The Mustang Monthly The Official Newsletter of SE-IV Executive Master’s Program Lockheed Martin Aeronautics – Ft. Worth
The Mustang Monthly The Official Newsletter of SE-IV September 2004 From the Class President Fellow Classmates- DO NOT FORGET THAT THURSDAY OCTOBER 7 TH IS SMU SHIRT DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you have not paid AMS for tuition, please pay them by the means provided in their letter mailed to you as soon as possible. If you have not received your reimbursement please let me know. I have received several suggestions for spending our social allotment. Please submit any ideas you may have by next class. We will discuss them on Saturday during lunch. Thanks to those who submitted profiles for September mostly in a timely fashion and those in October who had them turned in early!! Other than the profiles, this newsletter is short and sweet. I am lucky to get this one out on the last day of the month!! Should you have any questions, concerns, or ideas feel free to contact me. Until then, I remain Sincerely Yours, Johnathan Foster SE-IV Class President x32679 Upcoming Events Oct 7 – SMU SHIRT DAY!!! Oct 8 – Class Oct 9 – Class September Birthdays Sep 7 – Chris Anderson Sep 9 – Kerlin Josaphat Sep 18 – DC Foster
September Profile One: James Kokoles James Kokoles was born on March 22, 1979 in Augusta, GA. From the age of one, until the time he moved to Bedford, Texas at the age of ten, James lived in a variety of states including North Carolina, Washington, Virginia, California, Nebraska, Florida and Pennsylvania. James attended high school at Euless Trinity, from which he graduated in 1997. While attending high school, James worked part time as a carhop at a Sonic Drive-In, where he met his future wife, Jenna Emmons, at the ripe old age of sixteen. After graduating high school, James took a semester off to work full time at an insurance company. After six months of performing data entry for the insurance center, James was more than ready to start college. James attended UTA in Arlington, where he majored in Information Systems. He graduated with honors in May, 2002. During his final semester at UTA, James got a job as an intern working software development for the Systems Engineering core department at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth. Upon graduation of college, James was offered a full-time position as a Reliability and Maintainability engineer on the JSF program, which he willingly accepted. For the last two and a half years James has been working on the JSF R&M integration team where his primary responsibilities include overseeing the integration of R&M related IT products and the configuration management of LCN and R&M prediction data. In his personal time, James enjoys lifting weights, running and keeping up with current events and sports. He was married to his wife, Jenna, in November of 2002 in Xcaret, Mexico. While only married for a little less than two years, the two have been together for seven years, and have known each other for over nine. Last September, the couple purchased a moderately sized, three bedroom house in Keller. They currently do not have any kids, but do plan to some time foreseeable in the future. Before having children, James would like to do some traveling, and his long term goals include opening his on personal fitness gym in the D/FW area or coaching junior high/high school football.
September Profile Two: Henry Nguyen Henry was born in Saigon, Vietnam during the Vietnam war. His native name was Huy Nguyen. He is the oldest of four children. His parents were educated people. He grew up in Vietnam and lived there until he was 21 years old; that was in 1989 when his family decided to escape from Vietnam. His parents planned the escape eight years earlier by pretending to be real fisherman. The time came for his family to carry out the plan one night in April of 1989. Within a few hours into the escape they were confronted and almost got caught. The next morning they were able to get to sea and by noon, they were chased by a patrol boat and shot at. Henry was the pilot to guide the boat with thirty-four people on board. The chase lasted 45 minutes. Somehow they managed to get away with minimum damage; one person got hit with a bullet in the leg. After four days and four nights at sea, they made it to a small island in Indonesia quite exhausted. Ten days later, they were taken to the refugee camp. There they spent three years of hardship and uncertainty. They didn’t know how their fate was going to turn out. There was not enough water and food for everybody. People had to build dams down the streams to contain water for the whole camp. Still there was not enough water for everybody since the population of the camp grew so fast year by year. When Henry got to the camp, there were approximately 1,500 people in camp. When he left three years later, there were approximately 24,000 people in the camp. In dealing with all of that, Henry and his family had to go through the screening procedure to see if they qualified to stay in the third world country or not. If they failed to qualify, they would be forced to go back to Vietnam. That was one of the uncertainties that Henry and his family had to deal with. Finally, they were told that they were qualified and they were accepted by the American delegation to go to America. That was the happiest moment that anyone in the camp would want to experience. What a relief! In August of 1991, Henry and his family were transferred to a refugee camp in the Philippines for six months to prepare themselves for a new life in the melting pot (USA). Henry came to America at the end of January 1992. He went to work during the day and took English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at night. He registered for the fall semester at Saint Louis Community College in 1992. After completing his two year degree, Henry transferred to the University of Missouri-Rolla to continue his education. He majored in Electrical Engineering. He had a co-op job with General Motors for a year. On July 3 rd of 1997, he took oath to become an American citizen. That was a very proud moment for him. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in May of 1998. Henry started working for Raytheon in Aircraft Integration Systems at Greenville, TX as Electrical Engineer in June of 1998. In November of 2000, he took an opportunity to join Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Fort Worth, TX as an electrical engineer and currently works for the F-16 program. He now resides in Arlington, TX with his wife and son. Henry enjoys playing soccer, football and volleyball. He was a member of the championship soccer team in Raytheon’s league.
