|Rhett with his mother, Joellen and Renee and Doug LaViolette in 2008|
Thanks again for allowing me to receive the Brian LaViolette Scholarship Award. I still remember putting the amount towards a laptop for my freshmen year. It has served me crucially over the past five years.
I am now in my final semester of college at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta and will be graduating with a Bachelor's of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
I started in August of 2008 and have taken 5 years to complete school due to being a part of the Co-op Program at school. Since my second year in school I have spent 5 semesters working in the field of mechanical engineering for both Toyota Industries and then later by Delta Air Lines in their Propulsion Engineering department.
For Delta I have worked closely with Senior Engineers in daily engine operations for the entire fleet of Delta aircraft. I am currently still employed with Delta working part time my last semester with plans to stay on full time upon graduation. It truly has been a blessing as I love the job and never feel like I am having to go to work.
In school I have been active in the Yellow Jacket Flying Club since my freshmen year, including serving as an officer for the club over the past 3 years. I have enjoyed a lot of my classes and was apart of a research project for the school of Aerospace Engineering that designed and tested new avionics for planes. This was a truly valuable experience for me that provided a lot of experience.