Jerry Dimandja, ’12, has never wanted any career other than aviation. When he was young, he watched his father working as an air traffic controller, and he knew this would be his field as well.
As an aviation student at Bridgewater, Jerry had the opportunity to create a emergency plan template that was made available to 36 of the regional airports in the state. “Some airports don’t have a safety plan for things like floods, terrorism or fire," he says. “The template provides a step-by-step procedure for resolving whatever emergencies arise."
Jerry also won an internship with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation at Logan Airport, where he helped conduct airport inspections and created a directory of aeronautical information for pilots. The internship experience was beyond anything he could have learned in a classroom.
"I realized that the aviation field has more challenges than I thought," he explains. “It's one thing to see it from a student perspective, but I learned what it feels like to be in the shoes of an airport manager. It's a big challenge and it takes a lot of commitment, dedication and a strong personality. I truly appreciated this opportunity to live in the real world of aviation.”