September Profile Three: Jatin Patel Jatin was born on May 17, 1979, in Gujurat, India. He lived with his grandparents in India till the age of 7. He then moved to the US to live with his parents in Dallas, Texas, where he lived until going away to college. He currently lives in Irving, Texas. He attended Cary Middle School and then Skyline High School, both in Dallas, Texas. Jatin played soccer in middle school and high school. He also played basketball as a recreational sport. He attended the University of Texas at Austin for a year and then transferred to The University of Texas at Dallas. He started out as a Computer Science student and then switched to Electrical Engineering in his sophomore year. In college, Jatin enjoyed watching football, basketball, and soccer games on TV, hanging out with friends, and playing various intramural sports. While in college, he interned at MCI Telecommunications and WorldCom. He graduated in May 2001. Soon after graduation, Jatin accepted a job at WorldCom in Richardson, Texas. He worked as a Network Engineer for 2 months. Afterwards, Jatin returned to school to pursue his Masters in Business Administration at UTD. He finished three semesters of course work and then accepted a position at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics and moved to Irving in January 2003. He started in the JSF program as a Systems Engineer in the Flight Control System SEIT IPT and after three months, he was moved to the F16 Block 60 program. There he worked as an Embedded Software Engineer in the Flight Controls System Test group. After 9 months in that program, with the milestone being 1st flight, he moved back to the JSF program in January 2004. Currently, he works as a Systems Engineer. He is an avid sports fan and plays sports, especially basketball as much as he can. In addition to basketball, Jatin’s hobbies include playing all kinds of sports, like basketball, football, sand volleyball, and soccer. He also likes going out with friends to bars/restaurants in Addison, Lower Greenville and the Downtown/Uptown area in Dallas. He also is a die-hard Dallas Cowboys and Dallas Mavericks fan. In the future, Jatin hopes to complete his Masters Degree in Systems Engineering next year and then one day, complete his MBA. So far, he is enjoying his time working at Lockheed Martin.
Team Questions What do I need to do for subsequent tuition reimbursement? Begin by downloading Form c-551 from the Corporate forms library. Fill out all of the personal information. You do not need to resend program and class information. The cost per class is $2287.50. Submit the statement you should have received from SMU regarding the amount you owe. You know what you paid for your books, so include that cost on the form and copy the receipt. I highly recommend you FAX to eliminate any issues with snail mail or STAMPS. Again you will be over the $5250 mark for the year, so be sure and add a piece of paper requesting full tax exemption. Last semester some students in other classes were taxed for some reason, so be sure and include that document stating this is work related and is tax exempt. If you run into problems, let me know. If you have questions, contact EFS then contact me with the outcome. Oh, and I guess it would be good to print your grades from Access and send them, too! If you have any questions you would like addressed for the next newsletter, please submit to one of the people below. If you have ideas for social gatherings, ideas for spending out monetary allotment, or want to volunteer for social events or newsletter work, let Johnathan know. Thanks. Johnathan Foster SE-IV Class President X 32679 David VonZurmuehlen Director of Marketing SMU School of Engineering 972-473-3475 Jeremiah Stoker SE-IV Vice President X 78821
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