Up And Away

Lehigh students find that the skills they develop in the classroom lead to big achievements in the field.

During an internship at Sikorsky Global Helicopters in the summer of 2012, Stephanie Gordon ’14 was part of the intern team that took first prize in the firm’s annual Research & Engineering Intern/Co-Op Summer Competition. Ten teams from Sikorsky locations all over the U.S. were challenged to develop a “mission package” that added value to an existing helicopter design.

Gordon’s team developed a system to rapidly alter the interior of an aircraft to meet the needs of the mission at hand. The concept involved creating a series of pods that could be quickly loaded or removed from the interior. The so-called READI (Rapid-Extract Adaptable-Design Interiors) system allows a pilot to customize the interior of a helicopter in less than 10 minutes.

Undergraduate students like Gordon receive support from Lehigh’s Career Services in all stages of their career development.

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