Dick DeVos and the FAA

Most people don’t know this but the DeVos family has completely moved to Washington now. Whereas political aspirations were but a dream for Dick DeVos, the former President and CEO of Amway, he is now working with the Federal Aviation Administration. He joins their Management Advisory Council once every quarter to discuss new policies, regulations, budgets, and future growth. This comes after the FAA was challenged by the President to revamp the aviation industry, once the number one industry in America. However, the President felt that aviation had fallen in recent times, losing competition to foreign markets.


Dick DeVos is a perfect candidate for the new aviation council. While it’s a civilian-led council and doesn’t have much power, DeVos along with 12 other members are able to provide insights to the FAA as they move to change regulations and policies. Already, they have worked on a few plans, such as the $40 million new GSO tower to come in 2019.


DeVos has a lot of experience working with airports and bringing in new revenue as well. He has previously helped the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids achieve greater success over the past two decades. It all started in 1999 when the airport re-launched, expecting more traffic and yet it remained stagnant in growth. DeVos was asked to help, and he made a phone call to AirTran Airways CEO. He posed a simple idea. He wanted to know if the airline would open up a few more destinations to specific locations in US that were beneficial for business travel.


DeVos saw that the airport could make a lot of ticket sales just by catering to this market, and in two decades, he has been able to prove his theory right. In addition, the airport added a business traveler center as well new food court and technology upgrades throughout the airport last year. This was part of a $45 million expansion that the airlines paid for, not the airport.


It’s ideas like this that will help the FAA with their funding as they make some major changes to airports and policies in the next few years. DeVos is meeting with the council once every quarter. The council is currently comprised of former transportation authorities and aviation executives who want to help make America’s aviation industry better than it has been for the past few years.


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The Problems of Michael Lacey

Michael Lacey was born on September 26, 1959. After high school he received a higher education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987, earning his Ph.D. in mathematics in 1987. His thesis in Banach spaces solved an ongoing problem concerning iterated logarithm for empirical functions.

After officially earning his doctorate, he defended further postdoctoral positions at the Louisiana State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Read more: Michael Lacey | GAtech and Michael Lacey | Wikipedia

He then took a teaching position at Indiana University in 1989 which he held until 1996. During these years he was inducted into the National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. This was an induction by the National Science Foundation, a firm which supports education in mathematics, economics, social sciences, and computer science.

While in this fellowship, he began to study the bilinear Hilbert transform. He and a friend solved this previously unsolved problem, resulting in the pair being awarded the Salem Prize for their outstanding and groundbreaking work. The Salem prize was instigated by Raphael Salem in honor of her deceased husband.

In 1996 he left IU to become a Professor of Mathematics at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In 2012 he was inducted into the American Mathematical Society. Learn more about Michael Lacey: https://mathalliance.org/mentor/michael-lacey/ and http://nyjm.albany.edu/j/2017/23-8.html

Over the years he has served as the director of the training grants VIGRE, MCTP, and the Simons Foundations. He has also served as a mentor for many mathematics students through the years, 10 of which were postdoctorate students. Lacey continues to serve as a professor, specializing in the Harmonic Analysis Probability Fields.

Retired Professor Donates One Million To Planetarium Project

No one expected to receive what retired professor, Mary McChesney, was ready to gift to a prestigious Southern California community college. In the form of one million dollars, McChesney donated the funds to their most recent planetarium construction project. Mary McChesney worked for the college for many years before she decided to officially retire in the early 80’s. McChesney shows a valid love for the college, surrounding community and the education of students. The gifted funds will generate a new pendulum structure that will model the Earth and its rotation process. The old planetarium located at the college was over 50 years old and with all of the technology changes happening in the world today, it was definitely time for an upgrade. McChesney is now 91 years old, however, she continues to take part in many scholarship programs and organizations. Her love for education and immediate passion for the community has allowed her the ability to donate the funds in honor of her partner, Adelyn Bonin, who passed away earlier this year. She was also a professor at the college who taught German. McCesney taught two subjects that pertained to Spanish and English. She taught for several decades before she retired. The newest construction on the planetarium will hold 129 students while the old unit would only hold 35 visitors. Learn more: http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/tn-dpt-me-occ-planetarium-20170711-story.html


In the heart of Southern California lies the 100 plus acre college. With only a few minutes from the beach, Costa Mesa holds the prestigious community college that has been ranked at the top as one of the most advanced colleges in California. Their facility offers some of the best educational services along with the latest technology. Their academic programs offer over 135 courses that are catered to associate degrees in science and art. Many of the students are enrolled in Career and Technical Education classes. After the students graduate with their associates degree, many move on to private universities or large scale universities throughout the world. With over 20,000 students attending each semester, the staff at OCC are dedicated to providing exceptional education that forms amazing talent with each individual.

Learn more here: https://www.linkedin.com/edu/orange-coast-college-20116