A Celebration of Women in Aerospace
Saturday, March 3, 2018, 10:00am to 4:00pm
Visitors of all ages are invited to celebrate women’s contributions to aerospace history with exciting guest lectures, hands-on activities, and special events.
After working for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in various management capacities and serving as Airport Manager with the Connecticut State Department of Transportation at Groton-New London Airport for nearly 18 years, Ms. Young is now Business Developer for Connecticut Airport Authority's five general aviation airports. In 2014 she received the Women's Transportation Seminar Connecticut Chapter Member of the Year Award. In 2015 Ms. Young received the Flight Officer Connie Nappier, Jr. Chapter of the Black Pilots of America Connecticut Chapter's Aviation Enthusiast of the Year Award, and in 2017 she was among 100 women of color honored for her contributions to her local community. Ms. Young holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Connecticut College, a Master of Science Degree from the University of Bridgeport, and is an Accredited Airport Executive candidate.
Melissa Mathiasen began her career with Sikorsky Aircraft in 2008 as a Chief Pilot. She was subsequently appointed as the Chief Program Pilot - Contracts and Training, and currently is a Production Test Pilot for the Sikorsky S-76, S-92 and UH-60M aircraft. Prior to joining Sikorsky Aircraft, Ms. Mathiasen flew as an IFR Captain for offshore oil platforms, and she also served in the U.S. Army for twenty years, retiring in 2004 as a Lieutenant Colonel. Ms. Mathiasen is a rotary wing certified flight instructor (CFI) and holds an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) license, as well as a Single and Multi-Engine Fixed Wing Airplane license. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado, a Bachelor of Science from Cedar Valley College, and a Masters in Organizational Leadership. Over the course of her career she has accumulated over 6,500 mishap-free flight hours primarily in Sikorsky commercial and military aircraft.
MSgt. Dana Willette has served in the United States military reserves for more than twenty years. From 1994-2002 she served in the U.S. Army Reserves as a UH-1 Helicopter Repairer/Crew Chief, and for the past sixteen years she has served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves with the 439th Airlift Wing and the 337th Airlift Squadron at the Westover Air Reserve Base where she currently is a Flight Engineer aboard the C-5M Super Galaxy. MSgt. Willette is a veteran of Operations Noble Eagle, Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, Inherent Resolve, and New Dawn, and has accumulated 2,300 flight hours during her career. She also earned the Humanitarian Service Medal for her humanitarian service after the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004 and Hurricane Katrina, and has been a Massachusetts board certified optician since 1998.
Unless otherwise noted all events and activities are included with general admission and are subject to change. Please note that library passes are not valid on this event day.
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