Networking, networking, networking!

Posted: November 22, 2022
Four people stand behind the Southwest recruitment table
Industry Night Southwest recruitment table. Photo submitted.

The much-anticipated annual Industry Night and Networking Week, hosted November 14-18 by The Ohio State University Center for Aviation Studies, was another soaring success. Over 250 students attended Industry Night, and Networking Week activities were expanded to include five student-focused events. Activities and logistics were organized by a team of student assistants, enabling resume-boosting work and greater audience access.

“Industry Night had over 22 different companies join us from all over the aviation industry,” said Intern Drew Lawrence, who served as event director. “This gave the students ample opportunity to truly get to know the world of aviation and discover aspects to it that they may or may not have known existed.

“The event had an array of different companies, we had almost all the regional airlines represented as well as several key players in the private jets world.”

As the aviation industry rapidly responds to the influx of new technologies, including uncrewed aircraft systems, the week’s activities have also expanded to reflect the growing field. The center’s drone pilots organized a demonstration of UAS specified for mapping and multiple industry members from the uncrewed aerial vehicle segment recruited students at Industry Night.

Group of students wearing coats and watching a drone demonstration in a parking lot. Skies are overcast.
Drone mapping demonstration. Photo submitted.

Other Networking Week activities included an on-site networking opportunity at Jet Edge, a casual social event with Republic Airways representatives and the popular dodgeball tournament with Endeavor Air.

Student attendees were from aviation programs in the College of Engineering, College of Arts & Sciences and Fisher College of Business. Alumni, faculty and staff also participated in the gathering.

Top-level sponsor was Jet Edge; and mid-level sponsors were FlightSafety International, Republic Airways and United. General sponsors were Columbus Regional Airport Authority, Commute Air, Control Point Associates, Delta, EJM, Endeavor Air, Envoy, FlexJet, Flight Ops Taranis, Mesa Airlines, NetJets, Ohio Aviation Association, Ohio State Aviation Alumni Society, Passero Associates, SkyWest Airlines, Southwest, Unmanned Safety Institute and Woolpert.

Questions or comments about the events may be directed to aviation@osu.edu. Information about the 2023 activities will be released in autumn 2023.

Category: Students