Honeywell Helps ‘Dreams Soar’ for Future Innovators

December 14, 2016 | Author: Tammy Wolfe

Honeywell’s commitment to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education is unwavering. As a technology-based company, we understand the importance of supporting community outreach and motivating today’s students to find a passion for careers in aviation and technical fields. This is why we are proud to be a global sponsor of Dreams Soar – Global flight for STEM education.

Founded by Shaesta Waiz, the first certified civilian female pilot from Afghanistan, the mission of Dreams Soar is to inspire the next generation of STEM and aviation professionals.

Born in an Afghanistan refugee camp, Waiz and her family escaped the Soviet-Afghan war to come to America. As the first college graduate in her family, she is proof that no obstacle is too big to overcome in achieving your dreams.

On Nov. 7, Waiz shared her story at Arizona State University with middle school, high school and college level students. Several Honeywell leaders and engineers were on the speaker panel. They helped educate students about technical career opportunities available in today’s workforce. As shared by two young participants, the impact these professionals made was remarkable.

Arizona State University

Angie, Alhambra High School student and Chief Science Officer, Phoenix, Ariz.:

“As a girl who has been told countless times that I cannot do something because I am a girl, Shaesta's story completely inspired me! She is whole-hearted, inspirational and has unwavering perseverance, all of which captured my attention. Most people don't create such ‘aim for the sky’ goals, and that is what I loved about Shaesta's story. As the career panel moderator, I was given the opportunity to ask questions to Shaesta and the Honeywell panelists. I learned there are many opportunities in the world of STEM, and I can achieve anything as long as I am passionate. I will be the change that inspires the world, just like Shaesta. I was motivated by hearing Shaesta's story because it showed me that no matter where you come from, you can chase your dreams!”

Destry Jacobs, ASU Aviation Management Student, Mesa, Ariz.:

“The mission of Dreams Soar is very close to my heart, so meeting Shaesta was an incredible experience. Not only were her aspirations and accomplishments awe-inspiring, she is also incredibly down-to-earth. I was empowered by her story and her goals. I look forward to following her journey and updating her on mine. Shaesta's passion for her cause helped reignite my love for aviation and helped me realize there are many amazing opportunities and people in the aviation community. The panel of Honeywell professionals was also very beneficial to me. These successful and dynamic women taught the audience that your story can start from anywhere - as long as you are willing to work hard for your dreams. Seeing that they are where I want to be, and even encouraging us to go beyond their positions when we graduate, was inspirational. Thank you, Honeywell and Shaesta, for helping our ‘Dreams Soar!’”

At Honeywell, we have spent decades motivating future generations to explore the world of aviation and STEM. We strive to foster a diversity of ideas, goals and careers. Programs like Dreams Soar help spark ideas in young women and men interested in STEM career fields while generating confidence and a “can-do attitude.”

Waiz is currently preparing to become the youngest female pilot to embark on a solo flight around the world. In 2017, she plans to visit 18 countries and five continents. At Honeywell, we look forward to following her adventures and watching her change the face of aviation professionals.

Tammy Wolfe

Tammy Wolfe

Tammy Wolfe is the Sr. Manager, Communications and Community Relations for Honeywell Aerospace. In her role, Tammy supports STEM and other educational opportunities across the globe through Honeywell Hometown Solutions.

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