On Thursday, April 19, 5-7 p.m., in Goodwin Hall 190, students can meet Marion Blakey, chief executive officer of Rolls-Royce North America and Wings Club executive. Hear Blakey’s perspective on the many career opportunities that exist in aviation, aerospace, and defense and where the industry is heading.  

“We are pleased to be one of 31 designated international University Technology Centers where both undergraduate and graduate students can work hand in hand with Rolls-Royce engineers in the development of technologies that transport people and cargo around the world,” said Jack Lesko, associate dean of research and graduate education for the College of Engineering.

Through the partnership with Rolls-Royce, more than 100 Virginia Tech students have participated in research, manufacturing and engineering design all across the globe as part of internships, international research experiences and research programs.

At the Thursday evening event, students can participate in a Q&A with Virginia Tech alumni, currently working for Rolls-Royce and network with Wings Club executives, Aviation Week Network professionals, and Rolls-Royce America. Students will have the opportunity to sign in and join the Wings Club as a student member for one year. Attendees will also receive a one-year digital subscription to Aviation Week Network.

Reception and refreshments provided following the event in Goodwin Hall Atrium, 7-8 p.m.

Rolls-Royce is a pre-eminent engineering company focused on world-class power and propulsion systems. Rolls-Royce pioneers cutting-edge technologies that deliver the cleanest, safest and most competitive solutions to meet our planet’s vital power needs.

The Wings Club Foundation is the premier global society of aviation professionals. The mission of the society is to foster opportunities to pursue an education in the field of aviation, provide programs to educate in the field of aviation, and to support charitable organizations that use aviation to help those in need.

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