Abby Jarve is a Senior from Seattle, Washington majoring in Aviation Management and Commercial Aviation. Currently her plan is to work for the airlines, but she is also interested in the business side of aviation. While she is not in school, Abby enjoys working with the Aviation Education Student Outreach Program, watching movies, and hiking. Abby is excited to start her fourth year with SAAC and is hoping to help students in UND Aerospace.
Joe is a junior at the University of North Dakota originally from Midland, Michigan pursuing a degree in Aviation Management. Joe has been interested in flying ever since he went to the National Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH as a young boy. Joe had his first flight the day after his 16th birthday at his hometown airport and will never forget the incredible feeling that flight gave him. Other than flying Joe likes to play hockey, hiking, and just hanging with his friends. He’s currently working towards his instrument, commercial, and multi-engine licenses. He is also the 2018 SAMA Conference Director, and the External Vice-President of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. Joe is excited to continue his involvement with Student Aviation Advisory Council.
Dakotah is a senior from Newton, Iowa, majoring in Commercial Aviation. She is excited to get started on her second year with SAAC! Dakotah's passion for aviation began when she started flying at age 16 at her local airport in a Warrior. She loved her time flying a Seneca for Weather Modification over the last summer, but she is looking forward to obtaining a job with the airlines in the future. She is also involved with Women in Aviation, AESOP, and is a member of UND’s Air Race Classic team. When not in school, Dakotah works as a Certified Nursing Assistant at a nursing home and enjoys backcountry hiking and camping.
Ian is a Junior from St. Paul, Minnesota, pursing a major in Commercial Aviation with a Business Aviation specialization. This is Ian’s first year as a member of SAAC, and he is excited to become an effective representative for the student body, as well as to continue to develop professionally. In addition, Ian works as a Flight Data Monitoring Assistant in the Flight Operations department. Ian hopes to someday work for the airlines, and continue to pursue his passion for aviation by flying professionally. He would also love to pursue his interests in seaplane and bush flying at some point in his career. In his free time Ian enjoys the outdoors, and on weekends can usually be found hunting, fishing, hiking, or watching sports with friends.
Michael Fortuna is a Junior at the University of North Dakota originally from St. Paul, MN pursuing a degree in Aviation Management. Michael has been interested in flying ever since he went on his first small airplane flight given to him by a former UND student. When not in class he is either flight instructing or spending time with friends. Other than flying Michael enjoys traveling, bowling, and tennis. He is also the 2018 SAMA Career Fair Director, and a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. Michael is excited to be involved with Student Aviation Advisory Council.
Aaron is a junior from the San Francisco Bay Area in California majoring in Commercial Aviation. Aaron transferred to UND his sophomore year from a maritime academy. He aims to fly for the Air Force Reserves and the airlines after he graduates. Aaron is an avid member of EAA Chapter 1342, likes playing basketball and spending summers near the water. He spent a past summer working aboard a 500-foot training ship in various oceans and learned a lot from the experience. Aaron is very excited to help make the aviation school a better place.
Corey is a junior majoring in Commercial Aviation. He is originally from Kenosha, WI which is about an hour north of Chicago, IL. He started flight training when he was 16 years old and has since completed his Commercial / Multi- Engine / Instrument ratings as well as his flight instructor certificate. He is a contributing writer for Boldmethod—an aviation media company that develops training course material for pilots. He has time in aircraft ranging from an Extra 300L, a Cirrus SR-22T, and even a Pilatus PC-12. He is excited to see what the future holds for him as he continues to pursue his career as an airline pilot.
Swayne is a senior from Richmond, Virginia and is majoring in Commercial Aviation at the University of North Dakota. He’s an editor and partner at Boldmethod, a leading source for digital aviation training content. His flight experiences range from ferrying WW2 era aircraft across the United States, to flying as a First Officer for Mokulele Airlines in Hawaii. As for his main goal, Swayne focuses his attention on growing general aviation and inspiring future pilots to begin their own flight training.
Lucus is a Sophomore from Jordan, New York majoring in Aviation Management with a concentration in Aviation Safety. This is Lucus’s second year on SAAC and he is excited to contribute to and help represent UND’s Aerospace Program. Lucus has held various management and leadership positions and is eager to continue to professionally develop those skills in the aviation industry. Lucus fell in love with aviation after his first trip on a commercial airliner at the age of four. His career goals include becoming an airline pilot, but also working in the corporate scene, specifically in the field of airline safety. Outside of aviation Lucus enjoys playing the piano, being with friends, staying active, and working on education movements. Lucus is thrilled to be able to share his passion for aviation through SAAC.
Nico Britton is a Junior from Fort Collins, CO Double Majoring in Commercial Aviation and Political Science with a Specialization in Airline Business. After gaining his Private Pilot License his senior year of high school, he came to the University of North Dakota to pursue a career in aviation. He hopes to fly for a legacy airline, and then continue on to pursue an executive role within an airline. Now apart of SAAC, Nico hopes to facilitate the effort to make John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences the leading school for flight education and aerospace research in the United States. In his spare time, Nico enjoys running, traveling, and stock market analytics.
Josh is a junior from Los Angeles, California majoring in Commercial Aviation with a specialization in Aircraft Safety and Security. Josh transferred to the University of North Dakota after completing an Associate’s degree in Aviation Administration at a local Community College back home. His goal is to fly for a legacy carrier for a number of years while gaining experience and hopes end up flying corporate aircraft for a large company. In addition to SAAC, Josh is also a UND Aerospace ambassador and Student Services representative. He is also involved in AESOP and has volunteered to teach children between elementary and high school about the science of aerodynamics.
Kale is a Junior originally from Blaine, Minnesota. He is double majoring in Commercial Aviation and Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations. Kale has had a passion for flying since the age of five when he took his first ride in a Cessna 172. In the future, Kale hopes to fly for the airlines or a corporate company, and possibly hold a UAS operator position on the side. When he is not taking part in flying related activities, Kale is participating in ALPA ACE, enjoying the outdoors through camping, hunting, and fishing, or just relaxing with friends. This is Kale’s first year on the Student Aviation Advisory Council and he is very excited to help aviation students and faculty at UND Aerospace.