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DHEDF Announces the launch of the Georgia Howard Culinary Arts Initiative

| Wayne I. Fagan | DHEDF News

Dee Howard International Education Foundation is pleased to announce that it has established the Georgia Howard Culinary Arts Initiative to support Pre-K -12 Culinary Arts in general and to expose the students to the role that culinary arts plays in both Civil and Military Aviation as well as the human exploration of space. 

DHEDF Launches National Rural STEM Initiative

| Wayne I. Fagan | DHEDF News

In May 2022 DHEDF announced the launch of a National STEM Initiative focused on Rural Schools. In September 2022, we launched the Initiative for the 2022/2023 academic year in twelve schools in nine states, over time our goal is to reach out to rural schools in all fifty states.

Vice President Harris Announces Commitments to Inspire, Prepare, and Employ the Space Workforce

| Whitehouse | Aerospace News, General STEM News

Today, at the second convening of the National Space Council, Vice President Kamala Harris is announcing new commitments from the U.S. government, private sector companies, education and training providers, and philanthropic organizations to support space-related STEM initiatives to inspire, prepare, and employ the next generation of the space workforce.

UTSA awarded $3M NSF grant to support Hispanic and underrepresented students in STEM

| Rebecca Luther | DHEDF News

SEPTEMBER 1, 2022 — The University of Texas at San Antonio has been awarded a five-year, $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study pedagogical approaches for supporting Hispanic and underrepresented students in STEM disciplines.

UTSA offers new master’s program that prepares students for careers in aerospace engineering

| Tiffany Huertas, Robert Samarron | Aerospace News, DHEDF News, General STEM News

SAN ANTONIO – This fall semester the University of Texas at San Antonio is offering a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering that will prepare students for a successful career designing aircraft, spacecraft and more.

Graduate degree will prepare UTSA students for high-demand careers in aerospace engineering

| Rory Dew | Aerospace News

AUGUST 19, 2022 — Starting this fall semester, the Margie and Bill Klesse College of Engineering and Integrated Design at UTSA (the Klesse College) will offer a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. It is the college’s 13th master’s program.

Congratulations to Dr. Bernard A. Harris Jr., 2022 Recipient of the James Bryant Conant Award

| Education Commission of the States | Aerospace News

Education Commission of the States is pleased to honor Dr. Bernard A. Harris Jr., CEO of the National Math and Science Initiative, with the 2022 James Bryant Conant Award, in recognition of his steadfast commitment to expanding opportunity and diversifying the nation's talent pool in the STEM fields. 

SwRI Announces Record Levels of Research, Development Activities

| Tracey M.S. Whelan | Aerospace News, Automotive News

May 23, 2022 — Southwest Research Institute announced a 2021 research volume of nearly $726 million, up more than 4% from 2020 and the highest recorded by the Institute. Capital expenditures were up 21%, exceeding $71 million for the first time.

Navistar truck factory to officially open as early production ramps up

| Waylon Cunningham | Automotive News

Strengthening San Antonio’s claim as a new hub for automotive manufacturing, Navistar’s long-awaited truck factory will celebrate its grand opening on Wednesday, though production at the site has been underway for months.

Hypersonics lab at UTSA preparing students for in-demand jobs in aerospace industry

| Ari Castañeda | Aerospace News

Part of what makes the UTSA Hypersonics Lab unique is the 50-foot-long, 7,000-pound Mach 7 Ludwieg Tube Wind Tunnel it houses. What makes it especially unique, however, are the students who are running the facility and are gaining invaluable experiential learning opportunities in the process.

Bombardier Delivers Final Production Learjet

| Jerry Siebenmark | Aerospace News

The final Learjet 75 rolled out of a Bombardier Wichita hangar Monday afternoon headed to Grand Rapids, Michigan, for delivery to a customer of Northern Jet Management. Just a few hours earlier, the light jet’s departure followed a 30-minute-long ceremony marking the delivery and the end of 60 years of Learjet production.

SwRI sponsors ITS World Congress student essay, video competition with cash prize

| Robert Crowe | Automotive News

March 29, 2022 — Southwest Research Institute invites college students to share visions for the transformation of transportation for a chance to win a $1,000 cash prize and a paid trip to Los Angeles to attend ITS World Congress September 18-22.

