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USU Students Participate at International Women in Aviation Conference

Thursday, Mar. 28, 2013

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Outstanding professional pilot students selected to attend the WAI Conference pose in the USU Aviation Hangar. From left to right: Brianna Maualaivao, Rachel Robinson (top), Kari Lyn Brough and Hollie Krambule.

USU student pilots at conference table

Hollie Krambule and Brianna Maualaivao represent the program at USU's exhibit where they spoke to prospective students and aviation professionals about the pilot and maintenance degrees at USU.

Four Utah State University students attended the 24th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference March 14-16 in Nashville, Tenn. The women students represented USU and participated in a variety of workshops and networking opportunities.

Brianna Maualaivao, Kari Lyn Brough, Rachel Robinson and Hollie Krambule were USU women selected to attend the conference based on academic performance and extracurricular activity involvement. The application also included an essay portion in which the students wrote about their career aspirations.

The annual conference is held to promote networking, education and mentoring to women and men who are dedicated to aviation.  

“We got to go around to great companies and learn more info about the industry and the many opportunities that lie ahead,” Maualaivao said.

The women from USU were able to meet with representatives from Delta, SkyWest, Southwest and several other major airlines.

“Although I’m not at the point in my career where I can apply to major airlines, it’s nice to be able to meet the airline representatives,” Brough said. “Now when it is my turn to hand in my resume it won’t be like I’m meeting someone for the first time.”

The conference also offered seminars, workshops and other activities.  

“We were able to experience hypoxic symptoms in an altitude chamber,” Maualaivao said. “As a future airline pilot, it’s important to understand hypoxia, which is the lack of oxygen in the body caused by high altitude.”

USU students also enjoyed attending the NASA seminar. 

“We learned from a NASA seminar that NASA is still planning space missions and will be launching the world's biggest rocket in 2017,” Maualaivao said. “That was super exciting.”

The women from USU participated as exhibitors during Bring Your Daughter Day.

“It was great to talk to the girls that stopped by our booth and share our excitement for aviation with them,” Krambule said.

“We sponsor students to attend Women in Aviation to support the future of the aviation industry,” said Sean Heiner, chief flight instructor for USU Aviation. “This conference gave the women in our program the opportunity to network with professionals and explore their possibilities for when they graduate.”

To read more about their trip, visit the Aviation student blog.

Related links:

USU School of Applied Sciences, Technology and Education

USU College of Agriculture

Contact: Taylor Adams, 435-797-7091,

Writer: Dawn Otterby

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