Hangar of the Future Participant Biographies
Brianne Van Abeele ’11
Aviation Management, Airport Management, Air Traffic Control
A member of Women in Aviation and the American Association of Airport Executives, Brianne is working on obtaining an internship in the aviation industry to expand her knowledge base and to gain professional experience.
Tyler Balcom ’10
Aviation Management, Air Traffic Control, Airport Management
Associate Project Manager
He is also interested in Aviation Security which he is pursuing on his own time. He is working hard to obtain an internship in aviation to gain experience and a possible future career, but is also considering graduate school upon graduating with his bachelor of science degree in aviation management.
Justin Cozart ‘11
Aerospace Management, Air Traffic Control
Mobile Booth Design and Engineering Leader
Justin is attending Purdue University to receive a bachelor degree in aerospace management and a minor in OLS. He is looking at becoming an Air Traffic Controller after he graduates Purdue in 2011. Besides working on the Hangar of the Future project, Justin is also involved in AAAE club here at Purdue and is currently a floor senator at McCutcheon Hall. His Mobile booth group is preparing to build a prototype of their product. Justin has been leading this group with Max Sery since the beginning of the fall semester of 2008.
Christopher M. Reiman ’11
Aviation Management, Air Traffic Control, Airline Management
Within Aviation Technology, Chris has interests in aviation operations, marketing, and finance. In addition to his involvement with Hangar of the Future, he is a member of Purdue University Bands and the Purdue Memorial Student Union Board.
Chris leads the Hangar of the Future’s software group with Jen. The group is made up of students from computer science, industrial engineering, and electrical and computer engineering. Their tasks include designing the basic interface and programming the mobile booth.
Tracey Renfro ’11
Aviation Management, Airline/Airport Management
Her experience includes working for an FBO based out of Minneapolis for over three years, obtaining her Private Pilot Certificate, with over ninety hours of flight time, and is also a current being a member of Women in Aviation International.
Tracey has been working since March 2008 on Hangar of the Future and is currently one of two Associate Project Managers. Tracey looks forward to continuing her participation in the progression of Hangar of the Future.
Maxwell Sery ’10
Aviation Management, Airline Management
Max is a cadet in the United States Air Force ROTC and is pursuing a career as a fighter pilot. He is a private pilot and has received extensive training in aircraft systems and procedures. Max has enjoyed a fulfilling education covering all aspects of aviation and is looking forward to bringing revolutionary thinking to the aerospace industry.
He is currently a group leader of the Mobile Booth design group. He works with a team of engineering students to design, build, and implement new technology for use in the aviation maintenance realm.
Jen Sloane ‘11
Aviation Management, Air Traffic Control, Airport Management
Jen is a team leader in the software division of Hangar of the Future and has participated in the project since it was opened to multiple student participation.
Besides focusing on her studies, Jen has been an active trumpet player in the University Bands. She has been in the “All-American” Marching Band and the Gold and Black Sound Pep Band for two seasons.
Stephanie N. Tanis ’10
Aerospace Management, Airport Management, Air Traffic Control, minor in Organizational Leadership and Supervision
For Hangar of the Future, Stephanie leads the marketing group. The marketing group has recently accomplished the website, designing of logo, programming, and networking for the project. She is involved in the Golduster Dance Team and is a member of Delta Zeta sorority.
Jordan Wingate, graduate student
Aerospace Management- Security Resource Management
Graduate Research Assistant
Jordan earned his professional flight bachelor’s degree from Purdue in 2007. While he was an undergraduate, he obtained his commercial flight license with instrument and mulit-engine land ratings.
With experience in innovative process improvement and new process creation for airport and airline layout design, Jordan focuses on homeland security and Transportation Security Administration. He has completed multiple FEMA Emergency Management Courses and is a member of the Community Emergency Response Team. His research includes airport terminal security design through the use of technologies such as RFID biometics and three-dimensional laser imagery.
Jordan has been the project manager of Hangar of the Future since its inception.
Professor Lopp has been a Professor at Purdue’s Aviation Department for the past 15 years where his non-traditional teaching and research concepts have gained national and international recognition in producing the next generation of aviation managers and providing practical solutions for today’s industry issues. He has conducted extensive research and provided solutions for industry in human factors and SMS in aviation ramp, maintenance, and airport operations. He has been invited as a key note speaker at major international and national conferences and produced several papers on aviation safety and efficiency research results.
Prior to Purdue, Professor Lopp held several maintenance managerial positions for Pan American World Airways in New York. Professor Lopp also was in corporate finance, where he created and managed budget systems for all of Pan Am’s operations. In additional Professor Lopp has worked as a general aviation mechanic and as an entrepreneur where he owned a multi-office financial trading company. Professor Lopp is a private pilot, holds an Airframe and Powerplant certificate, is a Certificate Member (CM) of the American Association of Airport Executives and has served on several numerous aviation organization boards and committees.