SwRI’s James Burch receives NASA’s highest honor

| Brad DiBaggio | Aerospace News

March 28, 2022 — Dr. James Burch of Southwest Research Institute has received NASA’s highest honor for nongovernment employees, its Distinguished Public Service Medal. Burch is recognized for his visionary science mission leadership in investigating the interaction of the solar wind with the magnetospheres of Earth and Saturn as well as the environments of comets.

Blue Sky/Dee Howard EAA Air Academy Scholarship 2022 Awarded to Sophie Garza

| Wayne Fagan | DHEDF News

Congratulations to Sophie Garza for receiving the Blue Sky Educational Foundation/Dee Howard Scholarship to attend the 2022 EAA Air Academy Advanced Camp during EAA AirVenture. The Camp runs from July 29, 2022 to August 6, 2022.

San Diego Squared co-founder wants diverse students to know that they belong in STEM

| Lisa Deaderick | Aerospace News, Automotive News, General STEM News

H. Puentes is the co-founder and executive director of San Diego Squared, a nonprofit he founded with partner Bill Rastetter that works to increase diversity in STEM careers through mentoring, scholarships and other programming

Senators Introduce a bill to establish the National Center for the Advancement of Aviation

|   | Aerospace News

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) this week introduced S. 1752, a bill to establish the National Center for the Advancement of Aviation.

KSAT Community spotlight: Dee Howard Foundation aims to preserve history of aviation in San Antonio

| Kiersten Ehr | DHEDF News

KSAT Community is highlighting local nonprofit, the Dee Howard Foundation as the group seeks to inspire, challenge and empower innovators in the fields of aviation and aerospace while training a skilled workforce for the San Antonio, Texas Region.

NASA taps Scobee Education Center as resource to study STEM

| Donna Provencher | Aerospace News, General STEM News

NASA has chosen San Antonio's Scobee Education Center as a partner to provide space exploration and STEM education to traditionally undeserved areas, naming it an Informal Education Community Anchor.

WE HAVE LIFT OFF!

| Wayne I. Fagan | DHEDF News

DHEDF is pleased to announce the launch of the DHEDF website at www.dhedf.org and its social media pages to implement our mission to develop programming, resources, curriculum, and initiatives to engage primarily underserved Pre-K thru 12 students in STEAM learning based on the use of automotive and/or aeronautical project-based learning pathways.

Spring 2022 Lunar Habitat and Technology Design Competition by NWAY

| wexfoundationorg | Aerospace News

In partnership with NASA, the WEX Foundation offers New Worlds Await You – a high-quality STEM program offering National STEM Challenges. 

U.S. Drone Soccer Announces National Launch of Student Leagues

| Kim Stevens | Aerospace News

The mission of U.S. Drone Soccer is to make aerospace careers accessible for all students. Drone Soccer is an educational esport that immerses students in aviation skills through classroom lessons and after school leagues for grades 6-12 (ages 12 and up). 

Toyota Texas San Antonio invests over $200,000 in local STEM education

| SBG San Antonio Staff Reports | Automotive News

SAN ANTONIO - Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas announced on Monday that they're investing over $200,000 in local STEM education.

Klesse College unveils gift from The Dee Howard Foundation

| RORYDEW | DHEDF News

The Margie and Bill Klesse College of Engineering and Integrated Design (Klesse College) unveiled a gift from the Dee Howard International Education Foundation and The Dee Howard Foundation.

Historic photo of Slick Airways aircraft presented to Institute Archives

| Wayne I. Fagan | Aerospace News, DHEDF News

The Dee Howard International Education Foundation recently gave a framed historic photograph of a Slick Airways aircraft to the Institute Archives. The ceremony occurred on 13 Dec 2021 at Southwest Research Institute. 

Aviation pioneer Dee Howard’s legacy lives on at UTSA

| RORYDEW | Aerospace News, DHEDF News

Within the past decade, three endowments and a certification program have been established to support engineering students and faculty, including the Wayne and Julie Fagan Fellowship in Mechanical Engineering, created this year.