to show everyone what happens behind the scenes.”

“I really liked learning about all the behind the scenes work,” added Anthony Genovesi. “Goodwill does a lot to help out people with disabilities and recycling helps the community and keeps things out of landfills.”

The seniors also got to try their hand at video production. “We learned how to use the cameras and do all of the editing for the video,” said Zakery Shrewsbury. The video will air in Goodwill stores and at CJ’s Stang Symposium.

Donald Bush, Career & Social Services Advisor at Goodwill Easter Seals, has served as the student’s mentor throughout the process.

“Once we met with our mentor and talked to him about the project he told us more history about Goodwill and how it began,” said Shrewsbury. “It really inspired us and we decided to go big or go home. Donald has been keeping us moving along and motivated, moving us forward.”

Bush also took the students on a behind the scenes tour of a Goodwill store and let them see the programs in action.

“Seeing all of the different things they do to help people with disabilities and to keep waste out of landfills really caught our attention,” said John Mescher.

The seniors are grateful for all of the support and encouragement they have received from the Goodwill team. Kim Bramlage, Marketing Communications Coordinator at Goodwill Easter Seals, has a son working on the project.

“Working with my mom and Donald, we have a lot of connections and ways to get the word out to spread awareness and that’s really helpful,” said Connor Bramlage. “Everyone is really nice and outgoing and willing to help us with anything we need.”

The donation drive, titled “CJ’s Stuff the Truck” will be held Saturday April 18 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot at CJ High School. Stay tuned for commercials for the drive that will air on WHKO 99.1 FM the week before the event.

What: "Stuff The Truck" Donation Drive
When: Saturday, April 18 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the CJ High School parking lot (505 S. Ludlow Street)
Who: Presented by the CJ Senior Capstone group of Connor Bramlage, John Mescher, Anthony Genovesi, and Zakery Shrewsbury