Aeronautics program propels forward despite setbacks

The Sentinel The first minority woman president of Kennesaw State’s chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics has only been in office for seven months and has already made changes unlike KSU has ever seen before.“I’m first-generation,” Cindy Vo said. “Girls don’t grow up playing with planes [and] machines — we grow up playing with makeup and baby dolls. It’s not the stereotypical role we play in society, [but] it drives me even more because I see a calling for more females and more diversity. There’s a power in being who you are.”
Vo’s main task as president of the program has been advocating for the creation of an aerospace engineering major at KSU.
Currently, KSU only has an aerospace engineering minor. Southern Polytechnic State University approved the creation of an aerospace engineering major previously, but Vo said that this was a promise that was broken after the university’s merger with KSU.
As president, Vo has also been working to create more resources for students on the Marietta campus. Vo said that in mid-February, she and representatives from the Aerial Robotics Team, Electric Vehicle Team, Motor Sports Team and Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Team met with the Dean of Students to present their needs and concerns in regards to campus resources.
“Us being on the Marietta campus — we have the short end of the stick,” Vo said. “[Still], there’s a beauty in unity. There’s power in numbers. What I’m doing is bigger than me. I want future students to be able to learn and to want to stay in the clubs.”
Vo said that AIAA and other student organizations such as the aforementioned teams are currently facing retaining issues — a problem she attributes to a lack of funding, resources and untapped potential.
The night of Feb. 19 marked a particularly special event …

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