Meet the Team

Meet the creators of the Boeing College Application

Undergraduate Developers:

Jacob Brech – Website Development – Graphic Design Lead

Jacob Brech is currently a senior student attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, working towards the completion of his Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Business Administration May 2014 with an emphasis in management. Jacob Brech is a collegiate student athlete for the ERAU soccer team, the Eagles. He has played a key role in the Eagles success in capturing the Cal-Pac Conference Championship two consecutive years in a row. Jacob has a passion for entrepreneurship and is always looking for new exciting projects to engage in. He is currently working on larger project where he has gathered a diverse team from all over the world to design and develop an application for the apple store and Google play market. The plan is to release the application in the month of January.

Jacob comes from a diverse background and is trilingual in English, Norwegian and German. Being born and raised in Norway his mother tongue is Norwegian, but he has also gained proficiency in German due to his German father. His previous work experience includes working for “IDÉ – House of Brands,” which is larger company in Norway working in the field of selling custom apparel graphics. He also worked for ”Blomqvist” which is Norway’s oldest and largest auction house, which has one of the world’s greatest expertise of the artist Edward Munch. In both jobs he developed strong customer-relationship skills and leadership.

Jeffrey de Kort – Application Development – Team Coordinator

Jeffrey E. de Kort is currently a senior student attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, working towards the completion of his Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering in May 2014. His degree concentration lies with Aeronautics. His career interests include Flight Test, Aircraft Configuration Design, Stability & Control and Systems Engineering among others.

His previous work experience includes an internship with General Electric Aviation in Jacksonville, Florida as a member of the Electrical Wiring Harness Design Group in addition to an internship with The Boeing Company’s Defense Space & Security Division in St.Louis, Missouri as a member of the AH-64D/E Apache and P-8A Information Assurance Team.

He has been involved with various student organizations in addition to being the Boeing Intern Team Lead for the Daytona Beach campus.

Carissa Frazier – Website Development – User Interface Lead

Carissa R Frazier is currently a senior attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University working towards the completion of her Bachelors of Science degree in Aviation Business Administration, with concentration in Aviation Management in May 2014. Carissa is a 4th year collegiate student athlete for the ERAU Women’s Soccer Team. She has played a key role as team captain leading her team to the California-Pacific Conference Championships for two consecutive years.

She has had the opportunity to gain industry experience working with The Boeing Company during two summer internships in the Puget Sound area. Carissa’s first Boeing internship was working for Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA): Material Management- Commercial Airplane Services (CAS): apart of the Component Repair & Exchange Services team. Her job was to develop a Competitive Marketing Analysis to increase competitive landscape for component repair. Her second internship was in BCA Supplier Management Contracts- Material Parts & Assemblies (MP&A). Her job was to document the existing contracting process to support the Supplier Management MP&A team. After graduation she is excited to start her career with a full-time position at The Boeing Company’s rotational program known as the Business Career Foundation Program (BCFP); a fast-paced leadership development program.

Ryan Gauthier – Software Engineer – IOS Development Lead

Ryan is a junior student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in the Honors Program, working towards his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Software Engineering. He works part-time on iOS projects at the Next-Generation ERAU Advanced Research Lab, participates in data mining research on NAS data, and serves as President of the Artificial Intelligence club. He expects to graduate in December 2015.

Umar Idris – Software Engineer – User Interface Lead

Umar Farouk Idris is a student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL. He majors in Software Engineering and is expected to graduate in the spring of 2015. Through his extensive and progressive study in the software engineering field, Umar has been building his technical and problem solving skills. He has worked on multiple course projects which involves database building, website design, and mobile applications development. One of his career interests is developing android mobile applications. Not only is Umar a team-player, he also possesses strong leadership and organizational skills as he currently serves as the Vice President of a student organization at Embry-Riddle known as the African Student Association (ASA). He is also involved in other organizations such as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).

He is currently in search for a summer internship as a software engineer in order to gain professional experience and real-life exposure in the software industry. After graduation, he plans on pursuing a Master’s Degree in Software Engineering and becoming certified with the Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA).

Aaron Kersch – Software Engineer – Data Integration Lead

Aaron Kersch is currently a student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Air Traffic Management. He will be starting his Master’s degree this Spring in Software Engineering and is excited to jump right in. Transitioning into a new degree is both challenging and exciting and Aaron looks forward to the opportunities in the future. While at school, Aaron has taken several leadership roles and has joined multiple organizations. His biggest achievement is that of Vice President of Finance for his Fraternity, Delta Upsilon, for 2 full terms. In addition to his advancements in his Fraternity, Aaron is also a member of the Ultimate Frisbee club and Order of Omega, a service honors society. Between his school work and organizations, Aaron still finds time to work part time at his school’s Diversity and Inclusion office to design, develop, and program full-immersive 3D environments.

Aaron hopes to acquire a summer internship in 2014 to help advance his skills and experience in the Software Engineering field. Through his efforts, he plans to graduate with his Master’s degree by Fall of 2015 and immediately begin his work in the field he loves.

Nicholas Victor – Software Engineer – Data Management Lead

Nicholas Victor is a student of Software Engineering at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL. He is expected to graduate with his Bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering in Fall 2014. He is currently working on the Inspire project which uses Minecraft as a tool to teach and demonstrate computational knowledge to interest younger generations in computer science.

Faculty Advisors

Richard Gibson – Website Development – Team Faculty Lead

Professor Gibson designed and implemented production and operations management programs for various global companies including Exxon Mobil, Esso, Allied Chemical, FASF, Dow, Armco Steel, PP&G and Rohm & Haas. He is currently working on a long term strategic management and operations contract with a helicopter flight operation that includes ISO 9001, 2000 certification, asset forecasting models, competitive analysis studies, performance evaluation/pay systems and organizational design. Upper level ABA students assist him with this project. Professor Gibson holds an M.I.M from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Dr. Richard Stansbury – Application Development – Team Faculty Lead

Richard S. Stansbury is an associate professor of computer engineering and computer science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. His research interests includes unmanned aircraft systems, unmanned ground vehicles, NextGen technologies such as ADS-B, and engineering education. At Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, he has conducted studies for the FAA and NASA regarding UAS regulations and the technological issues of UAS integration into the National Airspace System. He has also been involved in the development of the Gale UAS an unmanned aircraft designed for operation within tropical cyclones. He teaches Mobile Application Development, Artificial Intelligence, Data Structures and Algorithms, and previously Senior Design.

Boeing Project Manager

Mark Lyden- Lead Boeing Recruiter

Mark Lyden is Boeing’s Lead College Recruiter.  An engineer by trade, before getting into recruiting he worked for Boeing as a Tooling Engineer,  Manufacturing/Production Manger on the flight ramp, Industrial Engineer, Supplier Quality Rep., Human Resource Generalist, and as a Special Projects Lead.  He often partners with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) leadership because of their willingness to use the campus as a testing ground and launching pad for new, innovative ideas focusing on attracting top college talent for Boeing.  His initiatives focus on summer internships and full time jobs, with a large focus specifically on attracting and capturing underrepresented students.  His close partnership and relationship with school leadership on both the Daytona Beach FL and Prescott AZ campuses has already created one Boeing Best Practice with its ground breaking Boeing Bridge Mentoring Program.  With that being the case, the top IT talent on campus both at the student and professor level were willing and eager to help Boeing attract the best students by creating a Smartphone App that will make it easy for students to identify the jobs they want to apply for quickly in a communication medium they use the most.  He is hoping this new Boeing College Job App will turn out to be another Boeing Best Practice that can be utilized by college students around the world.